My on-line searches at all times contain loopy phrases, comparable to “voodoo hex,” “fireplace poltergeist,” and “casket ladies,” to call a number of. So it ought to come as no shock that once I had the chance to go looking the archives of pictures and clippings within the AL.com archives, I had a number of odd search phrases on my checklist. Confronted with cupboard after cupboard of clippings, picture prints, negatives and microfiche for The Huntsville Occasions, Birmingham Information and Cell Press-Register, I looked for varied disasters, potential hauntings and reported UFO sightings for potential fodder for my Odd Travels options.
After which I remembered: The Wolf Lady of Cell. I might written about “her” in my e book “Forgotten Tales of Alabama” and in a narrative for AL.com. I made a decision to see if the unique clipping from 1971 have been in a folder someplace, or maybe even a follow-up story. No luck, I discovered loads of individuals named Wolf, or Wolfe, however no Wolf Lady.
I used to be upset however I might discovered a lot of different treasures – to be the topics of future posts. I made a decision to assist AL.com’s Scott Walker, who was type sufficient to present me entry to our archives for the day, as he sorted by means of years of the Press-Register’s picture prints in alphabetized folders. He had began with “A,” so I began with “Z.” After I acquired to the Ws, I set free an excited “whoop!”
There, amidst mug pictures of individuals named Wolfe, was a manila envelope marked “Wolf Lady of Cell.”
I used to be excited as solely a bizarre information reporter might be. I am unsure who the artist was however I beloved how she or he made the Wolf Lady a bit useless – entrance paw poised to present her lengthy locks a flirtatious flip – and oh-so-feminine.
In honor of my enjoyable and actually uncommon Odd Travels discover on the archives, simply in time for Halloween, this is the story of …
The Wolf Lady of Cell
The half-wolf, half girl creature so frightened the citizenry of Cell that individuals started calling The Press-Register to report the sightings. On April 8, 1971, the newspaper reported the phenomenon, full with a drawing of the creature conceived by a newspaper illustrator: “Listening to as many as 50 cellphone calls the Press Register has obtained, day and evening, in roughly per week, you marvel if maybe there is not one thing on the market.”
Witnesses described the creature as “fairly and furry,” and “the highest half was a lady and the underside was a wolf.” An unnamed teenager is quoted as saying: “My daddy noticed it down in a marsh and it chased him residence. Now, my mommy retains all of the doorways and home windows locked.” One witness had heard the creature had escaped from a circus sideshow.
The reporter mentioned the worry of witnesses appeared actual, though the preliminary stories would have begun on April Idiot’s Day. The police have been getting calls, too, and though officers wouldn’t make an official remark, they did examine to find out what, precisely, Cell’s residents have been seeing. Sightings of half-wolf, half human creatures have been reported all through historical past, with the lycan being the commonest incarnation. The legends of anthropomorphic creatures stem from American Indian folklore and seize the creativeness. Inside days, sightings of the Wolf Lady of Cell stopped and haven’t been reported since.
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