John George Haigh is said to be the Vampire of London and a modern vampire. He was born into a strict Plymouth Brethren family in England in 1910. Haigh’s parents passed on to him a strong image of the suffering of Christ on the cross and his bleeding- the saving power of his blood being an important part of that image.
As a young man, Haigh left the Plymouth Brethren and joined the Church of England, but his heritage stayed with him. He had a revelation that he should begin to drink his own urine, a practice based upon his unique interpretation of two biblical passages- Proverbs 5:15 and John 7:38.
He also had a recurring dream of a forest of crosses that transformed into trees dripping with blood. At one tree, a man collected a bowl of blood. Haigh would feel drained of energy and the man would offer him the blood to drink, but before he could drink, Haigh would awaken. He concluded from the dream that he needed to drink blood in order to restore his vitality.
Haigh established a laboratory in his home, where he lured his victims. He would kill them, drain their blood, and dispose of their bodies in a vat of sulfuric acid.
Haigh was confident that he could not be tried and convicted without a corpse to confirm the death, but upon investigating his laboratory, the police found several body parts that the acid did not dissolve, to include teeth which were used to identify the victims.
At his trial, he confessed to nine murders, claiming they had been religious acts and that consuming the blood was necessary to his eternal life.
Haigh was convicted and hanged on August 10, 1949.