A CANNIBALIZED BODY FOUND ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF ATLANTIC CITY LEAD SCULLY AND MULDER ON A QUEST AFTER A VERY OLD, VERY HUNGRY MYSTERY.
When a partially eaten body is found in the New Jersey woods outside Atlantic City, Mulder links it to "The Jersey Devil," a monster whose legends go back to the 18th century. Mulder suspects the recent deaths of several homeless men are the work of the "Devil," but Scully believes they were killed by a wild animal. Local law enforcement officials are suppressing the truth to preseve the town's tourist image, even to the extent of jailing Mulder to halt his investigation. Undaunted, Mulder tells Scully that a shadowy figure he saw in an alley is a humanoid that has come out of the woods in search of food. Scully consults her former anthropology professor, who warns her that such a creature would be higher than us in the food chain. After the body of a man-beast is found by a forest ranger, Mulder suspects that the "Devil" they are chasing is a female. Mulder, Scully and the professor track the creature through the gritty warehouse district of Atlantic City, one step ahead of the local cops, who are bound and determined to kill the creature.