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 listening if you dare, but be warned: these real-life werewolf stories might have you worried about the next full moon.
t began when a teenager made a deal with the Devil in the mid 1970s. That’s when the werewolf sightings began – and some experts say there is proof of their existence. (Werewolves of Central England) *** Some think they are escaped circus freaks, others that they are strange medical experiments gone wrong. Some believe them to be ghosts or demons. What are the terrifying white animals or entities people are seeing in Pennsylvania – and could it be more than one kind of creature? (Mystery Monsters From P.A.) *** A couple moves to an old mining town with a dark past… and the darkness apparently hasn’t gone away yet. (The Old Mining Town) *** Is it any surprise that something strange might happen in a pub that used to be a church? One of our Weirdo family members tells her story. (Bandit) *** One of the best worst poets of all time has taken inspiration from a certain mountain in North Carolina – but even when there for the solitude, he wasn’t alone. (The Phantom Hiker of Grandfather Mountain) *** In 1946, a sadistic killer dressed in a white mask terrorized a small town at night. And to this day, the Moonlight Murders killer could still be at large. (The Unsolved Texarkana Murders) *** Plus, I’ll share a chapter from the upcoming audiobook, “Suffer the Children” from Troy Taylor, a story called “The Most Monstrous and Inhuman Criminal of Modern Times”.
IN THIS EPISODE: (Dark Archives episode with stories from October 14-15, 2018) *** A castle in the Czech countryside is not only rumored to be haunted… but also to contain a crack leading to the gates of Hell. *** A shadow person appears in a Texas funeral parlor. *** Two occult magicians feud over who can destroy the vampire terrorizing their community. *** The purchase of a beautiful table leads to a haunting of one couple’s bedroom. *** Shadows horrify a woman when her husband is away and her child is asleep. *** PLUS, the incredible classic story of Bisclavret: The Werewolf! *** Quite possibly the most controversial episode I’ve ever narrated; a theory about the Manson family murders that you likely have never heard before. (Helter Skelter)
IN THIS EPISODE: A strange encounter in a diner turns terrifying when and old man appears to have black eyes. *** The feeling of being watched and cold spots in the home bring fear to a family in Oklahoma. *** Both a father and a son experience what can only be described as demonic oppression. *** A woman in Utah finds a stranger in her room… directly above her bed. *** Author G. Michael Vasey takes us to a haunted church in the Czech Republic village of Lukova. *** A strange figure appears in a photo – but wasn’t there when the picture was being taken. *** Ohio has its own strange creature roaming the forests… they call it the Dogman. And one man tells of his encounter with it. Ohio’s Silver Creek Dogman – what many consider to be a real life werewolf. *** The first recorded ghost in the United States was reported in Sullivan, Maine, in 1799. And her name, was Nelly Cooper. *** Built in 1839, Highgate Cemetery, in Highgate, London, is now said to be one of the most actively haunted cemeteries in the UK. There were even newspaper stories that there was a vampire at large in there – the so-called “Highgate Vampire”. *** When a woman died, leaving no heirs and no will. A couple were brought in to clear out the property after the estate had been settled. When it came time to clear out the deceased woman’s shed, what they found was more than disturbing… it was horrifying. *** A neighborhood in old Louisville, Kentucky had a large tree that stood in the center of the court – and served at one time as a hanging tree for various lynchings in the 1800s. The hangings may have stopped – but the darkness surrounding it, hasn’t.
Bad omens – to most it’s just as silly to believe them as to believe in flying monsters or that a solar eclipse will bring about the end of life as we know it. But when looking at the correlations between odd or strange events, and the Mothman, you might begin to wonder if bad omens may be real after all. Which just might also give you a bit of a hesitation and a few goosebumps when you experience the next solar eclipse.
IN THIS EPISODE: Following the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp, American troops felt an urge to personally punish the camp’s guards. What exactly transpired still isn’t known. (How Dachau Concentration Camp Guards Got Their Comeuppance) *** When someone in her town was ill, Bertha was to first to pick up her medical bag and rush to the scene to try and help the sickly individual. It never failed though – shortly after her visit, Bertha’s patients would pass away. (The Horrible Bertha Gifford) *** The Chicago Water Tower is one of the oldest buildings in the Windy City. Is it also one of the most haunted? (Chicago’s Haunted Water Tower) *** A bell ringing team in England is plagued by phantom footsteps. (The Phantom Footsteps That Haunt Our Church) *** The crate was picked up and delivered to the docks. It was scheduled to leave for New Orleans that afternoon, but inclement weather kept the boat and crew in port for a week. That’s when sailors began complaining of a foul odor coming from the hold. (The Corpse In The Shipping Crate) *** In the already exceedingly odd history of mysterious encounters with unexplained entities, there are sometimes some that stand out as particularly bizarre, to the point of being almost ludicrous. And I’ll share a few. (Absurd Entities) *** Just because you’re working in a busy office in the middle of the day doesn’t mean you can’t be disturbed by the paranormal. (The Haunted Office) A restaurant owner sees a man standing outside in the rain – but none of his employees can see the man. (No Entry!) *** Surrounded by sunny beaches, lush palm trees, and warm sand… and still one man is terrorized by an entity. (I Think My Hotel Room is Haunted) *** If you plan on staying at a strange hotel, be sure it wasn’t built on a sacred burial ground. (The Ancients Walk at Night) *** Just because your family doesn’t know of a death taking place in your house in the past, doesn’t mean there wasn’t one. (A Visitation From The Great Beyond) *** A girl babysits a group of children, but feels she’s not the only one awake in the house. (The Other Babysitters) *** A man is pelted with candy by an unseen entity. (The Poltergeist Who Won’t Leave Us… Ever) *** Can a house be haunted by… a smell? (A Ghostly Smell) *** A man checks in to a hotel he had no idea was haunted – yet the hotel staff knew. (The Crying Ghost of Galveston) *** A girl’s dorm room becomes haunted on her last day at school… but upon arriving home, she discovers the phantom has followed her. (The Voice) *** At the end of the podcast, a full chapter from the audiobook “Into Darkness” by Jason R. Davis!