For those of your that might think the “vampire hysteria” was over in the UK after things went quiet back in the 1970s [referring ofc to the Highgate Vampire incident] I beg to differ and redirect you to an urban legend from back in 2005 that was reported in “The Guardian” as follows;
“A vampire is on the loose in Birmingham. And an inept one at that, if reports are to be believed. Which they aren’t. Last month, this “vampire” went on a “rampage” in Glen Park Road, Ward End. The attacker reportedly bit a male pedestrian and then bit neighbors who came to the man’s aid. One woman had “chunks” bitten out of her hand, according to reports, which feature lots of one-word “quotes” and very little in the way of named sources.
No matter. The Birmingham Evening Mail has been flooded with calls from “terrified” families, community leaders and schools. Oliver Luft of the Birmingham news agency Newsteam reported: “As the sun dips below the rooftops of sleepy terraced streets, residents rush home, quickly gathering up playing children, because after night falls a vampire hungry for blood stalks. Reports of a Dracula-style attacker on the loose biting innocent people has spread terror throughout neighborhoods in Birmingham, causing many to fear the darkness of the night.”
Such reports themselves spread fear. Thus, a spokeswoman for City Road primary school in Ladywood said: “We have had many parents coming in concerned because they had heard somebody has been going around biting people.”
But police in Birmingham have not investigated this “case”. Nor have any hospitals in the city reported treating more than the usual number of hard-bitten Brummies. A police spokesman said: “To date we have not received any reports from people stating they have been bitten and this appears to be an urban myth which is being fuelled by rumors.”
He was generally described as a Somalian man in his mid-20s and as the news hit the national papers, more supposed incidents were reported in Ilford, Newham and Poplar.
As you can expect, the police did try to locate the elusive fiend, especially since worried parents were contacting the schools frantically and people were beginning to watch their step / back. As the medics were not treating anyone for suspicious-looking bites and the man appeared to have the ability to elude capture, the police had nothing to go on and the fever broke in a matter of months.
Thankfully no minister came forward to propose exorcisms and trips to the local cemetery – this time!
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||Name: Diana Semenuha
Born – 1976 / Died – ****
Number of victims: More than 30
In 2005, the Odessa Police department arrested a woman for conducting rituals over minors pumping out their blood.
Under the name of Mr. Krait, she placed advertisements in newspapers announcing seances of black magic for 600 dollars each.
She would invite homeless children to her place, give them vodka to drink and then pump out their blood so she can use in her rituals.
And I quote a newspaper article:
Diana Semenuha, 29, believed that drinking blood could fend off a muscle-wasting condition.
She kept the children intoxicated on drugs and alcohol and bled them regularly, selling the surplus to other black magic practitioners. When that weakened them, she dumped them back on the streets and lured replacements with the promise of a place to sleep and a hot meal.
Detectives found seven drugged children strapped to beds and benches, and a large, black knife and silver goblet engraved with satanic symbols.
Ukraine has an estimated 200,000 street children, whose widespread addiction to glue sniffing and alcohol made them easy prey for the woman dubbed the “vampire witch” by local media.
Semenuha, who when arrested gave her profession as “witch”, has admitted holding the children. “I let them sniff glue, but I paid for it and took a small amount of blood in return,” she said. “But there was no violence involved, I also fed them and gave them shelter.”
As far as I know no deaths were attributed to her but the fact that she drank the blood of her victims is enough to earn her a mention on the site.
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In March of 2005 news broke out of attacks by a vampire against the Grecu family in Cernele, Craiova. In present day it is actually annexed to the city and is located in Dolj, Romania [the district of Oltenia].
The events had been going on for the better half a year and things seams to escalate so the members of the family decided to investigate.
Both the authorities and the priests were informed of what was going on.
Although the family had cut itself out of the electrical system [for reasons unspecified] the panel was frequently tampered with, the outlets and switches were found burnt and rocks would fall on and in the house breaking things.
It was concluded that a dead relative, Irina Ciorobea, who had been buried well over 20 years ago, was to blame for the paranormal activity surrounding the home.
The family decided to open up the grave on the 12th of March 2005 and the local priest was called to do a blessing ceremony.
It was assumed that 20 years ago at the funeral the old priest must have skipped a couple of prayers and that`s why the girl became a vampire.
All was well for an given period of time, when the oldest son – Adrian Grecu – claimed that he was communicating with the ghost of the woman and that she was still around the house despite the family holding special masses.
The trust about the supposed vampire came out only when a film producer found out about the case and wanted to do a documentary.
He obtained permission from the family to plant cameras in various locations all over the house, but did not disclose the exact places where he installed them.
The images he shot on some of them were a shock to the community!
The young 12 year old was bringing stones into the home and smashed different objects making sure he wasn`t seen on the cameras he knew about. Also, he simulated being dragged across the floor by ghosts and scratched himself on the back [in some articles it was reported that he cut himself with a knife but it seams to hard for a child to do so since it is also specified that the wounds were on the back]. He would then cry out for his parents alleging that the dead woman attacked him.
The explanation satisfied all the parties involved except for the parents.
They were convinced that something was influencing the boy or possessing him.
The young Adrian was supposed to have been submitted to a psychiatric control but since the interest of the media ended when it all came about I couldn`t find any follow-ups. If there ever were any it`s most likely that those articles were deleted since they didn`t draw any traffic.
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