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Exeter: Killing The “Vampire” Mercy Brown

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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The Night Class, Part 10

The call I wasn’t expecting came while I was at work. My phone showed “Miranda Lee,” so I took my second break of the day to answer it out on the smokers’ balcony. “Chelsea’s missing,” she said, instead of “Hello.” “What happened?” I asked. Chelsea was Nick’s sickly friend-with-benefits, who had roped Miranda into that night at the bar. “I’ve …

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The Night Class, Part 9

I had to talk to Miranda again. But I didn’t have her phone number; I didn’t even have her last name. The morning after whatever happened with us had passed in surreal silence, like we both hoped I’d leave before she noticed me. I skipped my stop on my first bus home from work and let it carry me as …

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Vampire Plants Get In On Some Cryptid Kissing Action

Did you know that mistletoe is, by definition, a parasitic plant that survives by draining the life from the host tree? In other words, the plant equated with love during the holiday season is a vampire. Perhaps the most interesting aspect about mistletoe is that its vampiric qualities are thought to be the main reason the plant’s connected with matters …

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The Night Class, Part 8

For the first time in three years, I couldn’t face going back to the Grappling Club. I hoped if I could avoid Nick, I could pretend the night with Miranda had just been a one-night stand, nothing bizarre or sinister. I could let what I’d remembered fade back into forgotten hallucinations. It didn’t work. Usually when my life wasn’t making …

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John Crutchley: The Vampire Rapist

Although there’ve been many men dubbed by the media “vampire rapist”, John Crutchley comes by his moniker quite literally. Crutchley was convicted of the 1985 abduction of a hitchhiker, of whom he held captive and siphoned her blood with a hypodermic needle and a rubber tube. He used the device like a straw; sucking the blood from women in vampiric …

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The Night Class, Part 7

Miranda’s apartment was just a mile walk away. Maybe I should have tried to talk her out of bringing me home, but neither of us was in any shape to walk home alone. Miranda didn’t seem to notice that I wasn’t talking. She was just going along with what Nick had told her. I thought I knew why, but I …

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The Lesbian Vampire Killer

Brisbane, Australia, 1989 After a long night of drinking, Edward Baldock decided to walk home. As he staggered back to his residence, the 47-year-old man was accosted by four women, who lured him into their vehicle with promises of sexual favors. They drove him to a nearby riverside park, where Tracy Wigginton stabbed him 27 times in a ritualistic blood …

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The Night Class, Part 6

After practice one night, Nick followed me to the bus stop. “I’ve figured out how to pay you back,” he said. “You really don’t have to,” I told him, but he wouldn’t hear it. “You don’t have a girlfriend, right?” he asked. The answer was “No.” I’d left my love life alone since the Grappling Club gave me something more …

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The Night Class, Part 5

Pete and Chris agreed to let Nick back into the Club at my urging, and with Jenna’s permission. Nick kept to his best behavior—he and Jenna might as well have been training on different planets. That was a relief to me. In a way, I was responsible for Nick now. One milestone I was watching for was the first newbie …

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