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The Source:

Klaus Hamberger
"Mortuus Non Mordet"
Verlag Turia & Kant, Vienna, 1992

"Quelle: Brünner Wochenblätter 1824, S.382 ff. Zitiert nach Christian d'Elvert, Das Zauber- und Hexenwesen, Brünn, 1859, S.154 f. Passagenweise aus dem Lateinischen von Karin Zeleny."

The Cases:

- 13 September 1662 -
Death of Katharina, a widow, about 80 years old.
After 3 days she has been buried outside the village in unhallowed ground, because the corpse showed no signs of rigor mortis, and there were other signs that seemed suspiscious.

- 15 February 1667 -
Death of Barbara, daughter of Michael Wagner, 50 years old.
After 6 weeks she was buried near the fence, as there were hauntings that were causing unrest.

- 21 February 1689 - Death of Anna Heintzin, widow, 82 years old.
Received a Catholic burial, but still was wandering about for many days and terrorised the people.

- 28 February 1725 -
Death of Anna, widow of Andreas Berge, 48 years old. She found no rest in the earth, Vampertione infecta, and has finally been cremated.

- 8 January 1738 -
Death of Friedrich Helfert, 58 years old. Despite the fact that he had a Christian burial, he was seen again in the company of Christian Philip, who had died on 9 December 1737. The two dead men terrorised the village. Friedrich Helfert's corpse was decapitated and cremated. Christian Philip was cremated.

Please note that there is much more information about this last case to be found in Hamberger's book.

The Date:

The "Sterbematrix von Bärn" is reported to cover the years from 1662 to 1738. We have given you the dates for the individual cases that we have listed.

The Place:

Bärn is located in the Czech Republic, not very far from Sternberk, which can be found North of Olomouc or Olmütz. Today Bärn is called Moravsky Beroun. One of my Italian books calls it Barnin, but please don't ask me why.

Possible Follow-Up:

First check Hamberger's book to see how much I have changed or left unmentioned. Then try to get hold of Hamberger's source, etc., etc. Go visit Moravsky Beroun and see if there are any old churches or cemeteries dating back to the days when these happenings took place...

© 2011 by Rob Brautigam - NL - Last changed November 2011

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