Werewolves: ancient legends, or real-life monsters? Whether you believe in these creatures or not, crimes committed by werewolves appear in the history books and on the Internet. A number of these supposed werewolf crimes originate from 16th century Europe, particularly France and Germany. This was the height of werewolf hysteria, when many men and women were burned at the stake or tortured after being accused of possessing dark powers. A few of these victims truly believed that they could turn into beasts.
But modern-day werewolves may have been found as well. One had a run-in with the cops after terrorizing a campsite; another claimed that the neighbor he killed was a vampire. And that's not to mention the self-proclaimed werewolf who snapped photos with a severed dog's head.
Read on to learn more about crimes committed by these so-called werewolves throughout history.
Albert Fish is one of the most notorious serial killers in history, also known as the Brooklyn Vampire, The Boogey Man, and the Werewolf of Wysteria. Before he became a full-blown murderer and cannibal, he reportedly liked to eat raw meat during every full moon. Later, he began preying on children.
He met one of his victims, Grace Budd, after responding to an employment ad that Grace's brother had placed in the paper. He went there with the intention of offering the boy a job, luring him away, and killing him, but he changed his mind when he saw Grace. He said he'd love to take her to his niece's birthday party, and her parents agreed to let her go with Fish. They never saw Grace again.
Years later, her family received a mysterious letter detailing how the writer had killed Grace and consumed her flesh. The letter was traced back to Fish and he was arrested. The exact number of his victims is unknown.
The Werewolf of Chalons Was So Evil He Was Nearly Erased From HistoryPhoto: Public Domain / via Wikimedia Commons
The real name of The Werewolf of Chalons has been lost. He was accused of crimes so horrific that officials wanted him erased from the history books and his true identity is now unknown.
Here's what historians think they know: he was a tailor living in Paris, and he allegedly lured children into his shop so that he could torture and murder them. He then carefully carved them up and ate them for dinner. To capture even more children, he would transform into a wolf and stalk his victims through the forest at night.
When his shop was searched, a barrel full of bleached children's bones was discovered. He confessed to his crimes and showed no remorse at his trial, even going into explicit detail about what he had done to the children. He was burned at the stake and court officials destroyed all court documents relating to the case.
Pierre Burgot And Michel Verdun Became Serial Killer WerewolvesPhoto: Public Domain / via Wikimedia Commons
Pierre Burgot and Michel Verdun were French serial killers who also said they were werewolves. At his trial in 1521, Pierre Burgot claimed that as he was out searching for his lost sheep one night, three men in black approached him. They demanded that he renounce God, but said that in return, they would make him rich and give him back his lost sheep. He reluctantly agreed.
Soon after, he met Michel Verdun, who claimed to be a shapeshifter able to transform into a werewolf. Verdun supposedly took Burgot to a meeting of warlocks, where they stripped naked and applied a strange salve all over their bodies. Burgot claimed that they morphed into wolves and started murdering people throughout the French countryside.
Both men confessed to their crimes, which included eating a nine-year-old girl after breaking her neck. They were convicted and burned at the stake.
Wolfie Blackheart Boiled A Dog's Head
Wolfie Blackheart is a self-proclaimed werewolf who belongs to a teenage "wolf pack" in Texas. In 2010, the eighteen-year-old gained some notoriety after posting a photo of a dog's severed head on her MySpace page. The photo prompted an investigation by the San Antonio police and Animal Care Services.
When interviewed, Wolfie admitted that she had found a dead dog, severed its head, and boiled it. She had a small collection of animal skulls that she insisted had all come from roadkill. "I would never kill a canine. I am a canine," she said.
Her mother also insisted that Wolfie would never hurt a living animal, but their neighbor, Kathy, was suspicious. When she saw the photo of the dog's severed head, she thought it looked a lot like her missing pup, Rigsby. However, the police were never able to prove that Wolfie harmed a live animal.