Wendigo, Dogman, and Wolfman…

– – Things went to the dogs or at least the canids on a recent episode of Monsters and Mysteries in America. For those partial to werewolves, the first segment presented the Beast of Bray Road, a wolf-like creature seen more than 100 times in Wisconsin since the 1940’s. Incidents involving the beast seemed to peak in the 1980’s, when a Lori Endrizzi encountered an upright creature consuming road kill along a road that she was traveling home; it appeared to be developing interest in the woman as a second course before she managed to get her stalled car started and escape. A later encounter was also profiled that occurred in 2006 when a Steve Krueger was picking up deer carcasses when something rocked his truck and helped itself to both a deer carcass and an ATV ramp in the bed of his pickup! He gunned his truck and also escaped, although the missing ramp later couldn’t be located.

A second segment profiled the Dogman, more of a spirit-based creature seen near Holly, Michigan with more than 100 sightings of similar cryptids across the world. A 2005 incident was presented where a repo man was driven off by a man-dog type hybrid which drove him off the property he had entered to reposess a Cadillac.

Lastly and perhaps most terrifying were the accounts of the Wendigo, a rather nasty entity with a taste for human flesh rooted in North American legends and said to frequent the North Woods of the Great Lakes region. The Wendigo takes over people like an infection, possessing them with a cannibalistic hunger so intense that the creature is said to chew off its own lips and gnaw on its fingers. A case was presented where a Cree Indian in the 1870’s had killed and eaten his own family, claiming at his own hanging that he was no longer a man but rather possessed by a Wendigo. In a modern case from 2008, a border on a Greyhound bus attacked a fellow traveler, decapitated him, paraded around the bus with his victim’s head like a trophy, and supposedly ate pieces of flesh from his victim…again supposedly possessed by the Wendigo, which in its true form appears as a frozen, cadaverous monster…truly scary stuff!

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6 Comments on “Wendigo, Dogman, and Wolfman…”

  1. carycomic Says:

    The Michigan Dogman sounds like a bipedal version of those Black Dog sightings that are so prevalent (*) in British Isles folklore. And which will probably be covered, at greater length, in next week’s telecast.

    *I’ve ALWAYS wanted to use that word! :-)

    • carycomic Says:

      As to the Beast of Bray Road: didn’t one of Syfy Channel’s low-budget movies of the weekend already “determine” (note the sarcastic quotes) that its real identity was that of a misandryistic truck stop waitress? ;-)

      • vulpesffb Says:

        This is why it’s prudent to leave your server a good tip. I’ve always suspected that some of them were real monsters during their off hours…

    • vulpesffb Says:

      Hell Hounds are coming up next week. They should not be confused with Devil Dogs, a hostess snack. You bite one, and the other bites you. This is how I remember…

      …and blessed are they who are easily made happy! You are welcome to use any words or phrases here that you want to, within the realm of decency, of course. We aim to please here…

  2. carycomic Says:

    I know. In some Euro-folklore, however, the two appellations kind of overlap. BD & HH, I mean!

  3. Dan Gibbons Says:

    16 years fire dept in the holly area, close to dispatchers, police, and growing up in the area. the tv show was the 1st. i have seen things when stationed in another state. but think the dogman thing is crap.


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