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"Les Vampires" 
Ed. du Terrain Vague, Eric Losfeld, Paris, 1962
Why make life harder than it is ? I will simply quote Faivre:
"Au mois de février 1870 la femme d'un garde-forestier fut enterrée à Biechow. Ses proches moururent les uns après les autres. On ne douta pas qu'elle en fût la cause. On ouvrit son cercueil et on y plaça des graines de lin, ainsi qu'un filet de pecheur afin qu'elle passât son temps, à compter ceux-là et à défaire les mailles de celui-ci, et ne pensât plus à faire mourir les gens à distance. Quelques jours plus tard, des villageois exprimèrent leur inquiétude : ces mesures étaient-elles suffisantes ? On procéda à une nouvelle exhumation, mais cette fois on coupa la tête de la femme et on la mit sous son bras. L'affaire alla au tribunal de Chvetz et de nombreux paysans furent condamnés pour violation de sépulture."
And even though I am not fully qualified to do so, I will shamelessly inflict my translation upon you:
"In the month of February 1870, the wife of a forester was buried in Biechow. Her next of kin died one after the other. There was no doubt that she was the cause. They opened up her grave and put in some grains of lineseed and a fishing net, so that she would count the grains and untie the net and no longer think about killing people from a distance. A few days later villagers were expressing their unrest : were these measures sufficient ? They made a new exhumation but this time they cut off the woman's head and placed it under her arm. The affair was dealt with by the judges in Schwetz, and a large number of peasants were condemned for disturbance of a grave."
We have been given the approximate date of the vampire's death: February 1870. The decapitation of the corpse and the trials must have taken place a little later than that.
I did find a place called Biechowo, somewhere halfway Berlin and Warsaw.
We do have a different case listed under Schwetz, where 3 people found themselves in front of the judges of Schwetz, in 1873. True, Faivre - or rather his source Globus - mentions "numerous peasants", whereas our other Schwetz case only mentions 3. But the years - 1870 and 1873 - are close enough to make me wonder, could this be one and the same case ?
Check Tony Faivre's book. Then try to find his source: Globus, "Vampire im südslavischen Volksglauben". Compare your findings to the Schwetz case and see what you make of it.
© 2011 by Rob Brautigam - NL - Last changed November 2011