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Family of tuberculosis or vampires?
« on: November 05, 2016, 18:53:28 PM »

The vampire/tuberculosis link exists in many other cases. When Capt Isaac Burton married in 1790 in Vermont he didn,t expect to be soon a widower. But soon after the wedding his bride, Rachel Harris, died of TB.

Eventually Burton married a second time, to Hilda Powel. But she, too, became ill with TB - although friends were convinced the cause was Rachel, returning as a vampire to kill the second wife.

Acting on advice, in February 1793 a thousand people gathered to watch Rachel?s body exhumed, whereupon vital organs were cut out to be fed to Hilda as a cure, and the body burned. Regardless of this, Hilda died in September.

On 5 Feb 1970 Franz von Poblocki in the Polish town of Kantrzyno, was buried in the local graveyard. Two weeks later, his son Anton also died, while other members of the family experienced debilitating illness and terrifying nightmares.

To the locals, the answer was clear. Even in the late 20th century, Franz had become a vampire, and was feeding on the souls of his family.

The family brought in a vampire hunter who beheaded Anton?s corpse and headed to the graveyard to exhume Franz. The undertaker immediately went to the priest, who tried to stop them, but that night, Franz was dug up and beheaded. The obvious cause of the deaths was TB, and the family and hunter were put on trial and found guilty. Though a court of appeal dropped the charges.

Today we are generally less superstitious of illness. But in the past we can say vampires existed in a sick society in more ways than one.

Published with kind permission of Anthony North, November 2007. For more scary, interesting and puzzling facts please visit
Beyond the blog, Vampires and Sickness
Diary of a writer
and Anthony North

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