The Radojevo Vampire

There was a man named Miloch who lived just beyond the village of Radojevo.  The villagers suspected him of sorcery as he kept to himself and had a bird that he had taught to speak as his companion.  Miloch had been known to have the ability to communicate with wolves, he had raised and trained several that guarded his home by day.  In 1731, Miloch expired for reasons unknown.  The villagers held vigil and buried him in the village cemetery.

In July of 1732 the Prince of Wurtenberg sent Jozsef Faredi-Tamarzski to Radojevo to investigate the death of eleven villagers that had passed during January and February of the same year.  The villagers claimed that Miloch had returned as a vampire and was responsible for their deaths.  The deceased were said to have withered away within seven to ten days with no obvious symptoms other than night terrors which seemed to have plagued all eleven victims.  The deceased were examined by the village physician who could not explain their deaths but made note that bluish puncture marks were found on two of the deceased necks.

Faredi-Tamarzski took testimonies from all involved and called a town meeting to explain to the villagers that their tormentor could not possibly be a vampire, that their friends and family had likely succumbed to a plague.  The villagers refused to listen, Faredi-Tamarzski called other meetings to try and reason with the villagers, to no avail.  The villagers insisted that Miloch be exhumed and staked immediately.  Faredi-Tamarzski, having exhausted all argument with the villagers conceded to exhume the body.

Milochs’ grave of fifteen months was dug out, the board that covered his coffin was removed to reveal a corpse that was completely intact.  Miloch’s eyes stared up coldly at the villagers as they stared down into the grave.  Out of his mouth trickled a steady trickle of blood.  Blood had seeped from the coffin and into the soil surrounding it.  Upon closer examination, Miloch was found to be completely pliable, his skin still having a rosy hue.  Faredi-Tamarzski ordered the body to be staked immediately.  Miloch was staked and covered with a layer of unslaked lime then reburied.  Faredi-Tamarzski then ordered the exhumation of all of the victims as well so that he may examine them.  Eight of the corpses were decomposing at a normal rate, two were found with a rosy complexion with some stiffening of the limbs but pliable elsewhere.  The last, a female had not decomposed in the slightest, her skin glowed healthily and the body was pliable, her eyes too stared back at the villagers that had gathered around her.  Faredi-Tamarzski ordered the other three corpses to be staked and buried in the same manner as Miloch.

Faredi-Tamarzski returned to Wurtemburg and delivered the report of his findings to the Prince, with quite a change of heart.