Episode 55: Fearful To Name: The Jersey Devil

The Jersey Devil is an enduring New England legend. Throughout the pine barrens of New Jersey, stories of the American chimera inspire fear and create borders between civilized people and the wilderness. It’s ubiquity begs the question, where did this monster come from? This week, in addition to exploring this historical origins of the tale; we will discuss the Puritan fears about the wilderness, and the harsh measures imposed on members of that society in order to separate man, from beast.

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Menagerie of the Bizarre

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Sources:

Sexual Misconduct in Plymouth Colony

The Trial of George Spencer – Romeo Vitelli, Ph.D.

‘The Cry of Sodom Enquired Into’: Bestiality and the Wilderness in Seventeenth-Century New England – John Canup

“Things Fearful to Name”: Bestiality in Colonial America on JSTOR

Taming Lust: Crimes Against Nature in the Early Republic – Ben-Atar and Brown

The Pine Barrens by John McPhee

The Jersey Devil: The Real Story

The Legend of the Takin

The Thylacine Museum

The Jersey Devil by James F. McCloy and Ray Miller, Jr.

Okapi Fact Sheet

The Elusive Okapi

The platypus is so weird that scientists thought the first specimen was a hoax

How the Quest for the Komodo Dragon Turned Into ‘King Kong’

One thought on “Episode 55: Fearful To Name: The Jersey Devil

  1. I recently discovered your pod cast and went back to episode one to listen through. You have many lovely episodes, but when Sam sang her Headless Pirate Jersey Demon TV Show theme song, I lost my shit. Hilarious!! Thanks for all your hard work!!

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