A werewolf is a mythological creature that can transform from a human into a wild animal and back. Even in drawings dating back to the Stone Age, you can often find images of half-humans, half-beasts.
Since then, there have been many stories about terrible werewolves who are as strong as the wild inhabitants of the forest and humanly intelligent. And werewolves play a prominent role in modern movie sagas about evil spirits.
But where did the myths about such creatures come from? Scientists believe that people composed legends about those who had physiological or psychological problems. The most famous werewolves in history will be discussed.
Gilles Garnier. This story took place in the dark Middle Ages - in the 16th century. Once, not far from the French town of Dole, the peasants heard a roar and an animal in the forest and the cry of a child that followed immediately. When people rushed to help, they saw how the wounded baby was desperately fighting off some incomprehensible monster. In it, the peasants were able to recognize Gilles Garnier, a resident of the local village. And after another ten-year-old boy went missing in the vicinity, the prime suspect was clear. On the main square of Dolya, the herald read an order allowing to seize and kill a local werewolf, so that he would stop terrorizing the neighborhood here. Gilles Garnier was arrested and confessed that he was the very monster that killed children. Without going into details, the werewolf was rushed to burn at the stake.
Greifswald werewolves. According to the chronicles of the German town of Greifswald in 1640, the surroundings here were literally swarming with werewolves. As soon as darkness descended, all residents closed the house with bolts, fearing even to go out into the yard. So the Germans were afraid of monsters that appeared out of nowhere. The general fright lasted until a group of young people decided to put an end to this madness. The students collected all the silver from the neighborhood, not only dishes and cups, but even buttons were used. All this metal went into casting bullets. After the students were properly prepared and armed, they went hunting. What happened there remained a mystery, but since then the inhabitants of Greifswald have again been able to walk peacefully at night.
Werewolf from Ansbach. The story goes that in 1685 an unnaturally large and bloodthirsty wolf literally terrorized the vicinity of the Bavarian town of Ansbach. It was said that the animal was actually a werewolf. Moreover, people assumed that the mayor of Ansbach, who had died shortly before that, could become it. After the wolf was still killed, local residents dressed up the animal's corpse in the clothes of the mayor and put it on public display in the city square. Later, the werewolf's remains were transferred to the city museum.
Werewolf from Klein Krams. There was a time when the dense and virgin forests near the German village of Klein-Krams were loved by hunters. They came here to hone their skills and compete with colleagues. But only once there was a big strange wolf who was not harmed by rifle bullets. He even mocked the hunters - let them get closer, and then simply disappeared. It happened that the wolf carried off their prey from the hunters. One day one of the competitors, a young cavalry officer, was driving past the village of Klein-Krams. He noticed a group of children rushing out of one house screaming and screaming. The hunter managed to find out that an unusual boy lives here, who, remaining at home alone, turns into a wolf and so scares the neighbors' kids. The officer was very surprised by this child's play. But when he looked through the window, he saw that very huge wolf in the house, and after a few moments there was already a small child.
Werewolf from Pavia. In 1541, in the vicinity of Pavia, Italy, lonely travelers began to complain about the attacks of an insane farmer. He lunged at his victims, growling like a wild beast. The werewolf dug his teeth into human flesh and tore it apart. Many people suffered from such attacks. After the maniac was caught, he declared that he considered himself a wolf, not a man. The farmer explained his lack of wool by the fact that it grows inside, not outside. This is what distinguishes the werewolf from other wolves. The judge decided to check this statement and cut off the maniac's arms and legs. It is not known what was there with the fur, but the accused quickly died of blood loss.
Shalon werewolf. This story about a werewolf from Chalon is pretty creepy. Also, the monster went down in history as the Demon Taylor. The werewolf hearing was held on December 14, 1598. During the trial, such horrific details of the crimes surfaced that it was decided to destroy all materials in this case. Contemporaries tried to remove from history even the real name of this monster. For the crimes he committed, the werewolf Demon Taylor was burned alive at the stake. It was said that he lured boys and girls into his shop, raped them, and then cut their throats. Then the maniac dismembered the bodies into small pieces and cooked human meat. After night fell, Taylor turned into a dire wolf, ran through the forest and attacked lonely travelers. In the basement of the werewolf, they found several barrels of human bones and many other terrible evidence of his crimes. It is said that the werewolf even refused to repent before dying.
Claudia Gaillard from Burgundy. The valiant witch hunter Henry Boget claimed to have been able to identify and destroy several hundred witches and werewolves. Once, an eyewitness said that he saw how Claudia Gayar in the bushes turned into a huge wolf without a tail. Boget immediately proceeded to interrogate the arrested woman, using, among other things, torture. Later he recalled that the unfortunate woman did not drop a tear, no matter how hard the executioners tried. It was decided to burn the werewolf woman at the stake.
Michael Verdun, a werewolf from Poligny. For some reason, there were quite a few werewolves in the Middle Ages. In 1521, the inquisitors from the French Besançon had an affair with Philibert Monto, Pierre Burgo, and Michel Verdun. The priests demanded that the trinity recognize themselves as werewolves who conspired with the devil himself. And they came under suspicion after a strange incident - a nearby traveler was attacked by a wolf. But the man managed to fight off the beast, wounding him. A trail of blood led the brave man to the hut of a local resident, Michel Verdun. The traveler found him just at the moment when his wife was washing his wounds. This was immediately reported to the local authorities. Under torture, Verdun confessed to being a werewolf. And as soon as the inquisitors were interrogating more actively, the arrested person gave out the names of two other "colleagues". And they, too, with the help of torture, confessed to all the sins of which the church accused them: murder, cannibalism and devil worship. After such frank confessions, the three werewolves were immediately executed.
Werewolf from Benandanti. The history of this werewolf dates back to 1692, and it happened in Livonia. Today Estonia and Latvia are located on this territory. Neighbors were surprised when 80-year-old Tees broke his nose. It was also shocking what he told his compassionate acquaintances. Tees stated that he is a werewolf. According to him, the local sorcerer Skestan broke his nose, although at that time he had already died long ago. At the trial, Tees explained that the wizard, along with his colleagues, wanted to spoil the entire crop, and then take it all to hell. To prevent this villainy, Tees was forced to turn into a wolf. Thanks to this transformation, the werewolf was able to descend into hell with his other colleagues and save the crops. The old man told the amazed listeners that such battles of sorcerers and werewolves take place three times a year. If the werewolves gape, and the wizards have time to close the gates to hell, then this will turn into a big disaster - the harvest, livestock will die, hunting and fishing will stop. During those battles, werewolves took up steel rods, and sorcerers took brooms with horse tails. So Skistan and the werewolf's nose is broken. This story confused the judges a lot, because werewolves have always been considered accomplices of the devil. When the old man was asked about the fate of souls like him, after death, Tees confidently declared that he had entered heaven. The werewolf even insisted that people like him be called nothing more than "God's dogs." Tees assured that only werewolves were able to help humanity survive on Earth, providing abundance. Without these magical creatures, people would simply starve to death. At the end of his speech, Tees said that there are similar communities of "correct" werewolves in Germany and Russia. To help the peoples entrusted to them, they descend into Hell and there they fight with their sorcerers. The old man told his story very confidently and did not get confused in the testimony. But the werewolf refused to meet with the local priest, claiming that he was his own holy father. Tees said that he was far from the first and not the last, and after him the holy war would continue to continue. The court thought for a long time what to do with this werewolf. Do not reward him, in fact! In the end, after long deliberations, it was decided to sentence Tees to ten lashes for superstition and idolatry.
Jean Grenier. In the fall of 1603, the Landa region in southwestern France was in panic. In one of the villages, small children began to disappear, and in the most magical way. Once a sleeping baby disappeared right from the cradle when the mother walked away for just a few minutes. Someone said that the wolves were to blame, while others assumed in a whisper the interference of evil spirits. The horror reached its peak when 13-year-old Marguerite Poirier ran home. She was covered in wounds and swore that some terrible monster had attacked her. The girl was grazing a cow, when suddenly some animal with red hair jumped out of the forest. Margarita said that it was like a huge dog that grabbed the dress with its sharp teeth. It was good that the girl had a strong stick with a sharp metal tip in her hands. With it, she bravely fought off the monster and managed to drive him away. And after a while, the 14-year-old boy Jean Grenier, the son of a day laborer, boasted that he had turned into a wolf and attacked the girl. And only a stick saved her from death, which had already overtaken several other children.