Wendigo is a very strange scary creature whose essence is very blurred. It is a large part of the folklore of the Algonquin Indians living in Canada.
Wendigo is most often represented as a forest monster — tall, insane, and violent. He especially loves human flesh. But there is another aspect, according to which the Wendigo is something like an evil spirit and he settles in a person if he out of need or out of curiosity tries human meat.
In addition, wendigo has another unusual ability, it can capture the minds of people and literally make them insane or sick, directing their actions as a brain parasite.
There is a version that the legends of the Wendigo arose from the observations of the Bigfoot, who were aggressive to people and attacked them or even ate. There is still a legend in the USA that when people disappear without a trace in the forests where bears are not found, then they are devoured by bigfoot.
One of the most famous stories about the Wendigo tells about an Indian named Swift Runner. In 1878 or 1879, this Indian lived with his family somewhere in a remote wasteland in Canada, and once he came to the city of Saint Albert and told a horrific story.
According to him, this winter was very harsh and once the food was completely over, and the temperature dropped to such that it was pointless to go out, you would freeze quickly. The runner had a wife and six children, and his mother and his brother also lived with them. Because of the cold, they began to starve. So days, weeks passed …
“Wait,” the townspeople told him, “You’re probably imagining, you don’t look exhausted at all, you are strong and, on the contrary, you look as if you were well fed.”
“Of course,” said the Fast Runner, “Because I ate my relatives all winter, chewing on their flesh and nibbling their bones.”
Native American Fast Runner and the remains of his relatives
The townspeople were terrified and soon the police were sent to the Runner’s house. She found there the gnawed remains of all the members of the Runner family, which confirmed the correctness of his words. Later, the Runner said that everything began after his youngest son died of starvation. After that, he began to kill his relatives and eat their meat.
And soon there were rumors that the Runner was distraught and Wendigo obsessed. He was seen roaring, whining and howling like a wild beast. But for a long time he did not suffer like this, he was arrested and executed.
There are modern cases of Wendigo obsession. On July 30, 2008, Timothy Macklin got on a bus to travel to Winnipeg, Manitoba. Macklin returned home from Edmonton, where he participated in a carnival parade.
On the bus, Macklin snuggled into his chair and dozed off, and soon his neighbor, Vince Lee, fell on him with a knife at the sleeping one. Totally insane in appearance, Lee used Maclean to death with a knife and terrified everyone else on the bus and his driver.
Killed Timothy Macklin with his son
The bus driver immediately stopped, opened the door and rushed out to bring help, and before that he closed the door outside so that the killer would not run away.
However, Lee was not going to run away, he neatly separated the head of Macklin with the same knife from the body, and then began to cut the body itself and delve into the insides. Passengers were sick and vomited from a bloody spectacle, but Lee was calm and cut the meat, chewed it, and put some pieces like an ear, put it in a bag and in a pocket. In reserve.
When the police arrived on the scene and took him into custody, the murderer had already managed to eat decent flesh of the victim. And no, this is not a legend and not a bike, but a completely real case, which the press later wrote about.
Vince Lee worked at McDonald’s and, according to his boss, was an ordinary guy, friendly, quiet and restrained by emotions. He has never had conflicts with other people.
According to the passengers, before the attack, Lee was sitting next to McLean, but he could not disturb him in any way; Maclean was dozing and listening to soft music with headphones. Lee sat and looked at everything, looked at him, and suddenly something in his head pereklinilo.
What have wendigo, you say? But with it.
When the investigation into this terrible incident began, it turned out that just a few days before that, Lee had bought several copies of the Edmonton Sun newspaper at once, where there was an interview with a man named Nathan Carlson, who is considered to be a great Wendigo expert. Because of this, it was rumored that after reading this great article, Lee became obsessed with Wendigo and went insane.
Carson himself was deeply shocked by this incident and then admitted that he could not sleep for several weeks after learning of this.