In July 1732, Jozsef Faredi-Tamarzski, under orders from the Prince of Wurtemberg, was sent to the village of Radojevo to investigate the death of 11 villagers, who had all died in January and February of that year.
Radojevo is in Serbia close to the border with Romania and the man was dispatched to that isolated part of the empire because, according to the people of Radojevo, they were the victims of a vampire called Miloch.
During his life, this Miloch had the reputation of being some sort of a sorcerer. The fact that he kept a bird which he had learned to talk, plus the fact that he had captured and tamed a wild wolf, which he then kept as a pet, seemed to confirm his magic powers.
Faredi-Tamarzski made an attempt to convince the villagers that vampires did not exist but after several discussions he came to the conclusion that they were not going to listen to his arguments.
He therefore decided to exhume a few of the corpses. They started by digging up Miloch, who had been buried some 15 months ago [so he had died in early 1731].
When they had removed the earth and lifted up the wooden board that covered the dead man, Miloch’s corpse looked completely intact. But his eyes were wide open now, despite the fact that his widow had closed them after his death.
A slow but steady trickle of blood was coming from his mouth. Blood was also found on the wooden board beneath the corpse, and likewise on the earth beneath that.
Because the villagers insisted on it, Faredi-Tamarzski ordered the corpse to be staked.
By interrogating the relatives of the 11 victims, the doctor learned that most of them had died in 6 to 10 days by simply wasting away. During the night they had horrible nightmares and a couple of them had two bluish marks on their neck.
So Faredi-Tamarzski decided to also open up the graves of the victims.
Eight of them looked like decent corpses that were properly decomposing.
Two of them looked well preserved, though the arm and legs were stiff and could not be moved.
And the last one, a woman, looked as if she was only sleeping. Her members were perfectly flexible.
Faredi-Tamarzski declares that those three looked suspicious enough to him, so he permitted the villagers to give them the same treatment as the first vampire.
Despite these measures, the villagers were still of the opinion that the vampires should be cremated.