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A little more than a century ago, vampires stalked Rhode Island. Or rather, New England farm families were digging up dead relatives suspected of being vampires and desecrating the bodies in a misguided effort to protect the living. The practice of disinterring accused vampires likely began in Eastern Europe, spreading to western countries including France and England in the s, and then to rural New England, where vampire panics were common up through the late s — particularly in Rhode Island. At home and abroad, vampire scares usually began when a person died — often of a contagious disease, and in New England almost always of tuberculosis — and others in the vicinity began dying, too, usually of the same sickness.
Often the vampire-hunters were not disappointed when they pried open the graves: many natural s of decay, like bloating and bleeding from various orifices, looked like evidence of midnight feasts. Peter Plogojowitz: This Serbian villager and accused bloodsucker was exhumed and staked through the heart a few weeks after his death in Plogojowitz was the first in his village to die of a sickness, and subsequent local deaths were blamed on his late-night predations.
A rather gruesome-sounding autopsy revealed what were considered the tell-tale s of vampirism:. Arnold Paole: In the early 18th century, this rural Serbian broke his neck after a fall from a hay wagon. Like many others before him, he was accused of posthumous vampirism and exhumed after a series of deaths in his village; many of his supposed victims were dug up as well.
Austrian military authorities in control of the region investigated the deaths, and their published was widely circulated. Today this so-called vampire is almost as famous as Mercy Brown, whose exhumation was covered by international newspapers. Frederick Ransom: A Dartmouth College student from a well-respected family in South Woodstock, Vermont, he died of tuberculosis in and is an example of an educated person ensnared in a vampire panic usually associated with misinformed farmers. Annie Dennett: She died of consumption at the age of 21 in rural New Hampshire.
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