demon cat of washington dc

The Washington D.C. Demon Cat (nicknamed “DC” by Capitol employees) is said to haunt the government buildings of Washington D.C. It is said that when sighted, the cat looks like a black house cat but its eyes glow; however it is also said that this cat can grow to the size of a lion when startled. 

This cat is known to be a bringer of bad fortune and is typically seen before election days and tragedies in the White House. Allegedly, the Demon Cat was seen the night before both the Kennedy and Lincoln assassinations. It was also said to have been seen before the attack on Pearl Harbor, the attempted assassination of Reagan and even the night before the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Demon Cat (or D.C.) is the name given to the ghost of a cat which is purported to haunt the government buildings of Washington, D.C..

The story of the Demon Cat dates back to the days when cats were brought into the basement tunnels of the Capitol buildings to kill rats. Legend states that the Demon Cat is one who never left. Its home is supposedly the basement crypt of the Capitol which was originally intended as a burial chamber for President George Washington.

According to legend, the cat is seen before presidential elections and tragedies in Washington DC, allegedly being spotted by White House security guards the nights before the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Abraham Lincoln. The cat is described as fully black and the size of an average house cat; but witnesses report that the cat swells to “the size of a giant tiger”, 10 feet by 10 feet, when alerted. The cat would then either explode or pounce at the witness, disappearing before it managed to catch its ‘victim’.

In the 1890s the cat is said to have inexplicably vanished when some Capitol Hill guards fired at it, and another supposedly died of a heart attack after seeing it.