The Germantown Mystery

“Janek!!”  Piotr scrambled to his knees to get to the edge of the small fall.  On the ground below, he could see the body of his brother lying in a contorted position with his left leg twisted 90 degrees from its natural orientation.  Janek’s head was lying against a large boulder near the base of the falls and the boy was completely motionless.

“Janek!!”  Piotr called out several times, hoping that his brother would move or somehow acknowledge the yells.  But the boy continued to just lie on the ground.

Fearing the worst, Piotr descended the cliff and headed toward the creek, all along being careful about the wet conditions in the wood.  Soon he reached the bottom and moved briskly toward the body of his brother.  From a distance, he could see a light gray mist now covering the area where the body was laying.  The mist seemed an oddity given the relative warmth of the fall afternoon.  But Piotr didn’t have time to consider it.  He had to reach his brother.

After following the twisted creek path, Piotr finally each the bottom of the falls and Janek’s motionless body.  He moved toward the body but stopped in a lurch.  Standing next to Janek was a large white dog, appearing to almost be guarding the body.  As Piotr continued to move toward Janek, the dog raised his head.  Piotr gasped as he realized that the animal was not a dog but rather a white wolf.  The animal seemed almost inquisitive as it looked at Piotr.  Then in an instant, the wolf took to flight, heading down the creak and into the woods.  Piotr stared at the animal as it ran away and then immediately went to the side of his brother.  Janek was unresponsive and his body was already cold to the touch.  Piotr screamed for help, not giving up until adults from the area finally came to his help.  But paramedics could do nothing for the young boy as his grieving parents and brother looked on.

 

October 31, 1994





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