Monday, September 30, 2013

The Werewolf of Georgia

In west-central Georgia, lies the rural community of Talbot County. Even to this day, the area is scarcely populated and highly wooded. As the story goes, in the 1830s there was a prominent family who lived there known as the Burt's family. They owned a large spread of land, a huge home, livestock and even slaves.

Widowed in her thirties, Mildred Burt found herself with seven children to raise alone. Being smart and thrifty, Mildred was able to put her children through school and send two daughters to Europe, when they turned of age.

One of the daughters, Isabella, returned from Europe a changed person. She suddenly began to suffer from insomnia and roamed the countryside during the dark of night. Isabella began to leave her long hair unkempt and her eyebrows bushy. Her teeth became pointed, from a possible a dental disease. Not long after Isabella's strange new appearance presented itself, came the reports from local farmers. At night, they were hearing strange, eerie cries, and the next morning, discovering their livestock dead. The animals were not eaten but drained of their blood.

Suspicious and concerned for her daughter, Mildred followed Isabella one moonlit night. The local farmers had formed a posse to find and kill whatever was killing their livestock. When Mildred spotted Isabella, she was holding a large knife over a newborn calf. Mildred yelled at her daughter, as two shots rang out. So filled with fright, Mildred passed out. The predator was not caught, but from the blood curling scream, the farmers knew they had injured it.

The next morning, Isabella was missing her left hand. As soon as she healed, Mildred sent her away to a doctor in Europe. The doctor specialized in the treatment of lycanthropy, a psychological disease that makes one believe they are a werewolf.

During her absence, there were no suspicious deaths of livestock. Isabella returned several years later. After her returned, there was an occasional report of an animal found dead; drained of its blood.

Isabella Burt died at the age of seventy, in 1911. Her grave site is in Woodland, Georgia's Owens and Holmes Cemetery.

Some locals believe the werewolf is still out there, waiting for the next full moon, and readying itself for the next kill. So, if you ever find yourself in Talbot, GA, during a full moon, listen closely for the cries of Isabella, Georgia's own werewolf.

A Special Thank you to the following sources:


Miles, Jim (2006). Weird Georgia. New York, N.Y. : Sterling Publishing.

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