The “Real” Werewolf on MonsterQuest

Gevaudan werewolf– – MonsterQuest recently aired a two-hour episode investigating the killing of over 100 peasants by a werewolf-like creature in southern France during the mid-1700’s.  As the slayings occurred over 240 years ago, extensive speculation and reconstruction was involved as provided by a cryptozoologist and a criminal investigator.

The Beast of Gevaudan slaughtered primarily women and children in an often gruesome fashion, at times decapitating the victims, eviscerating them, or consuming limbs.  The killings began in 1764, and continued for about three years, drawing the attention of Louis XV whose expert hunters dispatched a large wolf but failed to halt the peasant slayings.

That task was accomplished by one Jean Chastel, who used (–what else?) a silver bullet to kill the beast.  Speculation by the MonsterQuest investigators and others has been that the true “werewolf” was in fact a striped hyena, which may have actually been trained to accomplish his mayhem by Chastel himself!

The Beast of Gevaudan will continue to fascinate speculators, and the events form the historical basis for much of the rich present day werewolf sagas, which one hopes will continue for the indefinite future…150px-Woman_&_La_Bete

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5 Comments on “The “Real” Werewolf on MonsterQuest”

  1. carycomic Says:

    He may have personally trained the hyena. But, how did he get his hands on it, in the first place? He certainly didn’t cross the Mediterranean, capture it in Africa, and bring it back to France (undetected, yet) all by himself! Not if he really was a just a simple farmer of the region, to begin with.

    In short; if the investigators’ theory is correct, then M’sieur Chastel simply could not be a lone gunman.

    • vulpesffb Says:

      …and of course, perhaps he used multiple hyenas, because one hyena could not have done all of that killing (the “pristine hyena” fallacy)!

  2. carycomic Says:

    Exactly! It was either a pack of trained hyenas, or a shaved-and-armor-plated lion (as depicted in the French “documentary” LES PACT DU LOUPS).

  3. carycomic Says:

    Being a CGI in that action-flick, it was certainly worthy of being part of a videogame.


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