A recent story was released by ABC News that a tiny village in Serbia was under “Public Health Warning”. “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 says.
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.
For the people in this 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. They believe that he is on the move because the home he occupied for so long, a former water mill, recently collapsed in November 2012. Savanovic is believed to be looking for a new home.
Savavovic was a notorious Vampire that lived in mortal form sometime during the mid 1700’s. Said to have been one of the first Serbian Vampire predated in local history by only Peter Blagojevich. Peter Blagojević and the affair surrounding him came to European attention at the time, under the name Peter Plogojowitz, and represented one of the earliest examples of vampire hysteria.
Serbia has a long and documented history of being haven to many of the undead, one of the most highly regarded and documented accounts was recorded in January of 1732. Dr. Johannes Flückinger, regiment medical officer dispatched by the Honorable Supreme Command, was sent to Serbia to exhume the bodies of 13 alleged vampires, according to Scientific American. “After the examination had taken place,” Flückinger’s official report stated, “the heads of the vampires were cut off by the local gypsies and then burned along with the bodies, and then the ashes were thrown into the river Morava.”
The villagers are living cautiously and as you may have guessed, Vampire enthusiasts are flocking to the area. There is a warning on every villagers lips as the curious tourists organize their investigations; “Do not stare at him, do not laugh at him, keep your distance, Savavovic roams the misty forests of the mountains when the sun goes down.”