The story of Vlad the Impaler, the inspiration for the classic vampire tale, Dracula, is one that most people are familiar with. But while it might be based on a real-life historical figure, chances are that Vlad himself was not an immortal being who survived solely on the blood of the living.
Still, that doesn’t mean there weren’t real vampires out there. In fact, the stories of vampires who may have actually roamed the Earth are even more unsettling than the works of fiction we all know and love.
Once you learn about these 10 potentially real-life vampires, you’ll never look at a cemetery the same way ever again!
1. Petar Blagojevich: In 1725, a certain Serbian peasant named Petar Blagojevich died. Not really that remarkable of a story, right? Just wait until you hear what happened after he died, because that’s when things got really strange…
According to the story, Petar reportedly crawled out of his grave and asked his son for food. When his son, terrified, denied him, Petar murdered him and drank his blood. In a panic, the villagers thrust a stake through Petar’s heart once he had returned to his grave.
2. That same year, another Serbian man named Arnold Paole claimed to have been bitten by a Turkish vampire. To cure the ill effects, he ate handfuls of dirt from the vampire’s grave. Unfortunately, that might not have been quite enough; three days later, Arnold died…
Then, four people came forward claiming he had emerged from his grave and bit them. They all died shortly thereafter. Eventually, the townspeople agreed to dig up Arnold’s body and examine it. When they did, they found his eyes open and blood pouring from every orifice. They cut off his head and set him on fire to make sure he couldn’t strike again.
3. Myslata of Blau was a humble and simple shepherd from the 14th century who lived in a small village in what is now the Czech Republic. Myslata died, but then began to reappear to villagers at night. Those who saw him were doomed to die within eight days of his appearance.
Eventually they dug up his remains and drove a stake through his heart—but it did nothing! So, they dug him up again and tried driving stakes all over his entire body, which made him roar in pain before finally dying for good.
Thankfully, this seems to have kept Johannes from returning to stink up the town once more.
5. Countess Elizabeth Bathory: Born in Transylvania in 1560, Elizabeth had it all: She was a noblewoman with good looks and plenty of money to throw around. She was even engaged at the age of 12 to Ferenc Nádasdy, a well-to-do gentleman of the day.
Ferenc and Elizabeth married in 1575, though Ferenc eventually died in 1604. Left to her own devices, Elizabeth took to killing young virginal women so she could bathe in their blood and drink it, believing it would keep her looking young and beautiful forever.
Eventually she was made a prisoner in her own castle for these antics, though she was never tried for her crimes. She lived there alone until her death in 1614. Vampire or not, that’s pretty nuts!
The historian William de Newburgh recorded details of the case.
When his body bled, they claimed this was proof he was a vampire, so they set his remains on fire, effectively ending his reign of annoyance.
Needless to say, the villagers were desperate to put a stop to this.
Needless to say the people of the town of Kringa were terrified.
They finally cut off his head with a wood saw, and that seemed to do the trick.
Who knew that there were so many stories about alleged real-life vampires? These are much scarier than the same old Dracula tale, especially the ones that were never solved! Maybe they are real…
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