|Interview with Author & Werewolf
Researcher Linda Godfrey
By AL J. Vermette
She is an author and leading expert on the were-
wolf that haunts the woods of Wisconsin. It is
known as The Beast of Bray Road and no one
knows this creature better then Linda Godfrey. Her years of research on the
creature has lead to a hand full of books and interviews with those who have
encountered the creature in the forbidding woods. The following is our all
new interview with Linda since we last talked a few years ago for both Blood
Moon Rising and Werewolf Magazine. To know more about Linda and The
Beast, see her web site @ http://lindagodfrey.com
AL: Since the last time that we spoke and our last interview, have there
been more sightings of The Beast of Bray Road?
Linda: If you're talking solely about the upright canine seen on and around Bray
Road the answer is no, but I've had a number of reports from around the country.
There are many such creatures living in suitable habitats all around the USA, as
my book Real Wolfmen; True Encounters in Modern America amply demonstrates.
AL: Please remind our readers about when the story of The Bray road
werewolf first started?
Linda: That first cluster of reported sightings of a wolflike upright creature was
reported by me at the end of December 1991 in a Wisconsin newspaper called
The Week, based in Delavan in Walworth County. Once it was published, I
learned that this is a phenomenon that reaches back decades all over the country.
AL: What makes the sightings of the werewolf differ from those of big foot
in your part of the U.S.?
Linda: In any part of the US, witnesses have no trouble telling the difference
between a dog man and Bigfoot if they have a good look at the head and/or legs.
The dog man has a very pronounced muzzle, pointed ears on top of the head,
paws with long claws and it walks on its toe pads and has a definite canid leg
configuration. Witnesses usually see a tail. The Bigfoot usually weighs several
hundred pounds more and may stand to or 3 feet taller than the 6 to 7 foot tall
dog man. Normally any ears are covered by fur and the face is usually described
as somewhat humanlike, sometimes with a slightly protuberant mouth but not a
long, pointed muzzle. Its arm structure is brachiating like a primate's and it has
blunt-nailed hands and feet rather than paws with claws.
It walks flat-footed rather than on its toe pads and its footprints are human-like,
rather than canid. Also, dog men usually exhibit yellowish or greenish yellow eyes
shine, while the Bigfoot's eyes shine if it has any is usually described as reddish or
AL: Since our last meeting, have you written other books on The Beast or
maybe other creatures that you would like to tell us about.
Linda: I mentioned my most recent book, Real Wolfmen, and two other books
devoted to that topic are Hunting the American Werewolf and the Michigan
Dogman; Werewolves and Other Unknown Canines Across the USA. There is also
quite a bit of information in Monsters of Wisconsin and still more in Weird Michigan
and Weird Wisconsin and their sequels, Strange Michigan and Strange Wisconsin.
AL: Please describe the creature people are seeing in the woods of
Wisconsin and what it looks like to the eye witnesses.
Linda: The description holds true for most of the country, with a few minor local
variations. Typically, people describe seeing a 5-7 foot tall wolflike creature with
dark, rather shaggy fur – – although sometimes they are said to be gray. Usually
witnesses describe tall pointed ears on top of the head, a long muzzle that they
compared to a German Shepherd or a Doberman, large fangs, eyes that shine
yellow or yellow green, canine legs, long claws, a tale like that of the Wolf, and the
ability to run and walk in either a four-footed or bipedal stance. The creature may
appear aggressive and confrontational but almost always runs off once it has
asserted its dominance.
AL: If someone was wishing to find The Beast where would be a best
place to start?
Linda: Again, that depends on whether you are talking about the actual creatures
seen on Bray Road or the many seen around the rest of the country. It has not
been seen on Bray Road to my knowledge for about five years but as with
sightings everywhere, glimpses of unknown upright canines seem to be random
and fleeting. They seem to follow waterways and favor cornfields or dense
undergrowth. They're often seen scavenging roadkill along highway shoulders.
They're also attracted to small farm animals and have been seen taking people's
cats. I really can't predict where they will be seen other than that, except that most
sightings occur between 10 PM and 5 AM so that most witnesses are people who
have some reason to be out at night.
AL: Has anyone even been harmed from the werewolf and if so what
Linda: I only know of one such incident and that was a hiker in Québec whose
side and hip were grazed by one of the creatures fangs as it lunged at him, but he
actually thought that it was accidental and the creature meant to just jump past
him. He required stitches and told the hospital staff that it was a bear.
AL: If the creature was to be ever captured, what do you think it would be
and what would happen to him in our hands?
Linda: I think that it would be discovered to be a very large, specially adapted wolf
dog hybrid that over time had developed the ability to walk upright when it wanted
to, perhaps by having larger rear paws and the skeletal adaptation to allow it to
remain upright for longer periods than are usual for a canid.
AL: Do you ever hope that the mystery of The Beast of Bray Road will end
with the capture of the creature and be exposed or do you wish more for
the story and legend to go on and live on in mythology as part of our
Linda: From the very beginning, this story has seemed to have a life of its own
and I'm content to go with whatever happens. A capture would be exciting – –
although I think it may not reveal anything more than a slightly adapted large
canine – – and in that case the mystery would probably continue anyway.