Real Vampire Sightings

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Are vampires real?

Vampires have been in our folklore and legends for hundreds of years, perhaps even thousands. The stories of vampires permeate cultural borders, expanding into cultures on every continent in the world. But are these legendary blood-suckers real? Has anyone in modern times actually seen a real vampire?

Besides the modern-day vampire subculture, there have been real vampire sightings. And I'm not talking the kind of vampire that resembles a gothic teen with a long black trench coat. I'm talking about the kind of vampire who attacks a human being and then disappears into the night. I'm talking about real vampire sightings in cemeteries and alleyways.

Perhaps real vampires do exist...

The Castle
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7th Ave in Ybor City
7th Ave in Ybor City | Source

Real Vampire Sightings: The Vampire of Ybor City

Nestled in the historic district of Ybor City in Tampa, Florida is a gothic club resembling a medieval castle. It has been there for decades, and it has seen some of Tampa's most interesting individuals. Many gothic people and people living different lifestyles frequent this nightclub, including someone who seems to be something entirely different than human...

A tall, dark-clothed man named Rex has been known to appear within The Castle's walls on numerous occasions. He is rather quiet, keeps to himself amongst the crowded rooms, but sometimes he enjoys conversation with a young lady. Rex is extremely seductive and has been known to appear and disappear supernaturally. Many people believe he is a real vampire, one of the legendary undead still roaming this earth...looking for his next victim. Or perhaps he is just lonely and looking for a woman to be his soul-mate...for eternity.

But where did this vampire come from? It is no doubt that there are some very paranormal things happening in historic Ybor City in Tampa; so is it no wonder that the undead might flock to this old city in search for times past? Unfortunately, blood just isn't what it used to be.

To read about haunted Ybor City in Tampa, Florida click here.

French Quarter
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A Carriage on Decatur Street
A Carriage on Decatur Street | Source
Saint Louis Cemetery #1
Saint Louis Cemetery #1 | Source

Real Vampire Sightings in New Orleans: Ramon the Vampire

New Orleans is a place shrouded in mystery, history, tragedy, and romance. It is a city deep in the heart of the South, surrounded by the Louisiana bayous, and crawling with all kinds of supernatural beings. Real vampire sightings have not only occurred in New Orleans, they have run rampant in the Cajun city for centuries.

One of the first vampires of New Orleans and probably the first real vampire sighting occurred at a dark place that is known as Casa Do Diablo. Sometime in the 1700s, a vampire named Ramon lived at Casa Do Diablo and tended to the gardens, as required by the master of the house (Ramon's brother-in-law). Ramon was not always a vampire, he had once been a human...though a rather strange one. The legend has it that Ramon came upon a secret Voodoo ritual down a dark alley in New Orleans one day and was cursed. The curse turned him into the undead and gave him an unnatural longing for human blood.

The brother-in-law found Ramon lying dead among the trees in the garden one day, and so they decided to bury Ramon among the same roots of the garden's trees because Ramon loved it there so much during life. During the digging of Ramon's grave, they found dozens and dozens of decomposing body parts...all from human beings who had been drained of blood. They hastily buried Ramon, knowing he had been a murderer under their roof! Unfortunately though, Ramon did not stay in his grave and as he was one of the undead, he ravaged New Orleans at night and took even more lives to quench his vampiric thirst. The people of the house found Ramon among the garden's trees one day, and they were able to drive stake through his heart and bury him.

To this day, people in New Orleans claim that real vampire sightings occurs at Casa Do Diablo quite frequently. Some say it is just Ramon's restless soul that rises from the ground and flies about town, sucking the life-force from as many victims as he can. Others say Ramon, the oldest vampire in New Orleans, was never really killed but still lives on the property of Casa Do Diablo...and moans "Let me out! I am the devil!" from time to time.

The Masquerade Nightclub
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Real Vampire Sightings in Atlanta, Georgia

Quite similar to the real vampire sightings in Ybor City is an occurrence in Atlanta, Georgia at another nightclub known as Masquerade. While some detest this legend as mere lies to draw in a crowd, others say that it is known fact that a vampire walks the premises on certain occasions. More than one person have seen a dark figure walking around the building's property, seemingly stalking the night as if it was one of the undead.

But the inside of Masquerade is also haunted by a black man's ghost, which some say is actually the vampire in disguise or simply mistaken. No victims have been reported at Masquerade...at least not yet. There are screams heard coming from the back stairwell quite often, which some say are screams from ghosts others say they could be the screams of the vampire's victims. Does a real vampire stalk the Masquerade building looking for blood donors?

To read more about this haunted nightclub, click here.

Old trees in St. Pete, FL...could the undead sleep amongst their roots?
Old trees in St. Pete, FL...could the undead sleep amongst their roots? | Source
City Gates of Saint Augustine, FL
City Gates of Saint Augustine, FL | Source

Real Vampire Sightings in Florida

Very close to my home in the sunshine state, there have been many real vampire sightings. Florida doesn't seem like a place where vampires would lurk; however, legends and stories tell us that vampires could be anywhere and everywhere...including Florida. In September of 2011, a young woman claiming to be one of the undead attacked an elderly man in a wheelchair. She yelled at him that she was a vampire before sinking her teeth into his neck. The elderly man had to go to the hospital to get stitches in his face, lips, and neck from the attack of this alleged real vampire.

You can actually find this article in the New York Post. This real vampire sighting and attack occurred in beautiful St. Petersburg, Florida. After being arrested, the young woman claimed she had no recollection of the incident. Was she really one of the undead or was this real vampire sighting just a case of psychosis?

To read about a haunting of the ghostly kind in Saint Petersburg, FL CLICK HERE.

Other real vampire sightings have happened all over Florida, particularly in Saint Augustine. Saint Augustine is one of the oldest cities in Florida and is known particularly for its paranormal activity. But pirates' ghosts aren't the only supernatural creatures that haunt Saint Augustine...vampires have also been documented to have made attacks in the city. In the 1930s, an entire family was supposedly killed by a vampire...with their throats bitten and blood drank. The neighbors of the family had seen a man dressed in black who had left the house, who supposedly hissed at them as he walked away from the scene.

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Have you seen a real vampire?

These are only a few of the dozens of real vampire sightings recorded and remembered by people in the United States. Each year, some case of vampirism explodes into the newspapers...some go widespread while others go unnoticed.

Real vampire sightings don't only happen in the United States, they happen all over the world. With all of the legends, tales, and sightings of vampires, are these creatures real or are they just figments of our imagination? Have you seen a real vampire lately?

Written and copyright © by Kitty the Dreamer (May Canfield), 2012. All Rights Reserved.

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Comments 33 comments

kyky 2 years ago

Hey um my name is kk but I wanted to know something.I see movies about vamps but i see them becoming beautiful with beautiful eyes and hair.I wonder do they just form beautiful or look the same?


aanchal rai 3 years ago

wow.........i love vampires but are they real?


Kassie 3 years ago

Love the article it was amazing, I'm over joyed to know I'm not the only one who believes in Vampires, though I've never had an encounter yet, I do wish to, but thank you for this extravagant article I adored it, you did a lovely job. ~Kassie~


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kittythedreamer 3 years ago from the Ether Author

LeAnn - To each his own, right?


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LeAnnJones 3 years ago from Arkansas

Great piece here, love it! Looks like you put some research into this. I have always been fascinated by the vampire culture and you have to love those that 'claim' to be vampires that are so open about it. Of course we know the real answer, but sometimes you just have to do a double take and ask yourself, "Seriously?"


wilingtobeturn 3 years ago

I personally even after reading this wish i could be one i don't fear them at all their like my angels i want to make peace with their kinds, but they fear me and i want them not to


wilingtobeturn 3 years ago

I think that people fear vampires for the ancient folklores, the olden legends, I can't begin to wonder why humans would be so rude to them they are no different then us other then the fact that they are stronger, live longer, and never feel pain, they function just the same but feast upon their victims which in their eyes they call the chosen ones, i myself met on and he didn't scare me , he was polite, and so beautiful seventeen years old i met him in the summer, i knew what he was , he must of read what i was thinking because the second i said in my head "he has to be a vampire , its not normal to be like that or the teeth that's so not possible" and once i said that and when he was talking his canines grew longer , i couldn't help but watch , i felt as if someone was controlling me ....but i liked it ....he was understandive of my problems, i wont forget him either. he said he was from romainia near a town of transilvainia . his acent was strong and he used the term "likewise" when i said it was nice to meet him. he kept staring at my neck and wrist.


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kittythedreamer 3 years ago from the Ether Author

InterSpaceWriting - Thank you!


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InterSpaceWriting 3 years ago from UK

Good hub, very interesting :)


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livewirez 3 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Sea

I don't really believed in vampires, the reason is I didn't really experienced seeing one.


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valsonwesker 3 years ago from India

I was vampire in my past life, I think.


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kittythedreamer 3 years ago from the Ether Author

Thanks for reading, carrie lee!


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carrie Lee Night 3 years ago from Northeast United States

kittythedreamer: Very INTERESTING article :) enjoyed the read. I believe actual vampires only exist in fiction. They are a subject of fantasy, myth and in some cases insanity. Thanks again for the read. Have a great day :)


??? 3 years ago

Have there been any vampire and/or other supernatural sightings in Texas maybe near Pearsall?


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mts1098 3 years ago from InsideTheManCave

The things we see can either be a dream, the imagination or real...It is up to us to figure out what the image is and where it comes from...cheers


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Demetre Winfield 4 years ago from chicago

its too much to share on hubpages and slightly private. you can email me though.


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kittythedreamer 4 years ago from the Ether Author

Demetre - Can you tell us more? You have me intrigued...


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Demetre Winfield 4 years ago from chicago

vampires are nothing to play with psychic or otherwise. i was part of a vampire subculture and still am and the things i have seen were questionable at first. but now, im not so sure.


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Lipnancy 4 years ago from Hamburg, New York

I have been to the night club in Atlanta to see some local bands. Had no idea that is was considered haunted.


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kittythedreamer 4 years ago from the Ether Author

HereToHelp - That's probably because I live in Florida and I'm a bit partial to the stories that I hear locally. thanks for the comment!


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HereToHelp2012 4 years ago

Very cool article really enjoyed reading. To bad there where none in kentucky LOL. Perfect article for Halloween well done. I did find it odd there are more sightings in Florida. Maybe there working on there tan.


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kittythedreamer 4 years ago from the Ether Author

AP - I know! Scary and awesome at the same time, right? Drac sounds like a total nerd to me, LOL. Blessings!


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Man, real Vamps in Florida, New Orleans and Atlanta. Guess it's the day and age. Nicely done compilation and write here kitty. Back in the 70s there was a guy known as Drac who would don his fangs and cloak then run around the streets and yards at midnight. He was harmless though so people took it in their stride. Veedy interesting info kitty.


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kittythedreamer 4 years ago from the Ether Author

cryptid - I heard that movie was pretty good...but who doesn't love a Johnny Depp movie? True with the pirate thing, too. I have to agree. Thanks!


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cryptid 4 years ago from Earth

I just watched the new Dark Shadows movie this past weekend, so my mind has been on vampires for a few days. Also pirates. No matter what character Johnny Depp plays he's going to seem like a pirate for the rest of his life.

Anyway, as annoyed as I get with the aforementioned goth kids who think they are vampires, I am equally fascinated by the idea that the real deal might exist. An informative and well-written hub, as usual.


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kittythedreamer 4 years ago from the Ether Author

And you too, Eddy!


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Wow scary or what !!!!I loved it and here's to so many more to follow. Have a wonderful day.

Eddy.


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Nupteiron Stulker 4 years ago from fredericksburg VA

CMHypno- we are not DEAD, mortal being, we are living and immortal... and we don't burst into flame when in the sun light... enough said


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kittythedreamer 4 years ago from the Ether Author

CMHypno - I've actually heard of the Highgate vampire many times but I didn't want to include him in this one as others on hubpages have written about it more than once. I try to put stories in my hubs that aren't particularly heard of a lot, ya know? Thanks for the read & comment! :) Blessings.


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CMHypno 4 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

Interesting hub. Seems strange that there are so many vampires in Florida as it is 'The Sunshine State' - talk about not being able to enjoys the benefits of where you are dead! Over here in London, there have reputedly been sightings of a vampire that lives in Highgate Cemetery, so the legend is persisting to this day


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kittythedreamer 4 years ago from the Ether Author

flashmakeit - I agree, me too! Happy Halloween.

rcrumple - Sounds like the worst kind of vamp. LOL. But yes, I have to agree...a creature of the night like a vampire would be the way to go, I think. :)


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rcrumple 4 years ago from Kentucky

Have often thought that if one was to become a creature of sorts, a vampire would be the way to go. The calm and cool of the night is a much greater preference, as well as, maintaining the ability to think as rational individuals. Anne Rice, of course, wrote much of Lestat and others, and even with the despair and maladies, again, it would be my choice. C'est le Vie! The only vampires I've ever met were those in business that sucked you dry and tossed you away when they'd used you up. lol Great Hub!


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flashmakeit 4 years ago from usa

Haunting! I hope I do not see a real vampire.

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