You might think of werewolf stories as something only told for fun around the campfire, but that hasn't always been the case. Historically, many slayings, crimes, and generally horrific incidents have been attributed to werewolves. People truly believed in the existence of these creatures. In fact, in the 16th and 17th centuries in Europe, werewolf trials accompanied witch trials - and sometimes they were even one and the same.
It's even more surprising to note the number of people who confessed to being werewolves or lycanthropes. Some were likely tortured into confession, but others believed themselves to be real werewolves. The idea that someone could transform into an animal was a popular one, and people thought they could make a deal with the devil in order to obtain that power.
Is there any truth behind the enduring legend of the werewolf? Or were these creatures just convenient scapegoats for mysterious misdeeds? Whatever you think, there's no denying that these historical encounters with werewolves are fascinating and downright spooky. Keep reading if you dare, but be warned: these real-life werewolf stories will have you worried about the next full moon.
'The Werewolf Of Châlons' Cooked His Victims For Dinner In The 1500s
Peter Stubbe Claimed He Was A Werewolf Serial Killer In 1589
In 1685, The Mayor Became 'The Wolf Of Ansbach'
Hans The Werewolf Said He Was Bitten By A Man In Black
Gilles Garnier, 'The Werewolf Of Dole'
Jacques Roulet, 'The Werewolf Of Angers,' Mutilated A Boy In 1598