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The Source:

A.C. :
"Terorizati de strigoiul unei femeii sinucigase"
Stirile Zilei, 17 November 2004

The Case:

The newspaper reports that the people of Trusesti are afraid to visit the local cemetery and don't go out at night.

So what happened ? In 1993 a woman called Mariana Andrei, born in 1940, killed herself by drinking "Verde de Paris". The reason why was not very clear, but according to the local people she was possessed by the devil.

In 2004, 11 years later, her husband died. As appears to be the local tradition, he would be buried in the same grave. So two gravediggers were sent to open up the grave and at the same time remove the bones of the woman. When they took out the coffin and opened it, they were shocked and terrified when they found that the body had not corrupted at all and had remained intact. They quickly went to see the village priest who told them not to mention this to anyone. The coffin was put back into the grave, and the next day the coffin of her husband was buried on top of it.

Somebody must have said something. For soon the whole village was talking about the dead woman. There were people who saw her in their dreams. Strange shadows were seen, strange noises were heard. The protopope of the village announced that the church would do that what was necessary. And added that - after these special measures - the corpse would decay in a normal manner.

The Date:

The newspaper article was published in 2004. The suicide is said to have taken place in 1993.

The Place:

Trusesti is a village in the Romanian district Botosani, and can be found East of Suceava, very close to the border of Moldova.

Personal Comments:

In case you are wondering what "Verde de Paris" is, it appears to be a very toxic insecticide. Which, among other things, contains arsenic. Now I have read quite a few books on the subect, but I am not an expert on forensic medicine. However, I do know that there are chemical substances (like arsenic) that may prevent a dead body to go through the normal process of corruption, and an arsenic based "Verde de Paris" might well be one of them.

I feel that the things that are reported to have been said by the protopope are interesting to say the least. One could wonder about the exact nature of the so-called "special measures".

Possible Follow-Up:

Undoubtedly there must be more newspaper coverage of this case. Go find it.

İ 2009 by Rob Brautigam - NL - Last changed 19 November 2009
Photo "Romanian village cemetery" - İ 1981 by Rob Brautigam

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