Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Freshly-Cooked Werewolves-- The Dog Chronicles


I was surprised werewolves were not just a figment of some Hollywood screenwriter's imagination. But just like witches and vampires, at least those suspected to be witches and vampires, folks suspected of being werewolves got tossed on the fires just like any other devilish sort.

Often werewolves got blamed for killings when less "supernatural" beings might have been the better choice. In Germany, in the 1500's, one man said to be a werewolf, confessed to mass murder, cannibalism, incest with his own daughter and other devilish crimes. Unfortunately, both his daughter and his housekeeper shared the flames of his execution.

Werewolves and vampires took the rap for digging up corpses, drinking blood, and other sorts of mayhem. Many confessions for these crimes resulted from torture. Some of the suspects were mentally ill. It's just another example of man's inhumanity to man. And you thought you were having a bad day.

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