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TITLE: The Real Wolfman
TYPE: Documentary Film
STUDIO: A&E Television Networks
PRODUCER: Claire Callahan
WRITER: Laurie K. Miller
CAST: Ken Gerhardt, George Deuchar
ORIGINAL AIR DATE: 2009 OCT 28 (USA)
This DVD issue is of a show we saw a few months ago on the History Channel. What they did was pair a cryptozoologist and criminal profiler to investigate the werewolf case in the Gévaudan region of France in the 1700s. The criminal profiler lost all credibility with us when almost the first thing out of his mouth was something to the affect that cryptozoologist were nuts. It was interesting none the less and still worth watching.
The criminal profiler (George Deuchar) was biased in favor of a man being the perpetrator, while surprisingly to us, the cryptozoologist (Ken Gerhardt) was in favor of a known species being behind the killings. They both laughed off the werewolf theories. The conclusion of the show was that the actual perpetrator was the man credited with killing the beast with one shot with a silver bullet. They concluded that he had somehow gotten a hold of a hyena and trained it to viciously kill woman and children.
Their proof? A silver bullet is not as accurate as a lead bullet because silver is too hard to be spun by the striations inside the barrel of a gun which is what causes lead bullets to be accurate. Bullets need spin in order to travel in a straight line, AND because a silver bullet doesn't cause as much damage as a lead bullet. In their mind, this proves the man had to get close to the hyena in order to kill it and the only way that could be done was if the hyena knew the man.
The funny part, we thought, was how the criminal profiler discounted much of the eye witness reports. Dave said, oh sure eye witness testimony is ok when your using it to execute someone, but not ok when using it to prove a new species exist or a severely mutated species might be behind the killings. I thought it was funny anyway.
And finally, someone in one of the Yahoo Groups we belong to refered us to the following website to read about the history of rifling which not only explained, in greater detail, what bullet spin was all about, but also rifling's historical timeline, including when it was invented and finally became commonplace in the manufacture of firearms:
"Rifling is the process of making spiral grooves in the barrel of a gun or firearm, which imparts a spin to a projectile around its long axis. This spin serves to gyroscopically stabilize the projectile, improving its aerodynamic stability and accuracy."
"Barrel rifling was invented in Vienna at the end of the fifteenth century by Jaspard Zoller. In 1520 August Kotter, an armourer of Nuremberg, improved upon the work of Zoller. Though true rifling dates from the mid-15th century, it did not become commonplace until the nineteenth century... "
GO HERE TO READ THE REST:
Ken Gerhardt's Blog and quick synopsis of the documentary itself can be read here:
Especially interesting are the comments that follow Ken's synopsis.
Beast of Gévaudan
The Beast of Gévaudan (French: La Bête du Gévaudan) is a name given to man-eating wolf-like animals alleged to have terrorized the former province of Gévaudan (modern day département of Lozère and part of Haute-Loire), in the Margeride Mountains in south-central France from 1764 to 1767 over an area stretching 90 by 80 kilometres (56 by 50 mi)...
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