The Mystery of the Devil’s Footprints


A hoof print in the snow Photo by xtrekx/Thinkstock
A hoof print in the snow Photo by xtrekx/Thinkstock

In February 1855, mysterious prints that looked like hoof marks appeared all over the English seaside county of Devon. But figuring out who or what made those prints is a puzzle that continues to befuddle people.

Holly's Research:

  • The Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica. “Sir Richard Owen.” Encyclopædia Britannica. April 10, 2013. https://www.britannica.com/biography/Richard-Owen
  • Moore, Peter. “THE CURIOUS CASE OF THE DEVIL’S FOOT-PRINTS (OR THE GREAT DEVON MYSTERY OF 1855).” http://peter-moore.co.uk/blog/the-curious-case-of-the-devils-foot-prints-or-the-great-devon-mystery-of-1855
  • “PANIC CAUSED BV THE APPEARANCE OF THE DEVIL IN DEVONSHIRE.” Bell's Life in Sydney and Sporting Reviewer. May 26, 1855. http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/59760254
  • Dash, Mike. “The Devil's Hoofmarks: Source Material on the Great Devon Mystery of 1855.” Academia. http://www.academia.edu/251735/The_Devils_Hoofmarks_Source_Material_on_the_Great_Devon_Mystery_of_1855#

Topics in this Podcast: Halloween episodes, offbeat history, history mysteries, British history, 19th century