Psychopathic vampire

Famous cases of psychopathic vampires

The sexual element of this disorder as well as the hyper-violent behaviors displayed by numerous serial killers, the most famous being Jeffery Dahmer, has become an inherent part of the modern notion of the vampire.

Several notorious criminals in history are considered by scholars and psychologists to have been psychotic vampires, including Fritz Haarman, Gilles de Rais, the Marquis de Sade, John Haigh, and Elizabeth Bathory. These individuals appear over and over in non-fiction books about vampires.

There have also been several cases of vampire crimes from the 1950s to the present. These include the Rudas, whose crime was connected with Satanic ritual, Richard Chase  and Joshua Rudiger, who believed themselves to be vampires, and John George Haigh, a serial killer.

1861     Martin Dumollard of Montluel, France, was convicted of murdering several young girls whose blood he drank. He was executed.

1872     Vincenzo Verzeni of Bottanaucco, Italy, was sentenced to life imprisonment in two cases of murder and four of attempted murder. He confessed that drinking the blood of his victims gave him immense satisfaction.

1897     Joseph Vacher of Bourg, France, while on a walking tour through the country, killed at least a dozen people and drank their blood from bites in their neck. He was finally captured, convicted, and executed.

1900 – 1970

1916     Following a notice that Bela Kiss, of Czinkota, Hungary, had been killed in World War I, neighbors searched his property and found the bodies of 31 individuals, all of whom had been strangled. Each corpse possessed puncture wounds in the neck and had been drained of blood.

1920     Baron Roman von Sternberg-Ungern, a nobleman in post-revolutionary Russia, drank human blood on occasion, seemingly in connection with a belief that he was a reincarnation of Genghis Khan. For his habits (and other reasons), he came into conflict with the new government and was executed.

1929     In 1929, 47-year-old Peter Kurten killed 9 people in Dusseldorf, Germany. The killings dubbed Kurten the nickname ‘the Monster of Dusseldorf’ because of his sadistic crimes.

1922     A German butcher named Fritz Harmon lured twenty-seven young boys to his home where he killed them with a bite to the neck, then drank their blood and sometimes dined on their flesh. He finally pput his skills as a butcher to good use when he ground up the remaining bodies and parts and sold it as sausage in his shop.

1947     Elizabeth Short of Hollywood, California, was murdered and her body dismembered. Later examination discovered that her body had been drained of its blood before the dismemberment.

1959     Salvatore Agron, a 16-year-old resident of New York City, was convicted of several murders that he carried out at night while dressed as a Bela Lugosi-style vampire. In court he claimed to be a vampire. He was executed for his crimes.

1960 Florencio Roque Fernandez of Manteros, Argentina, was arrested after being picked out of a line-up by 15 women who said someone had entered their bedroom, bit them, and drank their blood.

1963      Alfred Kaser of Munich, Germany, was tried for killing a 10-year-old boy. He drank blood from the boy’s neck after stabbing him.

1969     Stanislav Modzieliewski of Lodz, Poland, was convicted of seven murders and six attempted murders. One witness against him was a young woman he attacked, who pretended to be dead while he drank blood from her. Modzieliewski confessed to thinking that blood was delicious.

1967    James Brown, a seaman, drank the blood of a man he murdered. It was his second kill. While in prison, he killed two others before being confined to a padded cell.

1970 – Present

1971       Wayne Boden was arrested for a series of murders that began in 1968. In each case he had handcuffed the victim, raped her, and then bit her and sucked blood from her breast.

1973     Kuno Hoffman of Hurnber, Germany, confessed to murdering two people and drinking their blood and to digging up and drinking the blood of several corpses. He was sentenced to life imprisonment.

1979     Richard Cottingham was arrested for raping, slashing, and drinking the blood of a young prostitute. It was later discovered that he had killed a number of women, and in most cases had bitten them and lapped up their blood.

1980     James P. Riva shot his grandmother and drank the blood coming from the wound. He later said that several years earlier he had begun to hear the voices of a vampire, who eventually had told him what to do and promised him eternal life.

1982     Julian Koltun of Warsaw, Poland, was sentenced to death for raping seven women and drinking their blood. He killed two of the women.

1984   Renato Antonio Cirillo was tried for the rape and vampire-style biting of more than 40 women.

1985     John Crutchley was arrested for raping a woman. He held her prisoner and drank much of her blood. It was later discovered that he had been drinking the blood of more willing donors for many years.

1987   A jogger in a San Francisco park was kidnapped and held for an hour in a van while a man drank his blood.

1988   An unknown woman picked up at least six men over the summer in the Soho section of London. After she returned home with a victim, she slipped drugs into his drink. While he was unconscious, she cut his wrist and sucked his blood. She was never arrested.

1989   In Brisbane, Australia, Tracey Wigginton — “The Lesbian Vampire Killer”  — (born 1965) and two other women lured a 47-year old man, Edward Baldock, to a park on the banks of the Brisbane River. There, Wigginton stabbed him twenty-seven times, the ferocity of the attack nearly severing his head. Though no reason was given, it is thought that Baldock was murdered  supposedly in order to drink his blood. In 1991 she was sentenced to life imprisonment by the Supreme Court of Queensland.

1991   Marcelo da Andrade of Rio de Janeiro killed 14 young boys, after which he drank their blood and ate some of their flesh.

1992   Andrei Chikatilo of Rostov, Russia, was sentenced to death after confessing to killing some 55 people whom he vampirized and cannibalized.

1992   Deborah Joan Finch was tried for the murder of a neighbor. She stabbed the victim 27 times and then drank the flowing blood..

1996 A group of five teenagers from Kentucky were charged with first-degree murder in Florida, for killing the parents of one of the members. The five belonged to a clan thought to have 35 members in Kentucky who called themselves the “Victorian Age Masquerade Performance Society” or VAMPS. The leader engaged the group and others, in drugs, group sex and violence, which was masked by what was thought to be a theater group.

2002     A 19-year-old in Virginia, was charged with murder after stabbing another person 30 times. In his police confession he mentioned vampirism and stated that the taste of the deceased’s blood drove him into frenzy.