The most scaring stories about werewolves
Witch Hunt more than 300 years has been a major problem among the population of Europe. However, it is worth noting that not only women were tried and executed for witchcraft and communications with the dark, black, and evil forces. Men, too, were burned at the stake, not only for witchcraft but also for the opportunity and the ability to transform into werewolves - creatures of the night that terrorized many towns and villages in Europe, attacking people and children, killing and even eating them.
Despite the stories and the witnesses there is no historical information about real existence of the werewolves.
A man from the forest
Petrous Gonzales was also known under the names Wolf Man and a Man of the forest. Many considered that he was cursed, but most likely he just suffered from the hypertrichosis, an excessive hair growth, that densely were covering his entire body.
For the first historical data about that person point to his appearance at the court of the French king. Soon, however, he was sent to the court of Margaret of Parma, the court lady, who at that time was also a regent of the Netherlands. Portrait of the person stored in the collection of the House of Art. Was this man a real werewolf or he just suffered a genetic disease is difficult to say.
Werewolf of Dole
Gilles Garnier was a contemporary of Gonzalez, but unlike him, Garnier was really a serial killer and a cannibal, whose victims were young children between the ages of 9-to 12 years. Garnier abducted children right next to their homes. Gilles Garnier was also known as the hermit of Saint-Bonnet.
According to the legend, Garnier received from the witch as a gift a special magic ointment, which gave him the ability to transform into a werewolf and attack and kill children. The history of this man ended up at the stake because he was convicted in lycanthropy and witchcraft.
Dark creature of Bedburg
Peter Stump known as Werewolf of Bedburg, along with his wife and daughter made an alliance with one of the demons, who in exchange for their souls gave Stump a bewitching power to turn into a dark beast. The victims of this family were 15 people in the period from 1564 to 1589.
Witnesses that saw these events swore that they had seen in the bushes Stump disclaiming his skin. For his crimes and accusations of witchcraft he was crucified on the wheel. His wife and daughter suffered the exact same fate, but a little bit later, on Halloween in 1589 in Cologne.
Creature of Chalons
A small town in France was struck by a terrible plague - the werewolf known as Demon Taylor, who kidnapped people. The number of victims has not been established, but in contrast to other people, who were accused of cannibalism and lycanthropy, Demon Taylor, whose real name the history has not kept had not admitted and not repented of his deeds, even at the moment of burning at the stake. Witnesses said that he laughed and cursed all the people and all living things.
Wolf of Ansbach
16th and 17th century were known for their brutal hunting on witches and werewolves. Particularly cruel to the creatures of the night belonged Germans. Wolf of Ansbach hasn't a human name and most likely was a true wolf of gigantic proportions, but many believed that he could turn into a human, and that in fact it was the Major of the city of Ansbach.
Residents of the city staged a hunt and a wolf was caught in a trap near the well. Wolf was burned at the stake, and the residents before burning the wolf dressed him in men's clothes, assuming him as the Major of the city.
On the border with Estonia and the Holy Roman Empire in the 17th century lived a man who claimed to be the man in black turned him into a wolf. Hans preyed on people in the guise of a wolf as much as 2 years. However, the court did not believe in the curse, because Hans's legs were covered with the bites of the dogs, which the court regarded as werewolf bites. Despite the evidence and contradictions, Hans still was executed at the stake, as he was accused of having links with dark magical forces.
In Livonia, another of the medieval Baltic countries was also a story with a dark evil beast. The Livonia beast – this was a man who just a year later after the incident in Estonia, stated that he also is a creature, but he is "creation of the day", which was sent by angels to combat demons.
The court did not believe such statements, but at the stake in contrast to all other convicted witches he did not go, he was flogged and sent into exile, to think about their crimes. This case is discussed to this day.
Beast of Gévaudan
This is the most famous werewolf in the world. What creature actually was this beast no one found out. Although there were many assumptions: hyena, lion, hydra, wolf, dog, and hybrid.
In total, Beast of Gévaudan attacked more than 300 people, of whom more than half were killed during the attack, and those who survived were so shocked that they could not describe the monster. As a result, the beast was captured and killed, stuffed and exhibited in the royal palace at Versailles, but the murders and attacks were not over. When it became clear that not caught the animal, the killing stopped by them. This mysterious story never ended and still today attracts many historians to search for the truth.