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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

The Flixton Werewolf - Lycanthrope, Myth, or Something Else?



A centuries-old tale of a killer monster... is it true, or is it just a legend? A while back I found a story of this type of thing that I found very interesting.

Today we'll be looking into the story of the Flixton Werewolf.

THE STORY

The story of the monster takes place in Flixton, in England, and begins in the 10th Century. At the time there were forests in the area, the perfect place for a maurading were-monster to hide.

No one really knows when the werewolf first appeared, but by 940 A.D. there was a hotel built in the town to protect travellers from it. The werewolf was known to attack livestock and even people. It was also known to dig up freshly buried corpses.

The whole area was terrified, and after a while reports of the werewolf stopped.

The creature wasn't gone for good, however.

Around the year 1150, there were reports of something that killed farm animals, a shepherd and a young girl. The creature was described as walking upright, was very stinky, had a long tail, and "ferocious" looking eyes.

Did a creature like this terrorize Flixton?

Once again the creature disappeared, but it returned hundreds of years later.

In the early 1800s, it is said that a carriage traveling by Flixton was attacked by a "huge wolf-like creature." The "wolf" attacked the carriage driver, and then the passengers. Someone shot the "wolf," but it seemed unharmed. 

In the 1970s, another giant "wolf" attacked a truck driving near Flixton. The "wolf" jumped on the truck and tried to break through the windshield.


COMPARISON TO MODERN DAY WEREWOLVES

Is the Flixton Werewolf merely a myth, or was there (or is there) a real werewolf-like creature around the town?

There are reports from around the world, and which are happening today, about creatures described as looking like "werewolves." They are called "Dogmen" by most cryptozoologists, and I've had several posts about them on this blog before.

Linda S. Godfrey has looked into the subject more than anyone else, and currently has four books fully on the subject - The Beast of Bray Road (2003), Hunting the American Werewolf (2006), The Michigan Dogman (2010), and Real Wolfmen (2012).

The creatures walk upright (most of the time), have paws instead of feet and hands, heads commonly described "like a German Shepard" or "like a wolf," and have tails. They definitely aren't Bigfoot.

Sightings have been reported for many, many years and continue to this day. They also come from throughout the world. Linda Godfrey recently had a post on her blog about a sighting in London in 1996. Most sightings are reported in the USA.

Now, the big question is - if the Flixton Werewolf was/is real, was/is it  a Dogman? Or, could it be some sort of supernatural or paranormal being? If the same creature was seen in the 10th century and the 1970s, it could not be a "real" animal in the sense of saying it is flesh-and-blood.

Whatever the Flixton Werewolf is, the mystery remains. 

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