The History Channel aired an episode of “MonsterQuest” last night called “Devils in New Jersey.” Previously unbeknownst to me, and I imagine you, there is a legend that goes along with the name Jersey Devil dating back to 1735. It’s got a tinge of “Rosemary’s Baby” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” to it. Apparently a lady didn’t want to have another baby so she asked for a devil instead. I mean, it just follows.
Twenty minutes after she gave birth it grew to the size of two full grown men with red eyes, a horse’s head, goat legs, a serpentine tail and bat-like wings. Not the tiny ones, man sized wings. The devil killed the midwife and her assistant and then flew up the chimney. And I heard him exclaim as he flew out of sight “You will be cursed as New Jersians, your state will stink upon sight.”
The moral of this story: If this lady had just had an abortion, South Jersey wouldn’t have had to suffer the fear of this terrible local myth.