EAST BRUNSWICK – The East Brunswick library will host a talk about the Jersey Devil on Oct. 30 at 7 p.m.

Angus Kress Gillespie, who received his American studies degree from Yale University and a Ph.D. in American civilization from the University of Pennsylvania, will lead the discussion.

In 1735, Mother Leeds was about to deliver her thirteenth child. Feeling tired and weary of the burden, she cursed the unborn child.

According to the folklore, she gave birth to the devil’s child at their home in the Pine Barrens.

Today, the tale of Jersey Devil is often discussed as just that – a tale. However, during the time of the fabled Jersey Devil’s reign of terror, South Jersey residents were truly frightened.

How the accounts were reported on and the folklore that developed will be discussed during this session.

The library is at 2 Jean Walling Civic Center, East Brunswick.

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