To all New Jerseyans out there, there are so many interestingly THINGS in your state such as Clinton Road. Yes, THAT road in which according to legend and theories, one DARE NOT to go at NIGHT! Then there is the so-called Jersey Devil. My oh MY! Now, there is the DEVIL'S TREE. It is said to be the portal to hell and if one touches it, WOE be to him/her. Have YOU seen and/or heard of such legends or do YOU believe it is a lot of boogaboo nonsense?
Youtube has a lot of Jersey Devil videos. Some are obviously fake. However, where is that infared film of it taken in the last year or so? That didn't look so fake.
Eerie, Phyllis, thanks. The one i'm talking about was taken about a couple hundred feet away at night in the forest and looked like the general descriptions of it. Darn, wish we could find it 'cause it is very convincing and amazing.
Wow! I would like to see that, Alastar. I will go search some more. Was it moving?
Wow ! I would like to see that one, Alastar. I will go search some more. Was the creature moving or still?
Where are all the true believers and die-hard skeptics with their confirmation bias on this one?!
Alastar, this Clinton Road would be good for your site. We should get an article up there for your readers. Lots of strange things take place there. Have you ever been in that area? It would be awesome to explore that.
I like a lady writer who can take a subtle hint and run with it. You know where to land and get all the incoming trimmings.
My gosh, GM -- I just looked up legends of Clinton Road. Now that is one spooookay place for sure, what with the ghost boy throwing coins back up when someone tosses one in the water. And the ghost truck that follows vehicles. Then the strange wolf-like creatures and hell-hounds! I do not think I would like to go there at night, for sure.
Now, what about this devil tree thing?
According to the legend, many nefarious events occurred regarding the tree such as lynchings by the KKK. The legend stated that the vicinity surrounding the tree was a strong KKK stronghold- bad karma there. There is another legend which indicated that the tree is a portal to hell and that anyone who dares touch the tree will have a permanent black dust on their hands. Also, it was purported that demons guard the tree to prevent someone from cutting it down. Furthermore, it is stated that if someone dares to tamper with the tree, there is a TRUCK which will ran them off the road, eeeeerie, boogetyboogetyBOOOOOO!
It was filmed in infared apparently deep in the Pine Barrens and seemed to move some. I don't know all the details but sure would like to get a gander at it again- thanks, Phyllis!
I tried to find the video, but that ol' Jersey devil is just too elusive, Alastar. There is one good video of a mother and son who saw the creature, took pictures of its foot prints in snow, had lie detector tests, paranormal researchers, the monster hunt team tried to thrush the creature out of the forest, -- a very convincing story,the best one I have seen, but, again no solid proof.
Shucks, Phyllis, thanks for trying'. If I ever see it again will certainly let you know.
Well, I am thinking the Jersey devil must be an unusually large 'wapacuthu'.
Or it very possibly could be a Tlanuwa -- which is a giant bird of prey with impenetrable metal feathers, from Cherokee mythology.
Holy Superior Phyllis! You sure know your Appalachian and Cherokee legends. I think your making the right choice and you know what I mean by that. Had to look those two up. So,the Tlanuwa is more regular bird-like and the wapacuthu is more owl-like?
Exactly, Alastar. The wapacuthu (sounds like Cherokee name - archaic name) is the Bubo virginianus virginianus which is the Common Great Horned Owl. If you look at the pic on wiki, the CGHO looks very much like a creature that could frighten people at night. The wing span of a female can be up to 5 feet, and the tracks I saw in the video with the mother and son are similar to the three toed Owl. Plus it has those eerie huge yellow eyes. The Tlanuwa is more bird-like according to the Cherokee myth.
And yes, I do know what you mean -- thank you for that, my friend.
A few tried to explain away the Mothman of Point Pleasant as an extraordinary-sized owl. What an exploded theory. I don't know any owls who can keep up with cars going 70+ miles an hour for one thing.
In the Philippines there was a story about a lady in white on a particular street. There were always stories they heard from others, but no first person accounts. The stories got wilder over time, with the lady knocking on doors, screaming, disappearing as your car crashed into her. But I think that urban legend no longer exists., although the street is still there.
One of the best people and poets HP has ever seen had an upfront and personal 'lady in white' experience in Kentucky that literally changed his life...and became his muse. At the Chickamauga battlefield in N Georgia there's a 'lady in white' whose reported by tourists from all over the world, most of whom know nothing of her legend. Park Rangers have seen her, too. Not New Jersey but there you go.
It really is too bad he left HP. I have lost touch with him. I hope he is still writing.
He is, Phyllis. Believe he's on G+ and his own site. Unbelievably good what this poet can create and what a muse he's got too inspire. Im super glad his story was in M&M book one. Talked about him on a Hollywood interview for the book, too, and was most pleased to do so.
Lady, there are so many sightings and legends about a "lady in white" that there must be some truth in it. I did not know there are similar legends in the Philippines, too. That is very interesting.
New Jersey and the Appalachian regions abound with legends like this and many others.
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