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REMASTERED — Episode 3: The Beast Within

2021-05-03 | 🔗

Our classic exploration of everyone's favorite hairy beast, freshly re-recorded and produced from scratch with music by Chad Lawson. And don't miss the new Epilogue story after the credits!


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anyone in the mental health profession about full, moons and you'll. Get a surprising answer, though. Respond something that sounds incredibly like folk, lore and myth the full moon has the or to bring out the crazy in many people. We believe this for a long time. We refer to unstable people as lunatics, away that finds its roots in the latin word of the same name, it's built from the route word Luna, which means Moon and for centuries has operated under the conviction that changes in the lunar cycle can cause people to lose touch with reality. Just ass, the parents of young child and they'll probably tell you tat, of wild behaviour and out of the ordinary disobedience at certain times of the month. If science tell
thus that the moons pull on the ocean creates tides that rise and fall in severity. Then perhaps our planet's first satellite also tugs on the wall inside our bodies. Changing our behaviour at least that's the idea, as modern people. When we talk about the full moon, we tend to joke about this insane extraordinary behavior, but maybe we joke to avoid the deeper truth. an idea that we are both frightened and embarrassed that we even entertain for most of us. You see before moon conjures up an image that is altogether unnatural, an unbelievable that large glow perfect circle in the night sky makes us think of just one thing: werewolves, I'm Aaron Man- and this is lore-
Science has tried to explain our obsession with a werewolf many times over the years. One theory is a disease known as hyper. Try, Kosis, sometimes known as will fight us it is a condition of excessive unusual body. Higher growth oftentimes, covering the person's entire face. Think Michael J Fox in Timor Psychologists actually have an official diagnosis in DSM for known as clinical like hamper PE its defined. as a delusional syndrome, where the person believes that they are transforming into an animal. But the changes only take place in their mine. Of course, But delusions have to start somewhere patients who, that they are Napoleon Bonaparte have some previous knowledge of who he was. I think it's fair to assume that those who suffer from clinical, I can't therapy, have heard of werewolves before it's actually pretty easy to bump into the myth. Thanks to modern popular culture, werewolves have been featured in, or at least appeared in close to a hundred Hollywood films. Since nineteen thirteen
one of the earliest mentions of something resembling the modern werewolf can actually be found. In the two thousand year old writings of the roman poet Virgil in his act, nine written in forty BC He described a man named Morris who could transform himself into a wolf using herbs and poisons about fifty years, later Gaia, Patrone Us Rota, satirical novel, called appropriately satirical, which honestly sounds like the equivalent of Even king writing a horror, novel called fright account in its head. Tells the tail of a man named Nick arose in the story Nick was travelling with a friend when that friend suddenly took off his clothes urinating in a circle and transformed into a wolf before running off toward a large field of sheep, next day, Nicaragua told by the ship owner that one of the shepherds stabbed a wolf in the neck, with a pitchfork later that day, Nicaragua noticed his friend at a similar wound in his neck, in the greek myth of the gods Zeus,
and in arcadian King name, like hey on Zeus, took on the form of a human traveller that one point in his journey. He visited our and during his time in that country, he visited the royal courts, the king of that land, like hey on somehow recognise Zeus for who he truly was and tried and true greek form. course to kill him by serving him a meal of human flesh. But Zeus was smart guy after all, and he caught like hey on in the act, throwing the mythological equivalent of a temper tantrum. He destroyed the palace, killed all fifty of the king sons with lightning bolts and then cursed king, like hey on himself, The punishment like hey on would be doomed to spend the rest of his life as a wolf, presumably be has wolves were known for attacking and eating humans. Most scholars believe this is the legend that gives birth to the term, like Anthropic Lycos. Being the greek word for Wolf and anthropologists, the word for man, werewolves aren't just agree:
roman thing. Now, in the thirteenth century, the north recorded their mythological origins in something called the bull sung saga, despite their culture being separated from the Greeks, thousands of miles and many centuries. There are tales of werewolves present there as well. Why The stories in the votes on a saga involves a father and son Pair Sigmund and Cynthia Ottley. During their travels, the two men came upon a hut in the woods where they found too and chanting wolf skins. These skins had the power to change the wearer into a wolf, giving them all the characteristics that the beast was known for power. Speed and cunning. The catch according to the saga was that once put on the wolf pelts could only be taken off every ten days, undeterred, they're in Sundew O each put on one of the wolf skins and transformed into the beasts they decided to speak up and go hunting in their new forms. but they made an arrangement that, if either of them encountered a party of men over a certain size and most translation say that number with seven. Then they were
the post, a howl for the other two come join them in the hunt segments however, broke his promise, killing off the hook, Party of eleven men on his own. When Sigmund discovered this, he fatally injured his son fully the enormous god. Odin intervened and healed. The sun and both men took off the pelts and then burn them. You see from the very big in werewolves were a supernatural thing, a curse achieve change in the very nature of humanity. They were ruled by cycles of time and feared by those around them. Things get interesting, though, when we go to Germany in one thousand. Five hundred and eighty two, the country of Germany, was being pulled apart by a war between Catholics and Protestants, and one of the towns that played host to both sides was the small town of Bedburg.
keep in mind that there were also still outbreaks of the black death so there was an age of conflict and violence, people understood loss, they had become numb to it and it would take something incredibly extraordinary to surprise them. First, there were the cattle mutilations. Farmers from the area surrounding Belburg would find dead cattle in their fields. It started off infrequent but grew to a daily occurrence. Something that went on for many weeks. Cows that had been sent out to pasture were found torn up heart. It was as if a wild animal had attacked them. Naturally, the farmers assumed it was wolves, but it didn't stop. Their children began to go missing after that young women vanish from the main roads around bedbug. In some cases, their bodies were never found, but those that were had been mauled by something horribly violence, finding your cattle This imbalance is one thing, but when it's your daughter or your wife, it can cause panic and fear the community spiraled into hysteria.
Now, when we think of historical european paranoia, we often think of witchcraft. The fifteenth sixteenth centuries were filled with witch hunts. Burnings hangings and an overwhelming hysteria that even spread across the Atlantic to the british colonies were destroyed more lives. The witch trials of sale of Massachusetts is the most famous exam but at the same time, Europe was also on fire with fears of werewolves. Some historians think that in France alone. Some thirty thousand people were accused of being werewolves and some were even executed for it, either by hanging or being burned alive. At the stake, the fear of werewolves was real or the town of Belburg. It was very real. One report from this event tells of two men and a woman who are traveling just outside the city walls. I heard a voice call out to them for help from the trees beside the road and one of the men stepped into the trees. To give us this
when the man did not return. The second man entered the woods to find him, and he also did not return the woman caught on an attempted to run, but something exited the wood and attacked her. The bodies of the men were later found mangled and torn apart, but the woman's never was villagers, found several limbs in the fields near Belburg limbs from the people who were missing. It was clear something horrible was hunting them. Another report tells of a group of children plain in a field near the cattle as they played something ran into the field and grew small girl by the neck. Before trying to tear her throat out, thankfully, the high collar of her dress saved her life and she managed to scream, but these cows didn't like screaming apparently, and they began to
impede frightened by the cattle, the attacker. Let the girl go free and ran for the forest, and this was the last straw for the people of bedbug. They took the hunt to the beast according to a path play from one thousand five hundred and eighty nine, the men of the town hunted for the creature for days, accompanied by dogs and arm for killing. These brave men ventured into the forest and finally found Interesting though they claim that they had spotted a wolf, not a man and quickly chased it down The end it was their dogs, the corner, the beast dogs are fast and they beat the men to their prey
when the hunters did finally arrived, though they found the creature cornered according to the pamphlet, the wolf transformed into a man right before their eyes, while the wolf had been another beast, the man was someone they recognized. It was a wealthy, well respected farmer from town name, Peter Stube, sometimes recorded as Peter Stump. Stube confessed to it all and historic seem to confirm their darkest fears. He told them tat. He had made a pact with, level at the age of twelve. There deal in exchange for his soul. The devil would give him a plethora of worldly pleasures, but like most stories, a greedy heart is difficult to satisfy. Stube admitted to being a wicked fiend with the desire for wrong and destruction, and that he was inclined to blood and cruelty to say that first, the double gave him a magical belt of Wolfskin. Putting it on, he claimed would transform him into the monstrous shape of a wolf.
Sounds familiar, doesn't it he told the men who captured him that he had taken off that belt in the forest and somewhere get back to retrieve it, but it was never phoned still superstition and fear, drove them to torture and interrogate the man who confessed to decades of horrible on Peekaboo crimes well known and respected around town Stube told his captors that he often would walk through Bed Bergen wave to the families and friends of cuz. He had killed it delighted him that none of them suspected he was the killer. Sometimes he would use those walks to pick out future victims planning how he would get them outside the city walls or he could ravish and cruelly murdered.
Stube admitted to going on killing sprays simply because he took pleasure in the bloodshed. He would kill lambs and goats and eat their raw flesh even claim to have eaten unborn children ripped straight from their mothers ones the human mind is always solving problems, even when we are asleep and unaware of it. The world is full of things that don't always sit right with us and in our attempt to deal with life, we rationalize. in more superstitious times. It was easy to lean on old fears and legends. The tuberculosis outbreaks of the one thousand eight hundred led people to truly believe that the dead were sucking the life out of people, the stories they gave birth to the vampire mythology also provided people with a way to process tbh
and it's horrible symptoms. Perhaps the story of the werewolves shows us the same phenomenon by in reverse, rather than creating stories that help explain the mysteries of death. Perhaps we created the story of the werewolf to help justify the horrors of life and human nature, the tea Peter Stube sounds terrible, but when you hold it up to modern day serial killers such as Jeffrey Dumber or Richard Trend Chase, it's par for the course. The difference between them and Stube. Simply four hundred years of modern nation. With the advent of electrical lights, pushing away the darkness and global exploration, exposing much of the world's fears as just myth, it has become
more and more difficult to blame our flaws on monsters. The beast it turns out has been inside of us the whole time and Peter Stubbe people of Bedburg executed him for his crimes. On October 31st of one thousand five hundred and eighty nine Halloween mind you he was given what was thought to be a fair and just punishment. He was strapped, spread, Eagle and naked, large wooden wheel and then his skin was peeled off with red hot pinchers and they broke his arms and legs with the blunt end of an ax before finally, turning them. it over and shopping off. His head, his body was burned take in front of the entire town and then his torture wheel was mounted on a tall pole, topped with a statue of a wolf on top of that they placed his severed head
justice or just one more example, of the cruelty of mankind. Perhaps in the end, where all really monsters aren't we. I hope this trip through history has open your eyes to just how old and widespread the legends about. Werewolves truly are more than just a troop of Hollywood films. These tales of monstrous transformation I've been lurking in the shadows of human culture for centuries and the werewolf of better since alone, on the stage of medieval killers. In fact, nearby France had its own fair share of shaped shifting creatures. As one in particular. I want to tell you about stick around through this brief sponsor break to hear all about it.
It making what people will say under pressure. Or Pierre, it was more than amazing. It was downright terrifying Pierre Burgo was a shepherd who worked in the area around colony in Eastern France. At the turn of the sixteenth century, friends and neighbors called him gross Pierre, suggesting that he was probably a tall muscular man, but when he before a jury in December of one thousand five hundred and twenty one, he told him a story that was much larger than him, one that brought the supernatural to life According to Pierre, he was working hard in the pasture outside of town one day in one thousand five hundred and two when a great storm began to blow in all the signs pointed to a rough experience, thunder forceful winds in the beginnings of a hail storm, so he began to frantically gather his sheep, so he could leave them back home, but that's when three riders approached
Pierre admitted to the court that he was afraid. How could he not? The men were all dressed in black with billowing black cooks and the horses they sat upon were just as black ass black ass, the sky on among them night so, despite being a large man used to handling livestock out in the wilderness, a coward at their approach, why are you afraid one of the writers called out to him stopping his horse in front of Pierre? The shepherd looked round at the dark weather and the equally dark writers and then answered the question the storm? He said, my sheep are scattered and I'm afraid wild beasts are going to kill them off the dark figure nodded. I see. Well, what? If I told you, I could keep all of your life stock safe, but not one single sheep, would go missing in all you had to do was pledged yourself to my service. Acknowledge me as your Lord and master, and this should be so.
We don't know how long pr consider the offer his testimony from one thousand five hundred and twenty one doesn't give us a lot of the nuances like that. But after some deliberation he agreed right there with the hail pounding. The earth and the wind howling through the field, Pierre Burgo, knelt, before the dark writer and pledged himself in service, but he did more. He pronounced his God, the Virgin Mary and the entire company of Heaven. He renounced his baptism and christening and then pledged to never serve at wholly mass or let holy water touch his skin, and with that, the dark writer extended a hand removed his black glove and tall Pierre to kiss it. The flesh of the writers hand according to Pierre, was just as black as his clothing. It was cold and withered like the hand of a rotten corpse, but he did ass. He was told and kissed it anyway and with that,
the writers left years went by Pierre, is life really didn't change much? We know that he continued to be a shepherd, but there is no mention in the record of whether or not he ever lost one of his sheep. But then, many years later, he received a summons from his dark master to attend a warlock Sabbath gathering in the woods outside of town and to keep himself company you brought along afresh. Nay Michael Verdun there during the dark celebration, the two men were instructed to strip naked and rub a strange solve on their skin, which cause their bodies to become Harry and Wolf like and then having fully transformed. They ran off into the woods hunting through the night after that this new life, as a werewolf became the centre appears existence for years. He Michael hunted across the countryside, but it wasn't always livestock that served as pray for their hunger, Pierre first, a tearing a seven year old boy to pieces and later a woman working in the fields there seemed
be an endless list of victims, children, adults and yes, even sheep. The very creature is Pierre, had devoted his life to protecting But their reign of terror over the town would eventually come to an end. It said that one night in fifteen twenty one there's friend Michael made a mistake while packing someone at the side of the road. He let his guard down and a traveller discovered wounding him ass. He ate his victim Michael and Pierre fled, but this brave traveller, followed them eventually arriving at a small house upon entering. He didn't find what he had expected. There was no b inside only a man with a bloody side and his wife tending to the wound. After a brief trial, a trial in which Pierre confessed, this entire story to the jury, the man accused of being werewolves were taken outside and executed after there
F, F genes of their likenesses, were made and hung inside the town church as a warning to others about the price of witchcraft. Pierre Burgo was not the first accused werewolf in Europe, and certainly Would it be the last and historic serves as a perfect example of just how deep our imagination can go and how destructive and deadly one singular emotion can be beer. This episode of war was researched, written and produced by me. Aaron monkey with music by Chad, Lawson. is much more than just a podcast. There's a book series available in bookstores an online and two seasons of the test vision show on Amazon Prime video check them both out it. We want more Loring your life. I also make
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