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October 28, 2010 9:29 AM   Subscribe

Mapping the Jersey Devil
posted by Miko (26 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite

No Shades Of Death road? Blasphemy!
posted by The Whelk at 9:37 AM on October 28, 2010

Oooh, good reminder to watch The 13th Child and, of course, The Last Broadcast this weekend.
posted by adipocere at 9:39 AM on October 28, 2010

I was always so proud as a child to grow up in a state with its own devil :)
posted by supermedusa at 9:41 AM on October 28, 2010 [1 favorite]

Oh man, my dad used to tell me all kinds of stories about the Jersey Devil. Good stuff.
posted by two lights above the sea at 9:47 AM on October 28, 2010 [1 favorite]

No Shades Of Death road? Blasphemy!

I'm pretty sure he'd welcome suggested additions...
posted by Miko at 9:47 AM on October 28, 2010

I grew up right on the outskirts of the Barrens, so we always were on the lookout for the Jersey Devil. Although when we went in to the forest to play, it was the crazy teenaged dirt bikers that were of a danger.

Glouchester City

It's Gloucester City, or Gloucester City-tucky if you were feeling unkind towards the residents there.
posted by backseatpilot at 9:50 AM on October 28, 2010


One day during the 1990s, some visitors found hundreds of Polaroid photographs scattered in woods just off the road. They took some and shared them with Weird NJ, which published a few as samples.[6]

Most of the disturbing images showed a television changing channels, others showed a woman or women, blurred and somewhat difficult to identify, lying on some sort of metal object, conscious but not smiling.[6]

Local police began an investigation after the magazine ran an item with the photos, but the remainder disappeared shortly afterwards

posted by The Whelk at 9:51 AM on October 28, 2010

South Jersey reprazent!

Willingboro native right here.
posted by Edison Carter at 9:54 AM on October 28, 2010 [3 favorites]

Brown Tiger, Varmint, Sneak-cat, Red Tiger, Silver Lion, Purple Panther, Deer-killer, Indian Devil, Mountain Devil, Mountain Demon, Mountain Screamer (pdf).

The Eastern "devils" have always fascinated me. One theory is that the blood-curdling screams are cougar yells. Cougars were known in the area historically, but haven't been reliably reported in eastern North America for generations.

Here is the description of a new(ish) research project to try to determine cougar numbers. The public can report sightings here. The NS government currently lists their status as "undetermined" as there haven't been any confirmed sightings to date.

Many doubt they exist at all, but reports of the sightings continue.
posted by bonehead at 9:54 AM on October 28, 2010 [1 favorite]

backseatpilot: it was the crazy teenaged dirt bikers that were of a danger.

You say tomato, I say tomahto.
posted by cftarnas at 9:55 AM on October 28, 2010

my parents are in far north western nj and a co-worker of my mom's most definitely saw a cougar up there.
posted by supermedusa at 9:56 AM on October 28, 2010

Awesome! In White Meadow Lake, NJ in the 70's, we used to tell each other horrific stories about the Jersey Devil at sleepovers and get no sleep at all. It got so terrible that we had to go down the hall to the bathroom at night in groups. Hair-raising good times :)
posted by jeanmari at 10:01 AM on October 28, 2010 [1 favorite]

The Barrens were my playground as a child. As a Cub Scout, we were shown a grainy B&W film of two men getting their car violently shook by a shadowy, hairy creature that stood at the hood, gaunt and frightening.

I remember hearing the scream at night while lying in bed, once. Granted, that's what my 30-something mind remembers from when I was 10. What I do know is that B&W film scared the shit out of me and I've never been able to track it down to see what my adult, critical, rational eyes would discover.
posted by NationalKato at 10:02 AM on October 28, 2010

Some "devil" screams?

Cougar in Colorado

A cat at night?

Female panther in heat
posted by bonehead at 10:29 AM on October 28, 2010

One theory is that the blood-curdling screams are cougar yells

I could really subscribe to this theory. I once heard a cougar yell it -- and it was loud & bone-chilling and strikingly like a human scream.

Jersey native here, too. Grew up in the central area, but worked for many summers at a South Jersey camp on the edge of the Pines, where we did hiking and canoe trips into the deep Pines regularly. Jersey Devil stories/pranks were a standard element of this experience.
posted by Miko at 10:36 AM on October 28, 2010

For some reason this reminded me of the people in Egg Harbor who saw someone fall from the sky a month or two ago. Doesn't look like a body was ever found.
posted by sepviva at 10:38 AM on October 28, 2010

There's definitely a reason why the "Wierd [Place]" franchise began in NJ.
posted by Miko at 10:42 AM on October 28, 2010 [1 favorite]

In the late 1970's as a young'un I went (for 1 summer) to an overnight camp in New Jersey called Camp Dark Waters (no, really). As a naive boy from Vermont, being in New Jersey was frightening enough (those accents, so alien!) but the tale of the Jersey Devil played a big part in campfire stories as I'm sure you can imagine.

In what can best be described as a real-time version of the Blair Witch project our counselors created an elaborate ruse over a period of 3 or 4 nights that involved the Jersey Devil scratching at our cabin doors, counselors going out to investigate, counselors getting mauled by said devil, you know, standard nightmare fodder.

This was also the summer that everyone was looking up at the sky convinced that the Skylab satellite would come crashing down on their heads. Between the Jersey Devil at night and the fear of Skylab during the day I pretty much spent as much time in my cabin as possible.

Good times.
posted by jeremias at 10:45 AM on October 28, 2010 [1 favorite]

NJ's weird-to-physical-size ratio is off the flippin' charts. You've got Jersey Devils, Jackson Whites, Midget-ville… additionally, the Statue of Liberty should belong to New Jersey. Same with the Giants. Oh well…
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 12:26 PM on October 28, 2010

The Jersey devil can lick hands too Amirite?! South Jersey WHAT.
posted by edbles at 2:05 PM on October 28, 2010

Actually it's kind of interesting how there's a bunch of stuff between Januay 16 1909 to 21st 1909. I wonder if the first incident got written up and publiicized or if there was some sort of rabid animal wandering around that week.
posted by edbles at 2:09 PM on October 28, 2010

That's strange. Appearances usually occur very close to liquor stores. Could it be that the Jersey Devil is somehow drawn to the presence of large quantities of alcohol? Thank heavens it doesn't cross state lines.
posted by pracowity at 4:59 PM on October 28, 2010

I don't think you can conclude much from that, as in NJ there is a liquor store about every .3 miles. Everything occurs very close to a liquor store.
posted by Miko at 7:48 PM on October 28, 2010

Cougars? It's possible.

Red foxes, though, I saw all the time. And their cry is pretty bloodcurdling. You can't tell from the video, but they can be surprisingly loud.
posted by rafter at 12:21 AM on October 29, 2010

The Eastern "devils" have always fascinated me. One theory is that the blood-curdling screams are cougar yells.

Like these? (YouTube link)
posted by iviken at 9:46 AM on October 29, 2010

F. Paul Wilson wrote a horror story about the Devil, "The Barrens." Starship Sofa just serialized a reading of it, starting here.
posted by doctornemo at 3:20 PM on October 30, 2010

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