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The Source:

anon :
"Strigoiul din Pielesti"
Ziua, 28 May 2002

The Case:

A woman called Anghelina had died and was about to be buried. But some of the villagers got worried because they thought that the woman did not look dead. She had a natural color and looked as if she was only sleeping. So they decided that the woman had turned into a strigoi. One of the neighbours pierced her heart with a long nail. There was a sigh, the mouth moved and the color disappeared from the face of the corpse. Some of the people got so scared that they ran away and did not come back to the funeral.

The son of the dead woman, Nicolae, later declared to a journalist that it had been horrible. But there was no choice and they simply had to do it. "Now my mother rests in peace".

The Date:

The newspaper article is dated 28 May 2002. So things must have happened before this date.

The Place:

It took me a while to find the correct Pielesti as there appear to be several places with that name. But our Pielesti is a village in the Romanian district Dolj, about 13 km East of Craiova.

Possible Follow-Up:

So once again we did find a newspaper article about vampire superstition in the Dolj district of Oltenia. I have said it before. If you are looking for vampires, don't bother to go to Transylvania. Go to Oltenia instead. Chances are that there have been further articles published about this case. Go find them. And while you are at it, keep your eyes open for other articles of a similar nature.

2009 by Rob Brautigam - NL - Last changed 19 November 2009
photo: "Entrance gate of a Romanian Cemetery" - 1985 by Rob Brautigam

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