WHERE WOLF - THERE WOLF DEPARTMENT -
Werewolves in the Mist
This is not your typical Hollywood horror story. No matter what your
parents may have told you, Werewolves are real. I know this to be fact,
because I’ve seen one. I wouldn’t be the first. People have been seeing
werewolves for ages. It has been said that werewolves even participated
in the first Olympic games. In Native American cultures, the
Skinwalkers are said to turn into werewolves. They are often referred
to as powerful shamans with the ability to shape-shift; this is sacred
to them. A Native American will never divulge the secrets of the
Skinwalkers to outsiders.
Werewolves are not a thing of the past, however. Consider the Beast of
Bray road. Sightings of the werewolf persist to this day. Countless
sightings documented by Linda Godfrey, (to name just one) refer to the
werewolves roaming around Washington County, Wisconsin. Recently, the
media documented a sighing in which a truck driver caught a clear view
of a werewolf like creature, on a quiet deserted road...in the middle
of the night. This parallels completely with a sighting I experienced
some years ago.
What are these elusive creatures? Are they men with the ability to
transform into beast or is it a special, yet unknown kind of beast with
the ability to transform into a man? What is known is that they are
humanoid in appearance. They’ve been seen walking on their hind legs,
and not to say that movies are in any way realistic, but the werewolves
created specifically for the film "Dog Soldiers" are the most precise
looking werewolves I’ve seen, (in reference to the sighting I had).
Up until my own sighting I had no regard for so-called werewolves. To
me they were just a product of overactive imaginations. To hear a tale
of a werewolf sighting was like seeing a Lon Chaney movie being
replayed behind the storyteller’s eyes. It wasn’t until my sister had
an encounter, and subsequently I endured my own encounter, only then
did I see the significance of such cases.
Some twenty years ago, when my sister was seven, she saw something that
has stayed with her to this day. Even now, to ask her to recount the
tale is to see her shudder from the memory. It’s a good story, yes, but
it is also true.
She was walking across the yard from one side of the house to the
other. It was about 9pm and a quiet midsummer night. She had a bowl of
rice in her hand and since she had walked the same path across the yard
for years, she didn’t expect what she found. Across the street she
heard a hiss. She turned toward it and in the distance, some 20 feet
away, under the street light she saw what she could only refer to as
"like a man". Not quite a man though, because there was something off
He extended an unusually elongated finger and beckoned her near. In the
light of the street lamp she saw that his eyes glowed blood red and his
teeth were pointed and yellow. He wore long dreads in his hair and
smiled at her, but the smile she said was an evil grin that made her
blood run cold.
She dropped the rice and ran back to my grandmother's door, screaming
and banging until finally my grandmother came to her rescue. That night
my sister did not sleep a wink. Instead she woke me up periodically
throughout the night and begged me to talk to her. I understood then as
I do now that what my sister saw was real.
In comparing werewolf sightings from the past to those of the present,
today’s werewolf sightings are missing one element however that needs
to be established. They have not attacked any humans. In fact, they
hate to be seen and have been known to act aggressive towards humans
who have seen them, but it is a aggressiveness akin to a celebrity
incognito, being stalked by the paparazzi.
Some may even venture to say that werewolf sightings are actually
Bigfoot sightings. But what I saw was NO Bigfoot. In fact, while
digging for historical records that may account for the origins of the
Werewolf, I did find something rather interesting: The Dog-faced people.
Cynocephaly comes from the old Greek word "cynocephalus", or Doghead.
This may be the most logical explanation for the dog/wolf-faced
creatures we refer to as werewolves. One such famous dog-faced man was
St. Christopher, but there was also the lesser-known St. Andrew.
The Marmaritae people were said to have been extremely tall and
dog-faced in countenance. This description of the peoples of the
Marmaritae tribe also ties somewhat with Biblical references to
abominations, or mixings of humans and animals to create monsters.
The Egyptian God Anubis was a Jackal-headed man. Are all of these
connected? There exists a letter in which a priest questions whether or
not the Dog-headed people ought to be considered human. This was
actually a question among the clergy of his day! Does this mean these
people did in fact exist? And if so, could they exist to this day;
savages among modern men with no place in the human family tree?
So what did I see that night, some seven years ago? A remnant of the
human past, or a man transformed into a wolf, as we’ve been led to
believe, via comic books, movies and television shows? I have never
really tried to dissect it like that.
I was on a bustling residential street that suddenly turned quiet, as
if a switched had been flipped. The air was static-y and there were no
cars coming down the road and no lights on in any of the houses that
lined the sidewalk as I headed home. What I saw was a large humanoid,
almost eight feet tall, with deep red eyes and a snout. His hands ended
in long talons and he parted the bushes and peered out at me. We stared
at each other and I was so lost at the sight of him that when I
gathered my bearings and ran away, it took me a few minutes to realize
that I had left my bag behind.
Everything about this encounter was reminiscent of various encounters
throughout the ages in which out-of-place creatures have seemingly
appeared out of nowhere, only to disappear back into the dark moments
later. For instance, the abrupt absence of sound and the blood red,
penetrating eyes. Let us not forget the static discharge in the air
that left an almost crackling, or popping sound for seconds after the
beast had disappeared.
The werewolf it seems, is just as elusive as Bigfoot. But I venture to
say that the two, although inextricably of the same vein of the
paranormal, are not the same. I am inclined to believe that these two
beings walk on two separate planes that never overlap and perhaps never
The mystery, for now, continues, but I for one have opened my mind to
the probability that somewhere in the dark, in a place that people
rarely go, lies a remnant of the past long since relegated to myth and
legend before its time has passed.
Source: Esotericana/Tina Sena
BUTTON UP YOUR OVERCOAT DEPARTMENT -
It's Raining Fish and Frogs
Clerics, academics and scientists can't seem to agree on key points in
our tales of frogs and fish falling from the sky.
Never mind cats and dogs ... what was perhaps the most remarkable
shower of fish of all time landed on Aberdare. It was a February day
and was raining hard, with a rather stiff wind from the southwest.
A sawyer, John Lewis, was busy dragging timber to the saw, and he was
struck by several objects falling on his head and back, and even down
He reached under his sweater and shirt, and pulled up several small
When looking up, he saw fish falling with the rain all around him. The
ground was covered with fish, and when Lewis took off his hat, its brim
was full of them.
Other workmen helped gather a bucketful of fish and this was emptied
into a large pool of rainwater.
Local and the national newspapers published stories about this
'extraordinary shower of fish'.
But as could be expected, it wasn't long before some rationalists
objected that a rain of fish was manifestly impossible, and contrary to
the laws of nature.
Fish were as unlikely to rain down from the sky in showers as they were
to ride along Regent Street in a coach and four, dressed in tailcoats
and top hats.
The veracity of John Lewis was called into doubt by these sceptics, but
the vicar of Aberdare, the Rev John Griffiths, interceded on his
behalf, pointing out that Lewis was a sober, reliable character, and
that it was beyond his capacity to make up a story like this.
The vicar had recorded Lewis's own testimony, and sent it, along with
several specimens of the fish, to the zoologist Professor Richard Owen.
These fish, which fell from the sky on February 9, 1859, apparently
still living, were exhibited in an aquarium at the Zoological Gardens,
No report on the matter from Professor Owen himself has been kept for
Dr JE Gray, of the British Museum, entered the debate, but hardly did
himself proud. He bluntly suggested that the whole thing was a fraud
and imposture, and that the other workmen had poured a large basin of
fish and water over John Lewis, as a practical joke.
The Welsh sawyers were probably having a good laugh at the expense of
the many gullible journalists and amateur scientists who had been taken
in by their prank.
This feeble attempt at debunking does not explain the several
wheelbarrows full of fish that could be collected in the vicinity of
the barnyard; nor that the fall occurred over a considerable area and
was observed by several people.
The editor of The Zoologist, Edward Newman, who seems to have been a
sworn enemy to all kinds of anomalous precipitation, seconded Dr Gray's
objections; he agreed that a rain of fish was impossible, and that a
fraud was the most likely explanation.
On the other hand, Dr Robert Drane, of Cardiff, and the Rev WS Symonds,
reported to the British Association for the Advancement of Science that
they were convinced that a considerable number of fish had really
descended with the rain.
According to the contemporary newspaper correspondence, both the
journalists and the British public took their side against the
In the 1862 volume of his magazine All the Year Round, Charles Dickens
commented on the debate, quoting several Indian reports as well as the
Welsh one, and supporting the veracity of John Lewis against the
onslaught of the British Museum officials.
A thorough review of the annals of anomalous precipitation would
indicate that between the years 687 and 2006, at least 123 probable or
verified showers of fish occurred, and in 37 of them, the fish were
clearly seen to fall through the air. During the same period, there are
records of 61 showers of frogs or toads; in 39 of these, the animals
were observed to descend from the clouds. These showers of fish and
amphibians have been observed all over the world. Quite a few occurred
in the USA, India, Ceylon and Malaysia. In Europe, there is a marked
concentration of fish and frog rains in the British Isles.
The intensity of these showers has varied greatly. Sometimes, only a
few animals fall with the rain, but on other occasions, they resemble
the plague of raining frogs striking the cities of Peonia and Dardania,
or a tremendous shower of toads witnessed in 1794. On July 2, 1901,
frogs and toads fell over Minneapolis during a violent rainstorm:
according to the newspaper reports, certain streets and sidewalks were
filled with 'quackers', and neither people nor cart horses could wade
through the mass of squirming bodies.
In view of the compelling evidence from historical and modern cases, it
cannot be denied that fishes, frogs and toads sometimes fall down in
showers with the rain. Although some cases can be explained as hoaxes,
ill-researched or fraudulent newspaper stories, or misinterpretation of
mass migrations of amphibians, the vast majority are beyond reproach.
There is also a quite natural explanation of these odd showers.
A waterspout is a pillar of water drawn up by a powerful whirlwind; it
can suck up vast amounts of water, mud and earth from the ground. Some
waterspouts resemble a giant hourglass, with one end traversing the
earth, and the other being in contact with a large cumulus cloud.
French naturalist, Count de Castelnau, who had examined a fish rain
occurring near Singapore in 1861, suggested to incredulous colleagues
that a whirlwind or tornado might have caused this phenomenon.
Dr Gudger, the greatest modern authority on fish showers, also
advocated the whirlwind theory.
British zoologists and meteorologists belonging to the Tornado and
Storm Research Organisation have even been able to reconstruct the path
of the tornadoes, and the site where the fishes were drawn up into the
What is strange, and hitherto unexplained, is how such an enormous
number of toads or fish can fall from the sky; in some instances, the
whirlwind must have emptied an entire lake or bog of its fish or
Another downfall struck London in 1984, another in 2000 in Norfolk.
A downpour was reported from Knighton, Shropshire, in August 2004.
Several people saw small fish fall, some still showing signs of life
when they landed.
Knighton is 50 miles from the coast, but the fish may have been sucked
up from a nearby lake.