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. When two of the crew went missing, the captain searched the hold and found Brown sucking the Blood from the CORPSE of one of the men. The second man was also dead, and his corpse was bloodless.
Brown was convicted of murder and was sentenced to be hanged. However, President Andrew Johnson intervened and commuted the sentence to life in prison. Brown was jailed in Ohio, and in 1892 was transferred to the National Asylum in Washington, D.C.

Further Reading:

Fort, Charles. The Complete Books of Charles Fort. New York: Dover Publications, 1974.

From: the Encyclopedia of Vampires, Werewolves, and Other Monsters – Written by Rosemary Ellen Guiley -a leading expert on the paranormal -Copyright © 2005 by Visionary Living, Inc.

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