This part is necessary because I used it as a base for many of my work. The purpose here is to list the wounds found in the two reports we have.
The first one is the report written by Charles Jaladon, surgeon from Clermont Ferrand, who autopsied the "wolf" killed by François Antoine at the request of
the intendant of Auvergne
Maître Jaladon declares (I changed the number given in the report to fit the picture):
"1 - A scar in the internal side of the right shoulder entering to the muscle.
2 - Many scars on both wrists or on the lower front part of front legs.
3 - Two holes located in the lower part of both tighs that seem to have been done by a bullet.
4 - A wound pierced the globe of the right eye, penetrated his head and fractured the bones of the skull base and lead the animal to its death, that wound seem to have been made by a bullet.
5 - A scar behind the left ear.
6 - Another scar obliquely penetrating the flesh at the anterior middle part of the right shoulder.
7 - The skin ius pierced in different places by big shot or buckshot especially on the left flank.
8 - Many shots of different size are found in every lower part of this animal."
The picture below shows you the location of every wound, considering the report by Jaladon.
I've put a number 9 on purpose, which correspond to the thirty-five shots that hit the animal with the bullet shot by Antoine and which, though Jaladon doesn't mention to have found them (...), are noticed in the report written by Antoine himself. We can find on this beast traces of wounds the beast had before the hunt of september 1765, and it's quite easy to tell how did the Beast get them. Well, almost...
Let's start with the easiest, the two wounds on the right shoulder (6 and 1). These can only be the traces of the fight with Marie-Jeanne Valet on august 11th 1765, between Paulhac and Broussoux. The wound on the head with the bullet found in the bones of the base of the skull (4), that is the shot by Antoine; the two holes going through both tighs (3) is the shot by Rinchard. Then we have the scar behind the left ear. This could be the result of any victim fighting for his life, so instead of taking one blindly, I will say it's Portefaix who did it, just to honour him for his bravery.
The other two scars are not identifiable (not yet). Because of their nature first, like the scars on the wrists that can have been made by many ways, But the wrist is not a pârty the victim said they hit when defending themselves against the monster. Moreover, there are thoses hots in the left flank of the animal (more info on the page of the hunt of the Chazes).
Now let's talk about the Beast Chastel killed and the location of its wounds, considering the report of maître Marin.
As for the first beast, I will write down the essential:
"We have noticed a wound three lines [0.7cm] under the ’articulation of the right tigh, as much inside than outside and we have touched, in the hock, three shots. We were assured that this wound should be the one made by monsieur de La Védrines, squire, with a gun shot, almùost two years ago, plus one other old wound on the left tigh, close to the ’articulation, plus one old wound above the left eyelid which shows to have been made by a sharp instrument.
Finally, this animal got a leathal shot which pierced the neck, cut the trachea and broke the left shoulder".
Four wounds, all identifiable thanks to the report by Marin.
So we end up here with wounds made to the "one and only Beast of Gévaudan" and yet, shared between two different animals.
The demonstration stops here, but is a base for the following pages:
- The pack
- The hyena
- The hunt of the Chazes
- The hunt of June 19th 1767