From The Monster Files: Werewolves


[disinfo ed.’s note: the following is an excerpt from the new Nick Redfern book Monster Files: A Look Inside Government Secrets and Classified Documents on Bizarre Creatures and Extraordinary Animals.]

In January of 2010, I spoke at a New York conference called Ghosts of Cooperstown, which was organized by the stars of the SyFy Channel’s Ghost Hunters series. It was on the Saturday night of the event that an American soldier, who had then recently returned from serving with the military in the Middle East, revealed to an audience in the hotel bar that he had heard tales of large, marauding werewolves roaming by night the mountains of Afghanistan and some of the more ancient parts of Iraq. The U.S. Army secretly knew that the beasts were out there, he said, but didn’t know how to handle the situation. They lacked any real understanding of what the creatures were or where, exactly, they came from. And so the military chose to take the easiest of all approaches available to them: they simply ignored the reports or wrote them off as campfire tales.

I asked the man if there was any way I could get his data validated. He replied that there wasn’t, unfortunately, but stressed that it was true all the same. His story might well have been the barest bones of what sounds like a much bigger, and far more significant saga, made all the more intriguing by the fact that deeply similar stories have reached the eyes and ears of the aforementioned Linda Godfrey.

Raised in Milton, Wisconsin, Linda Godfrey is an author, journalist, and artist whose newspaper articles have garnered several awards, including a first-place feature story from the National Newspaper Association in 1995 and 1998. It was thanks her book The Beast of Bray Road, and her time spent as Wisconsin’s very own unofficial werewolf hunter that Godfrey is now leading the pack, so to speak, in the investigation of one of the strangest stories of modern times. Indeed, since the publication of The Beast of Bray Road in 2003, Godfrey has gone on to write several more books on the subject of real-life werewolves. It is to the beginning of Godfrey’s work we need to turn, since it is directly relevant to the matter of werewolves and the world of officialdom. When I interviewed her in 2003, she had this fascinating story to recount:

The story first came to my attention in about 1991 from a woman who had heard that there were rumors going around here in Elkhorn, and particularly in the high school, that people had been seeing something like a werewolf, a wolf-like creature or a wolf-man. They didn’t really know what it was. But some were saying it was a werewolf. And the werewolf tag [was] used because I think that people really didn’t know what else to call it. And these days you have so much Hollywood influence that it colors your thinking about your observations. So when anybody sees something that’s an out-of-place animal, you get those images. Well, I started checking it out. I talked about it with the editor at The Week newspaper here, and which I used to work for. He said: “Why don’t you check around a little bit and see what you hear?” This was about the end of December. And being a weekly newspaper that I worked for, we weren’t really hard news; we were much more feature oriented. So I asked a friend who had a daughter in high school and she said: “Oh yeah, that’s what everybody’s talking about.” So, I started my investigations and got one name from the woman who told me about it, and she was also a part-time bus driver. She told me that she had called the county animal control officer. So, of course, when you’re a reporter, anytime you have a chance to find anything official, that’s where you go. I went out to see him and, sure enough, he had a folder in his file drawer that he had actually marked “Werewolf,” in a tongue-in-cheek way. It wasn’t by any means that he believed it was a werewolf; but people had been phoning in to him to say that they’d been seeing something. They didn’t know what it was; but from their descriptions, that’s what he had put. So, of course that made it a news story. When you have a public official, the county animal control officer, who has a folder marked Werewolf, that’s news (Redfern, 2003).

Museum Weird Lagoon 2Such a situation is indeed news. And this would not be the last time that Godfrey’s path would cross with both werewolves and officialdom.

One of the most intriguing things that Linda Godfrey has learned in her more than 20 years of research into werewolf phenomena in the United States is that, just as appears to be the case in the U.K., Iraq, and Afghanistan, the beasts seem to be attracted to active military installations. One of these areas is the Fort Custer Recreation Area in Michigan; it amounts to around 3,000 acres of recreation land in that fell into the hands of the U.S. government back in 1917, and which, when known as Camp Custer, was used as a training center for Army inductees.

Late one night in 2000, the area had what was quite possibly its strangest visitor of all: a large, fox-like animal that had the ability to run on its hind legs. The fact that the creature was covered in hair, had a protruding muzzle, and, at times, moved like a human inevitably evoked imagery of the classic werewolf of legend and lore. But there’s more: just as the werewolf-infested cemetery on England’s Cannock Chase was home to the remains of hundreds of German military personnel from the Second World War, so the old Michigan-based camp housed more than 500 Nazi troops in that same war-torn era, 26 of whom died on site and were subsequently buried there. Godfrey is well-acquainted with many other such stories: the story of a werewolf encounter in 1973 at an abandoned missile silo in Kansas; an August 1992 sighting of a large, hairy monster near Wisconsin’s Fort Atkinson; a 1994 experience involving military personnel and a beast that resembled Anubis, the jackal-headed god of ancient Greece, at the Great Lakes naval base located near to the shore of Lake Michigan; and a 2004 report of a huge, wolf-like animal at Kansasville’s Richard Bong State Recreation Park, which, interestingly, was previously Bong Air Force Base. But there is one case that stands out above all the rest and, just perhaps, gets to the heart of the relationship between werewolves and the American military.

In 2005, Linda Godfrey was contacted by a man trained in remote viewing—a subject that the U.S. government has researched for decades and which, as the testimony of Jim Marrs makes clear, was used in its quest to resolve the mystery of the Loch Ness Monster. It so happens that Godfrey’s informant—who was himself employed as a consultant to the government—had attempted to remotely view these most mysterious of all canines. He came to the conclusion that they are a very ancient, extraterrestrial species that, notably, resembles the old Greek god of the underworld, Anubis. Godfrey’s source also learned that the creatures “jump” from location to location via portals or gateways to what we might term other realms or dimensions. This may not be as far-fetched or outrageous as it sounds.

As was noted previously, the U.S. Air Force displayed keen interest in the matter of vanishing Bigfoot-style beasts in Pennsylvania back in the 1970s; more than 30 years later, it even commissioned a report on teleportation technology. There is a clear pattern developing here: Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, werewolves: they have all attracted the secret attention of the United States military and government, and each and every one of these strange beasts appears to have the unnerving and uncanny ability to vanish into nothingness. Or, perhaps far more likely, they have exhibited evidence of crossing over from our world into other realms of existence, about which the U.S. military would dearly like to know a great deal.
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Excerpted from Monster Files: A Look Inside Government Secrets and Classified Documents on Bizarre Creatures and Extraordinary Animals, published by New Page Books, a division of Career Press, Pompton Plains, NJ. 800-227-3371. All rights reserved.
Nick Redfern works full-time as an author, lecturer and journalist. He writes about a wide range of unsolved mysteries, including Bigfoot, UFOs, the Loch Ness Monster, alien encounters, and government conspiracies. He writes for UFO Magazine; Fate; and Fortean Times. His previous books include Keep Out!; The Real Men in Black; The NASA Conspiracies; Contactees and Memoirs of a Monster Hunter. An extremely popular media guest, Nick has appeared on numerous television shows, including:
  • VH1’s Legend Hunters;
  • BBC’s Out of this World;
  • History Channel’s Ancient Aliens, Monster Quest, America’s Book of Secrets and UFO Hunters;
  • National Geographic Channel’s The Truth about UFOs and Paranatural;
  • Countdown with Keith Olbermann;
  • SyFy Channel’s Proof Positive
Nick can be contacted at

29 Comments on "From The Monster Files: Werewolves"

  1. BuzzCoastin | May 16, 2013 at 10:21 pm |

    in my travels around the whirled
    I’ve been to many isolated places
    and no matter how far from civilization I get
    I always run into humans, they’re never very far away
    but somehow
    Yeti et al seem to be able to elude the hordes
    if wee ever find one
    I wanna know how they manage to hide so well

    • I’ve been to one of the few places in the lower 48 that is more than a few miles from a road and I experienced some weird shit.

      • BuzzCoastin | May 17, 2013 at 6:57 pm |

        weird shit?
        I’ve seen lots of that
        but my point was
        those big hairy creatures
        tend to hide way better than humans can
        I’d really like to know how

  2. Anarchy Pony | May 16, 2013 at 10:42 pm |

    I’ll just go get my compound bow…

    • Simon Valentine | May 16, 2013 at 11:06 pm |

      always wanted a centrifugal bow
      like ‘sling bow 21! bam!’
      ‘the power of a ballista in your hand!’
      ‘just spin the wheel to generate Goliath force and SHAZAM!
      instant armor-piercing death to those pesky tin soldiers!’

      hell, there’s also the ‘Minority Report’ version that you just ‘wing around’ in your hand. POOF. dead brats. that one might be Nerf(ed). i forget.

  3. So wait, you’re telling me that bullshit movie Stargate is real?

    • Simon Valentine | May 16, 2013 at 11:04 pm |

      made only more fake by my make-real of it
      my favorite series(s)(s)

  4. High strangeness is afoot. I love it:)

  5. Pretty damn cool

  6. follow_the_piper | May 17, 2013 at 4:50 am |

    Sorry for nitpicking on this otherwise great article but the ancient greek god of the underworld was not called Anubis.

    • Simon Valentine | May 17, 2013 at 11:33 am |

      Osiris? Or we talk’n completely a nother era?

    • Calypso_1 | May 17, 2013 at 1:39 pm |

      I was hoping for some additional commentary on this. My mythology knowledge isn’t half-bad. There is far more connection between Greek-Egyptian rites than normally recognized. There is Hermanubis…but I was wondering the same thing. Does Redfern have some interesting sources specifically linking Anubis w/ Greek traditions. There are references in antiquity to both Greek & Roman worship of Anubis but it all really seems linked to Hermes & not a more ancient Egyptian practice. Anyone else out there?

    • BuzzCoastin | May 17, 2013 at 7:07 pm |

      Anubis is the Greek name for a (presumably) jackal-headed god associated with mummification and the afterlife in ancient Egyptian religion.

      Hades was the ancient Greek god of the underworld. Eventually, the god’s name came to designate the abode of the dead.

      the name does not appear in Hesoid’s Theogony
      one of the oldest lists of the Greek gods
      he does list
      Hades & Cerberus who eats raw flesh, the brazen-voiced hound of Hades, fifty-headed, relentless and strong.

  7. Shuffling in a game by white wolf. That is where the anubis and dimensional portal hopping comes from.

  8. this is not worthy to be published because i find it trivial, childish, and nonsensical. why did the person stayed quiet this long and many questions arises? I am aware of werewolf existence but there is also of hyena kind.

    please be careful what you publish because it is giving your website to be less credible than already it is.

    to FOLLOW THE PIPER user regarding Greeks they assimilated Anubis with other deity I can’t recall well. for the Greek underworld you wanted to say Hades and don’t leave it unfinished.

  9. Simon Selvfed | May 17, 2013 at 3:13 pm |

    “…appears to have the unnerving and uncanny ability to vanish into
    nothingness. Or, perhaps far more likely, they have exhibited evidence
    of crossing over from our world into other realms of existence…”

    OR even far more likely, a few people are full of shit and sooo many more are willing to believe rumours without proof… Portal travelling werewolves… Are you shitting me?

    This is sub par…

  10. BuzzCoastin | May 17, 2013 at 7:09 pm |

    another great example of monsters hangin’ in clear sight

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