Music from Shadows Symphony (, Midnight Syndicate (, Kevin MacLeod (, Tony Longworth (, and/or Nicolas Gasparini/Myuu ( is used with permission. The path of Great Sun, as a wolf, prowling, he crossed. It’s seems far-fetched so many supernatural things could be happening in one area. Please deactivate your ad blocker in order to see our subscription offer. But if we look a little deeper, our preconceived ideas about some of the most common bits of folklore won’t just change—they’ll transform into something terrifying. It’s said that his shop in Paris was searched, and barrels filled with the bleached bones of his victims were found. Furthermore, the werewolf gene must be \"triggered\" by taking the life of a human, either intentionally or by accident, in order to gain access to their enhanced physical abilities, though this comes at the cost of transforming into a wolf during every full moon. They were created by the witch Inadu as revenge against her tribe for killing her. then she would have likely lived her life with very little issue. Although burning witches and werewolves at the stake wasn’t a new thing, these trials were extraordinary because of the sheer amount of people accused and because of what was happening to the nobility at the time. He was very quickly found guilty, and summarily burned at the stake. Dedicated to your stories and ideas. Cannock Chase isn’t just home to werewolf sightings. The reports are terrifying. In psychological terms, you might think of a person’s struggle with lycanthropy as a struggle to come to terms with — or get rid of — his more primitive nature. Some who work in police and emergency medical services have anecdotally claimed that full moon nights are busier, crazier, and more dangerous than other nights. Although rare, it was certainly enough to link them all together as a common mental illness. WeirdDarkness™ – is a registered trademark. Madison had already killed the first time, but the cure was used successfully on Claire Novak, who hadn’t eaten a human heart or even scratched a person accidentally (although she tried). In the Norse myth The Saga of the Volsungs, a father-son duo happens upon magical wolf pelts that, when worn, temporarily turns the wearer into a wolf. Ingestion of the plant wolfsbane was a common tactic to kill a werewolf, but it usually ended up killing the person as well. When one thinks of werewolves, one typically thinks of a man afflicted with a transformational curse. According to local legend everything started getting weird in 1975. After untold bloodshed, the townsfolk took up arms and hunted the monster down. For the most part, the real lore around lycanthropy is the same. A creature can be seen stalking in the woods for a few seconds of the film. These traits may have even caused the word “werewolf” to apply to human behavior. Visit today to start your special FREE MONTH of unlimited access to their full lecture library—and don't miss my newest recommendation: The Celtic World. These early “werewolves” were similar to vampires. The idea of the werewolf has been with us for a long time – the first mention of a werewolf that we know of is over two thousand years ago. Freud traced his patient’s obsession with wolves to a dream he had as a young boy about seven white wolves in the tree that stood outside his bedroom. While werewolves are the best-known shape-shifters they are not the only were-animals said to exist around the world. Rabies is a more legitimate origin for the werewolf myth as humans get the disease from an animal bite and it causes an infected individual to be violent and animal-like. And it wasn’t the first time lycanthropy was noted as a form of insanity. Garth married into a family of pure-breds, who believed themselves to be superior because of their lack of tainted blood. * VOTE Weird Darkness for the HOT 50 PODCASTS in Podcast Magazine! While werewolves are the best-known shape-shifters they are not the only were-animals said to exist around the world. Even today, how-to books are best-sellers, and people are more hungry than ever to learn and grow. Like their male counterparts, female werewolves wake up in human form to face the moral implications of their nightly crimes. Just where did this legend come from and how much connects to reality? That family is gone, apart from Garth’s wife. One way to test if a person was secretly a werewolf was to slice open their skin and reveal the fur beneath. The testimony stirred the public’s imagination, and the first werewolf sympathizers emerged. I’m Darren Marlar. We humans have carried it with us everywhere we’ve gone in the world, and it anchors us to our roots and our community. In 1589, villagers in Bedburg, Germany, are convinced that a werewolf is killing women and children only to discover the killer is really one of their own. If you’d like a transcript of this episode, you can find a link in the show notes. In this episode, we’ll explore how people become werewolves and what happens during the transformation. They were all tortured, and most were beheaded and burned at the stake. The courts found that he was actually just insane (and not a werewolf) and locked him away in a sanitarium for his malicious deeds. From small tales to season-long investigations, Grim & Mild delivers the best dark historical storytelling around. The Great Courses Plus: Hundreds of topics taught by professors and experts, all in one enormous video library. Burgot himself shared his experience as a werewolf with the courts, and said “I was at first horrified at my four wolf’s feet, and the fur with which I was covered all at once, but I found that I could now travel with the speed of the wind.”. So basically, nobody gets their fill of any of the stories. Officials took his severed head and attached it to a wolf’s body, displaying it as a warning to the rest of the townsfolk regarding the evils of werewolfery. In the Middle Ages werewolves were thought to mostly be created by witches, and the two became closely associated. Shares. By werewolf trials, which we will look at in a few minutes, a quarter century of killing and cannibalizing people, they confessed to the murder and cannibalism of multiple young children, barrels filled with the bleached bones of his victims, he admitted to killing and eating four children, Thiess wasn’t burnt to death at the stake. Clinical lycanthropy is a recognized medical condition in which a person believes himself or herself to be an animal, and indeedthere are rare cases where people have claimed to be werewolves. If their magical pelt was found and taken from the werewolf-in-human-form, he or she could be killed. The first film to feature the moon’s transformative effect was the less famous Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman in 1943. Because the Church was losing so much influence, they turned to an age-old practice to bolster their ranks – the subsumption of local religions. Killing a werewolf required a silver bullet to the heart. We’ll look at the origins of the werewolf, look at whether they are actually real, and if so, how one goes about becoming one, and some of the cures believed to release the man from the beast. In his book, “The Werewolf Delusion”, Ian Woodward writes, “Traditionally, there are three principal ways in which a werewolf can be scourged of his demons. The Devil is given responsibility for a lot of evil stuff, from curses to the music of Charlie Daniels, but he may also be to blame for the werewolves of Cannock Chase, England. But they were once thought to be all too real. Recommend Weird Darkness to your friends, family, and co-workers who love the paranormal, horror stories, or true crime like you do! We even see a nod to werewolves in Greek mythology when Zeus punishes Lycaon by turning him and his sons into wolves. Thus, the State gives a seventh son one gold medal in his baptism and a scholarship until his twenty first year. Attempts to wish or pray your way out of it will do you no good, and all the chains in the world can’t keep you from attacking other people. Even one of folklore’s most legendary creatures has roots that are almost forgotten today—roots that are both ancient and terrifying. In 1582, the German town of Bedburg was ravaged by a violent and mysterious creature. And as always, everything you buy in the Weird Darkness store benefits the International Foundation for Research and Education on Depression. Thiess was steadfast in his assertions, claiming that Werewolves in Germany and Russia also did battle with the devil’s minions in their own versions of hell, and insisted that when werewolves died, their souls were welcomed into heaven as reward for their service. The mutilated body transformed into a human woman. Here you’ll find stories of the paranormal, supernatural, legends, lore, crime, conspiracy, mysterious, macabre, unsolved and unexplained. Perhaps werewolves have evolved to exist in daylight as well now? Omnes angeli, boni et Mali, ex virtute naturali habent potestatem transmutandi corpora nostra (“All angels, good and bad have the power of transmutating our bodies”) was the dictum of St. Thomas Aquinas. 3 of 4 people found this review helpful. As we’ve seen throughout this episode, every culture adds their own new piece to the werewolf legend, but there are a few elements that didn’t quite catch on like some others. This isn’t a very good idea. “The Wolf Man” also made it clear that once you become a werewolf, the only cure is death. They’re great to work with and will help you advertise on the show. Producer’s Note: The below originally appeared on and appears here with the permission of the original poster, arnarkusaga. Listen or watch on your computer or mobile device. From Kiev, prowling, he reached, before the cocks crew, Tmutorokan. In fact, Staffordshire County has the most sightings of the mythical beast than any other place in all of Europe. Overall, there was little difference between the killings and activities of wolves and werewolves: both would hunt at night, attacking sheep or livestock, and sometimes humans. That’s when a 17-year-old boy in central England took out his Ouiji board to test its powers. Weird Darkness theme by Alibi Music Library. Thanks for listening. How much of the real werewolf lore did you know? “Little-Known Lycan Lore” by Jonathan Gordon for History Answers: Those two men were Pierre de Lancre, a judge, and Jean d’Espagnet, a polymath. The werewolf is generally held as a European character, although its lore spread through the world in later times. There was even a bizarre sighting of a what looked like a medical experiment gone wrong, a being that looked like a pig-man. The letter carrier said that at first he thought nothing of the creature believing it to be a dog. Antoinette confessed to transforming into a werewolf. In 1598, he confessed after being tortured to also prowling the woods at night as a wolf to hunt and kill even more children. Start your 4-week trial today, which includes free postage, a digital scale, and zero commitment. Modern depictions of werewolves – like Harry Potter, Twilight, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer – show werewolf characters afflicted for life with no chance of a cure for lycanthropy. Stumpp, otherwise known as the Werewolf of Bedburg, confessed to a quarter century of killing and cannibalizing people. Like vampires, werewolves have been around for millennia, and nothing short of a silver bullet is likely to stop it from being around millennia more. 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