It all started in 1993; my parents had recorded Stephen King’s Silver Bullet on VHS and I was so into it. It was bedtime, and 4-year-old me was jumping up and down on the bed excited about this cheesy werewolf movie. “We’ll watch it tomorrow, ” my mother said. The rest was history.
I know that my parents probably shouldn’t have let a child so young watch a gory werewolf movie, but I’m forever thankful. I think this was the turning point that molded me into the spooky-loving girl I am today. Mama might have raised a punk, but certainly not a punk ass.
(Yes, I’m hoping you’d forgotten about the time I got scared for nothing while getting pictures of a house.)
Werewolves and I go way back. What a coincidence it was to recently find myself in southern Wisconsin, in the area of the most famous American werewolf sightings in history: the Beast of Bray Road. I, of course, am very familiar with that subject because I had read about it when my family first got their paws on the Internet. I had no excuse but to investigate the area myself.
Did you know that Wisconsin takes the cake as the state with the most werewolf sightings in America? Neither did I, until I did my research. What is now modern-day southern Wisconsin was once home to the Algonquin, a Native American Tribe that could transform into wolves, according to legends. The gift of the werewolf was given to them by a god named Wisakachek, you can read more about that here. While we can’t be certain that’s the origin of our Bray Road Beast, it’s fun to delve into Native American history nonetheless.
Since 1936, the people around Elkhorn have seen a tall, furry, wolf-like creature that stands on two feet. Our Wisconsin werewolf doesn’t appear to be a slave to the full moon, or the moon in general–some of the sightings have taken place in broad daylight. Fortunately (or, unfortunately), there hasn’t been a sighting in this area for quite some time.
Local journalist Linda Godfrey has been tracking the creature for years and appears to be the authority in Wisconsin werewolves. Can you say dream job?
Many hours were spent sitting in an apartment just 30 minutes from Bray Road itself doing my beastly research. I came across Linda and see that she has plopped all of her Bray Road Beast knowledge down in a book. Study material.
While I had no intention of camping out nor prowling around in hopes of seeing the monster, I did want to go and take pictures of the area during the day. Therefore, I took the approximate locations of the werewolf sightings through the years and “favorited” them on my iPhone’s navigation app.
Mapping it out gave an idea of the area with the most sightings. I didn’t want to bore my disinterested boyfriend by driving around everywhere. I felt like a tourist going to visit historical landmarks. We ended up just visiting Bray Road, and ignoring the other wolfy hot spots.
Sadly, there was no beast to be found. Although I am fangirling hard over seeing where a possible werewolf lurked in the cornfields. There wasn’t much to report on Bray Road, but I don’t doubt that a family of dogmen live nearby. I’m positive it looks much spookier at night! One of these days, maybe I’ll walk down the road in the dark. 😉
Werewolves in Elkhorn, and witches in Whitewater? Have the stars aligned yet again? Is Wisconsin my future home? I might be exactly where I’m supposed to be.