A storm was raging that night in 1735, when Mother Leeds was brought to bed in childbirth. The room was full of woman folk gathered to help her, more out of curiosity than good will. They had all heard the rumors that Mother Leeds was involved in witchcraft, and had sworn she would give birth to a Devil.
It was a relief when the baby came out completely normal. But a few seconds later it started to change, the room blared with screams and the child growing enormous rate. Becoming taller than a man and changing into a beast which resembled a dragon, with a head like a horse, a snake-like body and bat's wings. As soon as it was full-grown, the monster began beating the entire woman not meaning to with its thick, forked tail. With a harsh cry, it flew through the chimney and vanished into the storm.
The Monster of Leeds, or the Jersey Devil as he was later called, still haunts the pines of New Jersey, wrecking havoc upon farmer's crops and livestock, poisoning pools and creeks, and appearing on the New Jersey shore just before a ship wreck. 2,000 eye witnesses of the Jersey Devil is it real or is just a myth of people trying to get people scared
There are many different versions of the birth of the Jersey Devil. One of the most popular legends says a Mrs. Shrouds of Leeds Point, NJ made a wish that if she ever had another child, she want it to be a Devil. Her next child was born misshapen and deformed. She sheltered it in the house, so the curious couldn't see him. On stormy night, the child flapped it's arms, which turned into wings, and escaped out the chimney and was never seen by the family again. A Mrs. Bowen of Leeds point said, "The Jersey Devil was born in the Shrouds house at Leeds Point." 1 Another story that also placed the birth at Leeds Point said that a young girl fell in love with a British soldier during the Revolutionary War. The people of Leeds Point cursed her.
1735 there was bad storm, this is the Jersey Devil that people see it is clamed to be the worst thing. This creature sighted by hundred of eye witnesses, it is reported as having a slightly narrow than normal head of horse, and the face of a collie dog. Its wings are large and bat winged and has a rough four foot long serpent like body. Its eyes are often described as bright red. Even a guy tries to shoot the Jersey Devil with cannon. Its hind legs, the ones stands upon on are described as like the legs of crane with hooves, it is claimed to scratch the roofs off houses, he came born a young blonde blue eyed baby boy, his name is Smith J Leeds.
There are many other versions of the Jersey Devil legend. The legends say it’s the 6th 8th 10th 12th or 13th child, it was born normal or deformed, and the mother defined it as the cellar or the attic. Although there many discrepancies in the entire story’s there are three pieces of evidence that tie all of the legends of the Jersey Devil origin together. The legend of the Jersey Devil was limited to the Pine Barrens and was relatively unknown through the rest of the states.
On Thursday, January 20th, a trolley full of people in Clementon saw the Jersey Devil. In Trenton, a councilman, E.P. Weeden, heard wings flapping outside his door. When he went outside, he saw hoof prints outside his door. Strange prints were also discovered at the arsenal in Trenton. The West Collingswood Fire Department turned their hose on the Jersey Devil. It charged at them and then flew away. In Camden, Mrs. Sorbinski discovered the Jersey Devil attacking her dog. She chased the Devil away with a broom. The Devil charged at her and then flew over a fence. Mrs. Sorbinski examined her dog and noticed that the Devil tore a huge chunk of flesh from the dog. Her screams drew a crowd, including the police. The crowd heard screams coming from Kaigan Hill. The police followed the screams and found the Jersey Devil. They shot at it and it flew away.
In 1961 a couple was in there car they heard screeching and then the top their car was smashed in they fled leaving the scene but when they came but they heard more screeching and they saw the Jersey Devil. In 1951 the Jersey Devil frightened a ten year old boy. A posse tried to hunt the Jersey Devil but it was unsuccessful. Witnesses described as a bloody faced hairy man that was 7 feet tall. On Monday, January 17th, The Lowdens of Burlington found some hoof prints in their yard. Many other residents of Burlington also found strange tracks. The tracks were on rooftops and were in the middle of fields. There were also strange tracks found in Columbus, Hedding, Kinhora, and Rancocas. Mr. and Mrs. Nelson of Gloucester City watched the Jersey Devil from the window inside their home.
In the nineteenth century there was handful of Jersey Devil sightings in early 1800's, Joseph Bonaparte, son of Napoleon, spotted The Jersey Devil near his Bordentown estate while hunting. During 1840-1841, there were numerous reports of raids on sheep and chickens. Strange tracks were discovered at the raids and there were reports of a piercing scream. Many other residents of Burlington also found strange tracks. The tracks were on rooftops and were in the middle of fields. There were also strange tracks found in Columbus, Hedding, Kinhora, and Rancocas. Mr. and Mrs. Nelson of Gloucester City watched the Jersey Devil from the window inside their home.
For ten minutes they watched the Jersey Devil prance around the roof of their shed. Mr. Nelson was quoted in the newspaper. "It was three and a half feet high, with a head of a collie and a face like a horse. It had a long neck, wings about two feet long, and its back legs were like those of a crane and it had horse's hooves. It walked on its back legs and held up two short legs with paws on them. It didn't use the front legs at all while we were watching. My wife and I were scared, I tell you, but I managed to open the window and say "Shoo" and it turned around barked at me and flew away.
Since 1909, the Jersey Devil has continued to be sighted by people all of over New Jersey. The number of sighting have been reported the authorities, this has been attributed to the fact that people that people don’t want to be branded as crazy. Even know that the number of sightings has dropped, there is still a big amount of sightings. In 1962 there was witnesses that were walking in the park and they said that the so called Jersey Devil swooped down and took there dog. Screeching in a loud piercing sound the Jersey Devil dropped the dog, the owner catching the dog and calling the police she fled the scene.
In 1909 there was a sighting at a local resident house the owner of the house was in the kitchen he heard a loud screeching sound and then he saw something break through his window. I was trying to back it off and it leaving in a screeching sound the guy called the police and told Authorities.
On Friday a passing officer saw the Jersey Devil swoop down with a loud screech, all the schools in the area closed down. There is so many witnesses and so many sightings of the Jersey Devil is it false or is it real? The police officer came back that day and found weird foot tracks, he saw that there was also missing chickens that the farmer has reported. In 1961 there was 31 ducks, 3 geese, 4 cats, and tow dogs were killed, the dog was torn apart. There was a report of a raid at a farm, the farmer told local authorities and they found dead chickens and feathers everywhere.
The Jersey Devil is just a story made up by the English settlers frightened of the isolated desolated Pine Barrens of the southern New Jersey. Fugitives took refuge in the Pine Barrens some became notorious bandits as pine robbers who terrorized the local communities. They think it is a sand hill crane they think he can shoot fire out his mouth and nose. He had a company a girl in white and a white and a head less pirate. There are not the many sightings anymore than there used to be the sightings have gone down, people say that the Jersey Devil is dead or that the Jersey Devil can never die.
April 16th there was a sighting of the Jersey Devil at the local New Jersey school and they heard screeching when it was flying around the school. It was closed down later that day, everybody left the scene that day. The whole week of school was closed down and nobody could go in the area.