AMERICAN WEREWOLVES IN BAWLMER?
By A. V. Ariel
Weekly World News, February 18, 1999
A recent series of bizarre attacks on homicide detectives has led to
widespread rumors that the Baltimore Police Department is being targeted by
Within the space of four months, two detectives have been wounded and three
others killed outright in a manner strongly suggesting some sort of wild
animal is at work. Detective Paul Falsone, formerly of auto theft, was
discovered in November on the sidewalk in front of the Waterfront Bar,
mutilated, eviscerated and covered with what appeared to be huge animal
The next victim, killed exactly twenty-eight days later, was Detective
Laura Ballard, her eyes clawed out and her face rendered nearly
unrecognizable by deep, repeated scratches. Her rib cage was ripped open
and the chest cavity filled with silicon, which evidently leaked from breast
implants during the attack. Judging by the nature of the toothmarks on that
region of the body, medical examiner George Griscom theorizes that the
killer intended to devour her heart, became frustrated by the foreign
substance tainting its "food" and abandoned the attempt.
In January, Detective Stuart Gharty--who had reportedly vanished after
getting into a heated argument with a bartender at the Waterfront--was found
lying in a gutter on the corner of Aliceanna and Ann. The chewed-up remains
of what were evidently his intestines were found scattered at various points
over a five-block radius.
Less tragic, but no less alarming, were the recent attacks upon Detective
Rene Sheppard, lately of the fugitive squad and a former Miss Anne Arundel
County, and homicide department FBI liaison Michael Giardello. Agent
Giardello was waylaid last Saturday night by two creatures he described as
"big giant [freaking] wolves with the biggest [freaking] teeth I've ever
seen." He managed to produce his gun during the attack, but claims that
four shots fired at close range did not even slow the animals down. The
creatures finally ran away when he began menacing them with a sterling
silver tie pin: “I saw it in a movie once,” he explained.
Three hours later, Detective Sheppard was walking in the Fells Point
neighborhood when a wolf-like creature leapt from the shadows and sank its
teeth into her arm. She also produced her gun during the attack, but the
creature ripped it from her hand and body-slammed her to the pavement. A
second, similar creature then took her shins between its jaws and began
dragging her across the sidewalk.
Sheppard’s life was saved only by the quick intervention of private
investigator Michael Kellerman, whose houseboat was docked nearby and who
ran onto the pier when he heard her screaming for help. Kellerman says the
creatures made no effort to attack him and, in fact, turned and fled when
they saw him approach. He described their appearance as “strangely
familiar,” but would not elaborate. (Detective Sheppard declined to be
interviewed for this story.)
Sheppard and Giardello gave police a detailed description of two creatures
resembling wolves but at least twice as large as the conventional canis
lupus. The first was a somewhat malnourished-looking male, his fur black
and his muzzle gone largely silver. The second, a female, was considerably
smaller and had a distinctively red, shaggy pelt.
This description was confirmed by attorney James Bayliss, who called police
the night of the Giardello and Sheppard attacks to complain about "two
enormous stray dogs [copulating] their brains out on my front lawn."
Bayliss produced a semi-automatic handgun and opened fire on the "dogs," but
they chased him back into his house and resumed their amatory activities in
full view of the neighborhood. The creatures were gone by the time animal
Progress in the case has been impeded by a surprising apathy--and outright
indifference--on the part of other murder police. In regard to the killing
of Detective Falsone, for example, one department member who declined to be
identified stated, "The real question is who didn't want the little
Brylcreemed bastard dead." Similarly, a female uniformed officer who also
requested anonymity said of Detective Ballard, "Whoever--or whatever--chewed
up that little secretary with a gun did us all a favor. 'Seasoned homicide
detective,' my ass."
Most of the department’s efforts have been directed toward preventing a
citywide panic, though they have little to offer in the way of advice. “I’d
tell people to stay off the moors, but I don’t think there are any moors in
Baltimore,” said Detective Tim Bayliss, who claims not to be related to
James Bayliss. “It’s probably a good idea to stay away from really damp
outdoor places anyway, though. Like wet grass and stuff. Catch your death
of cold. At least that’s what my mom always said....”
FBI agent Fox Mulder, head of a Bureau division that handles cases
allegedly involving paranormal activity, came to Baltimore to assist in the
investigation but was told to go away.
And so, as the investigation into the so-called "Full Moon Murders" stalls
in its tracks, the entire city lives in fear of who may be the next victim.
Where will it all end? When asked for his comments on the matter, homicide
veteran Meldrick Lewis—primary investigator on the Falsone case--simply
shook his head and replied, "Little old lady got mutilated late last
night...werewolves of Bawlmer again."