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WENDIGO AMONG US
Wendigo psychosis is the delusion that you are a Wendigo in which you attack and consume people. The Wendigo has existed in Algonquian legend and is considered to be true by them. Incidents occurs only in the Northern parts of the United States, Canada and Alaska.
On the evening of July 30, 2008 Tim McLean, asleep wearing his headphones, was riding a Greyhound Bus 18 miles west of Manitoba, Canada when his seat mate, Vince Weiguang Li stood, pulled out a Rambo knife and stabbed Tim in the neck. A scream, sounding like a howling dog and baby crying erupted throughout the bus. Fleeing passengers had the present of mine to secure the bus door and call the Royal Canadian Mount Police who arrested Li. Before the police arrived Li had in the presence of the onlookers beheaded McLean and carried the trophy about the bus and proceed to stab the body 40 to 50 times, opened up the corpse, cut off chunks of flesh and gnawed on them, swallowing the eyes and part of McLean’s heart. Then Li filled plastic bags with chunks of body parts hiding them around the bus. When arrested Li was found to have ears, nose and tongue in his pocket for later consumption.
Li was charged with second degree murder found not guilty due to his mental state and compared to an animal killing for food. Sentenced to a mental facility Li was granted supervised walks in 2010.
What was the Wendigo link? Days prior to the attack Li had read an extensive article in a newspaper about the Wendigo. When Nathan Carlson, Wendigo historian and author of the newspaper article, learned the details of Li’s monstrous deed he did not know what to think. Parallels between the modus operandi of the Wendigo and the atrocity of Li became overwhelming. Rocked to his core, Carlson suffered insomnia discovering the pattern between Li and possession by a Wendigo spirit incomprehensible.
Was the World’s authority on the Wendigo forced to deal with that impossible reality? Like Sam and Dean, was Carlson about to cross the line from rational thought to the supernatural?
Swift Runner, a Cree Indian had during a brutal winter of 1878 shot and bludgeoned his 6 children, wife and mother-in-law to death consuming them leaving bits of flesh and bone scattered over the frozen ground. When the Mounties investigating the case entered Swift Runner’s lodge they discovered his infant son hanging from the rafters. A confessed Wendigo, Swift Runner was hanged at Fort Saskatchewan in1879 munching pemmican and complaining to his guards they had failed to build him a fire to keep him warm before he welcomed noose.
Ever vigilant against Wendigo savagery, Native People had hunters track down and kill Indians who were seen on the verge of turning into a Wendigo or had already began killing. In 1907 Jack Fiddler, a chief and shaman, was executed for the murder of a native woman said to be on the verge of turning. To his execution Fiddler declared his act was not murder but dispatching a monster.
How far do we have to look to find such hunters among us?