The Legend of the New Jersey Devil, Fact or Fiction?

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For over 280 years, there has been a story circulating around of this flying Demonic looking creature stalking and haunting the woods of this town in America. There are many stories that surround this legend, from witchcraft to simply a man who went crazy. But that’s the thing with stories from the past, sometimes they could be true. Today, we will dive into one of the many stories that surrounds this location deep in the woods. A house that once stood full of life, but quickly became abandoned and decayed away until there was nothing left. Some say this location birthed the devil himself.

Many cultures across the world are said to be built on legends, stories that help us understand things too great or too terrifying to believe. This is the legend of the New Jersey Devil.

The story goes that in the early 1700's, Deborah Smith moved from her hometown in England and migrated to America. When she arrived, she would settle down in New Jersey, where she would marry a man by the name of Japhet Leeds.

They would live in their home in the Pinelands in South Jersey. Keep in mind this was a really heavily wooded area that spread across the land for miles. Japhet in Deborah would end up having 12 healthy children. YES - 12 children.

Deborah noticed that she was pregnant with her 13th child. It was said at this point, Deborah and Japhet's marriage was not doing so well. Japhet was not able to bring in enough money to help his large family and ended up becoming a drunk. This made things very hard on the Leeds family.

Legends states that in 1735, it was a dark and stormy night. Inside the Leeds home Deborah was finally ready give birth to her 13th child. There were midwives there to help Deborah give birth while the children and Japhet were in the other room.

Once Deborah gave the final push, the baby came out with a unworldly screeching sound and this baby wasn’t a baby at all. It was a scary looking creature. It had hooves as feet, a tail, a head like a horse and had these bat like wings.

Everyone was in shock to what they just witnessed and didn’t have time to react. This creature leaped up and slaughtered Deborah and the midwifes in that room.

Then the winged creature flew right up and out of the chimney. Disappearing into the deep wooded forest, haunting and killing its prey ever since - dubbing this creature as the New Jersey Devil.

For over 280 years, there are been many people who have claimed to have seen this Jersey Devil. It has been said that there would be a high dollar reward for anyone who could bring the devil in alive or dead. But this has been proven to be unsuccessful.

The house that was said that the Jersey Devil came from has completely decayed and rotted away after being abandoned for so many years. Many have gone to search for this location, but only a few have actually found it. Many have gotten lost in the woods trying to search for this house and even some say they have encountered a huge bat winged creature stalking them.

What is your take on this story? Let me know in the comments below.

Here is a little bit of history for you. Peace I love you and as always God bless.

Primary Sources:

1. Wikipedia


3. All Thats Interesting

4. Grunge

5. Find a Grave

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