Jure Grando

Jure Grando was a peasant that lived in Istria  in the 1600’s and may have been the first recorded vampire in historical records.  Branded as a strigoi, a local term for “vampire” Grando died and rose again in 1656.   For sixteen years Grando would terrorize his village appearing first to his widow in her bedroom.  The woman described him as pale and thin, furthering to say he appeared to be smiling while gasping for breath.  The distraught widow enlisted the assistance of Father Giorgio to rid her of the affliction.  The Father eventually came face to face with Grando.  The Father held out a cross in front of him and shouted “Behold Jesus Christ, you vampire!” “Stop tormenting us!”  At that moment tears fell from the vampire’s eyes and he ceased to terrorize his widow, the rest of the village would not be so lucky.

After many years of torment the some of the villagers, having had enough of Grando, met with the Father to seek relief of their affliction.  The Father called a town meeting and gathered a group of the villages’ strongest men, to include the bravest of the men, Miho Radetić.  Radetić  would later chase and try to kill the vampire by piercing his hear with a hawthorn stick.  His attempt failed as the stick bounced off of the vampires’ chest.

On the following night Radetić would gather with nine others and go to the graveyard armed with lamps, a cross and a hawthorn stick.  The men exhumed Grando’s coffin and opened it to find him perfectly preserved, with a smile on his face.  Father Giorgio began to recite some religious incantations as the men attempted to pierce his heart a second time.  The hawthorn stick would not penetrate his chest.  The priest began to recite exorcism prayers then the one villager, Stipan Milašić took a saw and cut his head off.  As the saw sliced through his neck, the vampire screamed and blood began to spurt from the wound.  The coffin began to fill with blood as his headless body contorted then fell limp into the casket.  It was at that time the vampire would find his peace.

The Legend of Judas Iscariot – Vampire

There is a legend amongst the Hebrew people that tags Judas, betrayer of Christ, as the original vampire.  We know from ancient texts that Vampires were present on the Earth prior to Jesus’ crucifixion, yet the legend is still quite intriguing.

The story can be found within the book of Matthew.  Judas was an apostle of Christ that betrayed Jesus with a kiss for thirty pieces of silver.  When Christ was crucified Judas attempted to repent for his sin of betraying innocent blood and would return the silver to the priests and elders that had paid him.  When the priests would not accept the return, Judas threw the silver upon the temple floor and exited, intent on hanging himself.

The book of Agulah, written in the 843 A.D. by a catholic monk named Aed states that God punished Judas by restoring his life after he had hanged himself.  Aed writes that God in his fury condemned Judas to walk the earth until the final days.  Judas would fear the sun and be cursed to roam the land in darkness.  Judas would never again know the comfort of death and would be damned to only feeding on the blood of living humans for eternity.

The legend of Judas established many iconic vampire traits which have been branded into the history of the vampire up to this day.

God cursed Judah with the ability to survive the light of day, though there are some legends that suggest otherwise.

The intolerance of silver – A physically painful reminder for vampires of Judas’ betrayal.

The fear of a crucifix – Another physically painful reminder, the result of Judas’ betrayal and the promise made by God to destroy Judas and his offspring upon the final hour of the final day.

Lastly – The thirst for blood as God placed the insatiable craving upon Judas to feed only from the living.

So what became of Judas?  Very little was recorded of Judas and his activities after having been cursed by God.  There are ramblings of a violent clan of vampires that existed in Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania for quite some time that were said to be the clan of the Iscariot’s.  Judas was said to have had red hair, a rare find.  The children of Judas were all said to carry the same trait, as did the members of the Iscariot clan.  One legend says that the vampires of old, to include Lilith and Cain and the clan of the Iscariot’s had gathered into the city of Atlantis and were living beneath the temple at the time that the great city fell into the ocean.  Many legends state that a vampire can not survive running water.  Is it possible that the vampires of old met their fate upon the sinking of Atlantis?  Or perhaps they still remain frozen in time awaiting to be released……..

The Vampire attacks of Caribou Alaska

In 1899 thousand of settlers flocked to a newly established gold mining town named Caribou in Alaska.  The small town thrived with over 30,000 inhabitants during the gold boom.  Two years later when the gold ran out, the town was deserted.

Forty-one years later when Army Engineers arrived to begin the construction of the Alcan Highway, the town was “awakened”.

On the night of June 13th, 1942, Project headquarters in Whitehorse, Canada received a frantic message from the Caribou camp.  The terrified man told officials that the team had been attacked by Vampires.  Headquarters immediately sent out an assault team from Seattle to investigate the report.  The town was scoured by the team the day that they arrived, but nothing was found, yet the evidence remained as the men that had been attacked still wore the bite marks and wounds of their attackers.  Late that evening, the camp would fall under attack again.  The assault team was able to fend them off until sunrise, just as their munitions grew low.  When the sun rose high in the Alaska sky, the assault team left the camp to search the abandoned gold mines.  Five vampires were found dressed in clothing from the gold mining era.  The assault team immediately decapitated the bodies and drug the remains out of the caves and into the mid day sun.  When the remains of the vampires were examined, personal belongings found on the bodies and within the mines where they survived were found.  All of the belongings were dated back to the gold rush days of Caribou, suggesting that they had been infected in that same era.

The legend of the Dearg – Due

The legend of the Dearg – Due began it’s circulation over 2000 years ago in European folklore.  The legend is based on the tale of a village beauty that was in love with a local peasant.  The maiden was known well throughout the village for her kind spirit and beauty.  The peasant man was a kind-hearted gentleman who possessed all attributes of a desirable mate, with the exception of wealth.  The maidens’ Father, who was known as a cruel man throughout the village, would never allow such a marriage to take place.  Instead he forced his daughter to marry a much older and crueler man than he so that he would gain more wealth by accepting her dowry.  While the father enjoyed his newly gained wealth, he gave not a second thought to his daughter who suffered daily with mental and physical tortures.  Her “husband” found pleasure in drawing blood from her, only to watch her crimson blood pool upon her porcelain skin.  When she was not being tormented by him she was locked away in a tower, so that he alone could see, touch and torture her.  The hope of her true love coming to rescue her was the only thing that kept her alive for the weeks that she was locked away.

When the girl realized that all of her hopes were in vain, she saved herself the only way she knew how.  The maiden would hide the scraps of food that were delivered to her and eventually starved herself to death.  In a slow and agonizing death the girls’ kind soul was twisted into something very sinister.  Upon her dying breath, she renounced God and swore a horrible vengeance.

Legend predating this tale dictated that rocks were to be piled on the graves of the newly dead to prevent them from rising.  The villagers neglected to do this as the girl was interred.  It is said that the entire village that had adored the girl in life all were crushed with an overwhelming guilt at the girls’ demise as they had all been aware of her tortures but none had attempted to rescue her.

The girl rose from her grave on the first night of her burial.  Driven by remnants of her mortal memories, the maddened Dearg – Due began to seek her vengeance.  The Dearg – Due would would lure young men to her with a haunting siren song.  After luring the men out into the night with her, she would tempt them to follow her, to her grave.  The men would be punished as she was and held captive by her for all time, as she was.  Up until this day, the disappearance of any man in the area is attributed to the soulless and insatiable Dearg Due.

Abhartach – Ireland’s Vampire

mormantul-lui-abhartach     Irish legend dubs Abhartach as an ancient ruler of a small kingdom from the 5th or 6th century.  During this time period in an area known as Glenuilin (glen of the eagle) comprised of several kingdoms with their own ruler.  This area has been well documented through history and many indications of their existence still remain in the country sides.

Abhartach was recorded as being dwarf like in nature but was revered as a powerful magician and a tyrant monarch.  Hated by his subjects, they plotted his demise.  Too fearful of his powerful magic to attempt the deed themselves they recruited a chieftain from a neighboring village named Cathrain to execute the task for them.

Happy to oblige, Cathrain quickly rose to the deed and Abhartach was murdered and buried, but not for long.  An angry Abhartach returned the next day demanding blood from each of his subjects to “sustain his vile corpse”.  Cathrain consulted with a druid priest and then returned to kill Abhartach again.  His task completed, he reburied the twice dead ruler.  Abhartach arose once, maddening with rage and demanded more blood from his subjects.  Baffled by his resurrection, Cathrain consulted with a Christian Saint instead of a druid.  The Priest told Cathrain that Abhartach was not completely dead, nor could he be killed because of his acquired powers.  Abhartach was now one of the marbh bheo (the walking dead) and would torment his people for eternity until he had been suspended.  The Priest instructed Cathrain to stab him in the heart with a sword made of Yew wood, burying him upside down and then to place thorns around his grave topping him with a large capstone.  Cathrain followed the instructions going one step further and building a leacht over the gravesite.

Today the leacht is gone but the capstone remnants of the capstone remain as a tree has grown from the thorns or the Yew hewn sword.  Around the roots of the tree grass will not grow and a ring of red soil surrounds the tree.  The ground is cursed and has changed owners many times throughout history.  Current occupants of the town will still not go near the tree after dark.

In 1997 several attempts were made to clear the land by new owners, upon every attempt to cut down the tree, the workers’ chainsaws would malfunction.  Eventually the tree surrendered and was removed from the site revealing the large stone surrounded by several smaller stones.  Several attempts were made to remove the stones resulting in the chain snapping and injuring several of the workers.  No further documentation is found.

 

 

Is the Malawi government harboring Vampires?

The people of Malawi are furious with their government as accusations mount, accusations of them colluding with and harboring Vampires.  The New York Times reported on December 24, 2002 that President Bakili Muluzi is accusing his opposition of propagating the rumors.  Malawi’s impoverished people have formed vigilante mobs and are attacking those suspected of collusion with Vampires.  One man was reported as having been stoned to death as he was suspected of aiding the Vampires just days before this article was published.  In the same week three roman catholic priests were also attacked as they were suspected to have been involved as well.

CNN reported on January, 11 2003 that Governor Eric Chiwaya, a member of the ruling United Democratic Front was stoned in the streets while the crowd chanted “vampire”.   Chiwaya reported from his hospital bed that the people suspect the government of colluding with vampires to collect human blood for international agencies, while it’s people starve in the streets.

Many of the southern villages have reported several attacks, mostly women and children.  Puncture wounds found on the victims’ arm or neck are the only remnants found at the scene.  The victims have no memory of what has happened to them and there have been no witnesses of anything more that dark figures vanishing into the mist.  The villagers have formed rotating patrols of twelve men armed with pick axes, clubs and knives.  The men patrol the villages and surrounding fields every night once the sun sets.  Attacks were being reported every few days and police refuse to investigate.

The panic has become so wide spread that fields are not being harvested, villages are not maintained and animals are not cared for.  The people are furious as the government is doing everything within their power to quiet any reports being made.  The Associated Press reported on January 23, 2003 that a radio journalist was arrested for interviewing a man that claims he was attacked.  Maganizo Mazeze was charged with broadcasting false news that could lead to public unrest.

Reports have become less frequent, but are ongoing……..

Jack the Ripper, case solved!

Jack the Ripper was supposedly a serial killer that terrorized the streets of London from 1888-1891.  Jack was successful in leaving behind one of the most notorious and still unsolved cases in history. I proposed a completely different scenario.

In the mid 19th century, England was experiencing a large influx of immigrants from the European regions.  During this time frame reports of vampire attacks and sightings were widespread in these regions, many cases having been documented by well-known officials began to circulate.  It stands to reason that a vampire would take advantage of the opportunity to flee to another region to avoid the increasing number of vampire hunts as they organized and scoured the regions.

The streets of London were crowded with undocumented immigrants.  Cheap labor forced many men into poverty and many women into prostitution.  Jack having a “taste” for female blood would roam the streets of the Whitechapel district in search of prostitutes leaving behind quite a mess for the officials to clean up.  Outrage grew in the slums of London as the Ripper eluded capture at every corner.  Authorities having very little to go on were dumbfounded as much by Jack’s ability to escape arrest as they were over the condition of the corpses once discovered.  All victims were slashed at the throat. Many were opened abdominally, with Jack sometimes removing select organs or limbs from the victim.  Never having been caught in the act suggests to me that the victims were entranced (suggesting that jack may have been an “Elder” vampire).  The only screams that brought witnesses to the murder scenes were not of the victim but of the poor suspecting soul that stumbled upon Jack’s aftermath.

With tension building in the streets, the Metropolitan Police sought out the assistance of the Scotland Yard investigators.  Meanwhile due to the dissatisfaction of the citizens over the lack of success of authorities, a group of citizens formed the Whitechapel vigilance committee, which began to scour the streets in search of Jack.

After having free reign over London’s east end for 3 years, I propose that Jack moved on to another area to avoid capture as the murders came to an end.  It is conceivable that Jack relocated to Croglin Grange, London as the case takes place from 1896 –1900.  The Croglin Grange case was said to have proven beyond a doubt that vampires do exist as the Vampire met his demise at the end of the tale.  The description of this vampire was that of a browned and mummified creature, which would suggest that he had not fed regularly for some time.  Having had to flee Whitechapel and re-establish himself into a new terrain could explain the lack of feeding.  The cemetery that the vampire had been tracked to revealed that every coffin of the deceased had been broken into with the exception of one.  When the vampires’ coffin was opened, the mummified corpse revealed a fresh gunshot wound on its’ thigh as it had been shot as it fled from his intended victim.  The bullet was removed and the vampire was burned to death, thus the end of jack the Ripper?

Sweeney Todd

In case you are not familiar with the tale, Sweeney Todd was a “fictional” character in a book titled A string of pearls published in 1846 in London.  His “Character” was that of a mad man barber who dispatches his customers by pulling a lever on his barber’s chair.  The victim falls backward through a trap door and into the basement below where they would meet their demise, either due to the initial fall or by Todd finishing them off later with his straight razor.  In some versions of the story the throat of the victim was cut prior to the fall, and in some others.  Todd had a partner, Mr. Lovett, which helps him to dispose of the bodies by baking them into meat pies and selling them on the streets of London.  There is however controversy on whether the story was or was not fictional.  I propose that it was based on fact as there are other similar “urban legends” that existed elsewhere for example:

A Barber/Wigmaker of the Rue de la Harpe in Paris was said to have done the exact same thing in 1824 based on the first hand account of the Parisian Chief of Police.

Gilbert Paul Jordon arrested 10/23/1987 Barber/serial killer, target: Native American female prostitutes.  Born 12/12/1931 released from prison 7/7/2006.

I span the occurrences for two reasons; 1. There were too many in between and, 2. To prove a point.

My thought pattern came from a conversation between my husband and I about the true meaning of the Barber’s Pole.  Let me fill you in, The Barber’s pole dates back to the 8th century in Europe.  In the Middle Ages the barber not only groomed his clients, but he was a surgeon as well.  Often performing another service, blood letting, the process of draining excess blood from a sick person to help them recover.  This is where the symbol was derived.  The patient would wrap his hand around a pole and squeeze until his veins would dilate the barber would then slit the patients wrist and the blood would flow down the pole and into a catch basin below.

Now, with the understanding of the Barber’s Pole symbolism, and countless records of murderous barbers throughout history and from every continent, I ask you:  What better place for a Vampire to have hidden in plain view for centuries?

Inherited traits of the Vampire

trait     Vampires, though undead, age and mature in a way much like mortals.  A human child is born, he learns how to sit, crawl, walk then run.  Just as the human child must learn how to function with their new found abilities, a new vampire must learn to adapt to their new life as an immortal.

A vampire from age 0 – 20:  A “New One” as referred to in the Adrian Triology, the vampire gains only the basic characteristics such as fangs, claws, night vision, enhanced speed, hearing and smell.  By the time the “New One” has mastered his newly found skills, he will develop new ones.

A vampire from age 20 -50:  A vampire in this age range is comparable to the toddler stage in the human race.  The human in his toddler stage has mastering speech and mobility, strengthening both mentally and physically.  The vampire is acquiring enhanced strength, stamina and agility along with the ability to hypnotize.

A vampire age 50 – 100 years:  At this stage the vampire is in his adolescence he is still mastering the skills from his “toddler” stage but he is also acquiring telepathic abilities and the requirement of feeding is not as frequent as it had been in the past 50 years.

A vampire age 100 – 250 is considered an adult.  Once again the vampire finds that he must feed less frequently and now by now has acquired the ability if flight.

Age 250 – 1000 years is considered middle aged.  The vampire will experience enhancements both physically and mentally, again with the ability to go longer between feedings.  The middle aged vampire can be exposed to a limited amount of sunlight and recover fully.

A vampire that is 1000 years old of more is considered an Ancient or “Elder”, also reference so in the “Adrian Trilogy”.  As a vampire ages 250+ years they continue to enhance both physically and mentally.  Their other abilities are mastered and their tolerance to exposure of sunlight will continue to strengthen.  An “Elder” vampire can go as long as several weeks without feeding.

 

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The bonding of blood

imagesCAVEN7GF  Drinking the blood of a Vampire has an entrancing effect.  For a human it creates a strong bond on the Vampire’s part, the effect is different for both parties.  For the human it will result in an overwhelming affection towards the vampire, but the results are not permanent.  For the bond to remain intact, the human must consume the vampire’s blood regularly, but best no drink from another as the initiating vampire will know and the act will infuriate him.  For a Vampire to share his blood with a human is considered a gift and for the human to drink from another is an insult to the Vampire.  The bond to the human for the Vampire is quite different.  The Vampire that has allowed a human to drink from him sees the human as “his”.  The bond will allow for him to know what the human is thinking at all times, allowing for him to protect them if endangered.  All Vampire blood is potent but the more elder the Vampire, the more potent his blood.

A Vampire that shares his blood with another Vampire is a rare find indeed.  The result of this bonding is different than when introduced to a human.  When a Vampire allows for his blood to be shared the receiver will inherit some of their knowledge and experiences.  The more often this occurs, the more knowledge and experiences are shared, thus as vampires see each others as competitors it is a rare act indeed for one to feed upon the other.  Upon this occasion it would signify a great trust between two immortals.

Different from the rest is the initial feeding during the process of being turned.  The new Vampire will inherit a strong bond with his maker, he will receive new abilities common to all turnings as well as an “affectionate” bond with his maker.  The maker will have the ability to summon and command the new vampire but as his maker he typically has only the best intentions for his “offspring” when having done so.  In the beginning the bond is stronger as the new vampire will require much guidance, but as the vampire ages the bond will weaken but will never go away.