We know that mosquitoes and vampire bats suck blood, but do “real” vampires suck blood? Was the first vampire a man or a myth, and did he drink blood? Vitamins flow throughout the body as a means of transporting nutrients throughout the body, which is why the pranic energy, or life force is in the blood. This is the reason why some human beings throughout history have practiced blood drinking. But the question still remains, did the original “Dracula” drink blood, and what is the truth behind the myths?
Bram Stoker got his inspiration for his book “Dracula,” on the real-life vampire named VladTepes (the Impaler). Impaling people seemed to be Vlads favorite pass-time, and he would impale as many as he could get his hands on. It has been estimated that he impaled 23,000 people, some of whom were his own people. It didn’t take much for Vlad to impale someone, because he did what he did for the love of impaling. All a person needed to do was be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Vlad was the King of what would now be present day Romania, and he had everyone who had even a slight chance to the throne impaled. His love for impaling made Vlad feared and hated by his enemies the Turks, as well as his own people. Those of the Ottoman empire loved to hate him so much that when Vlad finally met his own demise in battle, the Sultan had his head cut off and displayed so the people could rest easier knowing that this real life vampire was dead.
Bram Stoker thought the true story was so astonishing that no one would believe him, so he decided to make fictional accounts of Dracula, using Vlad as his inspiration.
Erzsebet (Elizabeth) Bathory was also someone who was recognized as being one of the original vampires. Elizabeth a countess born in Transylvania in 1560 to a noble family, the daughter of George and Anna Bathory.
Elizabeth became obsessed early on with torturing the servants; it is said she witnessed the way in which her family handled political prisoners, and would begin to act out her new found obsessions with the servants. One day while striking a servant girl for brushing her hair too roughly, some of the girls blood dripped on her hand. Later, while looking at her skin, she became convinced that her hand seemed to look smoother where the blood had touched it.
Elizabeth became obsessed with the idea of growing old, and became convinced that blood was the key to youthfulness. In her delusional mind she believed that the blood from virgin girls would be the strongest of youth promoting elixirs. Elizabeth’s first victim was the servant girl whom she slapped; she had her murdered so that she could bathe in her blood.
Elizabath would choose her victims and torture the girls for weeks and often months, then finally kill them; then use their blood to bathe herself with. It is said that Elizabeth had more than six hundred women murdered in her quest for their blood. She chose her victims among every class of society, sometimes even members of nobility themselves. In fact, later in her killing career she felt that the noble blood was of a higher quality and focused more on the girls of higher rank.
Elizabeth was intelligent, beautiful and had an interest in astronomy and the sciences, and then later she became involved in the occult. She took great interest in bizarre activities and surrounded herself with people who claimed to be witches, seers, alchemists, sorcerers and any like craft. It is also claimed that Elizabeth was a loving mother, who cared for her children as any normal woman would.
Elizabeth would sometimes drink the blood of a virgin who she considered to be especially beautiful, as she felt that the girls blood would work wonders for her own beauty.
The investigation into her crimes began in 1610, but during the whole investigation Elizabeth would never admit to anything. Her aristocratic status prevented her arrest, so in order to bring her to trial parliament had to pass a new law reversing the Act which prevented those with status not be prosecuted. No one seemed to care that the peasant girls were murdered, but were highly incensed about the murder of the higher class.
Never once did Elizabeth offer any word of apology or regret to the families of the girls she tortured and murdered. Since Erzsebet Bathory was of nobility she could not be executed, so she was sentenced to live in a small closet in the castle where she was never let out. She died four years later.
During the 18th century many people believed that vampires were real and that they lived among them. High government officials took part in the vampire hunts, and they had people dug up whom they suspected to be vampires. Then they would burn the bodies and either pour the ashes into the river or scatter them in the wind to make sure the vampire wouldn’t come back.
The Catholic church had priests whose job it was to hunt and destroy vampires. The vampire scare spread all the way around the world where hundreds of bodies were dug up and burned in order to rid communities of their obsessive fears.
There have been some instances of murders which have taken place to make it seem as if the victims had been murdered by a vampire. One such unsolved mystery happened to a family in St. Augustine, Florida. Oct. 5, 1933. A man coming to visit his family discovered them all dead. The mans brother, his wife and three children had oozing wounds on their necks, where someone had fed on their blood. The killer was never found.
So, are vampires real? Yes, there are definitely stories which have perpetrated the myths of vampires, and which are celebrated through books and movies today. No, the vampires with the big teeth which bite our necks and suck our blood are not real, except in the imaginations of some who attempt to emulate them as closely as they are able.
While watching movies and reading books people are often unaware that the stories are based on real life Sociopaths and serial killers. I wonder, when people are choosing a costume for their children for Halloween if they would be so quick to choose the vampire out-fit if they truly knew the stories behind the story.