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The Jersey Devil

Posted on 28 April 2009


Amidst the goblins, ghosts, and things that go bump in the night, New Jersey lays claim to a creature known as the Jersey Devil. Legend has it as having been born to Mrs. Shroud of Leeds Point, New Jersey. Prior to its birth, she had sworn that, if she had another child, she wished it would be a “devil.”


While the admonishment to be careful of that for which one wishes is often heard, rarely does a wish’s granting produce such unbridled horror as in the curious case of Mrs. Shroud. Her thirteenth child came as she had wished, deformed and grotesque. Determining to keep the creature away from prying eyes, Mrs. Shroud kept it indoors. One dark, stormy night, however, the child, infuriated by its continuing imprisonment, went on a rampage, running around the house, screaming, and flapping its arms. The arms transformed before Mrs. Shroud’s eyes into wings, and the creature flew out the window and headed for the Jersey Pinelands.


Since that time, for more than 260 years, reliable witnesses not only in the New Jersey Pine Barrens, but also throughout southern New Jersey and even in Philadelphia have seen the creature. Most witnesses describe it as having legs like a crane with cloven hooves, bat wings, a horse’s head, and a bark like that of a dog – what a combination!


Upon further investigation, I traveled to the Jersey Pinelands to interview some local people. I stumbled into a local bar to inquire if anyone present had seen the creature. I was directed to an elderly gentlemen sipping a drink. I asked him, “Did you ever see the Jersey Devil?” He responded, “Seen it, I think I married it!” After enjoying a few drinks with my newfound friend, I concluded that, after a few drinks, you can see almost anything.


And so, the mystery continues: is the Jersey Devil fact or myth? Like the Loch Ness Montster, Bigfoot, or Quetzalcoatl, the Jersey Devil makes good conversation over a few drinks.

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5 Responses to “The Jersey Devil”

  1. Jack says:

    Great article! Haunting yet humorous

  2. Author says:

    Glad you enjoyed it Jack

  3. Dan101 says:

    I think the only real Jersey Devils we have are the people occupying Trenton right now (the legislators, not the honest citizens).

  4. Jeramy Kmetz says:

    You not going to believe it but I have spent all day digging for some information about this. Thanks for this, it was a wonderful read and really helped me out. Kind regards.

  5. Sunny says:

    Added to my favourites list and added to my blogroll

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