Where and How To Find A Vampire - Real Sightings
The History of Vampirism dates far beyond the fictional stories from Bram Stoker of Dracula. Written accounts of evil blood-sucking beings have been found in medieval texts, and vampire-like remains have been unearthed at a number of archaeological sites around the world with findings published in scientific journals. There are modern day reports of vampire sightings, and even accounts of people stepping forward and admitting to being a vampire. Vampire-like animals and insects are scientifically known to exist, so is it so far of a stretch to believe that Vampire-like humans are among us as well? The following article outlines popular locations where Vampire sightings have been reported in the real world, followed by tips and tricks on how to improve your chances of finding a Vampire.
Read on to find out where to find a vampire.
Highgate Cemetery, London
Highgate Cemetery is a burial ground in London that dates back to 1839, and was dedicated to burying the dead of elite families. The reason the cemetery was dedicated to London’s elite was due to the exotic landscape design and stunning architecture; 15 acres was dedicated to members of the Church of England and 2 acres was dedicated to people who did not belong to the church. The very first person to be buried in the cemetery was on May 26, 1839, and was a 36 year old woman by the name of Elizabeth Jackson. In 1854, the cemetery gained an additional twenty acres due to economic prosper, and it was connected to the existing acreage by an underground tunnel system. Highgate cemetery boasts elaborate and eccentric architecture, with buildings and catacombs built in a range of styles that include New Classical, Gothic and Tudor. In addition to laying to rest many elite English families next to beautifully haunting above and below ground tomb markers, the cemetery is perhaps most famous as housing the burial plot of philosopher Karl Marx, who died in 1883. The gates to the cemetery closed in 1975 due to bankruptcy, however a society so named ‘The Friends of Highgate Cemetery’ was created in order to preserve the cemetery for those families who maintain grave ownership. Extensive conservation and restoration work has been undergone on the cemetery, and it is currently open as both a functional burial ground and popular tourist destination.
Highgate Cemetery: Then and Now
Exeder, Rhode Island
There were a total of 12 Vampire attacks that date back to the 1800’s in the region surrounding Exeter, Rhode Island. Perhaps the most famous Vampire legend in America is the case of Mercy Brown. A young woman at the peak of life, Mercy Brown died of consumption on January 17, 1892, a time in which the deadly disease claimed the lives of so many. It was particularly common in small rural towns, where medicine and medical help was scarce. The case of Mercy Brown is particularly interesting, as an investigation into her death at the time revealed chilling results. Mercy’s 24 year old brother Edwin also contracted the disease, and on his deathbed claimed to have seen his deceased sister sitting on his chest, drawing him towards death. Rumours around the town also began to spread, with reports from townsfolk having seen Mercy Brown walking through the area. George Brown, the father of the family, with the company of a Doctor from Wickford, examined the corpse of his daughter who had been buried in an above ground temporary grave. He was hoping to disprove the rumours that his daughter was a Vampire. To their horror, not only was his daughter’s body not decomposing, but it appeared to have shifted in the grave and her skin appeared very much alive. In order to confidently ensure her rest, they gave her a proper burial following the removal and burning of her heart. Despite the tendency to disprove this story due to the lack of medical knowledge of the time, people continue to claim to see the form of Mercy Brown wandering around her resting place. Is there truly a Vampire in Exeter, Rhode Island? Many tourists flock their each year to see for themselves.
An eerie amount of evidence has literally been unearthed in Italy that proves what has previously only been believed to be common practice in burying those who were thought to be Vampires. Between the 14th and 18th centuries, the plague swept through much of Europe and was responsible for the death of a huge amount of people. Large burial sites were used to dispose of the dead, and these sites have been of interest to archaeologists today. Recently, remains have been uncovered of skeletons with bricks shoved in their jaws, which was common practice for people who were thought to be Vampires at the time. These bricks were believed to prevent the dead vampires from rising and eating the corpses of the plague-infested human remains that shared their graves. Recent archaeological findings have been located in mainly around Venice. As common practice for human beings to visit their dead family members in a cemetery, perhaps Vampires revisit these grave sites to mourn their buried kin.
Nowhere is Vampire lore more prominent than in Romania. In the small villages throughout the Carpathian mountains of Transylvania, it is common to hear stories of Vampire sightings and attacks, both historical and recent.
New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans is a city rich in dark culture, and is often thought of as the capital of voodoo and Vampire culture. People who are interested in Vampire culture seem to flock to the French Quarter, where many bars and hideouts claim to host Vampire patrons. The 'dark arts' in New Orleans date back to plantation slaves, who, in an attempt to hold on to their home culture, would practice voodoo rituals. Over the years, the fear of these practices lead to the common understanding that voodoo is dark, where in fact it originated as an uplifting spiritual practice. In any case, it is not uncommon to see locals and visitors alike moulding into the dark culture that seems to be so fashionable in that area. Whether you're interested in participating in the Vampire culture or simple observing, it is sure that you will find all sorts of interesting sights if you keep your eyes open. After all, what a great place for true Vampires integrate with society where people intentionally try to blend in with them.
In addition to the French Quarter being a likely hideout for Vampires, the above-ground cemeteries throughout the city are understood to be home to a number of Vampires. With reports of sightings a common occurrence, these large city-like cemeteries are a good bet for Vampire seekers. The cemeteries of New Orleans are a site in themselves, as due to the high water table, all grave tombs are located above ground. These tombs great grand avenues of death markers, where one could easily get lost amongst the dead. Be cautious, as you never know what human or undead entity might be lurking in the shadows.
New Orleans has become such a popular destination for Vampire seekers, that there are number of tours you can go on that will help you on your hunt. Click here for more information on Vampire tours of New Orleans.
How to Find a Vampire - Tips and Tricks
- Appear timeless. It is believed that Vampires do not age, and therefore may reflect the time they were born or created through the way the speak, dress or act. Human beings have a tendency to be drawn towards like-minded people when in foreign territory. For example, when travelling another country you may find yourself making friends with another person who is from the same town or country as yourself. If you find yourself somewhere where you believe to be Vampires, you are more likely to spark their interest if you yourself also appear to be of a specific time. Instead of following the current fashions, perhaps make a point of dressing from an earlier time period or wearing vintage jewellery or accessories that may suggest you are not of this era. By disguising yourself as someone who may have something in common with them, you may in fact draw their attention towards you.
- Put Away The Camera. If Vampires truly do exist, there is a reason why their existence is hidden.You are less likely to come in contact with a Vampire if you look as if your aim is to photograph or document them and share it with the public.
- Become A Night Owl. Nearly all accounts of Vampire sightings or attacks happen at night, and for good reason. It is unclear if Vampires are able to go in the sun or if that is just a common fictional stereotype, however any interactions during daylight would bring unnecessary attention to the encounter. If you're serious about trying to find a Vampire, then you're most likely going to need to go hunting after dark.
- Be Careful. This may not be a trick to FIND a Vampire, and it can't be known for certain if they even exist or not, however I must implore you to heed caution if out hunting for a Vampire. If all these reported attacks are in fact true, you should be careful to make sure your hunt doesn't turn you into the hunted.