What Did Laurie Winkelmann See Watching Her From The Forest Behind Her Home?
The Jersey Devil is a legendary creature that is supposed to prowl the Pine Barrens area of New Jersey (USA). It’s described as having a hotch-potch of different animal features – the head of a goat, leathery bat-like wings, cloven hooves, horns, small arms with clawed hands and a forked tail.
It’s reputed to be able to move very quickly and has what’s been described as a blood-curdling scream.
Like something from the Island of Dr. Moreau or a bad nightmare then.
Legend, which goes back to the early 1735, has it that Mother Leeds had 12 children and when she got pregnant for the 13th time decreed that this latest child would be the devil. The woman was supposedly a witch who had cavorted with the Devil himself, their union spawning this 13th child.
Born looking like a normal baby, it quickly morphed into the hideous creature of legend, killed the midwife and escaped up the chimney.
It circled the local villages and eventually settled in the Pine Barrens. It posed such a problem for the locals that the demon was exorcised in 1840 for 100 years.
Indeed, no reports of it surfaced again until 1890. A far more detailed history of the creature can be found here.
Watch as new scientific evidence and eyewitness testimony and accounts are examined to determine the truth about the Jersey Devil…