a dark and stormy night in 1735, something terrible happened
in the Pine Barrens near Leeds Point. The thunder howled, and
the wind roared outside. Inside a small house, Mother Leeds
was giving birth to her 13th baby. No one knew for sure exactly
what happened, but people had lots of ideas.
Leeds said she wanted the baby to be the devil!"
baby was born with a tail, wings, and hooves and flew up the
baby looked normal but then it changed!"
night, the Jersey Devil was born.
is one of the most popular stories about how the Devil was
born, but there are many others. A different story says that
a town put a curse on a young girl who fell in love with a
British soldier during the Revolutionary War. When she gave
birth, it was to the Jersey Devil. Another story says a gypsy
cursed a girl because she didn't give the gypsy food. The curse
caused her to give birth to the Jersey Devil.
in the Pine Barrens call it the Leeds Devil. They say it has
a horse's head, long legs with hooves, two short front legs,
and a bat's wings. No one knows how tall it is. Some people
think it's six feet tall, others think it's only three or four
feet tall. The Devil has glowing red eyes and makes loud screeching
sounds. It's very ugly, and people are terrified after seeing
it. During the day the Devil lives in the wetlands. At night
it comes out to scare anyone it meets.
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