Gilles Garnier lived just outside the village of Dole, France, in relative isolation, with his wife. He was a hermit and very rarely traveled into town.
Dole soon fell to a strange set of disasters: children were disappearing...and sometimes the missing children were found mutilated, and even torn apart. Rumors began to bubble up and, when enough children went missing, it wasn’t believed to be bad luck - these disastrous deaths had to come from a werewolf.
A group of men formed a group and began to try and locate the creature, which was believed to operate under the cover of night. After a few nights of fruitless searching, then men came upon a hunched, strange figure on the perimeter of town.
It was Gilles Garnier, hunched over a child’s body.