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The Source:

Dieter Sturm & Klaus Völker:
"Von denen Vampiren oder Menschensaugern"
Carl Hanser Verlag, München, Germany, 1985

The Case

In Helsa, in 1558, chewing noises were heard coming from the grave of a woman, "like the noises made by a rude person or a pig". The grave was opened and they found that she had eaten large parts of her clothes. Her head was chopped off, and her eating as well as the deaths did stop.

The Date:

We have been given the year of 1558.

The Place:

Helsa shouldn't be hard to find. It is in Germany, very near to Kassel.

Possible Follow-Up:

Always nice to find a story about a proper Shroudeater. Obviously we must find the book by Lyncker: "Deutsche Sagen und Sitten", which is where Dieter & Sturm have their story from. Lyncker may have it from an older source. If that is the case, let's find it. Keep on searching all the way back to 1558.

© 2011 by Rob Brautigam - NL - Last changed November 2011

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