Peter Stubbe: The Modern Tales Of Lycanthropy

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In 1589, Peter Stubbe made a deal with the Devil. In Bedburg, a small town near Cologne, Germany, animals began to be mutilated in the night. Soon after, children and grown men and women began to disappear, later found mauled beyond recognition. The townspeople suspected a rogue wolf and eventually a group of men corned the creature. But what they found was not a beast, but a man ––one of their own–– named Peter Stubbe, a well liked and well respected farmer. Stubbe claimed that Devil had given him a belt that when worn would transform him into a bloodthirsty wolf, allowing him to fulfill his deep desire to kill and devour. It was revealed that over the course of a couple of years he had been responsible for murders and partial consumption of victims that included two pregnant women, tearing the unborn children from their wombs, and thirteen young children. He had also committed numerous acts of rape and cannibalism, including eating the brains of his son and impregnating his daughter, all while in the form of a wolf (Bores). The account of Peter Stubbe, the werewolf of Bedburg, is a gruesome tale of a deranged and violent man and a popular source of inspiration for modern tales of lycanthropy. Lycanthropy, derived from the Greek words lukos, wolf, and anthropos, man, is the supposed transformation of man into animal (“Lycanthropy.” Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology). While most instances of lycanthropy in the West involve wolves, the concept is found in many
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