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The Search For The Real Jersey Devil



The Jersey Devil, sometimes called the Leeds Devil, is a legendary creature or cryptid said to inhabit the Pine Barrens in southern New Jersey. The creature is often described as a flying biped with hooves, but there are many variations.

The Jersey Devil has worked its way into the pop culture of the area, even lending its name to New Jersey's team in the National Hockey League. There is currently a $10,000 reward for the capture of the New Jersey Devil, a creature with bat-like wings, a horses head, hooves, and large glowing eyes that stalks the pine barrens of New Jersey. Although many have tried, no one has yet to claim the prize.


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“They are the chroniclers of the creepy, bards of the bizarre… Mr. Sceurman and Mr. Moran have created a journal of New Jersey’s unwritten history.” —The New York Times


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Most accounts of the Jersey Devil legend attribute the creature to a "Mother Leeds", a supposed witch of whom it is said that after giving birth to her 12th child, stated that if she had another, the devil could take it. According to the story her wish was granted, and upon the birth of her 13th child, the grotesque offspring flew off into the surrounding pines.

Birth of the Jersey Devil retold by S. E. Schlosser

A storm was raging that night in 1735, when Mother Leeds was brought to bed in child birth. The room was full of woman folk gathered to help her, more out of curiosity than good will. They had all heard the rumors that Mother Leeds was involved in witchcraft, and had sworn she would give birth to a devil.

Tension mounted when at last the baby arrived. It was a relief (and to some a disappointment), when the baby was born completely normal. But a few moments later, before their terrified eyes, the child began to change. The room erupted with screams as the child grew at an enormous rate, becoming taller than a man and changing into a beast which resembled a dragon, with a head like a horse, a snake-like body and bat's wings.

As soon as it was full-grown, the monster began beating all the woman (including his mother) with its thick, forked tail. With a harsh cry, it flew through the chimney and vanished into the storm.

The Monster of Leeds, or the Jersey Devil as he was later called, still haunts the pines of New Jersey, wrecking havoc upon farmer's crops and livestock, poisoning pools and creeks, and appearing on the New Jersey shore just before a ship wreck.


Read more stories about the Jersey Devil or enjoy more spooky folklore in Spooky New Jersey by S.E. Schlosser.

According to legend, while visiting the Hanover Mill Works to inspect his cannonballs being forged, Commodore Stephen Decatur sighted a flying creature flapping its wings and fired a cannonball directly upon it to no effect. Joseph Bonaparte, eldest brother of Emperor Napoleon, is also said to have witnessed the Jersey Devil while hunting on his Bordentown, New Jersey estate around 1820.


Throughout the 1800s, the Jersey Devil was blamed for livestock killings, strange tracks, and reported sounds. In the early 1900s, a number of people in New Jersey and neighboring states claimed to witness the Jersey Devil or see its tracks. Claims of a corpse matching the Jersey Devil's description arose in 1957.


In 1960, the merchants around Camden offered a $10,000 reward for the capture of the Jersey Devil, even offering to build a private zoo to house the creature if captured.


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Emitting shrill cries and leaving its footprints in mud and snow, it has roamed the Pine Barrens of South Jersey for almost three hundred years. It is usually said to resemble a composite of several different animals, but it walks upright and is believed to be the child of a human mother. It is often associated with witchcraft and devil worship, yet it sometimes travels in the company of beautiful golden-haired girl. And it has lent its name to everything from small businesses to a professional hockey team.

What is this mysterious creature? The Jersey Devil course! And in this brand-new collection of fascinating legends and lore, you will learn more than ever before about New Jersey's most infamous resident.

More than twenty years after their first book about the Jersey Devil was published, James F. McCloy and Ray Miller Jr.'s, new research into this phenomenon continues to intrigue readers. Using historical accounts and interviews with New Jerseyites, many of whom were eyewitnesses to the creature's actions, the authors try to piece together the mystery that is the Jersey Devil.

Despite the variations and contradictions that have shaped its story through the years, one thing is certain: the legend of the Jersey Devil is not likely to disappear anytime soon. And as one believer notes, "Behind every tradition...there's something real." Does the Jersey Devil actually exist, leaving its fearsome mark throughout the region? Or is it simply a hoax, grown to epic proportions through years of storytelling? Open Phantom of the Pines-if you dare-and decide for yourself.


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Some say the New Orleans Devil Baby steals souls, Still today others say he is a true serial killer and mindless murderer from Hell... that will not die!


The Real Devil Baby of Satan

The Real Devil Baby

Devil Baby Dolls By Artist Ricardo Pustanio ©2006 - 2008

Devil Baby


Its status as a world-famous tourist destination is due in part to its architecture, music, cuisine, its annual Mardi Gras, and other celebrations and festivals. The city is often referred to as "The most unique city in America." And the most haunted!

Born in the shadows of the great looming Cathedral's spires. The New Orleans Devil Baby has haunted the streets of new Orleans reportedly since 1799. Some people think he is a mange ridden racoon or a escaped deformed baboon from the Audubon Zoo. This is the basis of the Bourbon Street Devil's Child stories. Or is it?

But what is the real truth? Is the Devil's only lost Son roaming the streets of Old New Orleans Today?


Original Story by Alyne Pustanio © 2004, Artwork Devil Baby, Changeling Doll, Devil Baby Of Bourbon Street sculpted by Artist Ricardo Pustanio © 2004 - 2008

Devil Baby Doll Photos by Hershel Meyers


Devil Babies come in all shapes and sizes and live all over the world some say. Tales of terror and horror through the generations tell many a strange tale of these wild savage children of Satan. Form the Devil Baby of Bourbon street, the Devil baby of hull house and the Jersey devil, American's have not heard the last of the spawn of satan through out it's history. He has been called the Devil bébé, Diablo bebé, Devil peu enfant, fils du diable enfant, le petit fils de Satan, and enfant le mal qui hante New Orleans in the early 1800's.

The Devil Baby Of New Orleans Is Born

The most popular version of the Bourbon Street Devil Baby legend begins in the 18th century when from Ireland, and Italy many immigrated to Crescent City. A young Creole widower married a Plantation owner, a rich established man who wanted a male heir other then the three girls he already had from his first wife, to continue the Louisiana family name he had established. Consequently, the new wife was continually pregnant. After bearing six healthy female children, she was dismayed to be pregnant with her seventh child. She is said to have gone to a Voodoo Hoodoo Queen and asked to have a boy child.

But no one liked her husband especially the Voodoo Queen so she cursed the unborn child, declaring a preference to bear the Devil's child (or son) rather than another girl. Apparently, her wish was granted as the new child had horn, red eyes, cloven hooves, claws, and a tail. The horrific newborn proceeded to eat the neighbors children and was locked away in the attic garret room where it's parents held him captive, before escaping from to begin its reign of terror on New Orleans citizens. The Devil Baby's birthday was said to be on a Mardi Gras Day.

New Orleans the America's strong hold of Mardi Gras and Real Voodoo has always been a hot bed of Paranormal happenings and strange tales. From those of Zombies, Loup Garou's, Ghost, Grunch, Vampires and the birth place of the jazz.

La Nouvelle-Orléans, in Standard French; Nueva Orleans in Spanish) is a major United States port city and the largest city in Louisiana. It is named after Philippe II, Duc d'Orléans, Regent of France, and is one of the oldest cities in the United States. New Orleans is known for its multicultural heritage as well as its music and cuisine and is considered the birthplace Lucifer's son.

The St. Louis Cathedral is one of New Orleans' most notable landmarks. This venerable building, its triple steeples towering above its historic neighbors, the Cabildo and the Presbytere - looks down benignly on the green of the Square and General Andrew Jackson on his bronze horse and on the block-long Pontalba Buildings with their lacy ironwork galleries. Truly, this is the heart of old New Orleans.

As a principal port, New Orleans had a leading role in the slave trade, while at the same time having the most prosperous community of free persons of colour in the South. The touch of Real Voodoo Hoodoo got a firm grasp on the city. Voodoo-ist like Sainte Dede , Dr. John and Marie Laveau prospered and their abilities of combating the devil and his powers over the residents an more then just a twice told tale. While Pirate's Alley is the subject of much legend and lore, some true, and much false, It is one of the "must see" locations of the French Quarter since it was a haven for pirates and voodooist and The Devil Baby in days past and for present day adventurers.

The large open garden behind the 215 year old St. Louis Cathedral is said to be the best spot to sight the Devil Baby. Stories of duels fought and much blood shed on the grounds is said to be why he haunts the spot or a spell or blessing of some sort keeps him close to the spot. An often told story tells that the Devil Baby was given to the priest of the Grand Cathedral to guard over. Held captive by the parish priest he would often escape and run wild in the streets wrecking havoc and frightening those that crossed his path.

St. Anthony’s Garden, sometimes called by locals the Devil Baby Playpen or simply the Devil's Garden. As this small plot of land was the traditional meeting place for duels and debts of honor. In this pleasant God blessed garden is where they say the Devil Baby hides at night to attack unsuspecting passerby's. At one point in history it was thought by locals as to be one of the very seven gates of Hell. One old New Orleans oral tradition tells that the Devil baby was born here in this very garden. It seems the mother of the Devil baby took refuge here in the late hours of her labor just before dawn in a Mardi Gras Day, only to leave the new born devil infant on the back door steps as an orphan to the church. True or not the tale is still chilling in it's description.

As dawn approached and the long early morning turned to day some were said to see a bloodied young woman staggering from the garden as the scream from hell could be heard coming from the low hedges.

 In this garden is where it is said the Devil Baby often lurks to this very day.

The population of the city doubled in the 1830s, and, by 1840, New Orleans had become the wealthiest and third most populous city in the nation. The Union captured New Orleans early in the American Civil War. This action spared the city the destruction suffered by many other cities of the American South. And around this time stories of the Devil's baby birth were circulating in hushed tones throughout the city streets.

New Orleans also famously has the presence of its distinctive variety of Voodoo, due in part to syncretism with Roman Catholic beliefs, the fame of voodoo practitioner Marie Laveau, and New Orleans' distinctly Caribbean cultural influences. However, the exotic image of Voodoo within the city had been highly changed and diversified out of proportion to the small number of serious adherents to the religion. And the incorporation of the Devil Baby into it's myths of hoodoo - voodoo beliefs.

Born of a Slave girl some say, others state the horrid abomination to God was born of a French aristocrats daughter she was said to be addicted Absinthe. As the lurid story goes she frequented the many Absinthe bars of the city And drank it to the very hour she gave birth and abandoned the grotesque infant in Pirates Alley. His demonic cries are said to have disturbed the Ash Wedensday mass.

Some lurid tales say he was the result of experiments that Madame Delphine Lalaurie And her Doctor Husband and her husband performed with the help of Marie Laveau. A often told story is that Delphine Lalaurie kept this child locked in a second story room that faces Royal Street. His wild demonic cries could be heard in the streets day and night.

Delphine Lalaurie

Delphine Lalaurie The Devil Baby's Wet Nurse.

LaLaurie House, located at 1140 Royal Street. There is, indeed, a long and grim history associated with the house, and it is all traced back to Madame Delphine LaLaurie. It has been called the "Most Haunted House in New Orleans" by many locals and tourist alike.

Delphine LaLaurie and her third husband, Leonard LaLaurie, took up residence in the house at 1140 Royal Street sometime in the 1830's. The pair immediately became the darlings of the gay New Orleans social scene that at the time was experiencing the birth of ragtime, the slave dances and rituals of Congo Square, the reign of the Mighty Marie Laveau, and the advent of the bittersweet Creole Balls. Madame LaLaurie hosted fantastic events in her beautiful home that were talked about months afterward. She was described as sweet and endearing in her ways, and her husband was nothing if not highly respected within the community.

At the same time, it is said, Madame’s friendship with infamous Voodoo Queen, Marie Laveau, began to grow. Laveau lived not far from LaLaurie’s Royal Street home and the two women became acquainted when Laveau did Madame’s hair occasionally. It is said that under Laveau’s tutelage, Madame LaLaurie began to act upon her latent interest in the occult, learning the secrets of voodoo and witchcraft at the hands of a might mistress of the craft. Many locals say this is when she became the wet nurse or the nanny to the Devil Baby!

It is said Madame LaLaurie stopped and took refuge at the Pilot House (still standing) located on the shores of Bayou St. John, Some say she left the Devil Baby there. And that later she boarded a merchant schooner and escaped under cover of darkness. Where is still a matter of some debate. Though many hold that she escaped altogether to France (and a grave plaque found in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 only two years ago seems to support this theory), others insist she escaped to the North shore of Lake Pontchartrain, and lived in secret for a time at Claiborne Cottage with the devil child who grew into manhood in what is now Old Covington. Still other accounts have her escaping to Lacombe, Louisiana, also on the North shore, where she is said to have reclaimed some of her wealth and station -- and more than a little of her old habits. The Devil Baby is said to roam the city at night looking for the lost to murder.

Dwelling deep in the verdant darkness of the piney North shore woods, it is said Madame’s anger at those who had stripped her of her previous life festered and grew along with her interest in the dark arts learned at Marie Laveau’s hand. Soon tales began to spread through the rural community of the “witch woman,” the “devil’s wife,” living among them and whose strange rituals filled the dark woods with fire and smoke and otherworldly chanting. An atmosphere of dread pervaded the little community and there were whispered stories of animal sacrifices and torture, of curses falling upon land and livestock, of children falling sick and wasting away, and soon the name of Madame Delphine LaLaurie began to be uttered again with fear and loathing. And none moved against her fearing that the Devil Child would kill them in their sleep.

The night of the great fire that destroyed the Haunted Lalaurie Mansion many believe he escaped into night and began to murder those that his Father Satan deems he should.


The Devil Baby Of New Orleans

Another tale tells that she is said to have hid him away in the attic of one of the buildings that line Pirates Alley today. One tale tells that the Devil Baby was nursed on a mixture of goats blood and Absinthe by Marie Laveau or Delphine Lalaurie. This was done in her St Anne street house or on Royal street.

The traditional Devil Baby escape story tells that on one dark and rainy night as a hurricane beat down the levee's long ago, he escaped into the night. Biting through his heavy chains to run and hide under the the buildings that line Bourbon Street to this day.

Many people say they deam of the Devil Baby. And if you do you might just be in for a run of real bad luck if you do. To dream of holding the Devil Baby means that trouble is at your door. To dream of kissing the Devil Child on the face means your Lover is cheating on you with somone of the same sex. To dream of giving birth to the Devil Baby means that you will have a hysterectomy very soon.

And finally to dream of the Devil Baby being your child then you might as well get dressed for the grave as you read this.

Absinthe --- The Mother's Milk of the Devil Baby, Devil Baby formula

Due to the French influence of the Crescent City, “Absinthe” achieved a wide popularity in New Orleans as well. It was consumed by people from artists and musicians to Storyville madams.

Around the turn of the twentieth century , there was observed a subset of alcoholism referred to as "absinthism". It’s effects, despite popular conception, are not due to the wormwood (Artemisia Absinthum) alone, but to various herbs, most of which contribute in one way or another to its intoxicating effects.

By 1912, in New Orleans, as well as in the rest of the United States, Absinthe was banned; being classified with opiates, cocaine, and marijuana because of it’s unique intoxicating qualities. Later years the USDA and FDA regulations also ban the sale or importation of any beverage containing wormwood.

The Devil Baby was said to have been seen in many Absinthe Bars in New Orleans for many years. Patrons often reported that they were attacked by him only to bite them and drink their Absinthe tainted blood as they left the reputed establishments.

The locals tell that his formula consisted of Absinthe and the blood of murdered children, priest and prostitutes. The Devi'ls Baby own brand, brew or concoction also was sometimes mixed with ground bones from the graves of madmen, and the dung of rabid dogs.

As he grew older and his demands for solid foods grew, many said to this satanic recipe was added day old fish bones also their heads, assorted road kill and chicken bones.

As the very sorted legend goes when Absinthe was outlawed He is said to have gone mad and substituted sucking the blood from babies as they slept in their cribs.


Death Of The Devil Baby?

One of the most popular tales often told is that he died and is buried at the foot of the tomb of Marie Laveau.

One story tells that he was struck by lightening as he was forced by an angry mob one stormy night and he scaled the spire of the St. Louis Cathedral. and that God struck him dead with a thunderbolt that started the first great New Orleans Fire.

Another tale tells that Marie Laveau strangled him with her bare hands one night when he was teething. They say he drove her crazy biting her and her many children. Another tale tells that she left him locked away in her attic chained to the roof beams and was found dead mummified there when the Marie Laveau House building was demolished.

Devil Baby Second Line Umbrellas have been part of New Orleans culture for many years. Rarely seen out side the city the special made Voodoo Hoodoo blessed items are known as a effective weapon to keep him at bay to say the least. One old tale tells that a old Catholic Nun walking on Bayou St. John in the 1860's. It is said she beat the Devil baby to death with a umbrella. He then sunk into the cold black waters of the Bayou near where Holy Rosary Church stands today. Many say that's why no one swims in the bayou to this day because all that try drown. This because at one time the bayou was crystal clear when the devil baby died in it. The clear water turned black and murky.

Whether the stories or not many have claimed to see a demonic toddler roaming the Cemetery at different hours of the day and at night.

Marie Laveau's Tomb

Many tales of the Devil Babies death or by what many say or exaggerated. How can you kill something that is immortal? Especially Satan's Child.

A very perverse tale tells that the Devil Child was captured one night poisoned with Laudanum. In his stupor he was taken to St. Louis Cathedral and long nails were driven through his eyes, hands and his black heart and he was impaled on or beneath the altar before God, where he died 7 days later at the first morning Mass of Easter Sunday 1881. His Body was taken to Slidell, Louisiana where he was buried in a deep pit. Many say his purple blood stained the beautiful marble floor to this day and spots can be seen as you get closer to the altar.

But you can't keep a good Devil Baby dead for long! Many say he feigned his death and crawled from the foot of Marie Laveau's Tomb where they buried him to reek havoc on those that tried to dispose of him.

Still others say he lives in the City Park area and is lord of the Grunch. The Grunch is a New Orleans version of the Chupacabra. Some say Devil Baby lives on Grunch Road and the actual real El Chupacabra Like Grunch go out and steal babies and cats and dogs for him to eat. Many believe he is the fore father to all the Grunch that live today.

Marie Laveau The Real Voodoo Queen of New Orleans.

An old Voodoo Hoodoo story says Marie Laveau Castrated the Devil Baby when he was born. Because she wanted him to produce no more of his evil kind. The two bloody testicles fell to the floor as she used a very sharp hoodoo voodoo blade. Immediately they turned into a male and female grunch, who it is said actually attacked the great Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau. The grunch are said to have almost killed her with their feirce bites and punching. The dark evil terror the old Voodoo Queen must have been unbearable as she struggled under their great strenght before she fainted. When she awoke the Grunch and the Devil Baby were gone. Laveau was near death after this and many have said this is when Marie Laveau gave up her Voodoo Hoodoo ways and went back to being a good Catholic woman.

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Hull House

Much like the spooky devil baby of New Orleans The Hull House Devil Baby which received its greatest notoriety when it was alleged heard or seen in its Chicago Home. This child was supposedly born to a devout Catholic woman and her atheist husband and was said to have pointed ears, horns, scale-covered skin and a tail. According to the story, the young woman had attempted to display a picture of the Virgin Mary in the house but her husband had torn it down. When the woman had become pregnant, the Devil Baby had been their curse. After enduring numerous indignities because of the child, the father allegedly took it to Hull House.

The Hull House “Devil Baby” is found mostly in the written folklore of Chicago.

The Hull House “Devil Baby” is found mostly in the written folklore of Chicago. Also see: Hull House the whole story Visit here!


Descriptions Of the Real Devil Baby

Many different descriptions have been offered by alleged witnesses of the Devil Baby of Bourbon Street:

"It is less then three feet high. The size of a 4 year old. Bald headed, pointed ears, arms and hands like a racoon or a Louisiana nutria, face like a goat but still human, split hooves for feet and a long rat like hairy tail". But others say he has the face of the most innocent lost child one would just stare in at it's beauty. Many have reported seeing this lost infant crawling through the streets as if abandoned by it's mother. Upon reaching down to investigate the find that the Devil's spawn is upon them to kill them.

Still others say he is "It was 2 feet high, with glowing red eyes and a snakes flickering tongue. And runs very fast jumping upon them and tearing at peoples eyes and biting at their bare naked throats. he is said to be able to jump to the roof tops in a single bound to escape capture.

While the many descriptions vary, several aspects remain fairly constant, such as the devil's red eyes, pointed ears and hooves. The creature is often said to have a baby like head and the face of an Angel. Its reputed height varies from about three feet to more than seven feet.

Many recent New Orleans Paranormal sightings report the vile creature to have glowing red eyes that can paralyze a man, and that it a has a humanlike terrifying scream that can be heard above the noise of Bourbon Street.

What strange powers does The Devil Baby Possess?

Some say he has super human strength and able to leap to the roof tops of the tallest building in New Orleans in one bound. Others say he is the father of incubus and Succubus.

Known to drink blood and eat human organs from the living and the dead Many old Voodoo Hoodoo tales say his urine and feces was used to make Zombie powder. A lock of hair from him is said to cure blindness. If the Devil Baby attacks you and only kisses you it has been said that you will become a ghost when you die and have to do his bidding.

He will stay a child for the rest of his life because the first time he was destroyed was on Holy ground and on holy ground he was born. It is also believed because of this the Devil Baby has a chance at redemption and some day might just go to heaven.

The Devil Baby is said to be able to climb like a squirrel, swim like a fish and run faster then a greyhound. he only attacks from dusk until dawn because he cannot exist in daylight much like a vampire. Many say Holy water Boils on it's own when he is near. Crosses fall off the wall, and a blessed Rosary's break in your hands.

A few old legends tell that he has the power to tell the future. That if on a Mardi gras Day you find him he takes on the guise of a normal man. If you find him then you may ask him any question and he will answer it with the whole truth. At midnight he returns to his original form.

Many a New Orleans Woman have said over the years that they were brutally raped by the Devil Baby. The Uh-holy children grew up to be Murderers, Vampires, Werewolves or evil mindless Grunch.

To find urine, excrement or vomit from the Devil Baby on or near your front doorstep in the New Orleans French Quarter or area is not a good sign. How can you tell if it's from him? Locals say when you see it you will know!

A very stern Caution is always warned: Never Hunt For The Devil Baby unless you want him to hunt for you!

Post Hurricane Katrina

In 2005 and the beginning of 2007 many thought the Devil's child was washed away from the city for ever or finally dead by the flooding from hurricane Katrina. People actually say they spotted him in Houston, Atlanta, Miami and as far away as Rome Or Paris. But as recent reports state the Devil Baby is now back home roaming the city streets of New Orleans where he belongs.

Rumors circulated from 2005 - 2006 that he was air lifted out, he drowned, or was just sucked into hell as told from locals. One New Orleanian swore that a friend had taken him out on a evacuation bus to destinations unknown.

The many stories of him feeding on the dead or attacking the national guard might be slightly exaggerated. One story was told that he was captured when Animal Rights Rescuers came to find missing pets. They said he was trapped in a cage eating dog food.

Another story that has circulated the city in the past year is that he hided in the attic of a famous New Orleans Dance Club on Bourbon Street. What ever the story really is the truth is sightings of the mysterious Devil Baby have been on the rise once more.

Many families across America or now transplanted New Orleanians. They miss The Big Easy an awful lot. But I think they miss stories of The Devil Baby Even More.

About Alyne Pustanio

Folklorist and occultist Alyne Pustanio is a New Orleanian whose roots go deep into the local culture; it is from that proverbial “gumbo” that she draws her inspiration for most of her tales of terror and fascination.

A descendant of Portuguese and Sicilian immigrant families who trace their ancestry to European Gypsies, Alyne was exposed to the mysteries of the occult at an early age.  Two great-grandmothers were gifted and sought out mediums and another relative is a verified psychic, however, Alyne credits her mother – an avid spiritualist – with inspiring her lifelong interest in the supernatural and unexplained.  When still a schoolgirl, Alyne accompanied her mother to spiritualist meetings and panels where she met some of the early paranormal greats such as Hans Holzer, Ed and Lorraine Warren, and Jeanne Dixon.

First-hand experiences with the world of the unseen (she has lived in haunted houses and around haunted people all her life) and her own intuitive nature caused her fascination with the paranormal to grow, and for more than half her life she has been a student of the occult.  These interests, combined with her avocations in folklore and history, result in a validity and passion that is immediately obvious in all her writings.  Some of her most colorful pieces, such as “The Devil Baby of Bourbon Street” and  “Violette, The Zombie Child of New Orleans,” owe much to the rich supernatural heritage that steeps New Orleans; others, such as her essay on “Psychic Vampires” published in Doorways Magazine, are the product of harrowing real-life experiences.  Essays such as her “Defense of Demons” are breaking new ground in the realm of paranormal investigation, changing pre-set notions and concepts about the real dangers of the supernatural realm.

Alyne has used her extensive knowledge of the occult, in particular the traditions of Western Ritual Magic, in her work as an Occult Analyst and Case Manager for groups such as Louisiana State Paranormal Research (LSPR) Society, Seekers of Unexplained Louisiana (SOUL), and New Orleans Paranormal and Occult Research Society (NOPORS).  She is also frequently called upon by individuals across the United States, victims of attacks from the realm of the unseen, for information and guidance in cases of extreme hauntings or suspected demonic activity. 

When she is not writing, developing material, or investigating, Alyne enjoys participating in Renaissance festivals and medieval faires throughout the South; she is the founder of her own tribe of Gypsies, “The Vitsa Hokano Baro,” which she describes as her own “living experiential discovery” of her Gyspy heritage.  A November child, she loves dark, brooding, grey days, cold weather and thunderstorms; anything to do with the British Isles, the American Civil War and New York City; reads the works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Edgar Allan Poe, Christina Rosetti, and Tolkien, admires Milton, Blake and Machiavelli, and is a student of modern occult writers John Michael Greer, Michael Ford, and Dr. Joseph Liewsienski.  Her favorite holiday is Halloween, her favorite color is black and she lives in New Orleans with her teenage daughter, two dogs and several cats.



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Cursed by the devil. Many Americans believe that serious forces are working against them? Do You? A righteous curse, especially when uttered by persons in authority, was believed to be unfailing in its effect (Gen. 9:25, 27:12; II Kings 2:24; Ecclus. Sirach 3:11). Special names for specific types of curses and evil spells can be found in several modern cultures. A Haunted house Can be cursed as can a person place or ordinary thing.

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