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Haigh, John George

Haigh, John George (1901–1949) Vampire murderer. Born in England in 1910, John George Haigh was raised in a strict Pilgrim Brethren family. He seemed to have a normal childhood and remained affectionate toward his parents throughout his life. He was intelligent and made friends easily. He was briefly married at age 25, and he expressed no further interest in sex …

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Haarman, Fritz

Fritz Haarman (1879–1925) The “Vampire Butcher” of Hanover, Germany. Fritz Haarman was born in Germany on October 24, 1879, to a stern household. He particularly disliked his authoritarian father. Haarman was a poor student, and joined the military, where he fared better. After the service, he returned home to Hanover, where he was accused of molesting children, and was placed …

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Cuntius, Johannes (Pentsch Vampire)

Cuntius, Johannes (Pentsch Vampire) Silesian vampire who behaved like a poltergeist and Incubus. The case was recorded by Henry More in An Antidote Against Atheism (1653). Johannes Cuntius was an alderman who, at age 60, was kicked in the groin by one of his horses. He fell ill. Upon his deathbed, he proclaimed that his sins were too grievous to …

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Croglin Grange Vampire

Croglin Grange Vampire VAMPIRE attack recorded in Victorian England. The story of the Croglin Grange Vampire is set in Cumberland, now part of Cumbria. A vivid account of the incident was recorded by Dr. Augustus Hare, a clergyman of good repute who lived in a rectory in Devonshire, in his autobiographical book, Memorials of a Quiet Life(1871). Though there are …

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Coventry Street Vampire

Coventry Street Vampire (1922) VAMPIRE scare in London. On the night of the full Moon in April 1922, an enormous black BAT-like creature with a six-foot wingspan was reported flying around West Drayton Church in London. Several people said they witnessed it dive down into the CEMETERY and prowl about the tombs. Two policemen gave it chase, causing it to …

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Buckinghamshire Vampire

Buckinghamshire Vampire (12th c.) English VAMPIRE case recorded by WILLIAM OF NEWBURGH from an oral account related to him by Stephen, the archdeacon of the diocese of Buckinghamshire. The vampire was the restless ghost of a dead man who acted in a vampire-like way. He was not called a “vampire,” for the term was not known in the English language …

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Brown, Mercy Lea

Brown, Mercy Lea (1871–1892) Most famous alleged VAMPIRE of America. News of the European vampire cult that leaked out to the West in the early 18th century swept on to infect the American colonies in New England, especially Connecticut and western Rhode Island. There, deaths due to highly virulent diseases such as tuberculosis, measles, and smallpox were blamed on vampirism, …

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Brown, James

Brown, James (ca. 19th century) Alleged sailor VAMPIRE who was imprisoned in Washington, D.C. The account of “James Brown,” the name given by the sailor, was reported in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle newspaper in 1892. According to the story, the vampire incident took place in 1867. Brown, a Portuguese sailor, left on a fishing smack that sailed out of Boston. …

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Breslau Vampire

Breslau Vampire (1591–1592) Unnamed VAMPIRE who terrorized Breslau, Germany, after committing SUICIDE.The Breslau Vampire exhibited behavior associated with the Old Hag syndrome. On September 20, 1591, a well-to-do shoemaker stunned his family and the city by slitting his throat with a knife for no known reason. As suicides were a sin and a disgrace upon the family, his wife—who had …

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Bathóry, Elizabeth

Elizabeth Bathóry (1560–1614) Blood-bathing noblewoman, called “the Blood Countess.” It is not known if Elizabeth Bathóry actually drank blood, but she was obsessed with bathing in it. Her obsession might be considered a form of vampirism, especially considering the lives that were sacrificed for her habit. Bathóry was born in 1560 in Ecsed, TRANSYLVANIA, to a noble family who dominated …

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