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The Morbach Werewolf

The Morbach Monster (Munster Von Morbach) is a werewolf that has been allegedly haunting the area of Wittlich in Germany.

As an armchair monster scholar, how exciting it is to come across something new! A story with which I am, despite all my years of study on the subject, still unacquainted. I had never before heard of the Morbach Monster, a werewolf that terrorized the German countryside during Napoleonic times, a deserter named Thomas Johannes Baptist Schwytzer, cursed for his evil deeds to become a werewolf—this is one of the few original werewolf legends to incorporate the need for a full moon (unless this was added later, which is a possibility). Folks in them thar’ parts took the legend so seriously that somebody at some time erected a shrine, where a candle is kept burning to keep the unholy thing at rest. (I bet that’s really bad for tourism, too. Photo opportunity much, y’think?)

I could see how this story might have a basis in fact. The villainous Schwytzer might actually have existed, a dangerous criminal who preyed on the locals until he was killed. Keep in mind that another, older term for a robber or highwayman is “wolfshead.” With the passage of time, tradition could easily have attributed to the human monster fangs, fur and tail. The shrine could actually stand over a genuine gravesite.

WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS (www.evilcheezproductions.blogspot.com, www.facebook.com/evilcheezproductions), specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced and directed (and occasionally acted in) over a dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and Crime genres. MORTUI VELOCES SUNT!

source: monstropedia.org


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The Evil Cheezman • July 26, 2015


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  • Murat

    Do you think that the legend of the Morbach Monster could be true?
    I mean that the shrine is still there, so do you think the legend is true?