We all know Bigfoot – Nessie – Moth Man – but I grew up in the Pine Barrens of NJ and that brings a whole different mythical creature… The Jersey Devil.
Once becoming awoken to this wooded menace you instantly became part of the entire experience.
Me and my friends would share stories we heard from the elders. How the creature was the result of a pregnant mother (Mrs. Leeds) cursing her 13th born child. That the child was born with bat wings, killed its whole family, then flew out into the night to hunt for fresh kids blood. (yes, that’s what we called it – fresh kids blood.)
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And of course these stories built to a thunderous head in the fall, heading into Halloween. Stores would hang Jersey Devil signs up in their windows and strange ungodly shrieks could be heard echoing through the pine barrens at night while you slept.
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We even designated a certain old house in our neighborhood the “Jersey Devil House” and would dare each other to go up to the door while trick or treating. None of us ever had the guts – and those who did never came back!
There are many other stories of The Jersey Devil – many I wasn’t even aware of. It seems every part of the Pine Barrens has their own little version of the myth.
These links will help you on your way to becoming a real ‘piney’ and knowing the history of The Jersey Devil.
And if you ever see glowing red eyes while driving down The Parkway to Atlantic City it surely must be THE JERSEY DEVIL waiting for your car to break down, so it can drink your fresh kids blood!
The New Jersey Historical Society
The Shadow Lands