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Searching for the Converse Werewolf

April 9, 2012

While to most, the full moon represents frantic driving and unpredictable behavior, to those in the business of ‘monsters’ it is significant for an entirely different reason — lycanthropy, i.e. werewolves. Now, before you place the butterfly net over my head, please be advised that, while generally perceived to be strictly, fictional creatures from literature and fairy tales, modern accounts of these terrors do exist. Most notably, Wisconsin’s Beast of Bray Road, described by eyewitnesses as displaying the characteristics of a large wolf stalking the local forests and corn fields in an upright posture. During 2008, I had the distinct honor of traveling to France for a History Channel television special where I investigated The Beast of Gevaudan, which was alleged to have attacked hundreds of simple farm-folk during the late 18th century. Evidently, the notion of real werewolves has been around for a while.

Few San Antonio residents, however, are aware that the nearby community of Converse boasts its very own man-beast legend. According to the story, which I’ve found attributed to the 1800s and as recently as the 1960s, a local rancher instructed his teenage son to strike out to shoot his first deer (as a passage to manhood, no doubt). The youth was reluctant to bloody his hands, but begrudgingly obeyed his father’s command and journeyed to a wooded place known as Skull’s Crossing. He soon returned home trembling with fright. He explained to his father that he had run across an animal that resembled a werewolf. Thinking that his son was merely making excuses, the rancher forced him out again, stating that he should not return unless he had managed to bag some game. After the sun had set, the father became concerned and set out to locate his missing son. It was then, according to the tale, that the man spotted the lifeless body of his offspring in the arms of a creature that stood eight feet tall, combining the features of a wolf and a gorilla.

Being that the moon was in a full phase this weekend, I decided to head over to Converse to mount my own werewolf hunt (sans the silver bullets). I first stopped at the local City Hall and library to seek more information. But due to poor planning on my part, both had closed early for Easter Weekend. So, I instead decided to search the area around Converse City Park, the only area that remains largely undeveloped with the potential to hide such an elusive creature. I found the park to be quite charming and serene, with colorful wildflowers and fluttering butterflies in abundance. However, my search of the muddy banks of a small lake did turn up one intriguing bit of evidence, an enormous canine track, displaying long claws and pressed an inch into the ground. Admittedly, the spoor more than likely belonged to a very large dog. Still, I like to imagine that behind the legend of the Converse Werewolf lies, perhaps a tiny shred of truth. — Ken Gerhard

 

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  • Jozunig25

    How is this even news? What a waste of time, reading this article was.
    smh.

  • guest

    OMG.. people are sooooooooooooo stupid.

  • James Howlett

    It’s call fluff folks, a human interest story, meant to make you think about something other than the crap world around you. Bravo good sir who wrote the story. It’s a legend I did not know of my town.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/Z2RWZ72CCQSVCF2BQNZBELUOTE Steven

    Why would you search for a werewolf during the day?

  • Bzistbee

    I seen a very large rabbit in fredricksburg..People still make fun of me but i know what i saw was real.And i dont drink or do drugs and it was day time ..not 20 feet from me so i know what i saw .
     

  • Smokearocha

    I read that story a while back. I thought it was called the converse carnivore. I thought it was a good article.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2ARTM3NVJEPCIIJDEET2NWWFXE batnip

    How big was the rabbit?  Was it a field bunny or a jackrabbit? 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2ARTM3NVJEPCIIJDEET2NWWFXE batnip

    How big was the rabbit?  Was it a field bunny or a jackrabbit? 

  • George11924900

    there are many unexplained things in this world, I don’t believe in werewolves, nor vampires, but who is to say. I just hope I am not made a believer.

  • Ken Gerhard

    I seem to remember someone telling me about a five-foot rabbit somewhere near Fredricksburg. Was that you? Please feel free to shoot me an email about your sighting.

  • Ken Gerhard

    I seem to remember someone telling me about a five-foot rabbit somewhere near Fredricksburg. Was that you? Please feel free to shoot me an email about your sighting.

  • Rob5643

    Werewolves in Converse is another name for Converse Cops. Who hide at night to give tickets. They take a bite out of your income.

  • Stoned Panguin

     It was the jackalope.

  • jo

    the wooded area is probably now a residential area.  My husband used to hunt there 25 years ago.  the werewolf is long gone.

  • Bzistbee

    Dear Ken,it was a bright sunny day.about october i think because there were no leaves on the trees .My husband was tryin to fix a car for a neighbor,so i was bored i was walking around lookin here and there then some movement caught my eye.So i go closer to see what it was and stop suddenly I couldnt believe my eyes.How can a big white and brown rabbit be that big>??at least 6 feet..just walking in the woods along the fence line.Not even seein me??so i go closer and hes still walking along the fence line not 20 feet from me.Im speachless.so i turn to holler to my husband but hes to far from me and i didnt want to scare the rabbit away.So i stand there atleast 20 mins.till he walked the full length of the barbed wire fence the he turns in to the woods and leaves.I ran back to my husband and told him hes laughs and i never hear the end of it.But i dont drink or smoke so…..I know what i saw…

  • Ken Gerhard

    Thanks James! I can’t imagine how mundane life would be without a little intrigue.

  • Ken Gerhard

    Thanks James! I can’t imagine how mundane life would be without a little intrigue.

  • Ken Gerhard

    Thanks for sharing! I remembered that someone called in a giant rabbit report one time when I was a guest on a radio show. There are not a lot of giant lagomorph reports that have been documented. But all species produce a freakish giant on the rare occasion.     

  • Waldo49ers

    something made that print

  • Adam

    I’ve seen a photo from the 20’s or 30’s where they used to hold a jackrabbit roping contest in Odessa. In the picture a woman dressed in hat & fringes (kinda like Roy Rogers stuff) who was the champion roper his holding up a rabbit the size of a good sized dog

  • ce

    Ive also seen a rabbit that big hope your not pulling my leg cause I convinced myself it was the alcohol that I drank the night before .it was the middle of the day in saddlwood neighborhood kerrville tx it was atleast 5ft standing