The Jersey Devil

September 21st, 2008

Photo taken from about.com

In the Pine Barrens woods of New Jersey, the legend of the Jersey Devil was born. The origins of the devil date back to the colonial period where Mother Leeds had twelve children. When she found out that a thirteenth child was on the way, she was so upset that she said if this is to happen then let this child be the devil. After birth, it was a devil-like creature that was given to Mother Leeds and shortly after, the devil escaped up the chimney and out into the Pine Barrens. The creature is also sometimes referred to as the Leeds Devil.

Since then there have been hundreds of reports by people in the general vicinity of the Pine Barrens. On January 19th, 1909 there was a sighting of the devil reported by Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Evans of Gloucester, Massachusetts. They described the creature:

“It was about three feet and half high, with a head like a collie dog and a face like a horse. It had a long neck, wings about two feet long, and its back legs were like those of a crane, and it had horse’s hooves.It walked on its back legs and held up two short front legs with paws on them. It didn’t use the front legs at all while we were watching.My wife and I were scared, I tell you, but I managed to open the window and say, ‘Shoo’, and it turned around barked at me, and flew away.It was about three feet and half high, with a head like a collie dog and face like a horse. It had a long neck, wings about two feet long, and its back legs were like those of a crane, and it had horse’s hooves.It walked on its back legs and held up two short front legs with paws on them. It didn’t use the front legs at all while we were watching.My wife and I were scared, I tell you, but I managed to open the window and say, ‘Shoo’, and it turned around barked at me, and flew away.”

This sighting was one of many sightings in 1909 when the phenomena of the devil really took off. People now started to believe in the legend and there even was a 10,000 dollar award for capture from a Philadelphia Zoo. Currently, there are still many reports and sightings of the devil, and there are many people who still try to capture and record the devil as well. There are also many sites that you can research more about the legend dating back hundreds of years.

Works Cited/Further Reading

(Source: Cohen, Daniel. Hauntings and Horrors. 2002)

http://theshadowlands.net/jd.htm

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  1. Jerrica
    November 4th, 2009 at 12:59 | #1

    The Jersey Devil was said to be much bigger than that. I’m not quite sure their hypothesis was true.

  2. November 26th, 2009 at 17:01 | #2

    i think it is very true.you pepole are crazy not to think this is true!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. ghosts are real
    June 22nd, 2011 at 15:24 | #3

    hmm this seems like i should take a vacation to new jersey and investigate

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