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URECAT - UFO Related Entities Catalog

URECAT is a formal catalog of UFO related entities sightings reports with the goal of providing quality information for accurate studies of the topic. Additional information, corrections and reviews are welcome at patrick.gross@inbox.com, please state if you wish to be credited for your contribution or not. The main page of the URECAT catalog is here.

Around 1930, Erial, New Jersey, USA, Howard Marcey and John Huntzinger, Kathy Marcey and Jacqueline Huntzinger:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

In their 1979 book about the so-called "Jersey Devil", authors James F. McCloy and Ray Miller said that around 1930, Howard Marcey and John Huntzinger, of Erial, New Jersey, saw a particularly grotesque Jersey Devil: it had the "body of a man, head of a cow, large bat wings, big feet, and flew up in the air, and cut off the tops of trees."

Some time after that, Marcey's 12-year-old daughter Kathy, accompanied by Jacqueline Huntzinger, saw the same thing at the same spot.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-001716
Date of event: Around 1930
Earliest report of event: 1979
Delay of report: 5 decades.
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: "Jersey Devil" book.
First certain record by: "Jersey Devil" book.
First alleged record type: "Jersey Devil" book.
First certain record type: "Jersey Devil" book.
This file created on: September 26, 2018
This file last updated on: September 26, 2018
Country of event: USA
State/Department: New Jersey
Type of location: Outside in Erial.
Lighting conditions: Not reported.
UFO observed: No
UFO arrival observed: N/A
UFO departure observed: N/A
UFO/Entity Relation: None
Witnesses numbers: 2 or 3 adults, 1 or 2 children.
Witnesses ages: 2 or 3 local adults, 1 or 2 local children.
Witnesses types: Not reported.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 1
Type of entities: Other
Entities height: Not reported.
Entities outfit type: Not reported or mot seen or none.
Entities outfit color: Not reported or not seen or N/A.
Entities skin color: Not reported.
Entities body: Body of a man.
Entities head: Head of a cow.
Entities eyes: Not reported.
Entities mouth: Not reported.
Entities nose: Not reported.
Entities feet: Big.
Entities arms: Large bat wings.
Entities fingers: Not reported.
Entities fingers number: Not reported.
Entities hair: Not reported.
Entities voice: None heard.
Entities actions: Flew in the air at tree-top level.
Entities/witness interactions: None.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, went.
Witness(es) feelings: Not reported.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Invention or owl, not UFO-related.
Explanation certainty: High.

Narratives:

[Ref. mm1:] JAMES F. McCOY AND RAY MILLER:

Around 1930, Howard Marcey and John Huntzinger, of Erial, New Jersey beheld a particularly grotesque Jersey Devil. It had the "body of a man, head of a cow, large bat wings, big feet, and flew up in the air, and cut off the tops of trees." Some time after that, Marcey's twelve-year-old daughter Kathy, accompanied by Jacqueline Huntzinger, saw the same thing in the same spot.

[Ref. mm2:] JAMES F. McCOY AND RAY MILLER:

At about the same time that day [of July 1930], Howard Marcey and John Huntzinger observed the Jersey Devil not far from their homes in Erial: they said the beast had the "body of a man, head of a cow, large bat-like wings, big feet, and flew up in the air, and then cut the tops off trees." Strangely. the two men's daughters saw the same thing at exactly the same place some unspecified time after that.

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

In 1930 - Erial, New Jersey, USA

In 1930 :

Erial, New Jersey, USA

Flying humanoid - Jersey Devil.

A mysterious physical anomaly and an inhuman creature were reported by a male witness (Marcey). A winged being was seen.

Hynek rating: CE3

Vallee rating: AN3

The source is indicated as: "Eberhart, George M., A Geo-Bibliography of Anomalies. Greenwood Press, Westport, 1980, ISBN:0-313-21337-2".

Points to consider:

Surprisingly, I did not find a single newspaper article reporting the alleged events. This suggests that it may be a testimony not published in the Press but collected late, perhaps.

To get an idea of what the "Jersey Devil" or "Leeds Devil" affair was when it started, check the New Jersey, USA, cases of the 1909 year page of my catalog.

As of this case, the description is such that at first sight it can only be a pure invention. However, there is also the possibility that it was an owl (wings, in flight, owl's ears making the horns of the "head of a cow").

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe September 26, 2018 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Unknown primary source. Help needed. Opened.
2 Ufology Severe September 26, 2018 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Vers poor information (size, distance, duration, etc.). Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

Invention or owl, not UFO-related.

Sources references:

* = Source I checked.
? = Source I am told about but could not check yet. Help appreciated.

Document history:

Authoring

Main Author: Patrick Gross
Contributors: None
Reviewers: None
Editor: Patrick Gross

Changes history

Version: Created/Changed By: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross September 26, 2018 Creation, [mm1], [mm2], [ud1].
1.0 Patrick Gross September 26, 2018 First published.

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