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The Sources:

D. St.
"Misteriozna smrt Olgice Stanisavljevic iz Petrovca na Mlavi Telefonski poziv rodbini iz groba"
Glas Javnosti, 22 August 2004

D. St
"Povampirila se Olgica ?"
Kurir, 27 August 2004

anon:
"Serbia: Allarme Vampiro nel villaggio di Lopusnik"
ANSA, 27 August 2004

anon:
"Serbia, sospetta vampira in paese"
TGcom, 27 August 2004

anon:
"Non è morta, mi ha telefonato"
Corriere della Sera, 27 August 2004

Jordi Ardanuy:
"Sobre la supervivència del vampirisme a Sèrbia"
L'Upir, September 2004

The Case:

A women called Olgica Stanisavljevic who died in a road accident at the age of 57 had been buried. And then some of her relatives went to the police. They declared that they had received a telephone call from the dead woman, who had told them that she was doing fine and in a home for old people. She asked her relatives to find a car and come over to take her home. Unfortunately she did not mention an address. The relatives declared that it had been the voice of the deceased and asked the police to open up the grave. This request apparently was turned down.

So more inhabitants of Lopusnik came to the police station. They all declared that the grandfather of the dead woman had been a vampire. He had been buried a couple of years ago and had been seen moving around in the cemetery. With the help of local sorcerers who performed some magic rituals, they had made sure that this vampire would stay in its grave.

The Date:

The first mention I could find was in a Serbian newspaper dated 22 August, 2004. Apparently this story was then picked up and sent out by an Italian news agency, because it was printed in an overdose of Italian newspapers on 27 August, 2004. I think we can safely assume that the actual events must have taken place before August 2004.

The Place:

If you do have a decent map of Serbia - and who doesn't ? - it should not take you too much trouble to find the village of Lopusnik. It is situated somewhere halfway between the Serbian capital of Beograd and the town of Zajecar.

Personal Remarks:

As far as the media are concerned, I mainly check the Romanian newspapers from time to time. So of course I should say "Thank you very much !" to Jordi Ardanuy. Without his article in "L'UPIR", the outstanding internet magazine that is being published by "CERCLE V", chances are that I might have missed this remarkable case. Here is a link to Cercle-V. Do yourself a favour and be sure to check it out !

Possible Follow-Up:

Find as many versions of the story as you can and try to trace it back to its original source. Don't trust the information that I have been giving you and check everything and always make sure that you have got your facts straight. Some of the newspapers come up with the suggestion that there might have been a mix-up and that two women might have been involved in the accident. The one who survived might be Olgica, but suffering from loss of memory, and the other one would have been buried while people assumed she was Olgica. It does not seem very likely. We would need to know more details about the accident. And I find it hard to imagine that after all the newspaper coverage, the police would have much trouble finding back someone who is supposed to be in an old folks home.

It might be interesting to try and establish the full name of the person who wrote the first articles about this case. The mysterious D. St. What does the St. stand for ? Stanisavljevic ???

2009 by Rob Brautigam - NL - Last changed 21 November 2009 - photo 1992 by Rob brautigam
Link last checked 01 November 2009

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