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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The following events took place in the village of Tupanari in the district of Vlasenicki [to locate it on the map of Bosnia and Herzegovina simply go NE of Sarajevo]
An old peasant called Paja Tomic had died on the 9th of April 1923.
His wife Cvija complained that her dead husband returned to the house at night and had become a vampire. But apparently the widow wasn’t believed so quickly by the rest of the villagers and her nightmares continues for another full month until her sons Stevo and Krsto confirmed their father’s return from the grave.
The villagers gathered and decided that the vampire had to be destroyed so the dead man’s corpse was taken out of the grave, pierced with a hawthorn stake, and then cremated. The remaining bones were reburied.
Please take notice at the fact that we have a missing part here. We have no description of how the corpse was discovered upon unearthing. Usually we are given details and signs as to convince us that the deceased really was a vampire and that the villagers were in their right to proceed to the elimination of the undead.
In this case it seams that the family`s testimony was enough to get a “conviction”
NOTE: You will find a couple of other sites that give you details on this but I would like to make a clarification. The supposed vampire died in April of 1923! Some other authors give you the date of 23 May because that is when an article on the matter was published in a local newspaper.
The case can be found in “The Vampires: A casebook” by Alan Dundes and you may also find a transcript of the news article above mentioned.
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I now give you a replica of an article from a site I wish to recommend. It is take from “Vampires and Vampirism” by Dudley Wright and the transcript of a detailed investigation about this event can be found on ShroudEater.com
“In 1672 there dwelt in the market town of Kring, in the Archduchy of Krain, a man named George Grando, who died, and was buried by Father George, a monk of St. Paul, who, on returning to the widow’s house, saw Grando sitting behind the door. The monk and the neighbours fled. Soon stories began to circulate of a dark figure being seen to go about the streets by night, stopping now and then to tap at the door of a house, but never to wait for an answer. In a little while people began to die mysteriously in Kring, and it was noticed that the deaths occurred in the houses at which the spectred figure had tapped its signal. The widow Grando also complained that she was tormented by the spirit of her husband, who night after night threw her into a deep sleep with the object of sucking her blood. The Supan, or chief magistrate, of Kring decided to take the usual steps to ascertain whether Grando was a vampire. He called together some of the neighbours, fortified them with a plentyful supply of spirituous liquor, and they sallied off with torches and a crucifix.
Grando’s grave was opened, and the body was found to be perfectly sound and not decomposed, the mouth being opened with a pleasant smile, and there was rosy flush on the cheeks. The whole party were seized with terror and hurried back to Kring, with the exception of the Supan. The second visit was made in company with a priest, and the party also took a heavy stick of hawthorn sharpened to a point. The grave and body were found to be exactly as they had been left. The priest kneeled down solemnly and held the crucifix aloft: “O vampire, look at this,” he said; “here is Jesus Christ who loosed us from the pains of hell and died for us upon the tree !”
He went on to address the corpse, when it was seen that great tears were rolling down the vampire’s cheeks. A hawthorn stake was brought forward, and as often as they strove to drive it through the body the sharpened wood rebounded, and it was not until one of the number sprang into the grave and cut off the vampire’s head that the evil spirit departed with a loud shriek and a contortion of the limbs.”
NOTE: PLEASE visit the above mentioned site for all the details! The article is to be considered incomplete and I listed it only because I was afraid the site would one day disappear – as so many good and reliable ones have sadly done so in the last couple of years.
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