Name: Vikesh Kumar
Born – 2001 / Died – ****
Number of victims: 1
Heartbreaking in this case is the fact that the victim was so young and they were cousins. Deepu Kumar was 9years old when he was killed in Karnail Singh Nagar of the Dugri area [region of Ludhiana, India].
The cannibal in this case was 16 at the time, later identified as Vikesh Kumar. It is believed that he originally wanted to demand a ransom for the young boy, however it all went terribly wrong.
He admitted to consuming flesh, drinking blood, carving up the heart of the victim to dispose of it on the grounds of his school and then dismembering the rest of the corpse in order to hide it.
The police later recovered the heart from the school compound.
On the morning of 17th January 2017, he lured his cousin at his house using a kite and proceeded to commit the murder in the bathtub.
During the investigation, his parents claimed that he would sometimes self-harm and that he enjoyed eating raw meat. It was hinted that he suffers from some form of mental disorder, however that has yet to be determined by a doctor`s exam.
The police initially suspected the murder to be a form of human sacrifice because the body was cut into 6 pieces and abandoned in a vacant field-plot.
I have not been able to deduce from the sourced I uncovered if he was sentenced to prison – I suspect he is institutionalised because of the young age he was at and because of the claims of mental illness by the parents.
Kindly note that this article was not written with an intent to dive into extreme details as I believe that maintaining a respectful attitude towards the victims is more important than anything in this series of articles. Rest in peace, Deepu
† Vampiric Murderers
Kali is known to be the goddess of death and destruction and though some may think of her as a single deity, she is actually a manifestation of Devi, who in other forms appears as peaceful and benevolent. Kali is commonly associated with death, violence, sexuality.
Kali made her most famous appearance in the Devi-mahatmya, where she joined the goddess Durga in fighting the demon Raktabija – he had the ability to reproduce himself with each drop of spilled blood; thus Durga found herself being overwhelmed by Raktabija clones.
Kali rescued Durga by vampirizing Raktabija and eating the duplicates. Kali came to be seen by some as Durga’s wrathful aspect.
Kali first appeared in Indian writings around the sixth-century A.D. in invocations calling for her assistance in war. Her image is none the less confusing: on one hand she destroyed demons and thus brought order. However, she also served as a representation of forces that threatened social order and stability by her blood drunkenness and subsequent frenzied activity.
Kali is most often depicted with four arms, wielding weapons and severed limbs, and with black skin. She wears a necklace constructed of human skulls. A skirt of human limbs from those she has destroyed, hangs around her waist. Her long black tongue hangs out of her mouth, dripping with blood. She’s usually carrying a severed head in one of her four hands in icons of the goddess.
She is often shown standing or dancing on her husband, Shiva as depicting her dominant position.
In essence she remains a vampire that feeds on sacrifices [mainly of blood, and her cult includes animal sacrifice] for the Hindu understand that without death there can be no rebirth.
She is veneered as destructive force and you will find sources that associate her with a black whole that [as a vampire] feeds on live energy.
In Tantra, the way of salvation was through the sensual delights of the world-those things usually forbidden to a devout Hindu-such as alcohol and sex. Kali represented the ultimate forbidden realities, and was thus to be taken into the self and overcome in what amounted to a ritual of salvation. She taught that life fed on death, that death was inevitable for all beings, and that in the acceptance of these truths-by confronting Kali in the cremation grounds and thus demonstrating courage equal to her terrible nature-there was liberation. Kali, like many vampire-deities, symbolized the disorder that continually appeared amid all attempts to create order. Life was ultimately untamable and unpredictable.
Kali survived among the Gypsies who had migrated from India to Europe in the Middle Ages, as Sara, the Black Goddess. However, her vampiric aspects were much mediated by the mixture of Kali with an interesting French Christian myth. According to the story, the three Marys of the New Testament traveled to France where they were met by Sara, a Gypsy who assisted them in their landing. They baptized Sara and preached the gospel to her people. The Gypsies hold a celebration on May 24-25 each year at Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, the small French village where the events are believed to have occurred. A statue to Sara was placed in the crypt of the church where the Gypsies have kept their annual vigil.
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† Vampires in Ancient Cultures
In India the undead were considered to be malefic spirits that possessed the corpses.
References to such creatures are found even in the ancient Sanskrit. It was believed that, just like bats, these vampires would hang [upside down] in the tree from inside and around the cemeteries.
The Hindu believed in reincarnation and claimed that if you lived sinfully or committed suicide, you will be reduced to one of these spirits, as a punishment for your sins. Redemption was lost.
Entities such as Bhut and Pret are the souls of those that died too soon. They hunt at night reanimating fresh corpses and attacking the living.
In northern India we stumble upon BrahmarākŞhasa, a vampiric creature that had the head surrounded by intestines through witch it would suck the blood of the victims.
Few cultures have vampire children, but Masan was known to be a vampire with an extreme lust for vengeance and cruelty impossible to imagine. He likes to “play” with the victims – often children like it but also young mothers that would invite it in their home. Some text suggest that it would take the place of the child he would kill to feel on the grief of the mother.
A young female vampire that lived in cemeteries, Masani was always dressed in black and lured her victims using the mist she controlled. She would sometimes postpone some funerals until the night set so that she could attend them.
The most famous Hindu deity associated with vampires is the goddess ~Kali~.
Statues show her as having 4 arms, fangs and a necklace of skulls. Her temples are always around cemeteries and crematories.
She and the goddess Durga fought against the demon Raktabija that could reproduce itself from every drop of blood it spilled. Jali drank all his blood so no blood was spilled and the battle was won.
India trembled in fear towards Vetala and Gandharven.
No one knows how the old beliefs in vampires were born but they bare a lot of resemblances with the European ones.
Vetala for example could take the body of both living and dead, giving the impression that the corpses were back to life. She would especially enjoy murdering children, druving people mad and instilling fear in them. She would also desecrate the remains of the dead.
The only way to eradicate such a being was to chant the holy mantras.
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