Michel Verdun, Werewolf of Poligny
In 1521, Jean Boin, Inquisitor of Besancon,
tried Philibert Montot, Pierre Bourgot, and Michel Verdun for
having made a pact with the devil and for lycanthropy. These
men became known as the werewolves of Poligny.
These men came under suspicion when a traveler passing through
the area was attacked by a wolf. While defending himself, he
was able to wound the animal, forcing it to retreat. Following
the trail of the injured creature, the man came upon a hut where
he found a local resident, Michel Verdun, under the care of his
wife, who was washing a wound on his body. Believing Verdun's
injury to be a sympathetic wound, the man notified the authorities.
Arrested and tortured, Verdun admitted that he was a shape-shifter;
he also revealed the names of his two werewolf accomplices, as
well as confessing to hideous crimes: diabolism, murder, and
eating human flesh. The three men were promptly executed.