Alfred Heston, the local historian for the area, believes that the Jersey Devil could have been born to either the
Sightings of the devil started again when it was seen in the 1800s.
Joseph Bonaparte, former king of
1840’s a strange creature with a piercing scream and odd hoof like foot prints was reported to be killing livestock in the area around the Pine Barrens.
On January 16th 1909 it was seen by many people. Reports include:, Thack Cozzens of Woodbury reported seeing a flying creature with glowing eyes. John Mcowen heard and saw the creature on the banks of a cannel. A policeman James Sackville fired on a strange creature as it flew away E.W. Minister, Postmaster for
On January 19th 1909, a
On January, 20th 1909it was seen by members of by the Black Hawk Social Club and also seen by a trolley full of people in Clementon. Mrs. Sorbinski of
Then on January 21st 1909,
The next documented sighting was in 1927 a cab driver on his way to
In August 1930, berry pickers at Leeds Point and Mays Landing reported seeing the Devil, in the fields eating blueberries and cranberries. It was reported again two weeks later in the north.
In November 1951, a group of children were allegedly cornered by the Devil at the Duport Clubhouse in Gibbstown. The creature left without causing any harm.
In 1960 a group of people near Mays Landing were scared by strange cries and screams. State officials tried to calm the nervous residents but no explanation could be found for the strange sounds. Harry Hunt, who owned the Hunt Brothers Circus, offered $100,000 for the capture of the creature.
In 1961 a couple were parked up along a road in the
In 1966 the Jersey Devil was blamed for the death of 31 ducks, 3 geese, 4 cats and two dogs at a local farm, one of the dogs was a large German Sheppard found with its throat ripped out.
In 1987 in Vinland, another German Sheppard was found torn apart and the body apparently gnawed upon, the body was located 25 feet from where the dog was chained up, around the body were strange tracks.
In 1993 a forest ranger named John Irwin was driving along the
More recently In 2004 on a snowy winter night the Winkelmann children were playing outside when they were scared by a creature and headed indoors. Later that night Mrs. Winkelmann and her 11-year old son headed outside to unplug Christmas lights and they noticed a two-legged winged creature in the trees above. The woman and her child ran back to the house as the creature landed on their roof. For the rest of the night the entire family stayed safely locked inside the house. The next morning when they went outside they noticed footprints on the roof and took pictures as evidence to prove the story was real.
This site :http://www.njdevilhunters.com/ claims to be official jersey devil hunters site includes reports of sightings up to 2003.
So myth or reality or mistaken identity? It has certainly been around a long time.