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The Source:

Capt. Vere D. Short:
"The Believe in Vampires"
in: The Washington Post, January 2, 1916

The Case:

And once again I have to express my gratitude to Michael E. Bell who is an expert in finding long forgotten cases that no one has ever heard of. In this case he has found us a second vampire from the village of Kisilova. Thank you very much, Michael !

First we get to hear the well-known story by the Count de Cabreras. Then the article continues:

"An almost precisely similar case took place in the village of Kisilova in Serbia, in September 1788. An old man of 62 having died appeared three days after his death to his son, and asked him for something to eat, on being supplied with which he disappeared. The next night but one the dead man was seen by several people in the village going towards his son's house, and in the morning the latter was found dead, bearing all the marks of strangulation. After this at intervals several men of the village were found dead in the same manner, and at last the village mayor reported the matter to the parliament at Belgrade, who dispatched several officers and an executioner to hold an inquiry. The alleged vampire was exhumed, and as in the preceding case, showed all the characteristics of a living man. The executioner cut off his head, and the body was reduced to ashes. No marks of vampirism, however, were found on the body of the son, or the other people who had died or been murdered."

The Date:

We have been given a date: September 1788.

The Place:

The village of Kisilova can be found an a little island in the river, East of Beograd

Possible Follow-Up:

Check out the complete article in the Washington Post. Apparently the article had previously been published in "The Occult Review", so there is something else for us to find. Capt. Vere D. Short must have taken his information from other sources, so let us see what else we can find.

2012 by Rob Brautigam - NL - Last changed January 2012

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