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Wisconsin’s main Manwolf
sightings. (“Map A, Creature Sightings.”)
1930’s, in Southern Wisconsin, sightings of animals, half-man and half-beast, have
been reported to local authorities. In her book, Werewolves:
Mysteries, Legends, and Unexplained Phenomena, author
Linda Godfrey, writes about some of them.
According to Godfrey, the creature known as, the “Beast of Bray Road”, lives
in her neighborhood. In 1991, Doris
Gipson, a teenager from Elkhorn, Wisconsin reported seeing it on her trip into
town Halloween night. She felt a bump
while driving, and thinking she had run over a cat or dog, got out of her car
to investigate. When Doris approached the rear of her car, she saw a wolf-like
creature coming towards her. She quickly jumped back into her car and proceeded
to get away, “But the creature made a leap for her car and left raking scratch
marks on the rear of it” (Godfrey, Werewolves 41).
It was after
this encounter in 1991 that Linda Godfrey, working as a reporter at the time
for a Walworth County newspaper, first heard about this sighting, along with
information about a folder filled with similar stories filed away at the
Walworth County Animal Control Office. After
locating this folder and compiling a description of what people reported seeing,
she reached the consensus that the beast was, “... about six feet tall, covered
with wild-looking dark brown fur, with the head of a German shepherd and
glaring yellow eyes that seem to challenge the observer” (Godfrey, Werewolves
Roadkill is Godfrey’s illustration of the beast, which she drew for her
article, Tracking down the ‘Beast of Bray
Road’. It was first published inthe December 29, 1991
edition of, The Week, a local newspaper and again republished in 2006.
Kneeling Roadkill (Godfrey, Linda S. Kneeling Roadkill)
Wisconsin’s NBC News, channel 15, did a report entitled, Special Assignment: Wisconsin Werewolf. According to their correspondent Chris Papst,
2006: Holy Hill Road in Washington County: Steve Krueger, a DNR worker, is on
his daily routes picking up deer carcasses. He parks his truck and throws a
small doe in the bed. When he climbs back into the cab to fill out the
paperwork, his trucks starts to shake.
Krueger, "At first I didn't think anything of it and it shook a little bit
more vigorously a second time. I just glanced up into the rearview mirror of my
truck and I saw this big, hairy, black I don't know what it was."
it in drive and slammed on the gas.
was big, it was stocky," recalled Krueger. "It had big pointed ears
on the top of its head, and a bigger snout than what a bear has. I guesstimated
it was between six and seven feet tall."
a report of an aggressive animal to the sheriff's department. It didn't take
long for the media to pick up on it. (Papst)
By 2011, the
associated press and other news outlets had picked up on these stories of strange
creature sightings in the Wisconsin, Michigan area. Sean Hannity, from Fox
News’ Sean Hannity Show, decided to feature the local legend, “Beast of Bray
Road”, in one of his annual, month long segments dealing with conspiracy
theories. He included live interviews
with author Linda Godfrey, DNR witness Stephen Kruger, and another witness,
Katie Zahn. Hannity also discussed a
theory floating around that links the “Beast of Bray Road” to the Native American
effigy mounds that are located in the area.
Many locals feel that the Spirit of the Mounds might be connected to this phenomenon. Could
this half man, half beast be a spirit manifestation from one of them (Beast)?
Hannity investigates legend of Wisconsin Werewolf. (“Beast
of Bray Road.” Hannity)
has been twenty-one years since Linda Godfrey first published her original
newspaper report. Since then, there have been more sightings and more published
information on this creature. Has the mystery revolving around the Bray Road
Beast been resolved? No, there are still believers and doubters out there. When
asked if she thinks the sightings are over, Godfrey replied “similar creatures are reported to me regularly from all
over the US, the Beast is still spotted on Bray Road. The most recent credible
report was from a middle-age couple who saw it cross the road near Hwy NN and
then easily hop a fence, all on two legs. They said its shaggy fur “flowed” in
the wind” (Godfrey, “20 Years”).
So, for those of you who are interested in following this
creature, it has its own website, THE
BEAST OF BRAY ROAD; HUNTING THE AMERICAN WEREWOLF http://www.beastofbrayroad.com/mainlair.html .The Main Lair page
contains links for future sightings along with other interesting
“Beast of Bray Road.”Hannity.
Host. Sean Hannity. Fox News Network LLC, New York, Apr. 2011. Web. 05 Oct.
Doug. "Effigy Mounds Part II: The Spirit of the Mounds." MYSTERIOUS
WORLD.com. Doug Elwell Inc., 15
Feb 2002. Web. 05 Oct. 2012.
Godfrey, Linda S. “20 Years of Beastliness.” Lindagodfrey’s Blog. Wordpress.com, 31
Dec. 2011. Web. 09 Oct. 2012.
Linda S. Kneeling Roadkill. Dec 1991.
“Tracking down 'The Beast of Bray Road': Monster or Mirage, the Sightings Sound
like Something out of 'Believe It Or Not’.” TheWeekextra.com. Web. 07 Oct. 2012.
Linda S. Werewolves: Mysteries, Legends, and Unexplained Phenomena. New York:
Chelsea House, 2008. Print.
“Map A, Creature
Sightings.” Beast of Bray Road; Hunting the American Werewolf. Linda S.
Godfrey, 2006. Web. 19 Oct. 2012.