February 14, 2013

Missouri Man Beast?

Show me the werewolf!

The lonely cemetery near the small town of Brunswick, Missouri, rises like ancient ruins on a hill at the end of a dusty gravel road. A dark canopy of trees covers the half-mile long stretch of rocks and dirt, hiding the path from the sky. Ryan Straub, founder of the Missouri-based ghosthunting group Tir Firnath, has often visited the cemetery and experienced strange things. However, nothing has disturbed him there as much as what he and his friend Jeremy Taylor saw standing on that gravel road in the dark on Halloween 2000.

“As we were leaving, we were in the middle of the hills and we saw a very large dog in the road,” Straub said. The grayish-brown beast was at least 250 pounds and feeding off road kill. It didn’t move as the truck headlights flooded over it and the vehicle creaked to a stop. As the stench of wet dog crept into the truck, the men realized they had encountered something they shouldn’t have seen.

The beast stood on its hind legs, rising to more than six-feet-tall, and looked at them with yellow-orange eyes. After a few uncomfortable minutes, the creature turned and calmly walked into the trees. “I wouldn’t call it a dog,” Taylor said. “That’s what we thought it was at first. However, it standing up on its two back legs and walking off the road casually ended the belief that it was a dog for me.”

The thing that struck the two as they watched something they knew couldn’t be happening, was that the creature didn’t move like an animal. It moved like a man. “That bothered me,” Straub said. “The only thing I could think of was it was the mythical beast the werewolf.”

Werewolves in various forms exist in many cultures across the world. From the Medieval European werewolf that dominates popular culture, to American Indian skinwalkers, the image of a man changing into a beast has terrified people for centuries. But shapeshifting beasts that stalk the night are nothing but legend, right?

Some people would say that’s wrong. Dead wrong.

Read the rest of this terrifying tale here.

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