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DNA ID remains of 'vampire' found 30 yrs ago

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He had been in his grave so long that when his family dug him up to burn his heart, the organ had decomposed and was not there.

Desperate to stop him from stalking them, they took his head and limbs and rearranged them on top of his ribs in the design of a skull and cross bones. He was a "vampire" after all, and in rural New England in the early 1800s, this was how you dealt with them.

When they were finished, they reburied him in his stone-lined grave and replaced the wooden coffin lid, on which someone had used brass tacks to form the inscription "JB 55," for his initials and his age.

Now, 200 years or so after the death of what is now the country's best studied "vampire," DNA sleuths have tracked down his probable name: John Barber.

https://www.sciencealert.com/a-vampire-s-remains-were-found-30-years-ago-dna-is-discovering-who-he-is

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ScotDeerie

Interesting story. I can't imagine digging up a body to play around with it, though. Seems getting tuberculosis would be easier. And less pungent.

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Gwynbleidd

Sounds like he was an 1800's style of stalker (with with all the witchcraft/supernatural superstition added on top!) :lol: 

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ScotDeerie
7 hours ago, pixiii said:

Sounds like he was an 1800's style of stalker (with with all the witchcraft/supernatural superstition added on top!) :lol: 

A stalker? How did you get that?

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Gwynbleidd
13 hours ago, ScotDeerie said:

A stalker? How did you get that?

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Desperate to stop him from stalking them

Facetious I was. ;) 

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ScotDeerie
8 hours ago, pixiii said:

Facetious I was. ;) 

Ah. Got it.

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highdesert50

It seems the vampire was introduced in early 1800s literature and became a stock figure of Gothic fiction. Certainly Abraham Stoker's Dracula in 1897 made a big enough impact to get the movie studios interested. So, one see how these people may have been impacted by early 1800s literature.

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