WWW.SHROUDEATER.COM - The Vampire of Biechow - POLAND

Vampires Poland

Back to Main Menu



Beelitz
Biala
Biechow
Biskupitz
Bolkenhain
Bolkenhain (2)
Borchfeld
Breslau
Brzesc Kujawski
Bukowno
Dantzig
Drawsko
Dyhernfurth
Firchau
Fraustadt
Gliwice
Görsdorff
Grabau
Groß-Mochbar
Groß-Sürding
Heidemühl
Horsen
Iwno
Jakobsdorf
Kamien Pomorski
Krakow
Künern
Lauban
Lonkau
Lossen
Lublin
Marienburg
Mlynary
Penkuhl
Plaszewo
Poblotz
Poland
Poland (2)
Poland (3)
Prausnitz
Putzig
Reimswaldau
Roslasin
Sabouez
Sandomierz
Schifelbein
Schwetz
Sensburg
Slup
Strehlen
Striegau
Striegau (2)
Strzepcz
Trzebiatkow
Trzeszawey
Tuchla
Warsaw
Zatwarnika
Zebrzydowice



Back to Main Menu


The Source:

Tony Faivre:
"Les Vampires" [1962]
Ed. du Terrain Vague, Eric Losfeld, Paris, 1962


The Case:

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."

The Date:

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.

The Place:

I did find a place called Biechowo, somewhere halfway Berlin and Warsaw.

Personal Comments:

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 ?

Possible Follow-Up:

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

 - Back to Top -