The Essential Vampyre – A Guide

Gary Oldman - Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)

Gary Oldman – Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)

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What makes the essential vampire… today I mean? What do you need to be a successful modern living vampire? Where do you go? What music do you need in your collection? What finery and adornments? So many things to think about, as if life wasn’t difficult enough already but don’t worry I’m here to help… We’re going to give you the inside goss on what it takes to make it in today’s VC.

First things first… primarily because arsenic snuff is sorta frowned on these days, we need to get you into the kinda pale-skinned, ‘undead’ arena. What to use, I mean aside from actors grease paint which’ll sorta leave you lookin’ like a…a…

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Stephen King’s “It” – Warner Bros. Television

A couple of items you might wish to try, depending on your natural tones of course, are;

Mac or Illamasqua white-foundation

Mac or Illamasqua white-foundation

The needs of white foundation are very different to normal “skin toned” foundation. A couple of things to look out for:

Solid opacity, the few coats to achieve this the better.
Smooth even blending
Formula dispensing, if you’re sharing this, hygiene is most important.

I know most people look for this in traditional foundation, but it’s even more important for white foundation since you are literally applying a new layer to your skin, not blending it into your existing skin. This makes it harder to get an “even” coverage.
Important note: Always always set your foundation with a white or translucent powder, or within no time you will experience some serious creasing[1]

Okay, so, we can get you to the stage where you look suitably undead… remember, don’t forget the legs, the arms, hands, neck etc. the undead DO NOT tan.

With that covered we’ll move to the coiffure…what? Okay, okay, hang on… it only means hair, it’s got nothing to do with coffins, now settle… sheesh…!

Right, hair, or, ummm perhaps lack thereof… check out these guys ‘n’ gals…

collected vamp hairstylesSee, the playing field’s wide open… but if you really want to make an impact you could go this way…

vampwigs

I’m sure there’s a good wig store near you someplace… if not, try a costume shop… they’re usually good for a couple of bits-and-bobs…

Ohhhhh-kay… undead pallor, wig in place… heyyyyy…! Startin’ to get the look…

Now, dressage…oh, no, wait, that’s horses. I mean, of course, apparel. A VITALLY important measure to carry off the whole vampire thing. Hmmmmm, let’s see shall we.

Now the guys may not need much to begin with… a decent set of…

menundergarbNow, ladies… ladies, ladies, ladies… where to start?
There are so many variables we have to consider, is it warm or cold? Is the function inside or out? Will the dancing be formal or hardcore? What effect will the under-garb have on the line of your outer wear, if any? Basically, the style and nature of the dress is probably going to influence your choice of sous-vêtements féminins.
Perhaps our friend Dita could help us out here…

Dita von Teese

Dita von Teese

So, with foundation setting, undies under control and the hair problem sorted we need to look into the stunning ensemble that is going to make you stand out in a crowd…

The first thing, obviously, one needs address is whether the event is formal or casual. Naturally there will also be accommodation made for whether it is outside or indoors and whether during the daylight hours or a night time event… let’s see… how about the footwear, it’s going to be very important, for comfort if for nothing else.

Dancing? Comfortable flattish shoes would probably be the best, however we are looking for a small modicum of style here…yes?
What about…

dancing shoesBut, who knows what the most comfortable footwear in the world is…

dokkerpair

Good, good… we got it goin’ on here… now let’s consider the outer-wear. Here are some popular lines that will make you the envy of the mob, errrr pack?, ummmm flock???

Say, what is the name for a gathering of vampires anyways?

vampclothesPerhaps, guys, the people at Fashionbeans might be able to help you out, or perhaps even Mimi?

gentlemens style

Now then, ladies, if I may, I suggest a trip to either CF  or perhaps Karl might be able to help  in short, don’t hold back… remember, anyone can be a vampire…!

 

Now we come to a sticky set of considerations, the etiquette of attending vampiric events; really, there have to be some rules don’t there? No torn jeans, no spitting on the floor, no drugs… otherwise what are we looking at? If we don’t have rules we end up with a disheveled drunken mob of punk-vamps, stumbling around high as kite and drooling all over themselves… ewwwww…!

Make sure you know what the house rules are for where you are attending, some places don’t appreciate you conducting breathless, sweaty trysts in the ladies cubicles… and pretty much nowhere will understand if you grab a random guest and try and bite their neck.

As an example, and for some sound general pointers, perhaps you could take a peek at Carpe Noctem ,visit Windy or Ms. Drammeh

There we go…

All ready to go, faaaaaaaan-tastic…! Right, in the car, off we go… it’s gonna be awesome. Quick check of the makeup, hair’s right… lippy…

Oh My God…!

Okay, what is the single, most important, overwhelmingly essential necessity for a vampire at a vampire event?

F*****G TEETH…! TEETH…!

Okay, okay…breathe, easy now. Grab the phone or the tablet, get to Google and type in the following;

V-A-M-P-I-R-E T-E-E-T-H…!

 

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Help is never far away…!

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Vampire health matters… to all of us

dark-beauty-beauty-black-dark-girl-goth-gothic-mysterious-white-960x640ATTENTION: Nothing in this editorial is intended to replace, dismiss nor challenge the advice of a trained and properly qualified medical and/or psychological professional. If you are experiencing unusual physical or psychological sensations, or symptoms, please consult your healthcare provider IMMEDIATELY.

Presented by

T.

In 2012, shortly following “the great crash”, we re-uploaded a piece entitled “How can I tell if I’m a vampire?

Originally authored maybe a year, or so earlier, it attempted to address some of the questions that we at RVL were faced with regularly.

In it I wrote;
People who are asking whether they might be a vampire are looking for something, either about themselves or their environment and existence. No one can tell you why you feel the way you do because no one is there, feeling what you feel, seeing what you see and thinking what you think. The commonly reported “characteristics” of those who self-identify as real vampires can also be influenced, and hence appear differently, by genetics, environment, health, medications being used (prescribed or not) life stresses and pressures, influence from peer groups, family and personal inhibition can all play a part in developing “odd feelings” in a person.

The psychological impact of media and entertainment cannot be ruled out as having some influence either. No longer are vampires’ undead evil monsters that rise from their graves at night to attack the living and drink their blood. Today, in popular fiction and film, vampires are just as likely to be relatively normal looking, pale skinned, angsty teens who face all the normal problems of any other teenager. It is a new archetype that is much more palatable to a great many.
No one, not I, nor any other can tell you on the internet or otherwise, that you are a vampire and you should be VERY cautious of anyone who claims they can. There are people who will tell you whatever you want to hear with some personal and possibly unsavory motive behind their actions.”

The deeper, and often hidden, triggers that may drive the development of the “Vampire” presence you sense can, more often than not, be ascribed to a number of other causes and it is of vital importance that these causes are examined BEFORE you think anything strange about yourself.

Psychology1The “Vampire” psyche

In her dissertation on vampire psychology, Margaret L. Shanahan wrote;

Jungian psychoanalysts point to the worldwide interest in the vampire as evidence of its archetypal nature. From a Jungian perspective, the myriad varieties of vampire narratives found cross-culturally throughout history indicate that these images are not merely by-products of personal experience but are grounded in species-wide psychological structures. In other words, vampire images reflect significant experiences and issues that are universal in human lives around the world. In short, there is something about the vampire that we already understand intuitively-with the knowledge coming from deep within our psyche.” [1]

If this is true then what you may be experiencing is an upwelling of that deeply ingrained psychological model. In comments made to the Guardian newspaper, In Britain, Edinburgh based forensic psychologist Ian Stephen observed;
The cult of vampirism is to do with power and dominance, using blood to give you energy and immortality. If someone had ridiculed him, he may have needed to compensate for this – something like vampirism may have given him what he was looking for.” At the time he was speaking of a convicted “vampire” killer.

 

Medical-ResearchHealth considerations

There are known to be a number of medical illnesses that cause symptoms which might, with a stretch of the imagination, be construed as being indicative of being a vampire… unfortunately, or fortunately, you are NOT going to be able to be “turned” into a vampire. If you hang out with the right crowd long enough some of their manner and demeanour might rub off and you will find yourself mimicking your peers – it doesn’t mean you’re a vampire all of a sudden.

One medical condition that is popularly cited as being cause for thoughts of vampires is porphyria. The porphyrias are a class of illness of inherited, or acquired, disorders of certain enzymes that participate in the production of porphyrins and heme. (Incidence: Rare)

Acute porphyrias
The acute, or hepatic, porphyrias primarily affect the nervous system, resulting in abdominal pain, vomiting, acute neuropathy, muscle weakness, seizures and mental disturbances, including hallucinations, depression, anxiety and paranoia. Cardiac arrhythmias and tachycardia (high heart rate) may develop as the autonomic nervous system is affected. Pain can be severe and can, in some cases, be both acute and chronic in nature. Constipation is frequently present, as the nervous system of the gut is affected, but diarrhea can also occur.

Given the many presentations and the relatively low occurrence of porphyria, the patient may initially be suspected to have other, unrelated conditions. For instance, the polyneuropathy of acute porphyria may be mistaken for Guillain-Barré syndrome, and porphyria testing is commonly recommended in those situations. Systemic lupus erythematosus features photosensitivity and pain attacks and shares various other symptoms with porphyria.

Not all porphyrias are genetic, and patients with liver disease who develop porphyria as a result of liver dysfunction may exhibit other signs of their condition, such as jaundice.
Patients with acute porphyria (AIP, HCP, VP) are at increased risk over their life for hepatocellular carcinoma (primary liver cancer) and may require monitoring. Other typical risk factors for liver cancer need not be present.

Cutaneous porphyrias
The cutaneous, or erythropoietic, porphyrias primarily affect the skin, causing photosensitivity (photodermatitis), blisters, necrosis of the skin and gums, itching, and swelling, and increased hair growth on areas such as the forehead. Often there is no abdominal pain, distinguishing it from other porphyrias.
In some forms of porphyria, accumulated heme precursors excreted in the urine may cause various changes in color, after exposure to sunlight, to a dark reddish or dark brown color. Even a purple hue or red urine may be seen.” [2]

Amongst other conditions that might seem to have “vampiric connotations”, are;

Alliumphobia, is a neurosis that causes extreme aversion, or reaction, to garlic. (Incidence: Rare)

Rabies, or hydrophobia, causes sufferers to demonstrate “vampire-like” symptoms. These may include a desire to bite others. The hydrophobia virus attacks the nervous system wherein it may cause oversensitivity to sunlight and to visual stimuli, such as mirrors.
People who contract the illness often become delirious, aggressive and suffer from hallucinations. The disease can also affect portions of the brain that control sleep patterns, leading to insomnia, nocturnal sleeplessness and hypersexuality,

Hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia, according to the National Institutes of Health. It is a rare genetic disorder that affects tooth development and causes abnormal development of teeth, which may come at a later than average age. In some cases, many of the teeth are absent except for the canines, which in effect appear to be protruding, and the teeth that do grow in are pointed,

Xeroderma Pigmentosum, or XP, is an extremely rare genetic disorder. It causes a person’s DNA to be unable to effectively repair the damage caused by ultraviolet light. Sufferers of XP develop severe sunburns, even with the most minimal exposure. Other effects can include skin blisters and the development of oozing, raw wounds on the surface. Even some indoor lighting, such as incandescent light bulbs, emit UV rays and should be avoided. Other symptoms of XP may include a painful eye sensitivity to sunlight, causing them to become irritated and appear bloodshot. This may also be accompanied by a glossy white thinning of the skin.

From the very outset of your inquiries you MUST examine ALL medical/ physical possibilities, it could be that you do have an illness which may be life threatening. Please, consult a qualified medical practitioner at the earliest opportunity, if only to be sure in your own mind.

Mind over matter

Let’s assume we’ve covered the major, if rare, medical conditions that might give rise to suspicions of “vampirism”. We need to move on and consider the ramifications of mental health.

One particular study, conducted in 2013 within the vampire sub-culture, revealed the following;
From a set of 250 responses 92 respondents claimed to have NO mental health issues in reference to the presented lists of options.

That left 158 remaining, and those 158 indicated suffering from disorders ranging from a simple clinical Depression all the way up to Schizophrenic disorders and, within these responses, there were those who suspected themselves to be suffering some sort of mental health issue but, as yet, remained undiagnosed.

To put it into a national, United States, perspective “an estimated 26.2 percent of Americans ages 18 and older — about one in four adults — suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year. When applied to the 2004 U.S. Census residential population estimate for ages 18 and older, this figure translates to 57.7 million people
In addition, mental disorders are the leading cause of disability in the U.S. and Canada. Many people suffer from more than one mental disorder at a given time. Nearly half (45 percent) of those with any mental disorder meet criteria for 2 or more disorders, with severity strongly related to comorbidity.” [3]

Again, this is something that can’t be ignored.
If you believe you may be suffering a diagnosable mental health issue please get in touch with a medical professional as quickly as possible. If you experience any symptoms, such as audio or visual anomalies, please get in touch with your health provider as quickly as possible – the longer the delay the worse the problem becomes.

 

As Margaret Shanahan observed in her paper, “Among several narcissistic disorders described by Kohut and Wolf that are relevant for an inquiry into the vampire myth, what they denoted as the “mirror-hungry personalities” is of special importance (Kohut and Wolf, 1978). Mirror-hungry personalities “thirst for self-objects whose confirming and admiring responses will nourish their famished self.” Because of their deep-felt lack of worth and self-esteem, these persons have a compulsive need to evoke the attention and energy of others.
And, “…Wolf elaborates: Despite their discomfort about their need to display themselves and despite their sometimes severe stage fright and shame they must go on trying to find new self-objects whose attention and recognition they seek to induce.

Such mirror-hungry personalities often manifest arrogant superiority. If this arrogance is not affirmed and accepted they will often withdraw into what self-psychologists call “a grandiose retreat” seeking refuge in isolation in order to shore up their self-esteem.

As you can see, there are lots of considerations to be addressed before a person can leap in the air and yell, “Whoooopeeee… I iz a vampire…!” and start sparkling madly, even if everything is checked out and you are medically and psychologically 100%, A-1, Top o’ th’ World you need to be very careful about how you proceed from therein… it’s not always the safest place to be, on the nightside.

Good luck and if you find you have questions that you can’t seem to get straight answers to, please, feel free to contact us by email to – rvlmail@yahoo.com

Kind regards,
T.
ATTENTION: Nothing in this editorial is intended to replace, dismiss nor challenge the advice of a trained and properly qualified medical and/or psychological professional. If you are experiencing unusual physical or psychological sensations, or symptoms, please consult your healthcare provider IMMEDIATELY.

Psychological Perspectives on Vampire Mythology. Shanahan, Margaret L.
2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Porphyria#Acute_porphyrias
3. http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/the-numbers-count-mental-disorders-in-america/index.shtml#Intro

Further reading:
Albers JW, Fink JK (2004). “Porphyric neuropathy”. Muscle Nerve 30 (4): 410–422. doi:10.1002/mus.20137. PMID 15372536.
Roelandts R (2000). “The diagnosis of photosensitivity”. Arch Dermatol 136 (9): 1152–1157. doi:10.1001/archderm.136.9.1152. PMID 10987875.
http://www.livescience.com/ – (sister site) Life’s Little Mysteries

 

 

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The next timeline, version1

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T.

The Vampire Line-up
Rev. 1 – 07/18/14

Welcome,

Sometime in 2010 I went looking for a “comprehensive” and complete vampyre history timeline. What I found was that there were many and of that number many were simply “copy & paste” versions of each other. Some had a little extra thrown in. Most stopped with the history at around the turn of the twentieth century and then diverted into popular fiction lists and entertainment. Some just stopped dead. There were very, very few that represented much ‘History’ after Bram Stoker’s Dracula or some of the early twentieth century so called ‘vampire’ crimes.
I decided to devote some time and effort to putting together The Ultimate Vampire Timeline, which is now at Version 9. One thing that becomes very clear from the beginning of a project of that nature is that the commonplace archetype of the unfeeling, predatory, blood sucking, Godless undead monster that is called Vampire has had a lot of help in remaining just that.

In Britain the Guardian newspaper interviewed a forensic psychologist from Edinburgh named Ian Stephen, regarding the acts of a “vampire” killer, he stated:
The cult of vampirism is to do with power and dominance, using blood to give you energy and immortality. If someone had ridiculed him, he may have needed to compensate for this – something like vampirism may have given him what he was looking for.”

In a paper entitled Psychological Perspectives on Vampire Mythology, psychologist Margaret L. Shanahan offers an extraordinarily detailed, yet succinct and highly readable look at the psychopathology of the vampire archetype, a look which, at once, draws both pity and distaste.
When we say history of vampire crimes the first two names that almost invariably pop out of the hat are those of Countess Elizabeth Báthory de Ecsed (Erzsébet Báthory in Hungarian) and her fiendish and sadistic predecessor Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia of the House of Drăculești, Although these two infamous figures are inextricably entwined with vampire folklore there is, in actual fact, no real and supportable reason for them to be.

One thing I want to make very clear from the start ~ I CLAIM NO COPYRIGHT IN THIS MATERIAL. I compiled this from many sources both electronic and written. I keep an alert open for “creditable” instances of historical significance and I accept suggestions from anyone as to things that, in their opinion, constitute vampiric crime history. I take those suggestions, I read and research for corroborating information and I cross-reference everything before I put it in the timeline. I have included lists or links to all the initial sources and as it grows so will that bibliographical list.

So, we will begin with the earliest, provable, prosecutable and recorded case of a “Vampire” crime that I have discovered so far… Martin Dumollard of Montluel, France.
The following list is the initial effort at compiling the most comprehensive list of “Vampire” crimes and criminals I can. Why? Because I like learning stuff like that and because the Vampire, in its contemporarily imagined form, has fueled some of the most heinous crimes ever committed. It’s true that murder is a particularly terrible crime – perhaps the worst that one person can inflict upon another but think about this, what characterises the worst forms of murder?
What can I say, it’s a labour of love, and I hope it is of some intrigue to you, dear reader.
Regards,
T.

 

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“Vampire” Crimes in History

1861
Martin Dumollard of Montluel, France, was convicted of murdering several young girls whose blood he drank.

1872
Vincenzo Verzeni of Bottanaucco, Italy, was sentenced to life imprisonment in two cases of murder and four of attempted murder. He confessed that drinking the blood of his victims gave him immense satisfaction.

1897
Joseph Vacher of Bourg, France, while on a walking tour through the country, killed at least a dozen people and drank their blood from bites in their neck. He was finally captured, convicted, and executed.

1916
Following a notice that Bela Kiss, of Czinkota, Hungary, had been killed in World War I, neighbors searched his property and found the bodies of 31 individuals, all of whom had been strangled. Each corpse possessed puncture wounds in the neck and had been drained of blood.

1920
Baron Roman von Sternberg-Ungern, a nobleman in post-revolutionary Russia, drank human blood on occasion, seemingly in connection with a belief that he was a reincarnation of Genghis Khan.

1924
Fritz Haarmann (a.k.a The Vampire of, or The Butcher) of Hanover, Germany, is arrested, tried and convicted of killing more than 20 people in a vampiric crime spree.

1931
Peter Kurten of Dusseldorf, Germany is executed after being found guilty of murdering a number of people in a vampiric killing spree.

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1946
June. Neville George Clevely Heath, 29, England’s “Gentleman Vampire.” Heath would pose as an army officer to lure women to hotel rooms. On June 20 a cabdriver saw Heath in the company of Margery Gardner, 33, who was found murdered the next day. She’d been suffocated and whipped unmercifully by something with a metal tip. Her nipples were bitten off and she’d been brutally raped with a blunt instrument.

1947 – Elizabeth Short of Hollywood, California, was murdered and her body dismembered. Later examination discovered that her body had been drained of its blood before the dismemberment.

1949
In England, John George Haigh, the infamous “Acid Bath Murderer,” is hanged. He was also known as the “Vampire of London.”

1959
Salvatore Agron, a 16-year-old resident of New York City, was convicted of several murders that he carried out at night while dressed as a Bela Lugosi-style vampire. In court he claimed to be a vampire.

1960
Florencio Roque Fernandez of Manteros, Argentina, was arrested after being picked out of a line-up by 15 women who said someone had entered their bedroom, bit them, and drank their blood.

1963
Alfred Kaser of Munich, Germany, was tried for killing a 10-year-old boy. He drank blood from the boy’s neck after stabbing him.

1968
Wayne Boden began a spree of killings that bore similarities to “vampire” murders. Up until his capture in 1971 he raped and killed 5 women in Montreal and Calgary, Canada.

The murders were characterized by strangulation, rape, and being bitten all over the breasts.

1969
Stanislav Modzieliewski of Lodz, Poland, was convicted of seven murders and six attempted murders. One witness against him was a young woman he attacked, who pretended to be dead while he drank blood from her. Modzieliewski confessed to thinking that “blood was delicious.

1970
August. The body of a young woman was found at the Highgate Cemetery in London. It appeared as though the woman had been treated as a vampyre by decapitating and an attempt being made to burn the corpse. Before the end of the month, police arrested two men whom claimed to be vampyre hunters.

1971
Wayne Boden was arrested for a series of murders that began in 1968. In each case he had handcuffed the victim, raped her, and then bit her and sucked blood from her breast.

1973
Kuno Hoffman of Hurnber, Germany, confessed to murdering two people and drinking their blood and to digging up and drinking the blood of several corpses.

1977
Richard Chase, dubbed “The Vampire Killer of Sacramento” commits the first of a series of murders. He killed six people in the span of one month (December 29 to January 27) cannibalizing their remains and drinking their blood.

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1978
Andrei Chikatilo (a.k.a the Rostov Ripper and the Shelter Belt killer) claimed his first victim (a nine year old girl by the name of Lena Zakotnova) on December 22nd, and would go on to kill 52 more. Mutilation of the eyes and complete or partial removal of the sexual organs became two signatures of his grisly crimes. He targeted adolescent boys and girls, often raping and cannibalizing them, as well as drinking their blood.

1979
Richard Cottingham was arrested for raping, slashing, and drinking the blood of a young prostitute. It was later discovered that he had killed a number of women, and in most cases had bitten them and lapped up their blood.

1980
James P. Riva shot and killed his handicapped grandmother while she sat in her wheel-chair, and then stabbed her several times in the heart. He drank the blood that gushed from her wounds and set fire to her house to get rid of the evidence. He claimed to be “a 700-year-old vampire who needed to drink her blood“, but went further to claim she was also a vampire and that she “fed on him at night while he slept.

1982
Julian Koltun of Warsaw, Poland, was sentenced to death for raping seven women and drinking their blood. He killed two of the women.

1984
Renato Antonio Cirillo was tried for the rape and vampire-style biting of more than 40 women.

1985
John Brennan Crutchley was convicted of kidnapping and rape. He was also suspected of murdering more than 30 women, but was never tried nor convicted of those crimes. He was called the “Vampire Rapist” because he drained the blood of his victim almost to the point of death while he repeatedly sexually assaulted her.

1987
A jogger in a San Francisco park was kidnapped and held for an hour in a van while a man drank his blood.

1988 – An unknown woman picked up at least six men over the summer in the Soho section of London. After she returned home with a victim, she slipped drugs into his drink. While he was unconscious, she cut his wrist and sucked his blood. She was never arrested.
1988
Tsutomu Miyazaki mutilated and murdered four little girls. His murders spanned 1988–1989 and took place in Tokyo’s Saitama Prefecture.

1991
Marcelo de Andrade grew up in Rio de Janeiro’s Rocinha Slum. As a child, he was the victim of physical and sexual abuse. Around April he began a killing spree that would last nine months and claim 14 victims, who were all poor young boys. He raped all his victims and confessed to drinking their blood, claiming to have done so in order to “become as beautiful as them”.

1992
Deborah Joan Finch was tried for the murder of a neighbor. She stabbed the victim 27 times and then drank the flowing blood.

1994
Nicola Claux, a man described as a “nearly psychotic sadist”, is arrested. Upon interrogation, he confessed to murder and grave robbing. When his apartment was searched, police found unidentified skeletal remains and blood stolen from the local blood bank.

1995
Lisa Manderach went on a quick errand to a new children’s clothing store in Collegeville, Pennsylvania on September 10. She took her daughter, Devon, only nineteen months old, and that was the last time anyone saw either of them alive. (The details of this case are from the Philadelphia Inquirer.)
Caleb Fairley, 21, had been minding the store for his mother. When located, he presented as a strong suspect: His face was covered with fresh scratches. He said he’d gotten them in the scramble of a “mosh pit” at a local club called the Asylum, but a doctor’s examination indicated they were from fingernails. He was arrested.
In order to get a plea deal Fairley showed authorities where he had placed Lisa’s body behind an abandoned industrial building in a wooded area of King of Prussia. From the exposed position, it was assumed that Lisa had been sexually assaulted. She was taken for an autopsy.
The media was quick to learn about Fairley’s dark background. He’d played Dungeons & Dragons, had groped or propositioned women, was known to read pornography avidly, and collected vampire paraphernalia. He’d also joined the Asylum, a members-only nightclub that resembled a padded cell and catered to people who dressed in Goth-style clothing and sported dramatic make-up as part of the vampire subculture.

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A female reporter named Susan Walsh disappears while writing a story on downtown Manhattan’s mysterious “vampire underground”. (See addendum 1)
1996
“Vampire” killer Roderick Ferrell, the teenaged leader of a “Vampire Clan”, along with a few of his followers from Murray, Kentucky, arrived in Eustis, Florida and murdered the parents of his girlfriend, Heather, so that she could be initiated into his coven.
Upon his arrest, Ferrell told police that they would never be able to contain him because he was, “an all-powerful, 500-year-old vampire named Vesago”.

1998
Katherine Ramsland (clinical psychologist; journalist and bestselling biographer) made contact with a gentleman by the name of Father Sebastian Todd and asked him to serve as a consultant for a book she was writing entitled Piercing the Darkness: Undercover with Vampires in America Today . Her intention was to follow in the last known footsteps of investigative reporter Susan Walsh (who disappeared around the same time as the now famed Vampyre Ball at the Limelight in July 1996.)

1998
San Francisco. Joshua Rudiger, 22, claimed to be a 2,000-year-old vampire and went about the city slashing the necks of vulnerable homeless people with a knife. He hurt three men and killed a woman sleeping in a doorway, and when one victim’s identification led to his arrest, he claimed that he needed to drink human blood.
Prey is prey,” he told investigators.

2001
German husband and wife, Daniel and Manuela Ruda, murdered Daniel’s co-worker and friend, stabbing him 66 times, hitting him with a hammer and drinking his blood. Afterwards, they had sex in Manuela’s coffin.

2001
July. In Colorado, Kirk Palmer, 28, killed Antonia Vierira with a shotgun because he believed that Vierira had turned his girlfriend into a vampire. He was charged with murder,

2002
Welsh teenager Mathew Hardman stabbed a 90 year old neighbor, Mabel Leyshon, 22 times, he then removed her heart and drank her blood.

2003
Allan Menzies was obsessed with the 2002 vampire film Queen of the Damned, which he watched as many as three times each day, Menzies began to believe that the main character, Akasha, was real and wanted him to kill someone so that he, too, could become a vampire. “I knew I had to murder somebody,” Menzies said at his trial. Menzies stabbed a friend 42 times, hit him with a hammer, drank his blood and consumed part of his brain.
2003
June. In Australia, Shane Chartres-Abbott, 28, was executed in his home. He was a male prostitute, and allegedly his killers were a pair of hit men. Chartres-Abbott was on trial for rape, and just as its fifth day was about to commence, he was found murdered. At the trial, he claimed he was a vampire, and among the charges was that, during the rape, he had bitten off the tongue of a female client. He also said he drank people’s blood.

2004
A 39 year old computer technician, in Germany, named Rafael, was arrested for attacking a 15 year old boy for the purpose of sucking his blood.
2004,
March, Timothy White was arrested outside a church in Jacksonville, Florida for shooting a co-worker twice at a Westside Domino’s pizza delivery store. He allegedly believed that his victim, David Harrison, was a vampire and that he, White, was a vampire slayer. He shot Harrison, 22, in the face and stomach.

2005
Ukraine, Diana Semenuha, 29, was arrested for luring street children to her home to drink their blood. She admitted to the deed. The Odessa press, which dubbed Semenuha “the vampire witch,” reported she invited the children in with promises of food and a bed, gave them alcohol and had them sniff glue to make them pliable, and then bled them. Whatever she did not use herself, she sold to practitioners of black magic who participated with her in the Black Sea port’s occult network.

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December. Jessica Stasinowsky & Valerie Parashumti murdered a 16-year-old girl who had lived with them for 11 days. The victim, Stacey Mitchell, was bludgeoned with a concrete block, then strangled with a dog chain. The killing was captured on a mobile phone video camera.
Parashumti’s lawyer told the court that his client had experimented with drinking blood and had been associated with vampire sub-culture since she was a child. Throughout the trial, neither of the accused showed any remorse, instead giggling as the details of the murder were read.
2006
August. Nathaniel Chipps shot Teresa Tracy McCartney in the head outside Rockport, Arkansas. Chipps, 21, claimed that McCartney, 35, had told him she was a vampire and wanted to suck his blood. He’d shot her in self-defense. However, it was found that he’d taken drugs that night and was hallucinating at the time of the incident.

2007 (– 2010)
32 year old Philip Oyancha confessed to Kenyan police that he had murdered and drunk the blood of his victims. (Murder toll of at least 17 – possibly 19)
2007
Valentine’s Day and Robert McDaniel, 46, learned to his dismay he was with a “vampire.” McDaniel voluntarily allowed his “friend,” Tiffany Sutton, 23, to tie him up. She’d been staying with him for a couple of days and had agreed to participate in “kinky” sex, Sutton, whom he barely knew, had tied him up and then pulled out several knives and a pickax. She sliced him across the leg with one of the knives, and when he demanded to know what she was doing, she allegedly told him she liked to drink blood and wanted to drink his. Then she placed her mouth to his fresh wound and did so.

2008
Jeffrey “Draven” Mitchell told U.S. Marshals he is a 225-year-old vampire when arrested in Virginia Beach on charges of sexually assaulting a 4-year-old in Jacksonville, FL., as well as two other young girls. Police say Jeffrey Mitchell, 30, who called himself “Draven,” always wore black clothes and capes, and placed caps over his teeth to make them look like vampire fangs.

2009
The Edmonton Sun reported a story about 20 year old “Buffy.” The woman had become involved with a local vampire group including Joseph Laboucan and Michael Williams. She eventually took part in the brutal murder of 13 year old Nina Courtepatte. According to court records, Courtepatte was lured with stories that she was the “chosen one”, only to be raped twice before the group before being beaten and stabbed to death.

2010
August, and Mauricio Lopez found out that his niece (Mariella Mendez) was having an affair with her sister’s husband, Macario Cruz, he stabbed Macario Cruz in the heart and liver; in front of Mendez and her four children. He then proceeded to fill a plastic cup with Cruz’s blood and drank it before fleeing the scene.

2010
A German man identified only as Jan O. killed a 14-year-old girl, who he dragged into the woods, intending to rape her. He then stabbed her in the neck with a piece of broken bottle, bit off pieces of the wound and drank her blood. Five days later he kidnapped a 13-year-old boy who he thought was a girl because of his long hair. Upon discovering the child was a boy, Jan O. stabbed him to death. In his confession, Jan O. wrote, “I did not want sex anymore, only flesh and blood…I am addicted to the taste.

2010
Evan Francis Brown, 20, told Alabama police that he is a vampire and a Satanist after being arrested for allegedly burning a “V” into the forehead of a 17-year-old boy in December. Police say Brown tied up the victim, beat him and burned him with cigarettes, then used a hot fork or spoon to brand his face. He was charged with second-degree assault.

2010
Matthew Lovrine, a Wisconsin teenager, was charged with multiple sex crimes, including two felony counts of sexual assault, in December, 2010, after one of his victims told her mother about a sexual relationship they had started when she was 15. The girl reported that she began dating Lovrine, 17, in 2009, while he was already dating a 17-year-old girl. The three became involved in a “polygamist relationship,” according to reports. Lovrine allegedly told the girls that “he is a vampire and will cut them and drink their blood,” and had punched them and cut them with a knife on several occasions. Police say Lovrine also bragged about cutting his victims with razor blades and drinking their blood before his arrest.

2011
22-year-old Josephine Smith attacked a 69-year-old homeless man as he slept in St. Petersburg, Florida. Smith allegedly told the man that “I am a vampire, I am going to eat you,” before she bit off pieces of his face, lips, and arm. Police found Smith, covered in blood, at the crime scene but claiming to have no recollection of the incident.

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August. Roy Gulfinski Jr. (a.k.a. Caius Domitius Veiovis) is charged, along with two others, with first-degree murder for the killings of three men in Massachusetts.
Earlier, in 2000, he was convicted of elevated aggravated assault, aggravated assault and reckless conduct for slicing open the back of a female victim, then licking the blood while kissing his girlfriend. Gulfinski and his girlfriend at the time, were described as “being involved in vampire sub-culture” and enjoyed drinking their own blood and the blood of others. After his arrest, Gulfinski told police that he was a satanic worshipper and a vampire.

2011
Galveston, TX., police say 19-year-old Lyle Monroe Bensley forced his way into a woman’s apartment, where, wearing only boxer shorts, he entered her bedroom, and began to hit and bite her while making growling sounds. The victim managed to escape and get into a neighbor’s car. After a short pursuit, police arrested Bensley, who reportedly told them, “I’m a vampire, and I’ve been alive for over 500 years,” and that he just “needed to feed.”

2011
July, Florida teen, Stephanie Pistey, was arrested for the killing of Jacob Hendershot. Police say Pistey’s friends and codefendants lured Hendershot to a house where Pistey was babysitting, killed him, and dumped his body in a storm drain.

Pistey claims that she’s a vampire, fueling police suspicion that the alleged killers were involved in a vampire cult. In an interview, Pistey, 18, told a local news station, “Since I was like, 12…I know this is going to be crazy, but I believe that I’m a vampire. Part of a vampire and part of a werewolf.” She reportedly claims that she has drunk the blood of her 25-year-old fiancé and co-defendant, William Chase.

 

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References:

http://www.crimelibrary.com/photogallery/im-a-vampire.html?curPhoto=1

listverse.com/2011/01/19/top-10-vampire-serial-killers/
mentalfloss.com/article/51204/8-real-life-vampire-crimes
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Brennan_Crutchley
www.crimelibrary.com/serial_killers/weird/vampires/1.html
The Vampire Killers by Katherine Ramsland

http://www.crimelibrary.com/serial_killers/weird/vampires/7.html

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katherine_Ramsland) BIO

http://www.crimelibrary.com/serial_killers/weird/vampires/10.html

http://www.cnn.com/

http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/w/walsh_susan.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vlad_the_Impaler

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_B%C3%A1thory

 

Further reading:
in Ungaria suis *** regibus compendia data, Typis Academicis Soc. Jesu per Fridericum Gall. Anno MCCCXXIX. Mense Sepembri Die 8. p 188–193, quoted by Farin
Hesperus, Prague, June 1817, Vol. 1, No. 31, pp. 241–248 and July 1817, Vol. 2, No. 34, pp. 270–272
Alois Freyherr von Mednyansky: Elisabeth Báthory, in Hesperus, Prague, October 1812, vol. 2, No. 59, pp. 470–472, quoted by Farin, Heroine des Grauens, pp. 61–65.
The Vampire Book: The Encyclopedia of the Undead by J. Gordon Melton, PhD. Visible Ink Press

 

Addendum 1:
The unsolved disappearance of Susan Walsh.
July 16, 1996,

36 year old Susan Walsh hurriedly dropped her son David off at her estranged husband’s house. (Nutley, New Jersey)
She claimed she would return within a few minutes, but never did.
Torn from the calendar where she kept her daily schedule was the month she disappeared: July 1996.
Walsh made no apparent preparations to leave home. She left behind nearly all of her personal belongings, including her purse, money and medication. Most important, police say, she left behind her only child, David.

In 1988 she wrote a story, for New York’s free-wheeling “Village Voice,” about Russian mobsters in New Jersey who were allegedly forcing young Russian women to work in strip clubs like slaves. Susan earned praise for her article, but she also received threats and felt she may have made enemies.

In the early nineties, bizarre vampire clubs began appearing in New York’s Greenwich Village, many of the wealthy clientele claimed to be real blood drinkers. Susan started researching this vampire world, even dating a man who claimed to be part of the undead. Susan wrote a detailed article about vampirism, but became upset when the “Village Voice” did not run her story.

June of 1996, a month before she vanished, Susan had done primary research for the book “Red Light: Inside the Sex” by James Ridgeway and Sylvia Plachy. However, the night of the publisher’s party, Ridgeway noticed that Susan’s wrists were bandaged, and he learned that she was taking tranquilizers and had started drinking again.

Two days after her friend Jill last saw her, Susan mysteriously disappeared.

Some believed that she collapsed from depression and poor health, but police realized that if that were the case, her body would have been found by now or she would have surfaced in a hospital.

Her family and friends believe her continued absence meant that she was deceased.
The authorities decided that for some unknown reason, Susan chose to disappear.

Detectives have spoken to several people who have claimed to have seen Susan.
One of her old friends, Melissa Hines claims that a month after Susan vanished, she saw her next to a black car, and when she yelled her name, Susan and the men she was with went into the car and drove off. The license plate number was tracked down, and the driver said he believed that he was with Susan around the time she was spotted, but he could not be certain. Melissa believes that if Susan is alive, she may be deliberately hiding out because she was in danger and that the mob was after her.

Before she vanished, Susan and her friend Melissa were followed several times.
To this day, nobody knows what really happened to Susan Walsh.

Suspected: Many believe that Susan met with foul play and that her disappearance was related to either the Russian mob, or it was related to the vampire clubs and cults.
Some believe she died of a drug overdose.
The police believe she left on her own accord.

Detective Lt. Steven Rogers of the Nutley Police Department became involved in the case in 2003 when he was assigned to command the department’s detective bureau.

The fact remains that, in the mysterious case of Susan Walsh, there is, very likely, someone out there who does know.

 

Addendum 2:
The Blood Countess” – Countess Elizabeth Báthory de Ecsed (Báthory Erzsébet in Hungarian; 8 August 1560 – 21 August 1614)
“The case of Elizabeth Báthory inspired numerous stories during the 18th and 19th centuries. The most common motif of these works was that of the countess bathing in her victims’ blood to retain beauty or youth. This legend appeared in print for the first time in 1729, in the Jesuit scholar László Turóczi’s Tragica Historia, the first written account of the Báthory case. The story came into question in 1817, when the witness accounts (which had surfaced in 1765) were published for the first time. They included no references to blood baths. Sadistic pleasure is considered a far more plausible motive for Elizabeth Báthory’s crimes.

The legend nonetheless persisted in the popular imagination, perhaps in part because of Báthory’s connection to Transylvania and vampire lore. Some versions of the story were told with the purpose of denouncing female vanity, while other versions aimed to entertain or thrill their audience.
The vampirism connection extends to the 21st century documentary Deadly Women, where she is profiled in the first episode of the series as maintaining her good looks by iron supplementation she obtained by drinking her victims’ blood.

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_B%C3%A1thory
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