Is there a werewolf in London ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Martin Grondin
The so-called 'Werewolf of Camberwell' has been sighted several times over the years, according to reports.
Situated in south London and dating back 170 years, the aptly-named Camberwell Old Cemetery is reportedly home to a familiar supernatural creature that is said to skulk among the gravestones.
Tales of this alleged werewolf recently caught the attention of local researcher Andy McGrath who discovered two intriguing encounters that took place at the cemetery 8 years apart.
In the first instance, which took place on October 9th, 1996, a man had been taking a shortcut through the cemetery when something grabbed him by the arm and smashed him into the ground.
"He saw a large creature, with dark fur and a head like a German shepherd, looking at him intently, slobbering and growling and sniffing his body up and down, just as a dog would," said McGrath.
"Just as quickly as the attack started, it was over and the beast sprinted off on its hind legs."
The second encounter, which occurred in 2004, involved two witnesses.
"We heard a low growl," one of them said. "Then a large tree in the corner of the cemetery was shaking incredibly hard as if something really powerful was shaking it with all its might."
"It was definitely not made by a person or an animal. The tree looked as if the roots were ready to be ripped out. My friend and I took to our heels and ran as fast as we could in different directions."
"We could not rationalize the sheer terror we both felt. We knew we had to get as far away from the cemetery as we possibly could. There is something very sinister there."
So could there really be a werewolf stalking this 170-year-old cemetery ?
"If a creature is described as being animal-like, then it probably is an animal and not uncommonly, a known animal; even if the qualities it portrays seem superficially supernatural, at the time," said McGraph.
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