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The Sources:

Sámuel Köleséri de Kereseer:
"Pestis Dacicae anni MDCCIX scrutinum et cura"
Cibinii, Heltzdörfer, 1709

as quoted in:
Laszlo Andras Magyar:
"Die Siebenbürgische Vampir-Krankheit"

The Case:

"Im Nachbardorf Pókafalva starben 11 ältere Personen. Die Leichname eines Vampierverdächtigen rumänischen Einwohners und dessen Enkel wurden ausgegraben, und weil sie ebenfalls Zeichen von Leichentuch-Kauen zeigten (auch Fälle einer Mastication), wurden ihre Leichname gepfählt."

In the neighbouring village Pókafalva (neighbouring village of Kis-Kerék) the corpse of a Romanian suspected of vampirism, plus the corpse of one of his relatives were taken out of the grave. And as they both showed signs of eating their shrouds stakes were put through the corpses.

The Date:

The date of the case is 1709.

The Place:

Obviously Köleséri uses the Hungarian name "Pókafalva". The German name for this village is "Törnen" and the Romanian name is "Pauca". The village can be found somewhere between Sebes and Medias.

Possible Follow-Up:

Now you could check out the book by Sámuel Köleséri de Kereseer, or - in case you are as lazy as I am - read Laszlo Andras Magyar's interesting article instead.

© 2014 by Rob Brautigam - NL - Last changed November 2014

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