Between 1764 and 1776 in the South of France, a massive beast described as both wolf, panther, boar, and bear (but all agree it was the size of a horse) attacked and killed over 100 people. Nicknamed the Beast of Gevaudan for the Gevaudan Wood around which many of the attacks took place, the French King, King Louis XV (who laid the groundwork for the French Revolution), proclaimed a number of rewards and sent hunters to the forests to catch it. Several elaborate weapons and hunts were concocted, among private citizens as well as King Louis’ own men. One, a dragoon captain, even organized a hunt comprised of 20,000 citizens in the region to find the beast. Although he never did, he managed to incite a panic with his constant communications to local papers.
The Washer at the Ford, or the Washerwoman, is a creepy figure from Gaelic lore. She's usually portrayed as a little old lady, washing out bloody clothes on the night before a battle. If you run into the Washer at the Ford on the night before you go to war, you shouldn't expect to make it home. She has already selected you for her own.
The wendigo is my candidate for the scariest monster in the entire world. Imagine an emaciated giant as white as snow, with the power to raise up blizzards and storms, and an insatiable desire for human flesh. That's one form of the wendigo, a traditional monster of the Algonquian peoples. The other form is arguably worse, because it's a non-corporeal spirit that can possess a person and turn him into a cannibal.
If you had a huge situation map like in one of those cop dramas, and you used it to map all of the weird phenomena that get reported from time to time, you would find that a lot of the dots were clustered in a few “high strangeness areas,” also known as “window areas”- the Bridgewater Triangle, the Burlington Triangle and others.
A lot of people have presented a lot of different explanations for window areas, but here's the problem. It isn't just that one or two phenomena cluster in a particular place, it's that all manner of weird phenomena cluster in the same places. The Bridgewater Triangle, for instance, gets more than its share of cattle mutilations, UFO sightings, black helicopters, Satanic cults, phantom hitch-hikers, thunderbirds and giant black snakes.