Academics have stumbled across evidence that may suggest Donald Trump is related to a cold-blooded, maniacal 16th-century serial killer.
Academics investigating the tale of Peter Stumpf, the 'Werewolf of Bedburg,' may have stumbled across evidence that suggests that the current president of the United States, Donald Trump, might be related to the cold-blooded, maniacal, 16th-century serial killer.
One of the earliest examples of werewolf mythology, the most comprehensive source for him is a pamphlet of 16 pages published in London in 1590. Dr. Kevin Pittle, an anthropologist at Biola University in Southern California, stumbled across a curious piece of information while combing through the documents. A woman named 'Katharina Trump' was executed alongside Stumpf for aiding him in his crimes.
Intrigued by the name, his team conducted further research and now believe it's possible she can be traced all the way to the current US President.
Surprisingly, the theory isn't too far-fetched either. Donald Trump's grandfather, Friedrich Trump, was born in the tiny village of Kallstadt in 1869, before immigrating to the United States as a teenager.
Friedrich would go on to have two sons, John and Fred, who would found the family's successful property business that the current president inherited. Because of World War 2 and the stigma that surrounded Germans in general, both Fred and Donald Trump were uncomfortable with their heritage and tried to pass themselves off as Swedish.
However, generations of his family are still buried in the local cemetery in Kallstadt and the owners of the house where Friedrich was born became so fed up by people ringing the doorbell that they put it up for sale.
One of Trump's earliest ancestors, Hans Trumpf, was born in Kallstadt around 1559 and might provide a possible link between the POTUS and the infamous Peter Stumpf. Though most accounts suggest the spree of killings took place in Bedburg, linguistic factors point towards another location in Germany.
Ancestral records show that a Katharina Trump and Peter Stumpf actually lived in the Kallstadt area at the time of the 'werewolf murders.' Dr. Pittle found that there were several Katharinas in Trump's genealogy, leading to speculation that the serial-killer pair may have in fact fathered Hans, the president's distant relative.
Furthermore, it's possible confusion regarding the location of the killings arose because of commonly misinterpreted dialog. In the local dialect of the time, Cologne was spelled 'Colle' while the German word for city is 'stadt,' meaning if you wanted to say Cologne city, you said 'Colle-stadt,' which is phonetically very close to Kallestadt.
Dr. Pittle is urging caution regarding speculation, as he says there's no evidence to actually support the fact that Mr. Trump is related to the 'Werewolf of Bedburg.'
The tale of Stumpf is an infamous one in Germany. He was supposedly christened with the name Stumpf because his left hand had been cut off, forcing him to make do with a stump for an arm. A wealthy farmer in the rural community, he had two children - a girl named Beele and a son of an unknown age - with further records destroyed during the Thirty Years' War between 1618 and 1648.
According to the few surviving documents from the bygone era, the story began when villagers near Bedburg, Cologne, began finding their cattle ravaged in the pastures as if attacked by some savage beast. Soon after, young women and children began to disappear, with their murdered and mutilated bodies turning up in various places.
The spree only came to an end decades later, when a group of local men, accompanied by a pack of dogs, went out to hunt a 'wolf' that had tried to attack a little girl in the village. When the animal was finally apprehended, it turned out to be none other than Stumpf.
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