The New Jersey Devil the Cryptid

New Jersey is one of the oldest states in the United States. The state went from being founded in 1787 with a population of a few hundred thousand to a population of around nine million in the 21st century. Because of such a large population and hundreds of years of history, it isn’t surprising that the state is home to unknown activity. The legend of the New Jersey Devil was born in the 1700s.

The New Jersey Devil is a cryptid that is often spotted in the New Jersey Pinelands area. The New Jersey Devil was reported to cause destruction in dozens of towns. This cryptid killed livestock, crops, and animals that roam the woods in southern New Jersey. Even after the destruction that the cryptid caused, it was never captured. Eventually a bounty of a hundred thousand dollars was placed on the head of the New Jersey Devil, and many attempted to capture it. None of them succeeded, so the existence of this cryptid has yet to be confirmed.

The New Jersey Devil is often described as flying with large wings that resemble the wings of a bat. The cryptid is reported to walk with two legs that look like a kangaroo’s leg. It has a head like a horse, and horns that are similar to a goat. The New Jersey Devil has a pointy tail. The tail is described as being the tail of a demon.

Many of the people that reported encountering the New Jersey Devil had nothing to gain by lying about the situation. Police officers, farmers, business owners, and even politicians claimed to have spotted the cryptid. Ever since the first sighting of this creature, the reported encounters haven’t slowed down. Some critics say that if it was real, then it would have been captured by now. That is not necessarily true because animals that are small in population are difficult to find. There were new animals that were discovered in the previous decade which means it is not impossible for new animals to be discovered. Other than the bounty, the government invested little into finding the New Jersey Devil.

Origin of the New Jersey Devil

According to legend, there was a woman named Mrs. Leeds that lived in Estellville. She gave birth to 12 children. Soon she would discover that she had a 13th child on the way. She was furious when she discovered the news. Mrs. Leeds cursed her baby by chanting, “Let it be the devil!” When she gave birth, the baby came out looking like a youthful version of what would become known as the New Jersey Devil. The baby creature spread its wings before flying into the swamp, never to be seen by her again.

Did the New Jersey Devil exist?

First, we should see if Mrs. Leeds, the alleged mother of the New Jersey Devil, existed. Since Mrs. Leeds lived during the 18th century, it is difficult to find her public records. Jane Miller Glenn is a direct descendent of Mrs. Leeds. Even at 75 she remembers her mother dressing her up as a devil for Halloween as a family tradition referencing her ancestor Mrs. Leeds. Glenn still has the picture of her wearing her devil costume hanging on the wall. The family is known for being related to the New Jersey Devil in their hometown, and the legend doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon.

Even though public records are difficult to find on various members of her family, it is proven that her family lived in the United States for centuries. The Leedses left Europe to emigrate to North America in the mid-17th century. Eventually the family would own 1000 acres of land. The great grandfather of Glenn was the first mayor of Atlantic city. According to the public records that we have, there isn’t anything that disproves the legend of Mrs. Leeds giving birth to the New Jersey Devil.

The legend of the New Jersey Devil continues to spread around not only New Jersey, but throughout the United States. There have been reports of people encountering the cryptid in the 2010s. Do you think that the New Jersey Devil is real? If so, what do you think its origin is? Have you seen the New Jersey Devil?

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Phantom of the Pines: More Tales of the Jersey Devil by James F. McCloy and Ray Miller, Middle Atlantic Press, ISBN 0912608951


The Creepy Legend of Mandy the haunted Doll

Dolls bring nostalgic memories back to millions of people around the globe. Dolls are nothing new and have been around for thousands of years dating back to ancient Egypt. While dolls create fun memories for many of those around the globe, some of them terrify people. There are a significant number of dolls that are believed to be haunted. One of these haunted figures sits in the Quesnel Museum in Canada.

In 1991 a doll was donated to the Quesnel Museum, and ever since the donation a series of creepy incidents followed. Employees at the museum claimed items would often disappear from one area and appear in another. Some critics say that an employee could have misplaced their items, however, if that were the case, why did it happen consistently. For example, their lunch would often not be in the area that they stored it and be found in a drawer. Employees would often claim that they heard footsteps in rooms and hallways when they didn’t see anyone there. When the staff placed the doll in a room by herself, the room was neat, but when they returned to the room, a few hours later they were in for a surprise. There were papers scattered across the floor as if someone took the papers and threw them in the air.

It wasn’t only the staff that witnessed the paranormal activity of the doll. When Mandy was placed in a glass case for visitors to see as they walked in, some visitors claimed they could see Mandy’s eyes following them. A portion of these members weren’t aware of the legend of Mandy the doll. Visitors would often claim to hear scratching on the glass case. The flickering of lights and electrical equipment was another recurring incident that frightened visitors. These paranormal incidents didn’t begin until the doll was donated to the museum.

Mandy was donated to the museum by a woman that claimed that the doll seemed to have paranormal activity. She claimed that she often heard a girl crying at night that disturbed her sleep. The sound happened for multiple nights until she finally investigated where the sound was coming from. As she walked around the house, the crying grew louder as if she was approaching the crying girl. Once she arrived at the basement, she discovered Mandy, which was her daughter’s doll, sticking out of a box of storage. After she donated the doll to the museum, she claimed that she no longer heard crying at night.

Who is the ghost of Mandy the Doll?

The materials used to make the doll and the style of it seem to point to the doll being made in Germany in the early 20th century. Unfortunately, since the doll wasn’t donated to the museum until 1991, the doll was being passed around to different owners for more than half a century. Tracking the history of the doll is nearly impossible because there aren’t any records of it, and many of her early owners passed away. It is believed that the ghost that is attached to the doll is the ghost of a girl that died in a fire while holding the doll. After death, her ghost became attached to the doll.

Even though this theory has little proof, this explanation corresponds to the incidents well. 

  • The woman heard crying in the basement that sounded like a girl.  
  • The tricks that are pulled when she moves the staff’s items around. 
  • The tantrum she has when she throws the papers around.

These seem to be actions of a child, so this theory seems to be the most realistic one. It is not known why she pulls these stunts. Maybe she wants people to notice her.

What do you think about Mandy the doll? Do you believe she is really haunted? Who do you believe to be the identity of the girl who haunts the doll? Let me know in the comments below.

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The Ahool Cryptid that roams Java

The Ahool is a lesser known cryptid that was spotted in the Java rainforest of Indonesia. The Java rainforest is 16,100 square miles. This rainforest is a home of many species, including 350 bird species. About 150 million people live on this land. Much of the forest was cut down because of the large population, but there are a few remaining government protected forests left. Amid the large population and diverse wildlife, an eerie sighting was bound to take place.

There were multiple sightings for decades of an unknown creature called the Ahool. This cryptid is often described as looking similar to a bat with gray fur and wings that expand out around 12 feet. The cryptid is sometimes described to be the size of a young child, but is often described as the size of an adult. In reported sightings, locals have claimed to see the Ahool flying while some claimed to see it walking through the forest. Locals that spot the Ahool claim to hear the creature howl AHOOOOL. The cryptid was named after its howl.

There aren’t a lot of reported sightings. Most of the sightings of the Ahool were never officially reported. Two of the most famous sightings of the Ahool took place in the early twentieth century. In 1925 a naturalist named Dr. Ernest Bartels was conducting research in a rainforest. While he was researching, he spotted a large creature fly over his head that looked similar to a bat. Dr. Ernest Bartels claimed to see the creature again in 1927. He claimed he heard a howl come from outside, so he walked outside of his residence and looked through the forest to investigate. The Ahool is believed to be a predator that eats fish, and there were some unreported claims that the creature attacked humans.

Is the Ahool real?

Even though sightings of the Ahool have been happening for decades, there are very few officially reported sightings. Many of the sightings consist of tales and local legends. There is little evidence for scientists to work with, however, that doesn’t mean that the Ahool doesn’t exist. Some say that the Ahool wasn’t a cryptid, but was really just an animal. There isn’t a known animal that matches the description of the Ahool, however, they claim that fear made people exaggerate the size. Some critics say that it could be a Spotted Wood-owl. A Spotted Wood-owl is a little under 2 ft tall with wings that expand around 4 ft. This is obviously smaller than the Ahool, however, they say that the viewers were exaggerating the size. Others claim that this isn’t likely because there is too great of a difference between the size of the Spotted Wood-owl and the Ahool for there to be any confusion.

Even though this cryptid isn’t widely known, the tale of its sightings continues to spread through the towns of the locals in Java. It could be possible that the Ahool is an undiscovered species that has a small population. There have been new species discovered in this decade, so this is a possibility. What is your opinion on the Ahool? Do you believe the Ahool existed? Do you believe it was a misunderstanding? Let me know in the comments below.

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The Ghost Reported to haunt Airport High School

Airport High School is a high school in West Columbia, South Carolina, near an airport and down the road from Midlands technical college. Many people in Gaston and West Columbia graduated from or are attending Airport High School. Airport High School was founded in 1958 and within the next decade unexplained and creepy activity would occur.

Airport High School has been renovated a few times, and the 100 and 500 hallways are the only original part of the school that remains. Students and staff members claimed a ghost roams because of unexplained activity. Alleged banging against lockers can be heard, doors closing on their own, footsteps can be heard, and phones being knocked off of the hooks. In the closet of the chorus classroom, banging against the walls could be heard. The incidents were more common when students and staff would go to Airport High School at night for after school events. At night teachers and students claimed to hear footsteps of someone behind them as they were unlocking the door to their car only to see no one standing behind them. Who is the ghost that haunts Airport High School?

It is believed that the ghost that roams the halls of Airport High School is George I Pair, who was the first principal of Airport High School from 1958 to 1962. George I Pair passed away in 1962. This leads to the question: was George I Pair really the first principal of Airport High School? Did George I Pair really exist, or is he a fictional character of the legend? I have uncovered old yearbooks of Airport High School down to the year 1970, but unfortunately yearbooks made years earlier are difficult to find. According to there was a man named George I Pair that lived in West Columbia. Here is the document that I found

George Irving Pair served time in the military, but I have found no documents of him working as a principal at Airport High School. This does not mean that he never worked at Airport High School because public records as far back as the 50s and 60s can be difficult to retrieve. Part of the legend is that the wife of George Pair continued to work at Airport High School after his death. Allegedly she said that George Pair’s ghost is there to protect students and staff members at the school. The wife of George Irving Pair was named Josephine H Pair. It is true that Josephine H Pair died after her husband according to public records. Here are the public records of Josephine H Pair

Unfortunately, it is difficult to find public records of her employment at Airport High School too, but the evidence is pointing towards George I Pair being the first principal of Airport High School. There are a few holes in some claims. For example, the doors are held open by magnets so when the power is off the doors will close. In a hall between a couple of bathrooms there is a switch that can turn off the lights in the entire hall. Even though there is an explanation for these incidents, the other unexplained events can’t be solved at the moment.

What are your opinions on the ghost that allegedly haunts Airport High School? Do you think it is the ghost of George I Pair? Do you believe that Airport High School is haunted, or do you think there is another explanation? Share your thoughts in the comments below.


Disney World haunted by One Way Ghost

Disney World is a part of everyone’s childhood. Whether or not you have been there, the picture of the Disney castle is one that you remember. Disney World brought wonderful childhood memories to millions around the world, however, this doesn’t make Disney World immune to creepy phenomena.

Space Mountain is a roller coaster that is located at Tomorrowland in the Magic Kingdom theme park. If you have ever been on the Space Mountain ride, then you probably remember that it is located inside of a building and the roller coaster takes you to dark areas. While this ride is fun because it imitates the depths of space, it comes with a creepy legend.

Haunted Ride

There have been reports by people that spotted a man sitting on the ride. Why was this reported? By the end of the ride, before the bars were unlocked for people to leave, the man was gone. He is described as being big with red hair. He is known as Mr. One Way ghost. The ghost is not seen consistently, so there is not a particular time that he can be spotted on the ride. It wasn’t just visitors that saw Mr. One Way. Someone that worked there claimed to have seen him in a locker room.

Who is Mr. One Way Ghost

It is believed that Mr. One Way is the ghost of a man that died at Disney World in the 1970s. This leads to the question: has anyone ever died at Disney World in the 1970s? For Disney World being such a large tourist attraction with over 100,000 visitors per day, there is a relatively low amount of injuries and deaths that take place, however, errors happen. In the 1970s there were two deaths that were reported. A four-year-old died at the Cinderella Castle moat located in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom in 1977. Obviously this doesn’t fit the description of Mr. One Way because of the difference in age. There was another death at Disney World in 1973, which was the death of an 18-year-old male named Bodgen Delaurot. Bodgen Delaurot drowned, but his 10-year-old brother survived. It is possible that Mr. One Way could be the ghost of Bodgen Delaurot, but there aren’t many descriptions of Bodgen Delaurot available.

There have been little known recent reports of Mr. One Way ghost, but not all sightings are reported. Have you ever been on the Space Mountain ride? If you have, did you encounter Mr. One Way ghost? Who do you think Mr. One Way is the ghost of?

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The Roswell Incident

1947 was only a few years after world war 2. The early stages of the cold war were beginning to form with the Soviet Union taking some of the European countries. This era is when the concept of ufos and extraterrestrials became mainstream in modern United States history. One of the most famous ufo sightings in ufo folklore is the Roswell incident of 1947.


Rancher W. W “Mac” Brazel was driving with his son, so it seemed like it was going to be a normal day. As the rancher drove, he caught the glimpse of light gleaming from pieces of metal. Shocked at the sighting, the rancher got out of the car to investigate what appeared to be the wreckage of some form of aircraft. He encountered brilliant, lightweight metal that was scattered across the ground. The rancher didn’t know how to get the wreckage off of his property, nor did he know what the craft was. The rancher and his son delivered the metal pieces of the wreck to Sheriff Wilcox. An investigation was officially launched.


The investigation was thorough because of the possibility of the aircraft being of Soviet Union origin. When the investigation was officially over, they concluded that the wreckage was identified as a weather balloon. Even though this was the official conclusion, many believe that this was a cover up to hide that the craft was of extraterrestrial origin. Some may ask why would they feel the need to cover up the existence of extraterrestrials? There are multiple answers to this question. The most common one is that if the public discovered that extraterrestrials were real, then there would be mass panic because of the possibility of invasion, and there are plenty of other answers to the question. It is realistic in the scenario for the government to cover it up. In fact, it wasn’t uncommon for the government to lie to the public at this time considering this was the age of nuclear weapons, and other military technology being developed.


Even in this decade there are still people that believe that the crashed aircraft was of extraterrestrial origin. There have been dozens of documentaries, books, and articles written on this topic. Unfortunately, it is currently not known where the original pieces of the craft are stored. There are still newspapers that are available from that time period about the incident, however, there are very few documents that can be found by the government from that time. The general accounting office conducted an investigation on any remaining government documents from the 1947 encounter. Even though it is now required for the army to keep permanent records of aircraft crashes, this law didn’t apply in 1947. Most of the records were destroyed, and it is not known who made the decision to destroy the documents. Theorists believed the documents were destroyed to prevent the information from leaking into the knowledge of the public. Critics claim that the documents could have been destroyed to make room for new documents.

The Roswell incident is often used as the mark of modern ufo folklore. Even with all the documentaries and articles written, there are still many unanswered questions about this topic. Do you believe the aircraft was of extraterrestrial origin? Do you believe it was a weather balloon?

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The truth behind the Bunny Man Bridge

The location of the bunny man bridge is one of the creepiest places in the United States. The Bunny Man Bridge became known as a haunted place because of an encounter that allegedly happened in the early twentieth century, where a man in a bunny costume chased a driver down the road with an axe. There were also alleged accounts of rabbit corpses on the ground that were supposedly killed by the Bunny Man. In some versions of the Bunny Man legend the Bunny Man is a man in a bunny costume, and in others the Bunny Man is a cryptid.

The more popular belief is that the Bunny Man was a man that escaped from an insane asylum and dressed in a bunny costume before going on a killing spree. Douglas Griffin is theorized to be the killer in the Bunny Man costume. This leads to the question.

what are the public records of Douglas Griffin?

According to the legend, the locals complained about living close to the asylum, so the state transported the inmates to Lorton prison. Douglas Griffin allegedly killed Marcus Wallster, which was an inmate that attempted to escape with him.

I haven’t found any records of an insane asylum in Fairfax County, Virginia, in 1904 (The year of the first encounter of the Bunny Man). There were records found of Lorton prison being built in the early twentieth century. The problem is that Lorton prison was built in 1910, which is six years after the first encounter of the Bunny Man. There are no court records of someone named Douglas Griffin and Marcus Wallster being transported to Lorton prison. The version of the Bunny Man being a cryptid came much later than the first encounter.

Later Decades

In the early 1970s there were claims of the Bunny Man being spotted in Fairfax County, Virginia with a bunny costume and an axe. This brought the urban legend back to life, and people feared for their lives. If the Bunny Man was really attacking people in the 70s, it couldn’t have been Douglas Griffin because according to the dates Douglas Griffin would have either been dead or too old to pull off the task. If the Bunny Man did return in the 70s, there was a different person in the suit, which could be possible considering the legend was still circulating at the time. The legend might have inspired someone to carry it out. Some people claim it is the ghost of the Bunny Man.

Even though it seems like the Bunny Man never existed according to evidence, the urban legend is not still in circulation a hundred years later for no reason. As the legend of the Bunny Man was passed down over the years, it changed multiple times, which led to various versions of the encounter. In the public records, it turns out that there actually was a man named Douglas J Griffin. Douglas J Griffin was born in 1940 and he lived with both of his parents until his father was killed in combat during world war 2. Douglas J Griffin was smothered by his mother in the Laurianne Woods, but he survived. In the late fifties, missing children were reported to the police in Fairfax County, Virginia. Only one missing child was discovered, which was June Holober in 1964, and her body was found in the woods in Bull Run. Douglas J Griffin was questioned about the incident, but wasn’t convicted due to lack of evidence. He disappeared when he was released, and it is not known where he fled too. Some believe that he left to continue being the Bunny Man.

Even though public records may not line up with the traditional Bunny Man legend, could it be that the Bunny Man was real it’s just that the legend was changed over time? Could it be that Douglas J Griffin was the real Bunny Man in the late fifties, sixties, and even into the seventies. With the evidence that I found what do you believe? Do you believe in the traditional Bunny Man story? Do you believe that the Bunny Man was Real it’s just that it didn’t happen the way the traditional story explains? Do you believe that the Bunny Man never existed?

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The abduction of Betty and Barney Hill

The incident of Betty and Barney Hill is one of the most popular alien abduction encounters in modern folklore. The historic encounter happened on September 19, 1961 on U.S. Route 3. As the Hills drove back from their vacation in Niagara Falls at about 10:00 P.M, Betty noticed a light that appeared to be a shooting star. Once the light that appeared to be a shooting star became closer and brighter, Barney parked the car at a picnic area near Twin Mountain.

As Barney looked through his binoculars, he believed that it was an airplane until the light made a maneuver that wasn’t feasible for a plane. When the light descended in his direction without turning, and he saw that the craft had multicolored lights flashing, he rushed back to the car. As they traveled down an isolated road, Barney drove slowly as Betty watched the craft. The craft bounced in various areas in the sky and didn’t make a sound. Eventually as the craft got closer, their vehicle stopped in the road. Once the craft was about 100 feet above them, Betty saw 11 extraterrestrials behind the glass window. Barney managed to turn the car back on before he sped down the road. As the Hills traveled down the road, they began hearing buzzing sounds coming from the back of the car. The Hill’s consciousness was altered into a dream-like state.

The Hills could not move as the extraterrestrials carried them on the craft to be put through physical examination. Betty and Barney Hill were being examined by the extraterrestrials in separate rooms. Barney claimed during his hypnotic session that they looked in his ears, mouth, counted his invertebrate, and did other examinations. The claims that Betty made during her hypnotic session were like Barney’s, and she claimed that she almost panicked when she saw one of them grab a needle. They inserted the needle in her belly button, however; she remained unharmed. When Betty’s examination ended, she walked into another room in the craft.

Betty discovered a star map, and one extraterrestrial noticed her analyzing it. Betty found a book that was written in a language that didn’t look like anything she had seen before. She asked the extraterrestrial if she could keep the book as proof of the experience. After she saw the extraterrestrial speak to what appeared to be their leader, they told her she couldn’t keep the book. When Barney’s examination was over, they awoke to find themselves back in the car.

Once they arrived at their home Barney noticed that his watch didn’t work, his shoes were scrapped, and his binocular strap was ripped. They found out that their trip back home took a few hours longer than it should have. Silver circles were on the trunk of their car that influenced a compass by making the needle spin. Betty had nightmares about the incident during the following nights. The Hills didn’t want media attention at first, but after the hypnotic session the Hills became known in the media. Books, articles, and eventually a film was made based on their abduction.

Many question if the encounter really took place. Some critics claim that Betty and Barney Hill had a lucid dream. The problem is that when Betty and Barney Hill were under hypnosis; they were in separate rooms, and one went after the other. They had a similar description of the encounter. If they had a lucid dream, how would their lucid dreams be so similar? Some critics say that they could have made up the story before going to the hypnotic session for publicity, however, they had little to gain from the attention. Because of the attention of their encounter they could have lost their jobs, they could have been labeled as insane by the media, and some people might think they made up the story.

Another piece of evidence to support their claim is the star map. During the hypnotic session Betty was asked to draw the star map that she saw on the ship. At first she refused, but eventually she drew the star map. A couple years later someone decided to see if they could find a star map similar to the one she drew. The star map that Betty drew was similar to the Zeta Reticuli star system. While the star maps weren’t exactly the same, they did have similarities. This is one of the most famous extraterrestrial abduction cases in UFO folklore. Do you believe this case took place? Do you believe that the incident was a hoax?

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