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Duckworth and Company, London, 1903
Sir William Gell:
"Itinerary of the Morea - being a description of the routes of that peninsula"
Rodwell and Martin, London, 1817
"Margarita was in just the other day, big-eyed and voluble, with the story of a supposed vampire at Damala. It seems that a wealthy resident of that town committed suicide about a year ago. This act, uncanny in itself, gave rise to much talk. A suicide, moreover, is not buried in holy ground and does not go to heaven. As often as the simple visitors saw the lonely tomb that had been erected by the dead man's money, they shuddered and crossed themselves. "Where is he now? " was a very natural inquiry. Finally, nobody knows how, the rumor was under full headway, and the belief firmly established, that the late neighbor and citizen had become a vampire. It became absolutely necessary to the community's peace of mind that the body should be dug up. This was done, and, lo and behold! they had all been wronging the poor man. The process of
decomposition was so far advanced, considering the length of time, that he seemed well on the way toward probable sainthood."
No date is given, but from the text we can gather that this must have taken place some time around 1900.
At first I could not find Damala. Until I found William Gell's book. It describes every route in the Morea giving the tiniest details. Here we learn that in 1817 Damala was a village of 45 houses, with a river and 2 mills plus an ancient tower. It can be found on the mainland close to the island of Poros.
There seems little to follow up here, as the vampire turned out not to be one. Just the same, George Horton's book about the time he stayed on Poros is well worth reading.
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