True or not, Transylvania’s known for vampires. Werewolves, on the other hand, are a bit more nomadic. Ordinary folks are hard pressed to consistently name a location associated with werewolves (with the exception of London thanks to a particular movie). But for those in the know, like yourself, a few spots probably come to mind such as Bray Road, Wisconsin.
Well, you can add a new location to that list: Hull, England.
The most recent spate of werewolf sightings comes from the woods outside Hull, close to a town called Beverley and specifically near Barmston [storm] Drain. Curiously, there have been so many sightings of this lycanthrope that locals went through the trouble of giving it a name – ‘Old Stinker’.
One of the first, recent sightings of ‘Old Stinker’ occurred in December when a local woman saw a creature standing upright one moment but then dropping to all fours and running like a dog. According to the woman, it jumped over the Barmston Drain’s ten-yard gap and vanished into the woods beyond.
Soon afterward, another couple saw something ‘tall and hairy’ apparently eating the remains of a dog in the channel. It grabbed its meal and jumped over an eight-foot-high fence.
Even local animals are cautious to enter the area. One woman said she saw something half human, half dog, and now her pet dog refuses to go anywhere near the path.
A group of locals armed with cameras and other equipment plans to patrol the area during the full moon with hopes of catching a better glimpse of what the creature is. A local councilor is keeping a record of sightings hoping to establish ‘Old Stinker’s’ pattern of movements and likely prowling spots.
These recent sightings aren’t the first time ‘Old Stinker’ has troubled Hull. The legend of a wolf creature said to live in the Yorkshire Wolds goes back centuries. It earned the name due to its propensity to unearth and feed on the bodies of the newly buried, giving it a nasty case of corpse breath.