Some rare Sunday action in my crypt resulted in this. Inspired by the painting inspired by The Sexy Armpit, I give you the Garden State’s most enduring figure, the one being who can eclipse the ample shadow of Governor Chris Christie… Mother Leeds’ own child, the Jersey Devil.
The story of the Jersey Devil is a classic. Here’s the gist of it, courtesy of Wikipedia:
It was said that Mother Leeds had 12 children and, after finding she was pregnant for the 13th time, stated that this one would be the Devil. In 1735, Mother Leeds was in labor on a stormy night. Gathered around her were her friends. Mother Leeds was supposedly a witch and the child’s father was the Devil himself. The child was born normal, but then changed form. It changed from a normal baby to a creature with hooves, a goat’s head, bat wings and a forked tail. It growled and screamed, then killed the midwife before flying up the chimney. It circled the villages and headed toward the pines. In 1740 a clergyman exorcised the demon for 100 years and it wasn’t seen again until 1890.
[NOTE: Normally, I would never use Wikipedia as a source, but I’ve heard the story of the Devil soooo many times, with so many variations, that as a native son of the Garden State, I can definitively state this variation of the tale is no worse than any other out there.]