Thursday, May 27, 2004

Jersey Devil

This is my favorite urban legend, probably since he's said to hang out right around where I grew up, and of course its the origin of the NJ hockey team's name.

It is said to have started when a woman (who lived in the Jersey Pine Barrans) prayed for the child she was about to have to be a devil, however, when it was born, it looked like a normal child so gave it up for adoption. It really was a devil, but since he was turned out of an evil house at such a young age, he never developed much of his wickedness. Recent sightings have been said to have been in Northern New Jersey wooded areas and Harriman State Park in Rockland Country, New York. Campers and hikers tell stories of the small flying kid with wings, horns and a pointed tail, who simply asks for directions to the Pine Barrons (in Southern Jersey). They describe him as genial and polite.

Most of the documentation on the internet differs from the story i was told, but heres a link to one legnthy description: http://urbanlegendsonline.com/jerseydevil.html

2 Comments:

Blogger Kirk said...

A variation of this story appeared in the first season of the X-Files. The way it was portrayed in the show was more akin to stories of bigfoot/sasquatch than of an actual devil.

I had never heard the hockey team angle to the story before.

9:46 AM  
Blogger kaitlin said...

Actually, it's interesting that you bring up the Jersey Devil. One of my friends from high school has actual documentation that she is related to the Jersey Devil...or at least she's related to the family rumored to have birthed the devil. Apparently the family had a child who was severely deformed and retarded and people were afraid of him. Somehow the Jersey Devil story came out of that and has kind of taken on a life of its own. I can't explain all of the sighting claims, but I actually sat down with this girl's family and they showed me newspaper clippings etc. to back up their story. Who knows...

5:07 PM  

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