The Beast of Le Gévaudan
In 1764 an area of France
was experiencing a rash of murders among sheep herders who
worked in the desolate mountain pastures.
Rumors began to surface about the "loup-garou". Witnesses claimed
to have seen a creature with short red fur and a pig-like
snout. The king of France sent soldiers to the area to kill
the creature. Once there, the soldiers encountered and shot
the beast. The wounded beast retreated into the heavy brush,
and for a few months the killings stopped. Later that year
the killings started again. A hunting party was formed to
try to rid the area of this terror. One of the hunters, Jean
Chastel, loaded his gun with silver bullets. He caught sight
of the beast and shot it twice. The party then took the dead
beast down to the town for display. It was buried in the
town and Jean's gun is still on display in a local church.