Right up until his death, Roger Patterson swore it was the real deal. And Bob Gimlin, has said he was not aware of any hoax. If it was it would have been done by Roger, and to not tell him was stupid. He had a loaded rifle for protection. If it was a human in a suit, he could have killed him. Besides as stated before. Think back to movies in that time. You could tell it was a human in a suit. That still to this day, with computer enhancements, you can not find a zipper, a seam, anything. That is the real deal.you do know that he came out and said it was faked right?
My in-laws live in that area and last time we came home to MD after a visit we drove through the pine barrens. I was surprised how vast the barrens still are today. Miles and miles of nothing showing up on the GPS.Back in the High School days, late 60's, we'd go drinking at a spot about 3 miles off the Atlantic Ocean in Brick Township, NJ. Undeveloped area at the time and on the edge of the Pine Barrens. Spooky, dark, desolate. Perfect place for underage drinking.
Going to see the Jersey Devil was code for you were heading out there.