The Makanga of Central Africa still believe that witches are
capable of transformations into leopards, crocodiles and hyenas.
In the 1930's members of the Anyoto tribe belonging to a secret
society of leopard men went on a killing spree in the Belgian
Congo. Dressed in costumes of bark painted with black and yellow
spots they stalked their enemies in the jungle slaughtering
them with claw-shaped knifes.
In 1946 another group of leopard-men terrorized
a village near Lagos and a year later stories appeared in London
newspapers about a group of Lion-men in Tanganyika who had
killed 50 victims before being captured.