Jersey Devil
Rumored to be the Demon 13th Child of a Large Family in Leeds

Jersey Devil
Rumored to be the Demon 13th Child of a Large Family in Leeds

In the Pine Barrens region of northern New Jersey and New York, for more than two and a half centuries there have been reports of a very strange and singular creature.

This creature is described as having an equine head, glowing, reddish eyes, stork’s legs, forelimbs with claw-bearing paws, a pointed tail and membranous, bat-like wings.

It emits a shrill, piercing scream, and has been sighted rifling through garbage, standing in paths and roads, and flying just above the tree tops

The Jersey Devil, sometimes called the Leeds Devil, is a legendary creature or cryptid said to inhabit the Pine Barrens in southern New Jersey.

The creature is often described as a flying biped with hooves, but there are many variations. The Jersey Devil has worked its way into the pop culture of the area, even lending its name to New Jersey's team in the National Hockey League.

The Jersey Devil is rumored to be the demon 13th child of a large family in Leeds, New Jersey. Many think this creature still haunts those same woods today.

he Jersey Devil is a strange legendary creature alleged to inhabit the Pine Barrens area of south Jersey. The Devil is most often described as a bipedal, flying creature with hooves, though reports vary.

Others have reported a hairy, ape-like animal, a dog-like monster, or a conventional demon.

However, more frequent are descriptions which resemble a winged kangaroo or a creature similar to Tenniel's illustration of the Jabberwock from Through the Looking Glass, with some devilish characteristics such as horns or a pointy tail mixed in.

The legend inspired the name of New Jersey's NHL hockey team, the New Jersey Devils.

Most accounts of the Jersey Devil legend attribute the creature to a "Mother Leeds", a supposed witch, although the tale has many variations.

According to one version, she invoked the devil while giving birth to her 13th child, and when the baby was born, it either immediately or soon afterwards transformed into a devil like creature and flew off into the surrounding pines.

History Hunters

History Hunters was a public access TV show dedicated to the history of New Jersey.

This show originally aired in 2004. Episode 8 explores the myth and legend of the Jersey Devil. Created by Joe Ryan and Christy Morrison.

According to legend, while visiting the Hanover Mill Works to inspect his cannonballs being forged, Commodore Stephen Decatur sighted a flying creature flapping its wings and fired a cannonball directly upon it to no effect.

Joseph Bonaparte, eldest brother of Emperor Napoleon, is also said to have witnessed the Jersey Devil while hunting on his Bordentown, New Jersey estate around 1820.

Throughout the 1800s, the Jersey Devil was blamed for livestock killings, strange tracks, and reported sounds.

In the early 1900s, a number of people in New Jersey and neighboring states claimed to witness the Jersey Devil or see its tracks. Claims of a corpse matching the Jersey Devil's description arose in 1957. In 1960, the merchants around Camden offered a $10,000 reward for the capture of the Jersey Devil, even offering to build a private zoo to house the creature if captured.

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