A History of Vampires in New England (Haunted America)
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New England is rich in history and mystery. Numerous sleepy little towns and farming communities distinguish the region's scenic tranquility. But not long ago, New Englanders lived in fear of spectral ghouls believed to rise from their graves and visit family members in the night to suck their lives away. Although the word vampire" was never spoken, scores of families disinterred loved ones during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries searching for telltale signs that one of them might be what is now referred to as the New England vampire."
on their old property; this is why no one could find their graves in the Old East Cemetery. One of the Johnson plots in the Old East Cemetery in Willington, Connecticut. Note the grassy space in the foreground. For now, we have only scant records that state that an exhumation took place in an attempt to rid the Johnson family of their plight. This case is also the first time that a vine being part of the cure for vampirism is brought up. This idea would surface several years later in Vermont
died until six were dead, and the seventh, a son, was taken ill. The mother also now complained of these nightly visits of Sarah. These same characteristics were present in every case after the first one. Consternation confronted the stricken household. Evidently something must be done, and that, too, right quickly, to save the remnant of this family. A consultation was called with the most learned people, and it was resolved to exhume the bodies of the six dead children. Their hearts were then
in New England helps one to understand why people felt the way they did. It is important to note that all of the documented vampire cases in New England take place in rural, remote areas where certain education, superstition and customs were handed down from generation to generation. In many cases, doctors and proper medicine were few and far between, and some superstitions, being much older than known medicines at the time, were certainly known to the people in one form or another. In Monson
also varies from culture to culture. In medieval Hungary, it was thought that the illness was caused by a doglike demon eating away at the lungs, and when the victim coughed, it was the demon barking. The disease, causing its victims to become gaunt and pale, also gave rise to many other superstitions. Strange remedies were instituted for the disease. One English remedy was to swallow live baby frogs before breakfast. Another was to have the afflicted person sleep where he would be exposed to the
Massachusetts. He backs up his findings by citing references from both of the states’ history books, maintaining that the incident was indeed part of the Massachusetts colony in 1655 but was mistakenly credited to Rhode Island. My research also concluded that Ann Hibbins, wife of William Hibbins, an influential merchant and one-time chief magistrate, was hanged for witchcraft in the Boston Common in 1656. Although originally acquitted by a jury, the popular voice of the people forced the