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The Source:

Ana Iancu :
"Spaima strigoilor din Ungureni a probat mormintul lui Bulucea"
Gazeta de Sud, 30 September 2004

The Case:

I admit, it is not much of a story, but it demonstrates that not every vampire is a vampire, and that there can be a logical explanation for some of our cases.

People who were living near the village cemetery of Ungureni were shocked to find that - at nightfall - a mysterious and horrible looking figure was seen to be moving around among the graves. So some of the braver and more rational ones decided to put an end to these tales and went to the cemetery to find out what was going on. The "vampire" was caught and turned out to be an old homeless person who no longer had any official status after his identity papers had been stolen. He tried to survive by begging for food in the market place. And at night he went to sleep in the cemetery.

The Date:

Apparently things took place during the summer of 2004.

The Place:

It is a good thing that this is not a serious case. For Wikipedia tells us that there are no less than 19 Romanian villages called Ungureni, and you can find them all over the country. The ones in the Dolj district and the Gorj district are likely candidates as they are both in places where the vampire superstition is still strong. But there are others that are also situated within the region that is covered by the "Gazeta de Sud".

Possible Follow-Up:

Well, you can always try to find yourself an archived copy of this newspaper article, so you can see for yourself what else is there. I have given you just the essentials of the story. The local newspapers and magazines from Oltenia often feature vampire related material. So who knows what else you may find.

2009 by Rob Brautigam - NL - Last changed 19 November 2009
photo: "Romanian Village Cemetery" - 1985 by Rob Brautigam

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