Paranormal State – The Jersey Devil – Season Finale

For the Season Finale, Ryan and team head out on another journey in search of a mythical creature. This time they’ve turned their attention to the Jersey Devil.

"It was said that Mother Leeds had 12 children and, after giving birth to her 12th child, stated that if she had another, it 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 horse’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 clergy exorcised the demon for 100 years and it wasn’t seen again until 1890."

It was the end of Season 1 when Ryan went in search of the Mothman. He’s also done some UFO hunting, so these truly paranormal excursion aren’t unprecedented for the team.

Ryan gets some of the local history from residents and many of them believe that something strange is out in the woods. No one seems to have any evidence of what it looks like, but they all seem to be able to describe it; a bizarre creature with the face of a horse, the head of a dog, a long neck and wings. If this thing does exist it’s probably a nasty sight to behold! Or some creature out of World of Warcraft.

PRS has a new toy for this outing, the FLIR imager which is pretty much standard fair for other ghost hunting shows, especially Ghost Hunters and Destination Truth. Ironically enough Ryan and team actually get an image of something while out in the woods. At first glance it looks like a character from the Mario games, but it does have features of a long neck and possibly even wings. What is it? Who knows, but it looks like something is out there!

They never get close enough to find out what it is, and that is the only evidence they capture for the trip. They regroup later to discuss the significance of what they have.

So what do we come away with? That’s hard to say. Something was on the imager, but what it is will only add to the legend. Maybe Ryan and Sergey captured one of the only images of it. Then again, maybe they captured the image of a deer standing under a tree with low hanging branches. Either way, that’s it for another season of Paranormal State. A pretty short season actually with only 12 episodes. I’m sure the PRS team will be back in a few months will all new emotionally distressed, devil worshipping, opening the door to the demon realm, shadow figure seeing clients. Quite frankly, this show is getting more and more bizarre with each season, and the people Ryan is supposed to be helping seem to have more emotional problems and mental instability than ever before. Is Ryan really hunting down the paranormal or is he taking on the role of grief counselor and therapist?

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  • Starla* says:

    I’m from the bottom edge of the area where “The Devil” lurks–my hometown is one of the 3 rumoured birthplaces, but a less popular one than Leeds Point, which is part of Galloway Twp. I’ve never seen it or known anyone in recent time to have seen it. I did watch this episode when it aired, and I was delighted to see Harry Leeds, whom I had met while covering the Galloway meetings as a young reporter. I did nearly pee myself to hear him describe how scared he was, because if Harry Leeds is scared, you should be scared too! In fact, he was the only truly compelling part of the entire episode, for me, at least.

    Knowing some of the history myself, the “devil” legend supposedly predates colonial times with the Lenni Lenape, but I haven’t been able to completely confirm that. What I can confirm is the Mother Leeds legend, to some extent. Her husband, Daniel, was a politician, and she did have children into her 40s in the 1730s. Whether or not it was her 13th child is debatable, but due to her age, it was born either deformed or retarded and was hidden as was the custom. Daniel Leed’s enemies used this as ammunition against him, campaigning that he had “fathered a devil.” Early Mudslinging at its finest. But of course, that isn’t in the episode, nor any other about the Jersey Devil.

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