There are many different legends about werewolves that they vary with age and origin. All these legends are take from books that are listed in our references. Different authors have presented different tales.
Lycaon the King
The story of Lycaon the king explains how werewolves first came into the world.
Lycaon was a very fierce and cruel king. His cruelty was legendary. When the powerful God, Zeus heard of his mischievous actions, he decided to come down to see for himself. To his surprise the truth was worse than what he had heard. Zeus went at once to meet with King Lycaon. When Zeus revealed himself at Lycaon's kingdom, Lycaon's servants got on their knees to pray. Lycaon however did not believe that Zeus was a god and made a plan to test him. Lycaon planned to kill him. If he was a god he would survive but if he wasn't then he would die. First he invited Zeus to a feast that he had prepared himself. The feast was human flesh from an innocent messenger that he had killed. Zeus, since he was a god knew at once what was happening and was furious with Lycaons cannibalism. As a punishment Zeus turned Lycaon into a wolf. Lycaon's entire body changed, only his eyes were human.
One of the famous stories from Cologne, Germany was about a man named a Peter Stumpe who lived in the late 1500's.
Peter Stumpe practiced witchcraft since the age of 12 and had given his soul and body to the devil. In return the Devil granted him a wish. Stumpe's wish was to be able to turn into a animal cable of attacking people. The Devil gave him a belt that would turn him into a werewolf when he put it on and back to a human when he took it off. With this "gift" Stumpe began his killings. He would attack people in wolf form and turn back into a human so no one knew that it was him. The number of killings grew and he continued to get away with it. His luck soon ran out and he was caught by a group of suspicious hunters. He confessed to the killings and to possessing the magic belt from the Devil. But the belt itself was never found. Stumpe was tortured, his arms and legs were broken off and he was beheaded and burned on October 28, 1589. Now a monument stands in the town of Bedburg, where Stumpe was executed. It has the torture wheel, where his body was broken, wooden figures of all the people he had killed, and Stumpe's head on top of a stake.
The Beast of Le Gevaduan
This tale takes place in a mountainous region in France called Le Gevaduan where the people lived off of cattle herding. These cattle were mostly watched by children. The first person killed was a young girl who was watching a herd of cattle and did not return home. The villagers went out looking for her and found her dead body and her heart torn out. Many other followed and families began to keep their children home because they feared for their lives. Then a peasant women reported that she had seen a weird looking creature that walked on two legs like a human but had a pig like snout and was as big as a donkey. No one believed her until another man named Jean-Pierre witnessed the creature himself.
News quickly spread to King Louis the XV and he immediately sent a group of soldiers to find and kill the animal. They came upon the animal and they killed it. But they were wrong because the killings continued. The King sent the soldiers out a second time but again the soldiers failed and the killings continued. The third time a group of hunters were determined to kill the creature, especially Jean Chastel who would not rest until he killed the animal. He even brought a rifle full of silver bullets, that were known to kill werewolves. The group of hunters met up with the creature and Jean Chastel shot two of his silver bullets. One piercing the werewolf's heart killing it.
The description of this animal is unclear and we only know that it was a "strange-looking wolf, with close-cropped ears and unusual hooflike feet." The animal was buried but no actually knows where. The only remaining evidence is Jean Chastel's rifle at the church in Saint Martin-de-Bouchaux.