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The Wolf Trials

The wolf trials are a large collection of accounts of those accused and executed as werewolves.

By Erica RosePublished 4 years ago Updated 2 years ago 3 min read

Many lives where taken during the witch trials forever leaving it’s mark in history, but it seems the world has almost buried another brutality in history the wolf trials. The Wolf trials begun in the late 1400's and continued into the 17th century. To some, The Wolf trials actually helped build the devastating pathway of the church’s power over the witch trials. The wolf trials are a large collection of accounts of people being accused of being werewolves touched by the devil’s power. Some could say this is where folklore of werewolves started, however one of the earliest recorded accounts of werewolves was recorded in Greece dating back to 1 A.D. in the tales by Ovid. In 1521, Pierre Burgot and Michel Verdun where a pair of serial killers with a stacking body count. Witnesses stated at their trial that they had seen them transform into killing beasts. They where ruled out as werewolves and executed. In 1573, confessed serial killer France Gilles nicknamed “Werewolf of Dole”, was executed and trialed as a werewolf. The most famous account of the wolf trials however, was Peter Stump. As a child Peter begun studies at age 12 of alchemy ( A belief and study based around bringing the dead back to life, glyphes, and chemicals. One of the most famous beliefs of alchemy is the power to turn items into gold.) and black magic. He believed that if he performed the greatest acts of sins he would open a door to the other side and be granted powers. He spent twenty fiveyears committing murders and cannibalism, but that wasn't enough for his dark hunger so he turned to his family. He took his son into the woods and smashed the child’s skull in, he then devoured the child’s brains. He then returned home where he tortured and raped his daughter. When caught by authorities he confessed to accounts of murder, rape, and cannibalism. His wife and daughter where also apprehended, tortured, and executed because of their relations to Peter Stump. At his trial he confessed to having a magical belt that was forged and given to him by the devil. He said when he would wear the belt it gave him the power to transform into a wolf and when the belt was removed, he would revert back to his human form. Authorities searched his farmland for this belt, however it was never found. Did such a thing ever exist? If so where is it now? He was then convicted as a werewolf, tortured, and executed on October 31, 1589. In 1595 Johan Martensen was convicted and confessed to have been given the ability to transform by the devil. He said he served the devil for three years with ten other wolves by spreading chaos, harming, and killing animals and livestock. He was sentenced to be executed in two forms first by hanging, then by burning at the stake. Those tortured would face whippingburning, limb dismemberment, the torture wheel, and being tied by the limbs with ropes which would then be stretched until the victims limb where either detached or broken. Anyone could easily be convicted during the wolf trials all it would take is one person to point a finger. There are many accounts of people being trialed and executed as werewolves, and probably even more off record. During the late 1500s and start of the 1600s the wolf trials begun to extending of witch trials. Family members associated with anyone accused of being werewolves where convicted for witch craft and being in lead with the devil. Many citizens where accused of working with demons and giving innocents the skin of wolves causing them to become beasts. With even more time less and less wolf trials emerged, while more and more witch trials came about leading into the terrible era of the witch trials More history relating to the wolf trials can be found in the book “Rose’s Brief History of Werewolves”.


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Erica Rose

Just a mom writing about strange things.

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