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Sorgel German Vampire

One of the earliest reports of real vampires was of a German man named Sorgel. He killed a man in the forest and drank his victim’s blood in attempts to cure himself of epilepsy. Sorgel was arrested and left in an asylum. Upon his execution, Sogel’s brain was autopsied and examined by pathologists.

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Richard Chase

In Sacramento, California, Richard Chase is known as a vampire killer. In 1976, Chase had spent a year in a mental facility and manifested the lust and mania for blood. Fellow patients called him Dracula. He had hunted animals in the past and drank the blood from those animals he killed. These animal encounters led […]

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Man Commits Vampiric Attacks on Woman

Franz Hartmann was a German vampirologist. He reported a story from the 1890s of an alcoholic man who was rejected by a woman whom he was in love with. When she rejected him, the stories say that he committed suicide by shooting himself. Soon afterward, the woman began complaining of vampiric attacks from a specter […]

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Peter Plogojowitz

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 […]

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John George Haigh

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 […]

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Fritz Haarmann

Fritz Haarmann (1879-1925) is one of several prominent people who have been cited as a real vampire. He grew up in fear of his father, and joined the army as a young man. After a period of service, he returned to Hanover, Germany, but was arrested shortly after for child molestation. Haarmann was sentenced to […]

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Arnold Paole

Arnold Paole was a Serbian soldier in the Austrian army who became a famous vampire after his death. He was born in the early 1700s in Medvegia, north of Belgrade. He served in the Turkish army. While stationed in Turkish Serbia, he claims that he was attacked by a vampire. After the vampire bite him, […]

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Clara Geisslerin

Clara Geisslerin was a 69 year-old widow in Gelnhausen, Germany. She was accused of witchcraft, grave robbing, murder, and consorting with demons in 1597. After being tortured, Geisslerin confessed to sexual relations with demons in the form of animals and to drinking the blood of 60 children. She even named at least 20 other women […]

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Vincenzo Verzeni

Vincenzo Verzeni (1849-1918) was born into an extremely bigoted and dysfunctional family, which definitely gives some explanation to his future crimes. He was considered different and eccentric by his family and peers, as he was rather smart and preferred  to spend time alone. In 1870s, Verzeni committed  two murders and had attempted to kill several […]

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Francois Bertrand

Francois Bertrand was a sergeant in the French Army who was nicknamed the Vampire of Montparnasse. He was known as a model soldier, but he had an attraction to dead bodies. During the 1840’s Francois Bertrand desecrated several graves in Paris. He was not caught until 1849. He would dig up several bodies in attempts […]

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