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Thursday
Nov292012

Vampire Threat Terrorizes Serbian Village

Obtained by ABC(BELGRADE, Serbia) -- For the people in a tiny Serbian village there is nothing sexy or romantic about a vampire.  In fact, they are terrified that one of the most feared vampires of the area has been roused back to life.

Rather than Twilight's Edward Cullen, the people of Zorazje fear that Sava Savanovic is lurking in their forested mountains of western Serbia. They believe that he is on the move because the home he occupied for so long, a former water mill, recently collapsed.  Savanovic is believed to be looking for a new home.

"People are very worried.  Everybody knows the legend of this vampire and the thought that he is now homeless and looking for somewhere else and possibly other victims is terrifying people," Miodrag Vujetic, local municipal assembly member, told ABC News.  "We are all frightened."

Vujetic said villagers "are all taking precautions by having holy crosses and icons placed above the entrance to the house, rubbing our hands with garlic, and having a hawthorn stake or thorn."

"I understand that people who live elsewhere in Serbia are laughing at our fears, but here most people have no doubt that vampires exist," he said.

According to legend, Savanovic would kill and drink the blood of the peasants who came to grind their grain at his watermill on the Rogacica River.  Tour groups from around the Balkans would come to see the mill.  But even tourism had its limits.

"We were welcoming tourists, but only during the day.  Nobody ever overnighted there," said Slobodan Jagodic, whose family owned the mill for over 60 years.

"We were too scared to repair it, not to disturb Sava Savanovic," said Jagodic.  "It's even worse now that it collapsed due to lack of repair."

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Jun072012

‘Vampire’ Graves Unearthed Near Black Sea Town

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(SOKOPOL, Bulgaria) -- Sokopol, Bulgaria, could soon join the ranks of popular vampire sites, such as Dracula’s Castle in Romania and the Vampire Museum in Paris. Archaeologists excavated two suspected "vampire" graves in the Black Sea town last Sunday, and each 700-year-old skeleton had an iron rod pinned into its chest.

Bozhidar Dimitrov, the director of the National Museum of History in Sofia, told local media that this was common practice in the Middle Ages, as people feared “bad men” would raise from the dead as vampires. The museum is planning a special exhibit around the two skeletons.  

“Every few years we hear of the latest archaeological find, and its attribution to vampire lore,” said a 33-year-old vampire researcher and the current administrator of Voices of the Vampire Community who goes by the name Merticus.

Most of the vampire folklore originated in Slavic countries, so there is a higher prevalence of burial instances in that region.

“Having such a wide assortment of physical records is invaluable to researchers and enthusiasts,” said Merticus. “The Bulgarian and Italian burial claims in the past couple of years add to the mystery and lure of the vampire across all cultures, even for real vampires."

“Real vampires,” Merticus explains, "believe they must consume the blood of other living humans by consensual means in order to maintain their well-being.”

But rather than worrying about iron stakes through the heart, or being hunted at local hangouts, modern vampires say it’s time to stop focusing on folklore.  

“While exhibits are fascinating, I would like to see more responsible scientific interpretation and less knee-jerk ‘put a vampire on it’ claim, even if the Bulgarian burials are in fact directly linked to vampire lore. As a society we are rapidly approaching vampire overload -- on all fronts.”

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