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The Source:

Frank Winkelmann :
"Die Schwarzen Führer - Sachsen-Anhalt"
Eulen Verlag Harald Gläser, Freiburg i. Br., Germany, 1999

The Case

Someone from an old local family had died and had been buried in the churchyard of Diesdorf. Soon the dead man was seen again, and the villagers decided to open up the grave to see if the man was a Nachzehrer. It was found that the man had indeed eaten some of his clothes, which confirmed their worst fears. With the help of a spade, the dead man was decapitated, and those present heard him groan like a pig.

The Date:

Sadly, no date is given.

The Place:

Diesdorf can be found about halfway between Hamburg and Leipzig.

Possible Follow-Up:

Apart from the name of the place we have very little to go from. We could try to locate the cemetery of which it is said to be (or have been) next to a church that still exists and used to be part of an Augustine Nunnery. Winkelmann must have found this story somewhere. And if we can't find the story, we could try to find Mr. Winkelmann. Perhaps there is some local historian who could shed more light on the case...

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