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The Source:

Vincent Hillyer :
"Vampires" [1988]
Loose Change Publications, Los Banos, CA, USA, 1988

The Case:

I am pretty sure that this case must also be covered elsewhere, but as this one happens to be the first version I found back, I will stick to the Vincent Hillyer book :

"In the village of Albata near the site of the real Castle Dracula, a vampire's grave was found and opened. The fiend was discovered partly raised up and leaning on his elbows." The villagers are said to have put a hunting knife into its heart, after which the vampire was cremated.

Mr. Hillyer gives as his source "an official 1937 report" that can be found in the Institute of Folklore in Bucharest.

The Date:

We have been informed that the report dates back to 1937. At least that gives us some starting date to hang on to.

The Place:

I could find no Albata. However, there is a place called Albeta which can be found somewhere between Horezu and Ramnicu Valcea. It is (arguably) not very far from the ruins of Poenari which by some are considered to be the remains of the historical Castle Dracula.

Possible Follow-Up:

I am pretty sure that I have seen another mention of this case somewhere. But unless we find it back, the Institute of Folklore of Bucharest seems like our best starting point. Much has happened in Romania. Does the Institute still exist ? If so, what is its exact name and what is its address ? Etc., etc. Go see what you can find.

2011 by Rob Brautigam - NL - Last changed November 2011

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