Hey guys, let’s take a look at the Devil’s
tree in Bernards Township, New Jersey. This oak tree is said to be more than 250 years
old and is considered pure evil. A closer look shows that many people have tried to
cut it down and it is now protected with a chain link fence. How does a tree… get so
much attention? Locals tell you that anyone who disrespects this tree by spitting, peeing
on it or simply taunting it will have serious consequences. You spit on this tree, you will
get a severe case of strep throat. One guy peed on it and hit a deer while driving back.
Another guy mocked the tree and had a nose bleed right away. Anyone who touches the tree
and tries to eat at a restaurant on the same day will find that his hands have turned black.
What makes this tree so evil? Because it has 2 very real stories behind it.
The first story is that this township was the headquarters of Ku Klux Klan in New Jersey.
After the defeat in the Civil War, many southern war veterans moved to this part of the state.
In fact there were so many of them in this area that there is a place nearby called Rebel
Hill. But the most active period of the KKK began right after the movie “The Birth of
a nation” in 1915. It is a fact that they lynched numerous black people on this tree.
Ironically, these lynchings were led by a Reverend called Carl Mellberg of the Basking
Ridge Methodist Church. You can see that this tree must have been a very convenient place
because it is far away from any police station or big cities back then. The KKK often lynched
just any black person they could find on this tree simply to show their power. This was
not limited to just black men but they also hung black women and children. This is one
big reason why locals believe that there are so many trapped souls in this tree and people
who put up their ears on the trunk claim that you can hear screaming and begging from inside
the tree. Guys who drive by during midnight have also reported seeing hanging bodies swaying
from the branches. The second story which is also true is that
a farmer who owned a large piece of land in this area, went bankrupt during the great
depression. This was a time when farmers began burning corn rather than coal in their stoves
because corn was cheaper. Unable to feed his wife and kids, this farmer brought them here
on a nice day for a picnic, killed them all and then hung himself on the tree.
Now, with so many homicides and suicide, this tree has a lot of negative energy. Devil worshipers
use this energy till date to jinx their enemies. They come here after midnight and place weird
objects like this one in the tree. They believe that the trapped souls will transfer their
energy on the object if it is placed here for a full lunar cycle. This strange wooden
thing was most probably placed by a devil worshipper. He or she would later take this
and bury it under the enemy’s yard which will bring misfortune to him.
If you visit the tree after dark, you will be followed by a big black truck while driving
back. This story seems to have many eyewitness accounts. The truck will follow you up until
a certain point and after the road bends, you won’t see it. Some say this makes sense
because there is a sign that says “park closed 1/2 hours after sunset, violators will be
prosecuted” and the park ranger could be driving the black truck. Others say that the sign
was only put up recently but this has been happening for many years. Is it possible that
there is a sentinel guarding the devil’s tree? Also, right below the devil’s tree is a boulder
called the heat rock or the devil’s rock. It is true that it is unusually warmer than
the rest of the area, even during winter. Is it because there is some hidden natural
phenomena like hot springs underneath or because of paranormal activity?
A while ago, I posted a video about the Devil’s Tree in Florida which has an even better story
attached to it, but this tree has become so notorious that they are making a movie about
it now. I hope you liked this video, I am Praveen Mohan. Thanks a lot for watching,
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