The Wolf of Ansbach,
In 1685 a man eating wolf terrorized the people of Ansbach, Germany. Believing the wolf to be a reincarnation of their recently decease mayor, a cruel and tyrannical man, the people of Ansbach formed hunting parties to hunt down and kill the beast. Eventually the wolf was cornered and killed, at which point the townspeople dressed the animal as the mayor and hung it from a gibbet in effigy.
King Lycaon, the First Werewolf,
According the Greek mythology Lycaon was a tyrannical king of Arkadia who cursed the gods. When Zeus came to investigate rumors of his tyranny Lycaon tested Zeus’ divinity by serving him meat from a slaughtered child, the ultimate offense for a god. Zeus, being divine, immediately knew of the origin of the meat and became so angry that he destroyed Lycaon’s 50 sons with lightning bolts and transformed Lycaon into a werewolf.