Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The Defiance, OH, Werewolf

From late July to mid-August of 1972, residents of Defiance, OH, reported sightings of a werewolf. The sightings began in the early morning hours on July 25, when a railroad worker was attacked by what he described as a man with an animal's head who carried a two-by-four. The railroad worker was struck on the shoulder and received minor wounds. The werewolf escaped back into the darkness. The werewolf would later attempt to attack two other railroad workers in a similar fashion but they managed to escape the beast.

A woman who lived next to the railroad tracks had a neighbor call the police to advise them that for several nights at around 2:00 AM, something rattled her front door nob and attempted to gain entry into her house. Another woman claimed that something scratched fiercely at her front door. The woman told the police that if whoever it was ever manged to break in that she would shoot it. Other residents reports strange scratching or clawing as if something was trying to gain entrance into their homes as well. Drivers reported seeing it along roadsides. Several residents reported being stalked while walking at night.

Local police dubbed the beast "the wolf man" while most residents tended to call it "the thing". The police took the sightings seriously as one man had been injured in an attack. Descriptions of the beast were all consistent, circa 6-8 ft tall, hairy, having what was described as an "animal's head" with large fangs, dressed in jeans and a shirt, and barefoot with fury feet. The creature was reported to move like a caveman. Interestingly, the beast attacked during a full moon. By mid-August sightings of the werewolf diminished and the beast appeared to have disappeared into the darkness once and for all.

An American Werewolf In Defiance

Defiance, OH, Werewolf

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

If I ever saw an eight foot tall bipedal monster with menacing red glowing eyes, covered in hair, with pointed ears, protruding fangs, along with a diabolically sinister beast like snout, I would certainly be more than absolutely traumatized and horrified...Realize that the deepest that any human has ever gone into a cave is only around two miles down and the deepest hole ever drilled is only about eight miles deep...So realize that from the earths surface, straight down to its core, is several thousand miles, meaning, we do not know whats down there below our feet, the lithospheric abyss beneath us, that most of us, in denial, never even think about... and I will bet anything that, bigfoot, werewolves, flying humanoids, elves, aliens, etc etc exist down there where we cannot go, but they know how to get to us and mostly undercover of darkness and have been doing so for a very long time....

Unknown said...

Robert Sanchez of Defiance was the wear wolf of 1972. I seen his costume hear his story when I was a kid. He said he did it as a prank till people started shooting at him then he ran home and put it in a box in his closet.

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