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The Source:

John V.A. Fine, Jr. :
"In defense of Vampires"
in Alan Dunde's "The Vampire - A Casebook"
University of Wisconsin Press, USA, 1998

The Case:

On 15 August 1836 Jovan Obrenovic informed his brother about the following happenings. In July 1836 the villagers of Svojdrug had decided that the deceased Milos Rakovic had become a vampire. They opened his grave, decided that he was a vampire and filled the grave again. They told the priest Zaharija and they all went to dig up the vampire for the 2nd time. Holy water was sprinkled on Milos and they buried him again. Then they went to get the village elder, Acim Milosevic, and once more opened the grave. Shots were fired at the vampire, the head was cut off, and the grave was closed again.

The Date:

We have been handed the date of 15 August 1836. It seems like a nice starting point for our investigation.

The Place:

I did find a Svojdrug that is located in Serbia. It is located SouthWest of Belgrado, very close to the Bosnian Herzegovinan border. It probably is the one. But, nevertheless, always keep in mind that there may be more than one place that has the same name.

Possible Follow-Up:

As usual, you can start by checking the rendering of this case in Alan Dundes "The Vampire - A Casebook" and compare it to my version. After that, it's time to have a go at getting hold of John Fine's sources. Dig up a copy of that particular edition of the "Srpski Etnografski Zbornik", find the article, translate it or have it translated. So who was Jovan Obrenovic ? And who was his brother ? Plenty of questions. Now go find the answers.

2011 by Rob Brautigam - NL - Last changed November 2011

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