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The Sources:

Sámuel Köleséri de Kereseer:
"Pestis Dacicae anni MDCCIX scrutinum et cura"
Cibinii, Heltzdörfer, 1709

as quoted in:
Laszlo Andras Magyar:
"Die Siebenbürgische Vampir-Krankheit"

The Case:

I will quote Mr. Magyar:

"Er (Köleséri) schreibt, daß in Kis-Kerék 34 Männer starben. Mit der völligen Übereinstimmung des ganzen Dorfes {consensu tot ins pagi) wurden ein Mann, zwei Frauen und ein Mädchen ausgegraben. Obwohl der Mann schon in Verwesung begriffen war, fand man die Körper der Frauen unversehrt auf. In deren Mund fand man sogar angekaute Leichentücher. Nun legte man Steine auf deren Mund und die Leichname wurden gepfählt. Die Epidemie hörte jedoch - wider Erwartung - doch nicht auf."

In the village Kis-Kerék 34 men died. One man, two women and a girl were exhumed. The man's body showed signs of decomposition, but the female corpses still looked fresh. Pieces of shroud were found in their mouths. So stones were put upon their mouths and stakes put through the corpses. Against all expectations the epidemic did not stop.

The Date:

Sámuel Köleséri's book is about the plague of 1709.

The Place:

I take it that Kis-Kerék is the same place that is known as Kiskereki. It is the Hungarian name of what is now called Cherechiu. It can be found North of and slightly to the East of Oradea.

Possible Follow-Up:

The most obvious thing to do would be checking out the book by Sámuel Köleséri de Kereseer, but I must warn you that Hungarian is not the easiest of languages. As an alternative you could also find and download Laszlo Andras Magyar's brilliant article instead.

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