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The Source:

Hagen Schaub :
"Vampire - Dem Mythos auf der Spur"
MarixVerlag, Wiesbaden, Germany, 201

The Case

Hagen Schaub tells us that he stumbled upon an old letter dated 20 March 1665 in which a priest from Weyler informs the authorities of the death of Johann Waldecker. Apparently some of the usual burial rites had not been performed, and the local peasants were afraid that the dead man would return from the grave and harm them. The priest gave permission to reopen the grave, and Johann was found looking much too well preserved for a corpse. Sadly we don't get to hear how the story ends.

The Date:

We seem to have sufficient evidence to put the events in the year of 1665.

The Place:

I haven't found the village of Weyler yet. But it is said to be near Mayen which can be found West of Koblenz.

Personal Comments:

Now I thought it was a good story, especially since it did not happen in one of the traditional vampire regions. So I did a quick search on the internet, and what do you know, I found that at the Landesarchiv Baden-Würtemberg you can order a copy of a 3-page document with the titel: "Öffnung des Grabes von Johann Waldecker zu Weiler". It is dated 1665. Is it a report ? Is it the letter mentioned above ? There's only one way to find out.

From another archive I downloaded a copy of a document from 1615 about the selling of some property by a Johann Waldecker and his wife Cäcilia. Could it be the same Johann ? Or could it be his father or another relative ? Both documents come from places not far away from each other.

Possible Follow-Up:

You could start with finding and reading the account by Hagen Schaub. You could try to find Weyler on an old map. And, if you really take things serious, do you think you can live without finding out what is in the document that is in the Landesarchiv, about the opening of Johann Waldecker's grave ?

© 2012 by Rob Brautigam - NL - Last changed January 2012

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