The Werewolf of Bedburg was a beast who terrorized women, children, and livestock. This monster was a man of flesh and blood named Peter Stumpp. He truly embodied all the fears of the worst sorts of nightmares.
Peter Stumpp (also called Peter Stubbe, Stumpf, and other variations) raped and devoured fourteen children and two pregnant women, that he confessed to. He claimed that he began practicing black magic when he was twelve years old, and that the Devil had given him a magical belt. The belt would turn him into a wolf, and when he took it off he would become human again.
He did horrible things to his victims. He also had a daughter, Belle, who he sexually abused. She had a son as a result of rape by her father. Peter confessed to eating the brains of this child.
He was captured in 1589 and tortured on the rack, a device which slowly rips the arms and legs out of their sockets. After his confessions, they also arrested and confined his daughter Belle, who they deemed guilty of being associated in her father’s atrocious crimes.
They tore off flesh from his body in ten places, and then methodically broke the bones in his limbs. They then cut off his head. Not satisfied with this, they also threw his body into a pyre and burned it. They threw in his daughter Belle as well, burning her to ashes with her father. It’s horrible that they murdered Belle, when she was a victim as well. It seems that the masses were bloodthirsty themselves, to be able to torture Peter Stumpp so gruesomely and then throw a young girl into the pyre as well.
It’s a chilling history. It’s the stuff of nightmares, and to believe that we humans have done such things to each other is all the more unsettling.