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The Sources:

Georg Tallar :
"Visum Repertum Anatomico-Chirurgicum - oder - Gründlicher Bericht von den sogenannten Blutsäugern, Vampier, oder in der wallachischen Sprache Moroi, in der Wallachey, Siebenbürgen, und Banat, welchen eine eigend dahin abgeordnete Untersuchungskommission der löbl. k.k. Administration im Jahre 1756 erstattet hat."
Johann Georg Mößle, Wien, 1784

The Case:

"Sogar ein Kind von 4 Tagen zu Kallatsa hatte dabey das Unglück für einen Blutsäuger gehalten zu werden, weil dessen Mutter vorgab, daß Sie in ihrer Schwangerschaft stets krank gewesen sey, und sterben müßte, folglich ihre Frucht nichts gutes seyn könne. Gleich ohne viele Umstände wurde es ausgegraben, aufgehauen, und mit dem aufgefangenen Blute die Kranken nach Genüge geschmirt. Allein der Tod nahm hierauf keine Rücksicht, sondern wüthete vielmehr grausamer um sich."

From Kallatsa comes the above gruesome story of a 4-days-old baby that was thought to be a vampire. It was taken from its grave hacked to pieces and cremated. The blood had been collected and was used to smear upon the diseased people who believed themselves to be the vampire's victims. Unsurprisingly this did not help at all, but made the situation worse.

The Date:

According to Tallar's own testimony his vampirical observations took place for the first time in 1727 (when he was in Deva), the 2nd time in 1728 (when he was in or near Oburscha), the 3rd time in various places of the Banat (no date given), and the 4th and 5th time in Transylvania. All cases must have taken place before 1756, as that date is mentioned in the title of Tallar's "Visum Repertum". For now, let's play it safe and simply file this case under 18th Century.

The Place:

Kallatsa - Although I have not managed to find Kallatsa so far - it's just that I have not had a chance to bring out my older maps as yet - it seems safe to assume that it must be located in Romania.

Possible Follow-Up:

Go find and read Tallar's "Visum Repertum". He has more details about the case than I have given you here. And while you are at it, why don't you try to find the present name of Kallatsa...

© 2012 by Rob Brautigam - NL - Last changed July 2012

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