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The Source:

Klaus Hamberger
"Mortuus Non Mordet"
Verlag Turia & Kant, Vienna, 1992

The Case

According to Klaus Hamberger, this story can be found in: "Relationis Historicae Semestralis Autumnalis Continuatio" which in its turn can be found in "Commercium Litterarium 1732", Nürnberg 1733, Hebd. XIX (7.5), p. 146 f.

The story goes more or less as follows: a vampire - in the shape of a snake - had killed and sucked dry a sheep. Someone found the dead sheep and took it home. There, the sheep was slaughtered and eaten. The man, his wife, and two of their children, got sick and died. People in the nearby village Possega heard about the case. They sent over a couple of doctors to investigate the case. The investigators were told that in 1721 a similar case had happened, when some people had been sucked and killed by vampires in the shape of snakes. The doctors opened the grave and found that the most recent victims - who had been buried for about three weeks - looked fresh and uncorrupted. By way of precaution, they put a stake through the heart of the man. Then all the corpses were decapitated and cremated, and their ashes were buried in their graves.

The Date:

We have been given a reasonably good date here: the beginning of 1730.

The Place:

I have not had a chance to have a proper look for Possega yet, but it looks like it won't be easy to find. There is a place called Pozjega in Croatia, NorthEast of Nova Gradiska. Here is a link to it:  http://www.pozega.hr/ . At first sight this would seem to be a likely possibility. But of course things are never simple. For there also is a Pozjega in Serbia Montenegro, not all that far to the East of Uzjice. Here is a link to that as well:  http://www.pozega.net/ . And it is quite possible that there are further candidates. The first Pozjega that I found was the one in Croatia. Therefore, until I find further information, I will keep this case listed under Croatia.

Possible Follow-Up:

Klaus Hamberger refers to "der ehemals Türkische Grenzort Possega in Slawonien". Therefore, let us see if we can find an old map of the region that shows the Turkish border of 1730. It does seem unlikely that both Pozjegas will be situated on that border. Also, let us try to find Klaus Hamberger's source book and see if there is further information there.

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