New Jersey, 1947. A happy singing family drives towards Atlantic City at night when they get a flat. Instead of fun hi-jinks, this dilemma leads to the father being dragged into the woods while trying to change the tire. The wife desperately yells into the woods, but she sees only his foot in the flashlight beam disappearing into the brush.
The 1947 police rally in search with dogs and guns. They find a body with a leg eaten off. Before further investigation, they run back towards a cave where they think they’ve found the culprit. Without warning, they all fire their guns into the cave because spelunkers be damned.
Scully meets up with Mulder in the modern-day FBI headquarters where Mulder is reading up on more abductions. Scully tells him about a body found in the woods of New Jersey that is missing limbs; these limbs seem to have been gnawed off by a human. Mulder retorts that Jersey is a place where people lose body parts all the time because of the mafia. Scully explains that the victim was homeless, and therefore, not mafia-related (what?!?).
Mulder shows Scully an X-File on the 1947 Jersey Devil and relates the tale of the family who lost their father in the woods. The police shot the beast-man who had human bones in his stomach. Scully insists it’s a folktale, and Mulder, of course, Believes. She doesn’t.
X-file: The Jersey Devil is alive and real and living in New Jersey.