Modern-Day Vampire Attacks in Africa
One of the most disturbing and recent cases of real vampirism was reported by the New York Times Dec. 24, 2002.
The Times reported that a rumor claiming the African country of Malawi’s government was colluding with “vampires to collect human blood for international aid agencies in exchange for food” had sparked a surge in vigilante violence.
Although the president at the time Bakill Muluzi blamed the rumors being started by his political opponents, terrified villagers took the law in their own hands and stoned one man they suspected of helping the vampires to death. They also beat three Roman Catholic priests because they also suspected them of vampirism.
In an attempt to quell the rising violence, Mr. Muluzi tried to assure the people through a press conference that “no government can go about sucking the blood of its own people.” Nonetheless, the rumors persisted because they were based on the eyewitness accounts of women and children, who claimed they were victims of these strange bloodsuckers.
The Jan. 14, 2003 edition of the Times shed much more light on the so-called vampires of Malwai by describing them as wearing dark clothing and using syringes to draw blood from their wary victims, once they drugged them. Victims of the attacks, reported that these strange nocturnal creatures had magical powers that enabled time to suddenly vanish in graveyards. Yet, no one claimed to see them changing into bats.
Abandoned Syringes Fuel Vampire Stories
Although these modern-day monsters had not been seen drinking blood, in a nation where AIDS is rampant, they were seen carry flashlights and sleeping gas to use on their helpless victims. In a further attempt to counter the growing violent push back from the villagers, the government arrested nearly 40 people. However, the discovery of abandoned syringes fueled even more anger among the villagers, who believed they now had proof they were not delusional.
Elesi Makwinja said she had barely escaped a vampire attack and was stunned to witness them vanish into thin air. Relatives of a woman in one of the villages also blamed her death on being slowly bled to death by the vampires. Peter James, the brother of one of the deceased victims added that he didn’t know whether the vampires are real people or spirits, only that they keep attacking the village. Others believe the villagers were not imagining things.
Thirty years ago, there was a similar vampire attack, according to Charles Kaiya After some time, the police finally arrested a man caught with syringes and bottles of blood. Mr. Kaiya added that some theorized the vampires are really government agents drawing the blood of villagers in return for financial aid. He speculated that the blood was being shipped to Saudi Arabia for profit.
Real Vampire Attacks Reported by Washington Post in 1913
While today most believe legends of vampires like those that inspired Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” are nothing but sick fairy tales, in reality, the plague of vampirism is no joke.
One only has to search the archives of major, reputable newspapers to find scores of eyewitness accounts of real people shivering in the shadows fearing the wrath of these night predators we call vampires. For example, a story reported in the Washington Post on Aug. 10, 1913 tells of such a chilling encounter with the creatures of the night chronicled in Russia.
Villagers Cowered in Fear
“Some three years ago the head of a family resident there died, and since that date nine other members of the family have also died.”
Is it any wonder that these villagers believed their deaths were the result of the “roving spirit” of their evil chief? Is it surprising that after huddling together for a few evenings they decided to dig up the chief’s body and cut of his head?
According to the Post, these bloodsuckers, whether they are described as the walking dead or ghostly apparitions, have been vexing mankind for more than 2,000 years. Can it be just an accident that vampirism in historical news archives usually occurs in Russia, Serbia and Hungary? In fact, according to the Post, in 1863, local officials reported and documented an epidemic of vampirism in a Bulgarian village.
“The inhabitants became so frightened that when night set in instead of retiring to rest in the usual manner they all assembled together in one central hall to pass the night in company. While they were away from their houses, however, the enraged vampires entered them, turned everything topsy turvey and smeared all the pictures, ornaments, and furniture with blood and dirt.”
On Sept. 6, 1914, the New York Times reported another vampire account in a matter-of-fact presentation.
“Mr. Tulip was an extraordinary strong well-built and healthy man, but at the beginning of December last he suddenly began to fail in health. The doctors could not locate his disease, and he grew thinner and weaker, complaining of nothing but extreme lassitude and feeling like a person who was daily bled.”
The man died a few weeks later but only after saying that a “stranger was troubling him, and the description of that personage fitted a certain Mr. Helleborus, who had been very ill, was rapidly gaining in health and strength and recovering from his illness in a most remarkable manner.”
These sort of cases go reported year after year, decade after decade — yet those who believe there could be something to them, or those who want to at least explore the possibility of something preternatural at work are called fools and superstitious idiots.
What a perfect defense such an attitude lends for the evil ones who lurk in the dark alleys and subterranean nests of our world waiting to pounce on their next meal.
Hunter Attacked By Strange Vampire-Like Creature
Imagine going hunting and then suddenly becoming the hunted by a vampire creature that’s a mix between a huge flying squirrel and a wild cat.
That’s exactly what happened to W.D. Newman as witnessed by his two hunting companions Jesse Cox and Frank Hotler near Montgomery, Alabama, Oct. 5, 1888, as reported by the Washington Post.
According to the story, while walking through the woods, a creature that had been in a tree suddenly swooped down on Newman and bit off his ear and tried to plant its 3-inch long teeth into his jugular vein.
If it wasn’t for his friends and their hunting dogs, Newman would have been sucked dry on the spot, according to the account.
They described the creature as having a “web from front to hind quarters, like a flying squirrel; had a face almost flat, a little concave, and teeth 3-inches long; very large, protruding eyes, short, stiff hair, a web foot like a duck, but long sharp claws and very short legs. It weighed 26 pounds after being killed.”
Account Of Mass Demon Possession In Europe
There are many unexplained events in history, but perhaps one of the most bizarre and puzzling is the epidemic of mass hysteria or mass possession that gripped Europe in the 16th century.
The strange malaise is documented in the Aug 18, 1896 edition of the New York Times.
“Troops of men and women from Germany were seen laboring under a common madness and displaying in the streets and churches this singular spectacle. With clasped hands and carried away by the inward compulsion which they could not master they danced for hours, and kept up the spectacle until they fell exhausted to the ground. Then they would complain of their great agony, and would groan as though they were going to die, until people wrapped their abdomens with linen cloths whereupon they would come to themselves and be free for a time from their sufferings.”
The Times continued describing the weird hysteria that spread from town to town:
“During their dance the subjects had visions. They did not see or hear, but in their imagination they beheld spirits whose names they pronounced, or rather shrieked out: fell snorting to the ground without consciousness and began to foam at the mouth.”
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