The Jersey Devil : The Tale Of The Devil

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In 1735, there was a lady named Deborah Leeds who lived wither husband, Daniel, in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey. Mrs. Leeds was the mother of twelve children. “Daniel was a good provider for his family but was often absent and not very helpful when it came to the responsibilities of taking care of the children” (McCloy, Miller). Mrs. Leeds was having her thirteenth child. Having that many children to look after was, as I could only imagine, very difficult. While giving birth, in a moment of weakness, Mrs. Leeds said, “I hope this one is not a child, I hope it is a devil” (McCloy, Miller). When the child was born everything seemed to be fine. But then something went horribly wrong. It is said that “the child, in moments, grew into a monster that was the size of two full men” (McCloy, Miller). In one swoop of his arm he slit the throats of the mid wife and the other two attendants, before disappearing through the chimney. The monster than retreated into the Pine Barrens where it is said until this day he has continued to terrorize anyone foolish enough to cross its path. This is the tale of the Jersey Devil. The tale of the Jersey Devil is one of the oldest tales in folklore. It has survived through the ages. “People from New Jersey have spoken of it for more than 300 years now” (McCloy, Miller). Being born not too far away from New Jersey, this was a tale that I heard often growing up. Like a lot of kids who just got their drivers licenses, I found myself
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