Real Vampire Sightings
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...
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.