|Red Devil-Bat of Chester|
|Theories|| · Cryptid|
The Red Devil-Bat of Chester was a winged cryptid reportedly sighted in the rooming house of Mrs. Mary Strichter here early on August 23, 1928. Awakened by the "devil" flying into the room where she was asleep, Mrs. Andrew Turk, a daughter, screamed, arousing her husband who found the strange creature hiding behind a curtain. Seizing a chair he knocked it down and aided by several roomers bundled the creature into a rug and hurled it through a window. (masksofmesingw.blogspot.com)
Mrs. Turk described the "devil" as being about three feet broad with a bright scarlet body and two protruding horns. It made a continuous buzzing sound, she said.
There are several explanations as to what the creature could be. Theories include:
- An undiscovered species (a Cryptid)
- A demonic entity
- A bat
- A privet hawkmoth (Sphinx ligustri)
- Neighbors repeatedly asserted that the house in question was haunted.