The Jersey Devil

@mari61960 (4895)
United States
April 4, 2007 5:10pm CST
The 'official demon' of New Jersey since the 1930s, there has been over thirty variations of this legend that has developed over time. It's description ranges from a feathered animal with the head of a ram to a flying lion to a green upright monster. The Jersey Devil is blamed for all unexplained animal deaths in the Jersey Pine Barrens and surrounding areas, mysterious footprints, and strange cries in the night. There are several new sightings of the beast reported every year. The most popular tale took place in 1735 where the 13th pregnancy of a Mrs. Leeds was said to have led to the birth of a devil child who flew away up her chimney. Local records vaguely supports the idea that a thirteenth child in a family named Leeds disappeared. Some believed that Mother Leeds was a witch and the child's father was the devil. The child was described to have hooves, the head of a horse, bat wings, and a forked tail. Another version tells of a Mrs. Shrouds of Leeds Point who wished her next child to be a devil, and gave birth to a misshapen and deformed child who also escaped up a chimney. Other stories that took place at Leeds Point includes the one which tells of a young girl who was cursed by the townspeople for falling in love with a British soldier during the Revolutionary War and as a result, gave birth to a devil child. What do you think...is it real? Have you ever seen the Jersey Devil? Do you know anyone that has? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jersey_Devil
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@AskAlly (3627)
• Canada
5 Apr 07
I don't care to run into this one either. What are you trying to do? Make me scared of the dark lol.
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@mari61960 (4895)
• United States
7 Apr 07
Sure...misery loves company..hehe
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• United States
5 Apr 07
Nope. Never seen it. I try to stay out of New Jersey! LOL! I have heard the story many times, though. In fact, I was watching a television show all about the Jersey Devil once,(I am beginning to think I watch way too much t.v.) These four kids went into the Pine Barrens to do some research on it. They found the foundation of the old Leeds home but nothing else. During the night, they encountered, "somthing" that scared them so badly that they never finished their film and they wouldn't talk about it. In fact, I don't think any of them ever went back to the Pine Barrows again. Not sure about that last part though because these kids actually had been studying the Jersey Devil for years so they may not have been scared off that easily.
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@mari61960 (4895)
• United States
7 Apr 07
I've seen a couple of shows about it. It is rather strange isn't it. Just another one of those mysteries that boggle my mind...not that I really want to see one mind you...lol
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• United States
10 Apr 07
To be truly honest, I would have to say that I would love to spend the night in the Pine Barrens and see what happened!! I love mystery and I don't really scare easliy! Hmm... Sounds like a nice summer get away!! Are you up for it? LOL
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@mari61960 (4895)
• United States
15 Apr 07
Ok, you get your ticket and fly here since I'm close enough to drive. I'll do the research and we'll figure it out from there...lol HURRY UP...darn it.
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