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The Source:

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in: Fränkischer Kurier, Nürnberg, 22 July 1867

The Case:

"(Aberglauben) Am 16 Juni d.Js. wurde von den Wittelowkaer (Bukowina) Landleuten Arenti Hakmann und Theodosi Boyezuk aus dem dortigen Friedhofe in Gegenwart zahlreich versammelter Dorfbewohner die Leiche des im Frühjahr 1866 bestatteten Selbstmörders Peter Marunkiewicz ausgegraben, nach der ungefähr eine Meile entfernten Ortschaft Mamajeßie gebracht und in dem Irrwahne, hiedurch regnerisches Wetter herbeizuführen, in den Pruthfluß versenkt. Die strafgerichtliche Verhandlung gegen die Thäter ist im Zuge."

I guess it's translation time again...

"(Superstition) On 16 June of this year peasants from Wittelowka (Bukowina), Arenti Hakmann and Theodosi Boyezuk, in the presence of a large number of villagers, dug up the corpse of the suicide Peter Marunkiewicz, who had been buried in the spring of 1866, and took it to the village Mamajeßie, about a Mile away. There - acting under the mad delusion that this would bring rainy weather - they threw the corpse into the river Pruth. Criminal procedures against the culprits are in process."

The Date:

We have been given the year of 1867.

The Place:

Wittelowka is called Viteluvca in Romanian. But its present name is Vytylivka. It is a small village in the South West of the Ukraine. Mamajesi is called Mamaivsti. It can be found South, slightly to the East of Vytylivka. And I suppose that the river Prut or Pruth should sound familiar to any self-respecting Dracula fan.

Possible Follow-Up:

Once again we find that Ukrainian vampires are connected to the weather. Go check out the "Fränkischer Kurier" to make sure that I did not make up this story. And see if you can find other sources that mention the case.

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