Recent Vampire attacks in New Orleans

FRENCH QUARTERNew Orleans has a history and reputation for many things Vampire.  At the heart of it all is the French Quarter which has seen it’s share of Vampire incidents since becoming home to Jacques de saint Germain hundreds of years ago.  As a matter of fact, many other members of the Vampire elite society have and still do find haven in New Orleans. Though it is a known fact to all locals, very little documentation may be found as we whisper the details of current activity only amongst ourselves.

The French Quarter has been haven to many Vampires throughout history.  A perfect setting as the area has always had a high rate of murder and missing persons.  The living are drawn to the area by its’ mystery and charm, eager to experience an encounter with the undead.  Few are lucky enough to return with their experiences, most have vanished without a trace leaving only a trail of whispered accounts amongst the locals.

One example of such a case happened in 1984.  Though, once again little documentation can be found (not surprising as many paranormal incidents are hidden from plain sight by New Orleans officials) the locals are very well aware of the incident.

Nine people were found in and about the French Quarter area, all having had their throats ripped out.  Paramedics and other first responders were dumbfounded as that though the scenes were gory, there was no blood to mention.  The case resembled an earlier occurrence where in 1933 two known prostitutes met the same demise.  A witness that lived above the scene said that he heard screams, as he ran to his balcony he saw a tall dark figure leaning over the victim.  The dark figure was reported to have leapt over a 12 foot wall at the end of the alley and disappeared with no trace.  The violence of both of the attacks would have left signs of a struggle and the bodies should have bled out.  But they did not, in fact the bodies in both cases were drained completely.  The cases remain unsolved to this day but the locals know the truth.

In the mid eighties a rogue vampire moved into the area making his home on Royal street, near to where St. Germain called home in the early 1900’s.  This Rogue vampire had caused so much turmoil in his brief stint in the city that New Orleans officials had began to pressure the known vampire elders in the community, who did not appreciate the invasion of their privacy.  Forced by the attention and suspicion that was cast upon them, the elders gathered and met in reference to the rogue vampire, all agreed that he should be eliminated.  And so it was, the rash of vampire attacks ended as quickly as it had began.

Now, everyone knows that it is against nature for vampire to kill vampire, however in this instance the greater good prevailed.  It is said that the slain trouble-maker was ripped apart by the elders during an ancient ritual, which no living man has ever witnessed.  After the ceremony the remains of the vampire were placed in a crypt at a nearby cemetery.  It is said by the locals that his screams and moans can be heard through the thick marble walls of the vault to this day.

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Rasputin, a Vampire?

rasputinGrigori Rasputin was a well known Russian mystic with the ability to foresee the future and heal the sickly.  Rasputin had a vast knowledge and understanding of the bible and was regarded as a starets, or an elder, a title typically reserved for monk-confessors.  In the early 1900’s Rasputin had earned the reputation of being a saintly, mystic, visionary, healer and prophet having impressed many public figures with his biblical knowledge and understanding.

In 1907 Rasputin was invited into the Romanov estate by Tsar Nicholas II in hopes that he could heal their ailing son Tsarevich Alexi, who suffered from hemophilia (hmmm, interesting!).  Rasputin, who had successfully healed Alexi, would remain with the family for several years, serving as their psychic adviser he would influence their political reign until sometime in around 1915.

Though Rasputin was haled as a great and saintly man by many, there were those that saw him as a charlatan or an evil man that was possessed by demons.  After several assassination attempts by various parties who feared the control that Rasputin had over the Tsarina, a group of nobles led by Prince Felix Yusupov, Dmitri Pavlovich, the grand duke and Vladimire Purishkevich, a right wing politician, devised a new plot for his assassination.

Rasputin was lured to the Yusupovs’ Moika Palace, where they served him cakes and red wine laced with a large amount of cyanide.

According to the legend, Rasputin was not affected, although there was enough poison to kill ten men. Maria Rasputin’s account says that if her father ate poison, it was not in the cakes or wine, because after the attack by Guseva, he had hyperacidity, and avoided anything with sugar. She expressed doubt that he was poisoned at all.

Determined to finish the job, Yusupov worried that Rasputin would live until morning, so that the conspirators wouldn’t have time to conceal his body. He ran upstairs to consult with the others, then came back down and shot Rasputin through the back with a revolver. Rasputin fell. When Yusupov went to check on the body, Rasputin opened his eyes, grabbed Felix by the throat, strangling him, and then threw him across the room and took off. As he made his bid for freedom, the rest of the conspirators arrived and fired at him. After being hit three times in the back, he fell. As they neared his body, they found he was trying to get up so they clubbed him into submission. Then after wrapping his body in a sheet, threw him into the icy Neva River. (Other accounts says he was not dead when he fall into the Neva but he received two silver bullets in the chest and was eventually defeated because of the running water flaw of the vampire.)

Three days later the body of Rasputin — poisoned, shot four times, and badly beaten — was recovered from the river and autopsied. The cause of death was drowning. His arms were apparently found in an upright position, as if he had tried to claw his way out from under the ice. In the autopsy, it was found that he was poisoned, and that the poison alone should have killed him.

Subsequently, the Empress Alexandra buried Rasputin’s body in the grounds of Tsarskoe Selo. After the February Revolution, a group of workers from Petrograd uncovered Rasputin’s body, carried it into a nearby wood and burned it.
Weeks before he was assassinated in December 1916, according to his secretary Simonovich, Rasputin wrote the following:

I write and leave behind me this letter at St. Petersburg. I feel that I shall leave life before January 1. I wish to make known to the Russian people, to Papa, to the Russian Mother and to the Children, to the land of Russia, what they must understand. If I am killed by common assassins, and especially by my brothers the Russian peasants, you, Tsar of Russia, will have nothing to fear for your children, they will reign for hundreds of years in Russia. But if I am murdered by boyars, nobles, and if they shed my blood, their hands will remain soiled with my blood, for twenty-five years they will not wash their hands from my blood. They will leave Russia. Brothers will kill brothers, and they will kill each other and hate each other, and for twenty-five years there will be no nobles in the country. Tsar of the land of Russia, if you hear the sound of the bell which will tell you that Grigori has been killed, you must know this: if it was your relations who have wrought my death, then no one in the family, that is to say, none of your children or relations, will remain alive for more than two years. They will be killed by the Russian people. I go, and I feel in me the divine command to tell the Russian Tsar how he must live if I have disappeared. You must reflect and act prudently. Think of your safety and tell your relations that I have paid for them with my blood. I shall be killed. I am no longer among the living. Pray, pray, be strong, think of your blessed family. -Grigori

So what became of Alexi?  It was said that after the revolution of 1917, he and his family were exiled to Siberia where subsequently their assassination was ordered by the order of the Bolshevik Government, though rumors of his survival remained until 2007 when the charred remains of what archeologists claim to be Alexi and his other surviving sibling Anastasia were found near Yekaterinburg.

Accounts of the assassination were interesting to say the least.  It is said that the Assassins shot and stabbed the boy repeatedly, yet he continued to live………

Read More: http://vampires.monstrous.com/Rasputin.htm#ixzz2XKQqjssw

The Medieval Vampire

perperikon-vampire-bulgaria-skeleton-.si    The “18th century Vampire Conspiracy” is said to have ignited the basis of the modern era Vampire.  Though we know from previous blogs, there are other examples of documentation that exist from before the Bible was ever penned.  Nevertheless, there was a frenzy of Vampire sightings during this era in and near Transylvania, resulting in frequent stakings and grave diggings.  The panic began as an outbreak of vampire attacks occurred in East Prussia in 1721 which  spread to outlying regions up until 1734.

 

Two famous vampire cases, which were the first to be officially recorded, involved the corpses of Peter Plogojowitz and Arnold Paole from Serbia. Plogojowitz was reported to have died at the age of 62, but allegedly returned after his death asking his son for food. When the son refused, he was found dead the following day. Plogojowitz soon supposedly returned and attacked some neighbours who died from loss of blood.   In the second case, Arnold Paole, an ex-soldier turned farmer who allegedly was attacked by a vampire years before, died while haying. After his death, people began to die in the surrounding area and it was widely believed that Paole had returned to prey on the neighbors.

So who was there to document these occurrences?  For one, Dom Augustine Calmet, a well respected French theologian and scholar.  Calmet was also a monk, in 1688 he joined the same Order at the Abbey of Saint-Mansuy at Toul, where he was admitted to profession on the 23 October of the following year.   After his ordination, 17 March 1696, he was appointed to teach philosophy and theology at the Abbey of Moyenmoutier.

In 1746 Calmet comprised a comprehensive treatise concerning the existence of Vampires.  As you can imagine, the compilation of reports on vampire incidents was quite controversial for his time, therefore it was certainly read by all to include even Voltaire.  In his Philosophical dictionary, Voltaire wrote:

These vampires were corpses, who went out of their graves at night to suck the blood of the living, either at their throats or stomachs, after which they returned to their cemeteries. The persons so sucked waned, grew pale, and fell into consumption; while the sucking corpses grew fat, got rosy, and enjoyed an excellent appetite. It was in Poland, Hungary, Silesia, Moravia, Austria, and Lorraine, that the dead made this good cheer.

An example of Calmets’ reports:


“It is now about fifteen years since a soldier, who was quartered in the house of a Haidamack peasant, upon the frontiers of Hungary, saw, as he was at the table with his landlord, a stranger come in and sit down by them. The master of the house and the rest of the company were strangely terrified, but the soldier knew not what to make of it. The next day the peasant died, and, upon the soldier’s enquiring into the meaning of it, he was told that it was his landlord’s father who had been dead and buried above ten years that came and sat down at table, and gave his son notice of his death.

“The soldier soon propagated the story through his regiment, and by this means it reached the general officers, who commissioned the count de Cabreras … to make an exact enquiry into the fact. The count, attended by several officers, a surgeon, and a notary, came to the house, and took the deposition of all the family, who unanimously swore that the spectre was the landlord’s father, and that all the soldier had said was strictly true. The same was also attested by all the inhabitants of the village.

“In consequence of this the body of the spectre was dug up, and found to be in the same state as if it has been but just dead…. The count de Cabreras ordered its head to be cut off, and the corpse to be buried again. He then proceeded to take depositions against other spectres of the same sort, and particularly against a man who had been dead above thirty years, and had made his appearance there several times in his own house at meal-time. At his first visit he had fastened upon the neck of his own brother, and sucked his blood; at his second, he had treated one of his children in the same manner; and the third time, he fastened upon a servant of the family, and all three died upon the spot.

“Upon this evidence, the count gave orders that he should be dug up, and being found, like the first, with his blood in a fluid state, as if he had been alive, a great nail was drove through his temples, and he was buried again. The count ordered a third to be burnt, who had been dead above sixteen years, and was found guilty of murdering two of his own children by sucking their blood.

“The gentleman who acquainted me with all these particulars, had them from the count de Cabreras himself, at Fribourg in Brisgau, in the year 1730.”

Sound pretty convincing to me, You?

Read More: http://vampires.monstrous.com/The_18th-Century_Vampire_Controversy/All_Pages.htm#ixzz2XAktodoM

                         http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vampire_folklore_by_region

The Book of Nod

Ever heard of it?  Not many have!   There is no true “book” in form but a compilation of texts created by a variety of sources and in many languages such as Greek, Latin, Enochian and other ancient languages.

The “Core” story of the book is the Chronicle of Cain.  Cain, son of Adam and Eve, murdered his brother Abel.  As punishment for his sin, Caine is banished to live in Nod, east of Eden. Caine wanders in Nod for an unspecified period of time, until he meets Lilith, former lover and coeval of his father, Adam. In her bitterness, Lilith teaches Caine potent magic, the Disciplines of the modern nights. Immediately after this, Caine abandons Lilith and is approached by Angels of the Lord.

These Angels offer Caine the opportunity to repent, which he rejects. Each Angel in turn curses Caine with a specific vulnerability: sunlight, fire and treachery. The last Angel prophesies the path of Golconda, then leaves Caine alone.

Another reference to Liltih and Cain can be found in the Erciyes Fragments thought to have been collaborated by some of the same Noddist scholars that contributed to the “book” of Nod.

Genesis chapter tells us the creation of Adam, Eve, Caine, and Abel. Adam and Eve’s tale retells the banishment from the Garden of Eden, sans snake however.(This Eve is depicted as acting in her capacity as helpmeet to Adam, as well God’s command to serve him.) Once banished from the garden, Adam and Eve had two children…Caine and Abel. They spent years toiling away; Abel was a shepherd while Caine was a farmer. When Adam told Caine and Abel to offer sacrifice for the Lord, each offered only their “first and best” to the altar. When Abel’s offering pleased the Lord, he received the Lord’s blessing. To Caine, God said nothing, “turned His face” and did not bestow his blessing.

Caine asked his father Adam why the Lord did not accept his sacrifice; Adam told him to search his offering for any flaws or blemishes: “For the Lord will have no thing that is marred, But only the most perfect and beautiful of offerings”. Caine then asked his brother Abel why the Lord was not pleased with his offering. Abel reminded Caine that the earth was cursed for man’s sake; (therefore anything grown from the earth, that was offered to the altar, would be flawed) Abel bade Caine to “Give unto God that which is not born of the earth, and it’s blood shall be pleasing to Him.” (As Abel’s offering of Lamb’s blood was.)

In (Possibly) Caine’s own words: “So I did as he said, and I offered up blood. I did as my father said, and offered up that which was perfect and beautiful. I did as God commanded, and offered up the first and best of all I possessed.”

The sky darkened, a cold wind blew from the gates of Eden and the voice of the Lord boomed forth:

“Caine, what have you done? The blood of your brother cries out to Me from the earth. The ground has opened up her mouth to drink his blood. First killer of man be accursed by My word. The very earth shall reject you, A fugitive and wanderer shall you become, Outcast from the sons of Adam until the end of time.”

Caine answered thus:

“Then how shall I live? Every man that sees me shall know of this curse. Every hand shall be turned against me.”

“I will set My sign upon you,” He said.”All men shall know by its presence not to harm you. He who does shall be cursed sevenfold, And he who tries to slay you will earn My eternal wrath.”

Caine then forced back his tears of rage, his tears of sorrow, and hardened his heart against the Lord: “Such offerings I would not give him, nor any sacrifice from my heart.”

“So be it.” Caine said unto the Lord, he turned his face from Him, and set off into exile.

Enter Lilith:

For beyond the land of Eden, lay the land of Nod where Caine ran to. He saw lands to be tilled and animals to be tamed; yet he would not do God’s work. Caine cursed his existance and refused to give glory to God. He wandered alone long into the night; then upon him came a woman. Garments dark as night, woven from shadow. Skin as pale as the moon with a chill as winters grasp. Eyes and lips glowing as embers in the night. Caine questioned who this woman was, she responded as ” I am Lilith…second created from God. First banished.”

Lilith of unnatural power; with the belief of a survival of the fittest. Lilith taunted Caine, showing him her dark power but not teaching it to him. So he took her blood, devoured her powers. Believing he became stronger, with the belief of survival of the fittest; he took it upon himself to taunt Lilith and the Children of Seth. The belief of conquoring the brood of Seth and “if the shall worship me, they are free to do so.” And so came temptation

See: http://wiki.white-wolf.com/worldofdarkness/index.php?title=Erciyes_Fragments

Some poetry to start your week…

Damned by the day, imprisoned by light
Eagerly awaiting his freedom by night.

His fierce eyes shown glowing, as he patiently waits
to bring his next victim to the woest of fates.

He claws at his coffin, as he relives the day
that the Gods above cursed him and made him this way.

So cold and so empty, no mercy has he
His only true love is the passion to feed.

Peace overcomes him as he suckles his prey
He, sated with each heart beat that withers away

A brief taste of life is all that remains
once he licks his lips dry and removes the blood stains.

His heart has grown weary, he now longs for the day
that his soul is released for there’s no other way.

To bring him true peace, he must walk in the light
and embrace his last moments of immortal sight.

He draws his last breath, as his sins burn away
his body collapses and the ground starts to sway.

The earth has broke open to reclaim her son
His immortal life ended, at last, now is done.

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Documentation of Vampires in ancient texts…..

One of the earliest forms of recorded evidence of the Vampire was found on a tablet at Ur dating back to 2000 b.c.e.  The Sumarian epic poem mentions Lilith.  Lilith’s name appears in Gilgamesh and the Huluppu-Tree.  So, who is Lilith?

Some scholars claim that Lilith was the original mate to Adam. Though the book of Genesis does not mention her by name, there are several indications, if read carefully that suggest that Eve was indeed not the first female created by God.  It is argued that because of her acts, Lilith was removed from the Bible.   It is said that The first man and woman were formed from the dust of the Earth by the hands of God, however within the same book of Genesis, It is contradicted by stating that Eve was formed from one of Adams ribs. There are several other references to Lilith throughout the Old and New Testaments of the Bible that suggest further details of Lilith’s legacy though also not mentioning her by name. So what became of Lilith?     Legend states that because she refused Adam she was banished from the Garden of Eden and became the Queen of darkness. Lilith was said to have bred with the Nephilim, fallen angels, resulting in the birth of enlightened beings with knowledge of the heavens and the earth as well as a thirst for blood.

Other respected ancient texts that mention the vampire are the Aggadah which refers to texts in the classical Rabbine literature of Judaism dating 1500-1200 A.D.

The writer Homer, in the 8th century relayed: The undead are too insubstantial to be heard by the living and cannot communicate with them without drinking blood first.

Documents from the 12th century Inquisisiton, a group of institutions within the judicial system of the Roman Church detail several occurences of encounters with vampires.

William of Newburgh – wrote in the 1190s, “It would not be easy to believe that the corpses of the dead should sally (I know not by what agency) from their graves, and should wander about to the terror or destruction of the living, and again return to the tomb, which of its own accord spontaneously opened to receive them, did not frequent examples, occurring in our own times, suffice to establish this fact, to the truth of which there is abundant testimony”. Stories of revenants were very personal, always about a specific individual who had recently died.

Leo Allatius (also known as Leone Allacci) seventeenth-century Greek vampirologist, was possibly the first modern author to write a book on vampires.

After completing his studies, he returned to Chios as the assistant to the Roman Catholic Bishop Marco Giustiniani. He later moved back to Italy to study medicine and rhetoric, and worked for many years at the Vatican library.

In 1645 he completed De Graecorum hodie quirundam opinationibus,in which he discussed many of the beliefs common to the people of Greece. Allatius covered the Greek vampire traditions in great detail. He described the Vrykolakas,the undecomposed corpse that has been taken over by a demon, and noted the regulations of the Greek Church for the discernment and disposal of a Vrykolakas. He then noted his own belief in the existence of vampires, which had occasionally been reported on Chios.

The list goes on and on, some of the most respected writings throughout history document encounters with the children of the night. Stay tuned to the blog, as we closer examine these, and other historic writings that document the existence of the Vampire.