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Vampires of New England

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Posted October 27, 2012

The Smithsonian Magazine investigates the vampires and vampire panics of 18th and 19th Century New England.  “In Manchester, hundreds of people flocked to a 1793 heart-burning ceremony at a blacksmith’s forge: ‘Timothy Mead officiated at the altar in the sacrifice to the Demon Vampire who it was believed was still sucking the blood of the then living wife of Captain Burton,’ an early town history says. ‘It was the month of February and good sleighing.'” (thanks, Dr. O!)

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