|There are many pictures of what The Jersey Devil is supposed to|
look like, this version appeared years ago in a local newspaper
as a bit of a farse
|This is a picture of the Leeds House which spurned this tale to life.|
In 1735, a Pines resident known as Mother Leeds found herself pregnant for the thirteenth time. Mother Leeds was poverty stricken; her husband was a drunkard who made few efforts to provide for his wife and twelve children. Reaching the point of absolute exasperation upon learning of her thirteenth child, she raised her hands to the heavens and proclaimed “Let this one be a devil!”
Mother Leeds went into labor a few months later, on a stormy night, no longer mindful of the curse she had uttered previously regarding the unborn child. Her children and husband huddled together in one room of their Leeds Point home while local midwives gathered to deliver the baby in another. By all accounts the birth went routinely, and the thirteenth Leeds child was a seemingly normal baby boy.
Within minutes however, Mother Leeds’s unholy wish of months before began to come to fruition. The baby started to change, right before her very eyes. Within moments it transformed from a beautiful newborn baby into a hideous creature unlike anything the world had ever seen. The wailing infant began growing at an incredible rate. It sprouted horns from the top of its head and talon-like claws tore through the tips of its fingers. Leathery bat-like wings unfurled from its back, and hair and feathers sprouted all over the child’s body. Its eyes began glowing bright red as they grew larger in the monster’s gnarled and snarling face. The creature savagely attacked its own mother, killing her, then turned its attention to the rest of the horrified onlookers who witnessed its transformation. It flew at them, clawing and biting, voicing unearthly shrieks the entire time. It tore the midwives limb from limb, maiming some and killing others. Legend has it you can still hear the Jersey Devil shrieking in the Pines, seeking flesh to devour.
Crreeeepy, right? Freaked me out, and I was an adult when I first heard this! Believe it or not, many, many, South Jersey residents have sworn to actually seeing the Jersey Devil or hearing it's screams. Thankfully, the only glimpse of Jersey Devil I've seen has been on the ice!!
|The New Jersey Devil hockey team got it's name from this very legend.|
This is the kind of devil I enjoy running into...