Dealing with the Undead: 5 Supposed Vampire Graves from Around the World
Dealing with the Undead: 5 Supposed Vampire Graves from Around the World

Dealing with the Undead: 5 Supposed Vampire Graves from Around the World

Natasha sheldon - May 7, 2017

Dealing with the Undead: 5 Supposed Vampire Graves from Around the World
Jewett City Cemetery, Connecticut. Google Images

A Vampire in New England

An accidental discovery near the site of an old abandoned farm in Griswold Connecticut revealed that a belief in vampires was alive and well in early 19th century New England. More than twenty burials were discovered near the farm, with the deceased placed conventionally in their coffins. But one stood out as different.

Belonging to a male in his 50s, the corpse was buried in one of only two stone crypts in the cemetery. His coffin had been painted red and it was obvious to the excavators that it had been forced open sometime after burial. Inside, the skeleton did not lie in peaceful repose. Instead, it had been disarticulated and its skull and thighbones arranged on top of its fractured rib cage in a skull and cross bones arrangement.

This was nothing to do with piracy. Rather, the vandalism of the grave, estimated at five years after burial, is linked to a series of exhumations of graves in neighboring Jewett city in the 1850s-graves of suspected vampires. The suspected vampires were disinterred, disarranged and reburied. Rib cages of the suspect corpses were smashed, their hearts removed and then burnt in blacksmith’s forges. All were features repeated in the Griswold grave.

This vampire frenzy was perpetrated by an outbreak of TB in the mid-1800s. In an isolated community, fear of the disease, a powerlessness to prevent it accompanied by the pallor of the victims and their coughing of blood created the perfect environment for supernatural superstitions to rear up. The Griswold corpse may have been one of the earliest victims and thus associated with the future outbreaks-explaining why its coffin was later broken into and the body disturbed.

Dealing with the Undead: 5 Supposed Vampire Graves from Around the World
Sarah Roberts. Google Images

A Lancashire Vampire in Peru

One grave in the local cemetery in Pisco, a fishing town in south Peru has a strange legend behind it. The grave holds the remains of Sarah Roberts, a Lancashire woman who died in 1913 and who was reputed to be one of the brides of Dracula.

According to the locals, Sarah was condemned as a witch and vampire by officials from Blackburn, Lancashire in June 1913. She was flung alive into her lead-lined coffin, but before the lid was shut, she cursed her judges and swore vengeance- an event that was to occur rather curiously in 1993. Fearful of the threats, Sarah was forbidden burial in any of the local graveyards, leaving her husband was left to wander the world until Pisco eventually took her. After this, he disappeared mysteriously, never to be seen again.

In 1993, there was an earthquake in Pisco. Sarah’s grave was one of the few to survive the quake intact all except for the gravestone that cracked. This was enough to give the legend new life. Pregnant women avoided the cemetery for fear that their unborn children would become a vehicle for the vampire’s spirit. Other braver individuals ‘staked’ out the standard tools of the vampire hunter-just in case Sarah decided to reappear.

The supposed bride of Dracula was conspicuous by her absence-probably because she was a simple cotton weaver. Records show that Sarah Roberts was born, bred and married in Lancashire with no other incident. When her brother in law moved to Lima to manage a cotton mill, Sarah and her family visited him- and it was on one of those trips that Sarah died. The only thing that was resurrected in 1993 was her peculiar legend, which arose because of misunderstanding, ignorance-and an environmental disaster.

As for her grieving husband, his disappearance is no great mystery. He simply returned to Lancashire and opened a grocer’s shop.

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