In an article published on July 29, 2013, Nick Redfern says the problem with werewolves is that most people think of them in terms of the horrific creatures they see in movies, men who, through a hideous transformation, morph into beasts whenever the moon is full. That’s not the case at all, says Redfern. Werewolves aren’t shape-shifters, they’re simply another zoological anomaly.
Nick Redfern is a well-known ufologist, cryptozoologist and best-selling author of dozens of award-winning books, including “There’s Something In The Woods,” and “Memoirs of a Monster Hunter.” He’s traveled the world over researching everything from Bigfoot and MIBs to Mothman and Black Eyed Children, and he says reports of werewolf sightings are more common than you might think.
“Just the other night, I did a radio show which briefly touched upon my research and writing in the field of werewolves, says Redfern. “One of the things I noted to the host is that despite the fact that most people think werewolves are born out of nothing more than fantasy, folklore, legend, and movie-scripts, the reality is that reports of dog-headed humanoids, and creatures that sound just like the classic imagery of werewolves, absolutely abound, and have done so for centuries.”
If that’s the case, why aren’t werewolf-sightings given as much credence as say, Bigfoot sightings or UFO sightings? After all, just a few years ago people thought these sightings were just folklore and fantasy, too, and now they make the nightly mainstream news.
Redfern says the reason more people don’t take werewolves seriously is because there’s no real research being done like there is with Bigfoot and other elusive creatures and he blames this lack of research on Hollywood.
Redfern says that in nearly every case he’s investigated that involved a wolf- or dog-like animal, not a single one has had anything to do with shape-shifting. He theorizes that werewolves are either “a type of wolf-like animal that is unknown to science and which has the ability to walk on two legs as well as four” or they’re creatures of “definitively paranormal proportions.”
However, from the early days of Lon Chaney’s “The Wolfman” to the modern werewolves in “Twilight” and “Hemlock Grove,” these creatures have traditionally been depicted as shape-shifters. By the light of a full moon a mere mortal is magically transformed into a larger-than-life man-killing beast. And it’s this idea that there’s some type of magic that occurs, along with the impossibility of a man morphing into a beast, that inhibits any serious research.
On the one hand, paranormal researchers aren’t interested in studying something which is clearly zoological in nature. For example, you’ll rarely find a ghost-hunter who’s also well-versed in the topic of Ebu Gogo, a mythological creature of Indonesia.
On the other hand, cryptozoologists can recite chapter and verse about Ebu Gogo but aren’t the least bit interested in researching werewolves, creatures that, according to the Hollywood images embedded in their minds, may be rooted in magic.
“It’s sad to say that I have seen more than several cryptozoologists pour complete and utter scorn on 20th and 21st century reports of werewolves, even when they have never spoken to the witnesses or personally studied the cases at issue. And, I have personally witnessed certain elements of the paranormal crowd react in definitively defensive, arms-folded fashion when a suggestion is made that these beasts may simply be unknown animals, albeit of a pretty extraordinary nature.”
“In other words,” says Redfern, “it’s not the werewolves or the reports that are the problem – it’s the people.”
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