Posted by: Loren Coleman on September 8th, 2010
Meanwhile, in the area of track cast identification, Lowe adds insights for us there too:
Futhermore, here’s a link to the Coast to Coast AM program, broadcast on Labor Day:
In the first half, cryptozoologist Loren Coleman talked about his latest work on the Monsters of New Jersey [coauthored with Bruce Hallenbeck, from Stackpole Books] including the Jersey Devil. The lore of the Jersey Devil goes back to 1735, when a Mrs. Leeds was having her 13th baby, and made a remark like ‘the devil can have this baby.’ The baby was reported to have a forked tail and could talk right away. It said some unkind words to the mother and then flew up the chimney and went off into the New Jersey Pine Barrens, he recounted. Over the years people have reported seeing a devil-like creature with horns and wings. In 1909, over a hundred people in the Pine Barrens area described seeing a creature like a flying horse or winged lion. In more recent years, what’s called the Jersey Devil, is now described as more of a feral human/Bigfoot creature, Coleman pointed out.
There have been numerous reports of Bigfoot-type creatures in New Jersey dating back to the 1800s. Coleman believes that Bigfoot is a flesh and blood creature, not a paranormal manifestation, and that it could be related to the Paranthropus breed of hominids, thought to be extinct. He also discussed sightings/reports of a giant bird or Thunderbird in the New Jersey area that made a sound like “woo-woo-woo” and was said in one instance in 1975 to cause a bush to be sucked up just by the power of its wings’ flapping.
For more revealing facts and fakery regarding the Jersey Devil, please read…
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.