Episode 26: Werewolf Crimes and Trials

Murder Coaster by Christa Carmen and Matthew Brockmeyer

Episode notes

In humanity's oldest surviving work of literature, The Epic of Gilgamesh, the goddess of sex and violence transforms her lover into a wolf. This ancient narrative suggests that the concept of the werewolf has been intertwined with human culture since time immemorial.

Join us on a journey into the historical roots of the werewolf, which culminated in the infamous werewolf trials and executions during the Middle Ages. In France alone, an astonishing 30,000 individuals faced accusations of being werewolves, with thousands meeting gruesome fates, either burned alive at the stake or subjected to hanging.

This dark chapter in history saw a chilling blend of tragic misjudgment and genuine malevolence. While many of those accused of lycanthropy were innocent peasants, some were indeed sinister individuals whose actions justified the  ... 

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