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Exeter: Killing The “Vampire” Mercy Brown

Image: "RI's last Vampire" by Josh McGinn, used under CC BY / Cropped From Original

In the small town of Exeter, Rhode Island in 1892, tuberculosis ran rampant amongst the townsfolk. Weekly funerals weren’t uncommon as the disease took its toll on one family after another. However, one family met a particularly gruesome end; exhumed from the crypt as undead and, with the permission of a reluctant patriarch, killed as vampires. The Brown family members …

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Vampire Graves Unearthed In Connecticut

Vampire Graves Unearthed In Connecticut

Imagine you’re a child, running around outside and playing with your friends, only to sit down on a mound of dirty on a hillside and accidentally discover a human skull? As was the scene in Griswold, Connecticut in 1990, when several children led police to a gruesome site. As investigators probed the area for clues, they initially placed blame on …

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The Grimes Sisters: This Is How A Vampire Would Commit Murder

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It’s all fun and games until someone gets killed. Movies and books about soft, cuddly vampires and werewolves may be all the rage these days, but they grossly underestimate the cold, harsh reality of the cruelty these creatures are capable of committing. These super predators are cold and calculating and know more about how to capitalize on our weaknesses then …

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Vampires In History

Vampires In History

While there are many strange and mysterious creatures in the darkest corners of the world, there are also humans with a whole range of psychological problems and some of these can manifest to appear like creatures such as vampires. The key to understanding vampires in history is identifying the real deal from these impostors and a good place to start is …

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The Vampires of Woodstock

Woodstock Vampire Historical Picture

New England was a hot bed for vampire activity in the 1800’s causing a ‘panic’ which overtook the whole area from Rhode Island to Connecticut. While the passage of time has blurred which vampire reports were real and which were hysterical reactions to the grief and fear caused by consumption [tuberculosis] the stories and events clearly reflect the people weren’t leaving anything to chance. One …

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Rachel Harris – The Vampire of Manchester

Vampire organs were burned in the blacksmith's forge.

This piece of vampire history comes from Manchester, Vermont and follows the story of Rachel Harris. Rachel was the stepdaughter of Esquire Powell and on March 8, 1789 she married Captain Isaac Burton who was a deacon in the congregational church of the town. Tragically, their marriage ended in February of the following year when Rachel contracted tuberculosis and died. Once a healthy …

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