Lets move our attention from the realm of myths to that of the related accounts of vampirism.
One of the most elaborate and frightening chronicles on the subject pertains to the XIIth century and is signed by William of Newburgh [or Newbury] – a priest and historian who kept record of a series of phenomenons with no apparent explanation.
Among them we can find tales of vampirism.
He is best known for his “Historia Rerum Anglicarum” an extended medieval work about the kings that ruled Britain between 1066 and 1198.
It seams odd that a man renowned for his obsession about dismantling myths would write about cases that would make the scientists laugh, but William took the vampire menace seriously and he even mentions the fact that he would be criticized for it.
The UK remains fascinated by the vampire myth to this day.
Other vampire accounts reported all over Europe that shaped the way the vampire was viewed before the printing of “Dracula” and the launch of the Hollywood Vampire Movies:
§ Peter Plogojwitz [most known vampire case of Europe]
§ Arnold Paole [best documented case in Europe]
~~~ Visum et Repertum [english version of the 1732 report]
§ The Eywanschitz Vampire [The Czech Rep.]
§ The Varna Vampires
§ The shoemaker of Silesia [Poland]
§ Johannes Cuntius [Poland]
§ Michael Caspareck [Slovakia]
§ The Wollschläger vampire [Poland]
§ The vampire of Ivanovka [Ukraine]
§ The Radojevo Vampire [Serbia]
§ The Sarbanovac vampire [Serbia]
§ The Russian vampire
§ The Krinck vampire [Cehia]
§ The Bulgarian Vampire
§ Paja Tamic [Bosnia and Herzegovina]
§ The Cengic vampire [Bosnia and Herzegovina]
§ The Vampires of Hermsdorf [The Czech Rep.]
§ The Blow Vampire [The Czech Rep.] – also found in some texts as “the Breslau vampire”
§ The vampires of Hermsdorf [The Czech Rep.]
§ The vampire-witch of Levin [The Czech Rep.]
§ Stephen Hubner [The Czech Rep.]
§ The Prostejov vampire [Bulgaria]
§ The Derekuoi Vampire [Bulgaria]
§ The Kneginec Vampire [Croatia]
§ Jure Grando [Croatia]
§ The Abbazia Vampire [Croatia]
§ The Vampire of Mihaljevci [Croatia]
§ The Possega Vampire [Croatia]
§ The Vlasenica vampire [Bosnia and Herzegovina]
Don`t be mistaken in believing that these type of events stoped once humanity progressed and science came up with reasonable answers! Even after we emerged from the Middle Ages the vampire myth survived!
A list of supposed vampires originating from New England:
§ Sarah Tillinghast
§ Mercy Brown [last vampire case reported in New England]
§ Nancy Young [possibly the strangest anti-vampire ritual]
§ Abigail Staples
§ Lemuel and Elisha Ray
§ J.B. [name unknown] – the only corpse that presents signs of rearrangement
§ Ruth Ellen Rose [or Pheobe Rose]
§ Rachel Harris [the first vampire account]
† Romania remains known for the way it is forever linked with the vampire myth
§ Petre Toma [in 2004 suspition of vampirism arose between some villagers]
§ The vampire of Afumati
§ The vampire of Amarasesti
§ The cripple of Cujmir
§ The vampire of Cujmir
§ The vampire of Vaguilesti
§ The Biia Vampire [you may find the town reported as Magyar Bénye or Bendendorf]
§ The vampire of Boureni
§ Death at a regiment