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The Source:

Veselin Cajkanovic :
"The Killing of a Vampire"
in Alan Dunde's "The Vampire - A Casebook"
University of Wisconsin Press, USA, 1998

The Case:

An old peasant called Paja Tomic had died on the 23rd of May 1923. His wife Cvija complained that her dead husband returned to the house at night and had become a vampire. And after a while, her sons Stevo and Krsto confirmed their father's return from the grave. The villagers gathered and decided that the vampire had to be destroyed. The dead man's corpse was taken out of the grave, pierced with a hawthorne stake, and then cremated. The ashes were thrown back into the grave.

The Date:

It was in May 1923 that the man died. It is said that it took a month before the sons became aware of the vampiric activity. It must have been later in the year that the vampire was destroyed.

The Place:

Tupanari can be found NorthEast of Sarajevo.

Possible Follow-Up:

First read Veselin Cajkanovic's chapter in the book by Dundes. There is much more information there than I am giving you here. It should be enough to get you started checking out the old newspapers that are mentioned there.

2011 by Rob Brautigam - NL - Last changed November 2011

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