Since 1991, the Wisconsin town of Elkhorn has been the lair and hunting ground of a terrifying creature that is the closest thing one can imagine to a real-life werewolf. And, just maybe, that’s exactly what it is. The monster has become known as the Beast of the Bray Road – on account of the fact that many of the initial sightings were made on that particular road. Without doubt, the expert on all-things of a lycanthropic nature in Wisconsin is author and journalist Linda Godfrey, who has penned a lot of books on werewolves, and who I interviewed about her research into this malignant beast. She told me: “The story first came to my attention in about 1991 from a woman who had heard rumors going around here in Elkhorn, and particularly in the high school, that people had been seeing something like a werewolf, a wolf-like creature, or a wolf-man. They didn’t really know what it was. But some were saying it was a werewolf. And the werewolf tag has just gotten used because I think that people really didn’t know what else to call it."
Linda added: “I started checking it out. I talked to the editor of The Week newspaper here, and which I used to work for. He said, ‘Why don’t you check around a little bit and see what you hear?’ This was about the end of December. And being a weekly newspaper that I worked for, we weren’t really hard news; we were much more feature oriented. So, I asked a friend who had a daughter in high school and she said, ‘Oh yeah, that’s what everybody’s talking about.’ So, I started my investigations and got one name from the woman who told me about it. And that's when things began to take off. Linda told me the following about the many and various scenarios for what the monsters might really be. She said:
"We’ve had all sorts of theories; mental patients escaping or some crazy guy running around. A hoaxer is another theory; that it’s somebody running around in a werewolf suit. One or two could have been that, but I tend to have my doubts about that, because the incidents are isolated and not close together. One of the sightings was on Halloween, but that’s also one of the people who got a really good look at it and they’re sure it wasn’t a human in a costume. Otherwise, most of them have been in really remote locations where, if you were going to hoax, the person would have to have been sitting out there in the cold just waiting for somebody to come along. So, if it’s a hoaxer, my hat’s off to them. But I tend not to think that’s the case. I don’t rule it out completely because once publicity gets out, things like that can happen.
Linda continued on with her work: “Occasionally I’ll get letters from people who say they are lycanthropes themselves and their theory is that this is an immature, real werewolf and it cannot control its transformation, and that’s why it allows itself to be seen occasionally. They are completely convinced of that. And there are people who believe it’s a manifestation of satanic forces, that it’s a part of a demonic thing. They point to various occult activities around here. There are also people who try to link it to UFOs. Then there’s the theory it’s just a dog. One woman, a medium, thought that it was a natural animal but didn’t know what it was. And there are a lot of people out here that do wolf-hybridizations, and I’ve thought to myself you’d get something like that. But that doesn’t explain the upright posture. Then there’s the theory that it’s a creature known as the Windigo or Wendigo, which is featured in Indian legends and is supposedly a supernatural creature that lives on human flesh. But none of the descriptions from the Windigo legends describe a creature with canine features."
Linda had other intriguing thoughts, too: “There’s another possibility: I think a lot of these people are seeing different things. And that when they heard somebody else talk about something, there’s a tendency to say, ‘Oh, that must be what I saw.’ There’s really no way to know. And there are differences in some of the sightings. I’ve had people ask me, ‘Are you sure this isn’t Bigfoot?’ Most of the sightings really don’t sound like what people report as Bigfoot. But a couple of them do. There’s one man who saw it in the 1960s in a different area of the county, who insists positively that he saw a Bigfoot, but doesn’t want anyone saying he saw a werewolf. And the terrain around here isn’t really the typical sort of Bigfoot terrain of forests where people usually report these things. We do have woods and a big state forest, but it’s a narrow band of forest. It’s a lot of prairie and is not what you would think a Bigfoot would live in. But you never know. I’ve also had the baboon theory, which I find extremely unlikely." Also from Linda: "Of her first book on the subject, The Beast of Bray Road, Linda said to me: “Part of the angle of the book is looking at this as a sociological phenomenon and how something that a number of people see turns into a legend. And it has become that, a little bit. Personally, I’m still happy to leave it an open mystery. I don’t have a feeling that it has to be pinned down.”
There are, however, other scenarios. Let's have a look at really eye-opening one: the idea that the Dog-Men might be nothing less than extratererstrials. In 2005, Dog-Man expert Linda was contacted by a man – a military whistle-blower, we might say – who was an expert in the field of remote-viewing. According to Linda's Edward Snowden-like source, the U.S. Government has uncovered data suggesting that the Dogmen are a very ancient, alien race that closely resembles the ancient deity of the Underworld. And who might that be? It’s Anubis, that’s who. Linda’s informant also discovered – via remote-viewing – that the Dog-Men can "jump" from location to location via portals or doorways in the fabric of space and time. That’s quite a story told to Linda: Dog-Men from the stars that have a connection to Anubis. Now, let's look at the Tulpa/Thought-Form angle.
If someone told you they had seen a werewolf (as in, a real, 100 percent werewolf) most people would likely laugh at you. The fact is, though, that people have reported seeing such things (largely) since the early 1990s. Imagine a large, wolf-like creature that has the ability to walk and run on its hind legs, and that's what the Dog-Men look like. I should stress that aside from dubious yarns created by hoaxers, reports of these creature shapeshifting are very few and far between. There are only one or two reports of people claiming to have morphed into Dog-Men and back again. And a full moon plays no role in the story. Nor do silver bullets. So, what we're dealing with is, basically, an upright wolf-like monster. If someone told you they had seen a werewolf (as in, a real, 100 percent werewolf) most people would likely laugh at you. The fact is, though, that people have reported seeing such things (largely) since the early 1990s.
Imagine a large, wolf-like creature that has the ability to walk and run on its hind legs, and that's what the Dog-Men look like. No wonder some believe that there really are werewolves in our midst. I should stress that aside from dubious yarns created by hoaxers, reports of these creature shapeshifting are very few and far between. There are only one or two reports of people claiming to have morphed into Dog-Men and back again. And a full moon plays no role in the story. Nor do silver bullets. So, what we're dealing with is, basically, an upright wolf-like monster.
Just like the Tulpa versions of the Black Eyed Children and the Slenderman, when publicity began to surface, the Dog-Men phenomenon began to grow, here, there and everywhere. More and more people have seen them. And, also again just like the BEC and the Slenderman, they seemed to repeat the same things time and time again. Whereas the BEC tried to get an invite into the home, the Dog-Men have a penchant for racing across roads late at night and terrifying drivers. But, when confronted, the Dog-Men only ever make half-hearted attacks. A case can certainly be made that the Tulpa/Thought-Form theory is the real one. The problem, however, is that we can apply all of the other theores to the phenomenon of the Werewolf-like creatures. So, which answer do we go with? Well, right now, I would say we're still in a state of confusion. Or, rather, states of confusion. So, let's keep on looking. One day, we just might find one of these creepy creatures.