Morbach Monster: Werewolf in Wittlich Germany
Sightings of werewolves in the town of Wittlich, Germany, have gone on for hundreds of years, and there is one werewolf in particular that brings the fame. The werewolf is famously known as the “Morbach Monster” (Monster Von Morbach), and is believed to be a real werewolf local to the area.
The stories and local legends of the Morbach Monster say that the story goes back to a deserter from Napoleon’s army who is fleeing with a group of Russians, and they go through the town of Wittlich (although there have been some that say that the town is actually Wenigerath) in Germany. While in the small town, one of the soldiers – Thomas Johannes Baptist Schwytzer – attacks and kills a farmer and the farmer’s wife. Before he kills the wife however, the wife has enough time to curse the soldier into becoming a werewolf on the night of each full moon. The werewolf is evil, vicious, and attacks people at his leisure, eventually causing the villagers to find him, capture him, and destroy him. The villagers then set up a shrine at the site with a lit candle that they burn on the night of each full moon. Legends hold that as long as the candle burns, the werewolf will not return.
Fast forward to the near-present day in 1988, where a group of US military men are stationed at nearby Morbach US Air Force base in Germany. They know of the legends and that there is always a candle lit in the shrine on the night of the full moon. One night however they see that the candle in the shrine as burned out, and they joke around about it. To their surprise however, later that same night, a large creature that resembles an upright wolf is spotted. When they go out searching, the military tracking dog clearly smells something but absolutely refuses to pursue the creature. Many believe that the coincidence is just too great, and that the creature that was spotted was the infamous real werewolf – the Morbach Monster.