On Halloween, Canadiana, “a web series on the hunt for the most incredible stories in Canadian history,” posted a story about a French Canadian The Werewolf:
In the 1760s, strange reports began to appear in a French-Canadian newspaper. There was, according to the Gazette de Québec, a vicious beast preying on the population of the colony: a werewolf was on the loose.
The story was appropriate for Halloween, but also for a time when there is a lot of discussion about trust in news and media. The credulity of these Gazette dispatches about a werewolf surprised me. But I guess people of every time believe strange things that their media in turn reflect.