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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:

I will quote Mr. Magyar:

"Hier weist Köleséri auf den berühmten Hermannstädter Fall hin. In der Zeit des Fürsten Mihály Apafi (der Ältere, 1632-1690), gab es ein aus seinem Grabe regelmäßig zurückkehrender Gardeoffizier, der bei vielen Personen incubus-ähnliche Symptome versursachte. Nachdem man seinen Leichnam ausgegraben und auch in seinem Mund das Grabtuch gefunden wurde, wurde er enthauptet. Diesmal soll die Epidemie sogleich aufgehört haben."

We are told that Köleséri mentions the famous case from Hermannstad. It is said to have happened in the times of Mihali Apafi, who lived from 1632 until 1690. Now I imagine that those things happened during his rule as Prince of Transylvania. This narrows things down to the period between 1661 and 1690. What happened was that a dead army officer often returned from his grave to bother many people. His grave was opened. His shroud was found in his mouth. And he was decapitated. The epidemic immediately stopped.

The Date:

Without a proper date all we can say is that it must have happened during the 17th Century, probably between 1661 and 1690.

The Place:

Hermannstadt (German name) is now called Sibiu and is one of the more important towns and can be found right in the centre of Romania. The hungarian name is Nagyszeben.

Possible Follow-Up:

According to Mr. Magyar this is a famous case. I have tried to find Köleséri's sources but have failed so far. Maybe you will have better luck. If you do find the case mentioned some place else I'd be happy to hear about it.

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