Frederick County Folklore

Oct 23, 2019

This story comes from Ghosts and Legends of Frederick County, by Timothy L. Cannon and Nancy F. Whitmore.

The Dwayyo

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On a saturday evening in November of 1965, a man – “John Becker” – was attacked by a creature…as big as a bear, had long black hair, a bushy tail, and growled like a wolf or dog. He fought the creature until it ran off into the woods. He filed a report with local police under the alias “John Becker”, telling of the attack by the creature he called the Dwayyo.

This was near the woods of Gambrill State Park.

A Frederick News Post reporter – George May – wrote a series of articles on the monster.

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Several University of Maryland students claimed to have investigated the origin of the creature and traced it back to the Amazon River and the Yangtze River plateau. They also reported to have seen the creature on campus late at night.

Investigations by local and state police turned up nothing. By mid-December the story started to fade.

Other quick facts: ( )

Dwayyo – The Maryland Wolf Man

  • According to legend, Dwayyo is the mortal enemy of the Snallygaster, another area cryptid that is described as a flying, blood-sucking reptile that has been sighted in the Maryland Blue Ridge Mountains. Their vicious encounters reportedly date back to the early settlement of the Middletown Valley.
  • The first mention of the name Dwayyo comes from a sighting in 1944 in West Middleton, Frederick County, Maryland. Witnesses heard the creature make ‘frightful screams’ and there were footprints attesting to the claims of the sighting.
  • In the summer of 1966, the creature was again sighted on the outskirts of Gambrill State Park when a man only referred to only as ‘Jim A.’ encountered the Dwayyo as he was heading toward a camp site. He described it as a shaggy two legged animal the size of a deer that had a triangle shaped head with pointed ears and chin. It was dark brown in color and when approached it made a horrid scream and backed away from the man. Jim went on to say that the creature had an an odd walk as it retreated, it’s legs, “stuck out from the side of the trunk of the body making its movements appear almost spider-like as it backed away”.
  • More than two centuries ago, another such creature is told of in folklore – that of the Hexenwolf. In the late 18th century, the Pennsylvania Dutch had started to settle in Carroll, Frederick and Washington Counties of Maryland. Almost immediately, stories began to circulate about a wolf like creature. Its description was similar to that of the Dwayyo – a mammalian biped with features similar to a wolf, but with the stance and stature of a human. The legend of the Hexenwolf had long been known to inhabit tracts of land across much of eastern Pennsylvania and told in German folklore.

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