Peter Plogojowitz

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Peter Plogojowitz was a farmer in the village of Kisolava, Serbia. In 1725, Plogojowitz died, but he didn’t remain dead.

Three days after his death, Plogojowitz returned from the grave and appeared before his son, demanding food.  His son fed him, but the next night when Plogojowitz reappeared asking for more food, the son refused him food. It is said that Plogojowitz left his son, but the next morning the son was found dead.

After a few days, nine more people from the village were found dead. Before the death, each villager complained of exhaustion and appear to have lost blood. They also, all, claimed to have had dreams of being visited by Plogojowitz.

Plogojowitz’s wife even claimed that he came to her asking for his shoes. She was so scared that she left the village.

The parish priest became alarmed, so he wrote to the local magistrate, who passed the news to a nearby commander of imperial troops. He, two officers, and an executioner, arrived after receiving the message and exhumed the corpse of Plogojowitz and all who had died.

Plogojowitz’s corpse was preserved and his mouth was covered in blood.

A stake was pounded into Plogojowitz’s chest and blood gushed everywhere. The body was then burned to ash on a pyre.

The other bodies were reburied with garlic and white thorn in each corpse.