The Origin of the Jersey Devil: Legendary Monster or Just A Legend?

Jersey Devil. Part man. Part devil. All Jersey. All cryptid.

Show Notes

In 1735, legend says that Mother Leeds gave birth to a monster that has haunted the state of New Jersey ever since.  But where is the truth behind the monster? Was there a Jersey Devil or was it all superstition and trickery?


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Researched & written by Kim Douthit 

Edited & produced by Gabi Fiore

Music by Dan Moretti

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