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Arnont Paule

Posted in Real Vampires 'n SerialKillers on 04/27/2010 by WickedGentleman

The Arnont Paule (Arnold Paole or Arnaut Pavle, as you can also find) was the man who brought up the Eighteenth century vampire controversy… Or, how should I say, 99% of the modern vampires are based on his not so sucessfull life.

Arnont was a Serbian hajduk who was believed to have become a vampire after his death, initiating an epidemic of supposed vampirism that killed at least 16 people in his native village of Meduegna, located at the Morava river near the town of Paraćin, Serbia. His case, became famous because of the direct involvement of the Austrian authorities and the documentation by Austrian physicians and officers, who confirmed the reality of vampires. Their report of the case was distributed in Western Europe and contributed to the spread of vampire belief among educated Europeans. The report and its significance for the subsequent Eighteenth century vampire controversy are nowadays explained with the poor understanding of the process of corpse decomposition at the time.

His first outbreak is only known from Flückinger’s report about the second epidemic and its prehistory. According to the account of the Medveđa locals as retold there, Arnold Paole was a hajduk who had moved to the village from the Turkish-controlled part of Serbia. He reportedly often mentioned that he had been plagued by a vampire at a location named Gossowa (perhaps Kosovo), but that he had cured himself by eating soil from the vampire’s grave and smearing himself with his blood. About 1725, he broke his neck (stupid.) in a fall from a haywagon. Within 20 or 30 days after Paole’s death, four persons complained that they had been plagued by him. These people all died shortly thereafter. Ten days later, villagers, advised by their hadnack (a military/administrative title) who had witnessed such events before, opened his grave. They saw that the corpse was undecomposed “and that fresh blood had flowed from his eyes, nose, mouth, and ears; that the shirt, the covering, and the coffin were completely bloody; that the old nails on his hands and feet, along with the skin, had fallen off, and that new ones had grown”. Concluding that Paole was indeed a vampire, they drove a stake through his heart, to which he reacted by groaning and bleeding, and burned the body. They then disinterred Paole’s four supposed victims and performed the same procedure, to prevent them from becoming vampires.

About 5 years later, in the winter of 1731, a new epidemic occurred, with more than ten people dying within several weeks, some of them in just two or three days without any previous illness. The numbers and the age of the deceased vary somewhat between the two main sources.

Glaser’s report on the case states that by 12 December, 13 people had died in the course of 6 weeks. Glaser names the following victims (here rearranged chronologically): Miliza (Serbian Milica, a 50-year-old woman); Milloi (Serbian Miloje, a 14-year-old boy); Joachim (a 15-year-old boy); Petter (Serbian Petar, a 15-day-old boy); Stanno (Serbian Stana, a 20-year-old woman) as well as her newborn child, which Glaser notes was buried “behind a fence, where the mother had lived” due to not having lived long enough to be baptized; Wutschiza (Serbian Vučica, a 9-year-old boy), Milosova (Serbian Milošova, actually “Miloš’s wife”, a 30-year-old wife of a hajduk), Radi (Serbian Rade, a twenty-four-year-old man), and Ruschiza (Serbian Ružica, a forty-year-old woman). The sick had complained of stabs in the sides and pain in the chest, prolonged fever and jerks of the limbs. Glaser reports that the locals considered Milica and Stana to have started the vampirism epidemic. According to his retelling, Milica had come to the village from Ottoman-controlled territories six years before. The locals’ testimony indicated that she had always been a good neighbour and that, to the best of their knowledge, she had never “believed or practiced something diabolic”. However, she had once mentioned to them that, while still in Ottoman lands, she had eaten two sheep that had been killed by vampires. Stana, on the other hand, had admitted that when she was in Ottoman-controlled lands, she had smeared herself with vampire blood as a protection against vampires (as these had been very active there). According to local belief, both things would cause the women to become vampires after death.

According to Flückinger’s report, by the 7th of January, seventeen people had died within a period of three months (the last two of these apparently after Glaser’s visit. He mentions Miliza, an unnamed 8 year old child; Milloe, Stana (a 20-year-old woman, died in childbirth after a three-day illness, reportedly said that she had smeared herself with vampire blood) as well as her stillborn child (as Flückinger observes, “half-eaten by the dogs due to a slovenly burial”), an unnamed 10-year-old girl, Joachim, the hadnack’s unnamed wife, Ruscha, Staniko, Miloe, Ruscha’s child (18 days old), Rhade, the local standard-bearer’s unnamed wife, apparently identical to Milošova in the other report along with her child, the 8-week old child of the hadnack and Stanoicka.  According to her father-in-law Joviza (Jovica), Stanoicka had gone to bed healthy 15 days previous, but had woken up at midnight in terrible fear and cried that she had been throttled by the late Miloe. Flückinger states that the locals explain the new epidemic with the fact that Miliza, the first to die, had eaten the meat of sheep that the “previous vampires” (i.e. Paole and his victims from five years prior) had killed. He also mentions, in passing, the claims that Stana, before her death, had admitted having smeared herself with blood to protect herself from vampires and would therefore become a vampire herself, as would her child.

The villagers complained of the new deaths to Lieutenant Colonel Schnezzer, the Austrian military commander in charge of the administration. The latter, fearing an epidemic of pestilence, sent for Imperial Contagions-Medicus Glaser stationed in the nearby town of Paraćin. On 12 December 1731, Glaser examined the villagers and their houses. He failed to find any signs of a contagious malady and blamed the deaths on the malnutrition common in the region as well as the unhealthy effects of the severe Eastern Orthodox fasting. However, the villagers insisted that the illnesses were caused by vampires. At the moment, two or three households were gathering together at night, with some asleep and others on the watch. They were convinced that the deaths wouldn’t stop unless the vampires were executed by the authorities, and threatened to abandon the village in order to save their lives if that wasn’t done. Failing Glaser consented to the exhumation of some of the deceased. To his surprise, he found that most of them were not decomposed and many were swollen and had blood in their mouths, while several others who had died more recently were rather decomposed. Glaser outlined his findings in a report to the Jagodina commandant’s office, recommending that the authorities should pacify the population by fulfilling its request to “execute” the vampires. Schnezzer furthered Glaser’s report to the Supreme Command in Belgrade (the city was then held by Austrian forces). The vice-commandant, Botta d’Adorno, sent a second commission to investigate the case.

The new commission included a military surgeon, Johann Flückinger, two officers, lieutenant colonel Büttner and J.H. von Lindenfels, along with two other military surgeons, Siegele and Johann Friedrich Baumgarten. On the 7th of January, together with the village elders and some local Gypsies, they opened the graves of the deceased. Their findings were similar to Glaser’s, although their report contains much more anatomical detail. The commission established that, while five of the corpses (the hadnack’s wife and child, Rade, and the standard-bearer’s wife and child) were decomposed, the remaining twelve were “quite complete and undecayed” and exhibited the traits that were commonly associated with vampirism. Their chests and in some cases other organs were filled with fresh (rather than coagulated) blood; the viscera were estimated to be “in good condition”; various corpses looked plump and their skin had a “red and vivid” (rather than pale) colour; and in several cases, “the skin on hands and feet, along with the old nails, fell away on their own, but on the other hand completely new nails were evident, along with a fresh and vivid skin”. In the case of Miliza, the hajduks who witnessed the dissection were very surprised at her plumpness, stating that they had known her well, from her youth, and that she had always been very “lean and dried-up”; it was only in the grave she had attained this plumpness. The surgeons summarized all these phenomena by stating that the bodies were in “the vampiric condition” (das Vampyrenstand, german). After the examination had been completed, the Gypsies cut off the heads of the supposed vampires and burned both their heads and their bodies, the ashes being thrown in the Morava river. The decomposed bodies were laid back into their graves. The report is dated 26th of January 1732, Belgrade, and bears the signatures of the five officers involved.

On the 13th of February, Glaser’s father, Viennese doctor Johann Friedrich Glaser, who was also a correspondent of the Nuremberg journal Commercium Litterarium, sent its editors a letter describing the entire case as his son had written to him about it already on the 18th of January. The story aroused great interest. After that, both reports (especially Flückinger’s more detailed version) and the letter were reprinted in a number of articles and treatises.

So, in the end, Arnont Paule brought uo the “Vampirism” Pathology Theory. Where people sometimes suspected vampirism when a cadaver did not look as they thought a normal corpse should when disinterred. However, rates of decomposition vary depending on temperature and soil composition, and many of the signs are little known. This has led vampire hunters to mistakenly conclude that a dead body had not decomposed at all, or, ironically, to interpret signs of decomposition as signs of continued life. Corpses swell as gases from decomposition accumulate in the torso and the increased pressure forces blood to ooze from the nose and mouth. This causes the body to look “plump,” “well-fed,” and “ruddy”, changes that are all the more striking if the person was pale or thin in life. Darkening of the skin is also caused by decomposition. The staking of a swollen, decomposing body could cause the body to bleed and force the accumulated gases to escape the body. This could produce a groan-like sound when the gases moved past the vocal cords, or a sound reminiscent of flatulence when they passed through the anus. After death, the skin and gums lose fluids and contract, exposing the roots of the hair, nails, and teeth, even teeth that were concealed in the jaw. This can produce the illusion that the hair, nails, and teeth have grown. At a certain stage, the nails fall off and the skin peels away, the dermis and nail beds emerging underneath could be interpreted as “new skin” and “new nails”. Folkloric vampirism has been associated with clusters of deaths from unidentifiable or mysterious illnesses, usually within the same family or the same small community. The epidemic allusion is obvious in the classical cases and in the vampire beliefs of New England generally, where a specific disease, tuberculosis, was associated with outbreaks of vampirism. As with the pneumonic form of bubonic plague, it was associated with breakdown of lung tissue which would cause blood to appear at the lips.

Nowadays we know that Arnont Paule, Glaser, Flückinger and the Eighteenth Century Vampire Controversy were wrong, and that all those symptoms are caused by decomposition. All of the phenomena described are normal characteristics of corpses at certain stages. Ruddiness is common, non-coagulated blood is often present and may be seen escaping from the orifices, and both nails and the outer layers of the skin peel off.

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Vampire Fangs

Posted in General on 04/22/2010 by WickedGentleman

Hey,

I’m going to show you now the many types of vampire fangs. Beggining with the classic or, the

“Dracula” Type:

This type is the most famous vampire fangs, is the first kind of teeth we think when we’re talking about vampires. This fangs were popularized in 1897, when Bram Stoker wrote his fantastic novel, featuring his primary antagonist the Vampire Count Dracula (OMG THIS IS AS GOOD AS Vlad III, The Impaler).

Now a days, we can find this kind of vampire fangs in 99% of the vampire histories, around the world. For some characters, this kind of fangs can also be retractile, showing up just when the vampire is ready to feed himself with some victims blood.

Vampire Lestat Type:

The Anne Rice’s vampire chronicles, were created in the movie with another kind of fangs, where the lateral incisor and the canines are both sharp.

This kind of teeth are not retractable and no matter what you do, you will see them if the vampire talks or smile. Those are not good for the vampire who want to live in the human civilization (nevertheless, the Anne Rice’s vampires can do that very well).

All sharp type:

This kind of type is not that common between the vampire legends around the world, but can be found in some of them. For exemple in a comic book called “Pinochio: The Vampire Slayer” where the vampires have all the teeth sharp. In the World of Darkness adaptation for the vampire hunter, Blade, there are also a type of vampire with all teeth sharp, called the Upier vampire. This kind of teeth are also not retractable and can’t be hidden. In the ‘vampire genoma theory’ those teeth are the most common type when you find a real VampireVampire gen, in another words, the real 100% vampires should have this kind of teeth when the half vampire were just able to have the ‘Dracula’ Type.

Central Incisor (Nosferatu) Type:

This kind of teeth were created in the year of 1922, when the germans brought up the Expressionist movie “Nosferatu: Eine Symphonie Des Grauens” (translated “Nosferatu: A Symphony Of Horror”). Nosferatu is an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and, because of the copyrights they were forced to change somethings. Count Dracula became “Count Orlok” and “vampire” became “Nosferatu”. Dracula was able to walk around in the day, Nosferatu wasn’t. Dracula had the canines sharp, Nosferatu had the central incisor. Now a days, the WhiteWolf corp. with the World of Darkness, created the Nosferatu vampire clan to the RPG Vampire: the Masquerade, and they also have this kind of teeth.

No Fangs (Twilight) Type:

Despite the author never mentioned ‘fangs’, many Twilight fans talk about fangs in the Twilight series. However, they are also not there when you watch the movie. The ‘no fangs’ can be considerated a new type of vampire teeth. I just wanna know how to they feed themselves without the sharp teeth. It really hurts, maybe.

Anne Rice

Posted in Books 'n writers on 04/15/2010 by WickedGentleman

Hello,

Today I’m going to talk about my favourite book writter, Anne Rice. She is the creator of the second most famous vampire of the world, Lestat de Lioncourt. Talking about vampire books, she  IS STILL the second on the list of the biggest vampire writters of the world, by now she decaying to the third place, being slowly overpassed by Stephenie Meyer and the Twilight Series for 100 million of copies against 42 millions…. Anne is now dedicating her life to create religious books.

(She looks great)

Anne Rice (Birth name Howard Allen O’Brien) was born on October 4, 1941. She was married to the poet and painter Stan Rice for 41 years until his death from cancer in 2002. Her books have sold nearly 100 million copies, making her one of the most widely read authors in modern history.

Rice spent most of her early life in Now Orleans, Louisiana which forms the background against which most of her stories take place. She was the second daughter in a Catholic Irish-American family. Rice’s sister, the late Alice Borchardt, also became a noted genre author. About her unusual given name, Rice said: “My birth name is Howard Allen because apparently my mother thought it was a good idea to name me Howard. My father’s name was Howard, she wanted to name me after Howard, and she thought it was a very interesting thing to do.”

Rice became “Anne” on her first day of school, when a nun asked her what her name was. She told the nun “Anne,” considering it a pretty name. Her mother, who was with her, let it go without correcting her, knowing how self-conscious her daughter was of her real name. From that day on, everyone she knew addressed her as “Anne.”

Rice graduated from Richardson High School, in 1959, to attend Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas and later North Texas State College. After a year’s stay in San Francisco, during which she worked as an insurance claims examiner, Anne returned to Denton, Texas to marry Stan Rice, her childhood sweetheart. Stan became an instructor at San Francisco State shortly after receiving his M.A. there, and Anne lived and worked in the San Francisco Bay Area from 1962 to 1988, experiencing the birth of the Hippie Revolution first hand as they lived in the soon to be fabled Haight-Ashbury district. Both attended and graduated from San Francisco State University.

Anne’s daughter Michele was born on September 21, 1966 and died of leukemia on August 5, 1972. She returned to the Catholic Church in 1998 after several years of describing herself as an atheist. She announced she would now use her life and talent of writing to glorify her belief in God, but has not expressly renounced her earlier works. Her son Christopher Rice was born in Berkeley, California in 1978 and is an author.

On January 30, 2004, having already put the largest of her three homes up for sale, Rice announced her plans to leave New Orleans. She cited living alone since the death of her husband as the reason. “Simplifying my life, not owning so much, that’s the chief goal”, said Rice. “I’ll no longer be a citizen of New Orleans in the true sense.” Rice had left New Orleans prior to the events of Hurricane Katrina in August 2005, and none of her former New Orleans properties were flooded. She remains a vocal advocate for the city and related relief projects.

After leaving New Orleans Rice settled in Rancho Mirage, California, allowing her to be closer to her son, who lives in Los Angeles.

In 1958, when Rice was 16, her father moved the family to north Texas, taking up residence in Richardson. Her mother had died three years before of alcoholism. Rice met her future husband while they were both students at Richardson High School. “I’m a totally conservative person,” she later told the New York Times (November 7, 1988). “In the middle of Haight-Ashbury in the 1960s, I was typing away while everybody was dropping acid and smoking grass. I was known as my own square.” She would not return to New Orleans until 1989. She completed her first book, Interview with the Vampire, in 1973 and published it in 1976. This book would be the first in Rice’s popular Vampire Chronicles series, which now includes over a dozen novels, including 1985’s The Vampire Lestat and 1988’s The Queen of the Damned. Along with several non-series works, Rice has written three novels in the Lives of the Mayfair Witches sequence. Additionally, Rice wrote three erotic novels under the pseudonym “A. N. Roquelaure.”

In October 2004, Rice announced in a Newsweek article that she would henceforth “write only for the Lord.” Her subsequent book, Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt, she calls the beginning of a series chronicling the life of Jesus. The second volume, Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana, was published in March 2008.

In 1994, Neil Jordan directed a relatively faithful motion picture adaptation of Interview with the Vampire, from Rice’s own screenplay. The movie starred Tom Cruise as Lestat, Brad Pitt as the guilt-ridden Louis, Antonio Banderas as the beautiful vampire Armand and was a breakout role for young Kirsten Dunst as the deceitful child vampire Claudia.

A second film adaptation, The Queen of the Damned, was released in 2002. Starring Stuart Townsend as the vampire Lestat and singer Aaliyah as Akasha, Queen of the Vampires, the movie combined incidents from the second and third books in the series: The Vampire Lestat and The Queen of the Damned. Produced on a budget of $35 million, the film only recouped $30 million at the domestic(US) box office.

A 1994 film titled Exit to Eden, based loosely on the book Rice published as Anne Rampling, starred Rosie O’Donnell and Dan Aykroyd. The work transformed from a love story into a police comedy, possibly due to the explicit S&M themes of the book. The film was a box office flop.

A film version of Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt was planned but, sadly later cancelled.

In 1997 she wrote a television pilot entitled Rag and Bone starring Dean Cain and Robert Patrick, which featured many of the common themes of her work.

The Feast of All Saints was made into a miniseries in 2001 by director Peter Medak.

Plans to adapt Rice’s Lives of the Mayfair Witches trilogy into a twelve-hour miniseries to be aired on NBC were dropped after a change of studio head and subsequent loss of interest in the project.

In 1997, there was a ballet adaptation of Interview with the Vampire, which premiered in Prague.

On April 25, 2006, the musical Lestat, based on Rice’s Vampire Chronicles books, opened at the Palace Theatre on Broadway after having its world premiere in San Francisco, California in December 2005. With music by Elton John and lyrics by Bernie Taupin, it was the inaugural production of the newly established Warner Brothers Theatre Ventures.

Despite Rice’s own overwhelming approval and praise, the show received mostly poor reviews by critics and disappointing attendance. Lestat closed a month later on May 28, 2006, after just 33 previews and 39 regular performances.

There are also a lot of comic books inspired on Rice’s novels, they are listed bellow:

  • Anne Rice’s The Mummy or Ramses the Damned #1-12 by Millennium Comics (1990)
  • Anne Rice’s Interview with the vampire #1-12 by Innovation Comics (1992)
  • Anne Rice’s Queen of the Damned #1-6 by Innovation Comics (1991)
  • Anne Rice’s The Tale of the Body Thief #1-12 by Sicilian Dragon (1999)
  • Anne Rice’s The Vampire Companion #1-3 by Innovation Comics (1991)
  • Anne Rice’s Vampire Lestat #1-14 by Innovation Comics (1990)
  • Anne Rice’s The Witching Hour #1-5 by Millennium Publishing (1992)

Rice has an adamant stance against fan fiction based on her work, releasing a statement on April 7, 2000, that prohibited all such efforts. This caused the removal of thousands of “fanfics” from the FanFiction.Net website. But the internet is always big and you still can find some of them. I sugest Live Journal and Dany&Dany.

Vampire Chronicles Fanart By Claudiakat (Click to enlarge)

There are also a lot of songs based on her stories, including Cradle of Filth’s Count Lestat, and others like the metalcore band Atreyu declares in the song “The Crimson,” “I’m an Anne Rice novel come to life.” An Italian band called Theatres des Vampires is named after a location featured in several books of The Vampire Chronicles. Their 1999 album is called The Vampire Chronicles. Malice Mizer, a Japanese rock band based heavily on French culture, uses the phrase “Drink from me and live forever” in their song “Transylvania.” “Drink from me and live forever” is a phrase from the first book Interview With the Vampire. Psytrance project Talamasca was named after the secret society in both the Vampire chronicles and the Mayfair Witches series. This is a solo project by the French musician Cedric Dassulle, which also calls himself DJ Lestat. Japanese visual kei rock band Versailles first album, Noble, is subtitled “Vampires Chronicle.” Furthermore, the sixth song is entitled “After Cloudia“, insinuating a relationship with Claudia from the series. The lead singer, Kamijo has stated he models himself after Rice’s character, Lestat de Lioncourt. The band Disturbed made the song Forsaken, that with Marilyn Manson’s Redeemer were sang by the Vampire Lastat on the movie Queen of Damned.

Her books are listed bellow:

This is how the real vampires look like.

The Vampire Chronicles

  • Interview with the Vampire (1976)
  • The Vampire Lestat (1985)
  • The Queen of the Damned (1988)
  • The Tale of the Body Thief (1992)
  • Memnoch the Devil (1995)
  • The Vampire Armand (1998)
  • Merrick (2000)
  • Blood and Gold (2001)
  • Blackwood Farm (2002)
  • Blood Canticle (2003)

New Tales of the Vampires

  • Pandora (1998)
  • Vittorio the Vampire (1999)

The Lives of the Mayfair Witches

  • The Witching Hour (1990)
  • Lasher (1993)
  • Taltos (1994)

Vampire/Mayfair crossover

In these novels the Mayfair Witches become part of the Vampire Chronicles world.

  • Merrick (2000)
  • Blackwood Farm (2002)
  • Blood Canticle (2003)

The Life of Christ

  • Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt (2005)
  • Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana (2008)
  • Christ the Lord: The Kingdom of Heaven (date not announced)

Songs of the Seraphim

  • Angel Time (October 2009)

Miscellaneous novels

  • The Feast of All Saints (1979)
  • Cry to Heaven (1982)
  • The Mummy (1989)
  • Servant of the Bones (1996)
  • Violin (1997)

Short fiction

  • October 4, 1948 (1965)
  • Nicholas and Jean (first ch. 1966)
  • The Master of Rampling Gate (Vampire Short Story) (1982)

Non-fiction

  • Called Out of Darkness: A Spiritual Confession (2008) (autobiographical)

Under the pseudonym Anne Rampling

  • Exit to Eden (1985)
  • Belinda (1986)

Under the pseudonym A.N. Roquelaure

  • The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty (1983)
  • Beauty’s Punishment (1984)
  • Beauty’s Release (1985)

In the US is possible to find a lot of Anne Rice’s fanclubs and book conventions.

The coolest vampire lestat quotes:

“I’m the vampire Lestat. Remember me? The vampire who became a super rock star, the one who wrote the autobiography? The one with the blond hair and the grey, and the insatiable desire for visibility and fame? You remember…”

“…I hated the fact only extreme pain in me could ever wring from her the slightest warmth or interest.”

“…And what constitutes evil, real evil, is the taking of a single human life. Whether a man would die tomorrow or the day after or eventually… it doesn’t matter. Because if God does not exist, then life… every second of it… Is all we have.” – Louis

“And she had been awakened, she had risen That music of yours could wake the dead. I’d done it again.”

“Finally those you love are simply… those you love.”

“I will be the Vampire Lestat for all to see. A symbol, a freak of nature – something loved, something despised, all of those things. I tell you I can’t give it up. I can’t miss. And quite frankly I am not in the least afraid.”

quotes source: lestatsdarkgiftshop

Lilith

Posted in Myths x Science on 04/07/2010 by WickedGentleman

Hey you all.

Today I’m going to talk about Lilith… She appears as a night demon in Jewish folkore and as a screech owl in Isaiah 34:14 in the King James version of the Bible. For some people, she was the first vampire.

In later folklore, “Lilith” is the name for Adam’s first wife. Her story was greatly developed, during the middle-ages, in the tradition of Aggadic midrashim, the Zohar and Jewish mysticism. She is believed to have originated as a female Mesopotamian storm demon associated with wind and was thought to be a bearer of disease, illness, and death. The figure of Lilith first appeared in a class of wind and storm demons or spirits as Lilitu, in Sumer, circa 4000 BC. The phonetic name “Lilith” is traditionally thought to have originated in Ancient Israel somewhere around 700 BC, despite post-dating even to the time of Moses.

The name “Lilith” is basicaly a female nisba from the word “LYL” that means, night. Literally translating to nocturnal “female night being/demon”.

The earliest reference to a demon similar to Lilith and companion of Lillake/Lilith is on the Sumerian king list, where Gilgamesh’s father is named as Lillu. Little is known of Lillu (“Wind[wer]man”; or Lilu, Lila) and he was said to interfere with women in their sleep and had functions of an incubus, while Lilitu appeared to men in their erotic dreams.

In Horace (De Arte Poetica liber, 340), Hieronymus of Cardia translated Lilith as Lamia, a witch who steals children, similar to the Breton Korrigan, in Greek mythology described as a Libyan queen who mated with Zeus. After Zeus abandoned Lamia, Hera stole Lamia’s children, and Lamia took revenge by stealing other women’s children.

There’s a curious jewish tradition against Lilith, in which an amulet is inscribed with the names of three angels (Senoy, Sansenoy, and Semangelof) and placed around the neck of newborn boys in order to protect them from the lilin until their circumcision.

The appearance of Lilith is more common on the Dead Sea Scrols (a collection of about 900 documents, including texts from the Hebrew Bible) . The first and irrefutable Lilith reference in the Song occurs in 4Q510, fragment 1:

And I, the Instructor, proclaim His glorious splendour so as to frighten and to terrify all the spirits of the destroying angels, spirits of the bastards, demons, Lilith, howlers, and desert dwellers… and those which fall upon men without warning to lead them astray from a spirit of understanding and to make their heart and their […] desolate during the present dominion of wickedness and predetermined time of humiliations for the sons of light, by the guilt of the ages of those smitten by iniquity – not for eternal destruction, but for an era of humiliation for transgression.

And there are also another fregments and proverbs that can reveal her existence:

Her house sinks down to death,
And her course leads to the shades.
All who go to her cannot return
And find again the paths of life.
— Proverbs 2:18-19

Her gates are gates of death, and from the entrance of the house
She sets out towards Sheol.
None of those who enter there will ever return,
And all who possess her will descend to the Pit.
— 4Q184

A cult in Mesopotamia is said to be related to Lilith by early Jewish leaders. According to the hypotheses proposed by William F. Albright, Theodor H. Gaster, and others, the name Lilith already existed in 7th century BC. and Lilith retained her Shedim characteristics throughout the entire Jewish tradition. Shedim is plural for “spirit” or “demon”. Figures that represent shedim are the shedu of Babylonian mythology. These figures were depicted as anthropomorphic, winged bulls, associated with wind. They were thought to guard palaces, cities, houses, and temples. In magical texts of that era, they could be either malevolent or benevolent. The cult originated from Babylon, then spread to Canaan and eventually to Israel. Human sacrifice was part of the practice and a sacrificial altar existed to the Shedim next to the Yahweh cult, although this practice was widely denounced by prophets who retained belief in Yahweh.

The Alphabet of Ben Sira is considered to be the oldest form of the story of Lilith as Adam’s first wife. Whether this particular tradition is older is not known. Scholars tend to date the Alphabet between the 8th and 10th centuries AD. (The attribution to the sage Ben Sira is considered false, with the true author unknown.) The amulets used against Lilith that were thought to derive from this tradition are in fact, dated as being much older. The concept of Eve having a predecessor is not exclusive to the Alphabet, and is not a new concept, as it can be found in Genesis Rabbah. However, the idea that Lilith was the predecessor is exclusive to the Alphabet. According to Gershom Scholem, the author of the Zohar, R. Moses de Leon, was aware of the folk tradition of Lilith. He was also aware of another story, possibly older, that may be conflicting.

The idea that Adam had a wife prior to Eve may have developed from an interpretation of the Book of Genesis and its dual creation accounts; while Genesis 2:22 describes God’s creation of Eve from Adam’s rib, an earlier passage, 1:27, already indicates that a woman had been made: “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” The Alphabet text places Lilith’s creation after God’s words in Genesis 2:18 that “it is not good for man to be alone”; in this text God forms Lilith out of the clay from which he made Adam but she and Adam bicker. Lilith claims that since she and Adam were created in the same way they were equal and she refuses to submit to him:

After God created Adam, who was alone, He said, ‘It is not good for man to be alone.’ He then created a woman for Adam, from the earth, as He had created Adam himself, and called her Lilith. Adam and Lilith immediately began to fight. She said, ‘I will not lie below,’ and he said, ‘I will not lie beneath you, but only on top. For you are fit only to be in the bottom position, while I am to be the superior one.’ Lilith responded, ‘We are equal to each other inasmuch as we were both created from the earth.’ But they would not listen to one another. When Lilith saw this, she pronounced the Ineffable Name and flew away into the air.

Adam stood in prayer before his Creator: ‘Sovereign of the universe!’ he said, ‘the woman you gave me has run away.’ At once, the Holy One, blessed be He, sent these three angels Senoy, Sansenoy, and Semangelof, to bring her back.

Said the Holy One to Adam, ‘If she agrees to come back, what is made is good. If not, she must permit one hundred of her children to die every day.’ The angels left God and pursued Lilith, whom they overtook in the midst of the sea, in the mighty waters wherein the Egyptians were destined to drown. They told her God’s word, but she did not wish to return. The angels said, ‘We shall drown you in the sea.’

‘Leave me!’ she said. ‘I was created only to cause sickness to infants. If the infant is male, I have dominion over him for eight days after his birth, and if female, for twenty days.’

When the angels heard Lilith’s words, they insisted she go back. But she swore to them by the name of the living and eternal God: ‘Whenever I see you or your names or your forms in an amulet, I will have no power over that infant.’ She also agreed to have one hundred of her children die every day. Accordingly, every day one hundred demons perish, and for the same reason, we write the angels’ names on the amulets of young children. When Lilith sees their names, she remembers her oath, and the child recovers.

And a lot of oder appearences, like in the Greco-Roman mythology, the Treatise on the Left Emanation, the Kabbalah, in the Victorian Period, the Faust from Goethe and many many others. But my point is the modern occultism.

Few magical orders dedicated to the undercurrent of Lilith, featuring initiations specifically related to the arcana of the “first mother” exist. Two organizations that use initiations and magic associated with Lilith are the Ordo Antichristianus Illuminati and the Order of Phosphorus, both Masonic. Lilith appears as a succuba in Aleister Crowley’s De Arte Magica. Lilith was also one of the middle names of Crowley’s first child, Ma Ahathoor Hecate Sappho Jezebel Lilith Crowley (b. 1904, d.1906), and Lilith is sometimes identified with Babalon in Thelemic writings. A Chaos Magical rite, based on an earlier German rite, offers a ceremonial Invocation of Lilith:

Dark is she, but brilliant! Black are her wings, black on black! Her lips are red as rose, kissing all of the Universe! She is Lilith, who leadeth forth the hordes of the Abyss, and leadeth man to liberation! She is the irresistible fulfiller of all lust, seer of desire. First of all women was she – Lilith, not Eve was the first! Her hand brings forth the revolution of the Will and true freedom of the mind! She is KI-SI-KIL-LIL-LA-KE, Queen of the Magic! Look on her in lust and despair!”
—Lilith Ritus, from the German by Joseph Max

In the modern ways, the RPGame Vampire: The Masquerade, created by the organization WhiteWolf, shows Lilith as the first vampire. The first wife of Adam, which was punnished for her revolt.

This apocryphal story is detailed in the Book of Nod (created by WhiteWolf) as the Cycle of Lilith and in the Revelations of the Dark Mother, a Bahari text which tells the Book of Nod from Lilith’s perspective. Some say the story lends evidence to support the theory that Lilith was one of the first mages, perhaps one of the predecessors of the Verbena (tradition of mages in the Old World of Darkness). And how does he repay her? By abandoning her as well, to wander forever apart, mother of monsters and thief of infant breaths. Caine goes on to found Enoch and Lilith leaves the scene.

She appears like a succubus to bring Cain to darkness and to teach him how to sourvive without God. The fragments bellow explain a bit of it:

Then there came to me
A sweet voice,
A honey voice
Words of succor.
Words of surcease.

A woman, dark and
Lovely,
With eyes the
Pierced the
Darkness
Came to
Me.

[…]

‘I am your Father’s first wife,
Who disagreed with the One Above
And gained Freedom in the Darkness.
I am Lilith.

– Book of Nod – The Coming Of Lilith

(The Book Of Nod – Part 2 – Lilith’s Magick [Click to Enlarge])

And on the Part 2 of the Book of Nod, she shows herself as a vampire:

And so, Lilith, bright-eyed Lilith,
Awakened me.
She cut herself with a knife
Bled for me into a bowl.
I drank deep, It was sweet.

-The Book Of Nod – Lilith’s Magick

Vampire – Serial Killers

Posted in Real Vampires 'n SerialKillers on 04/05/2010 by WickedGentleman

Hi there,

So, there are a lot of murderes that, by murdering, earned  the name of “Vampire.” I’ll list today, some of them.

The first is my favourite one, the Vampire of Düsseldorf. I already lived there (Düsseldorf), so that’s a pretty cool way to begin. His name was Peter Kürten, he was born on 26th May 1883 and died on 2nd July 1931. Peter commited a series of sex crimes, assaults and murders against adult and children, most notorioustly from februar to november 1929.

Peter Kürten was born into a poverty-stricken, abusive family in Mülheim am Rhein, the third of 11 children. As a child, he witnessed his alcoholic father repeatedly sexually assault his mother and his sisters. He followed in his father’s footsteps, and was soon sexually abusing his sisters. He engaged in petty criminality from a young age, and was a frequent runaway. He later claimed to have committed his first murders at the age of five, drowning two young friends while swimming. He moved with his family to Düsseldorf in 1894 and received a number of short prison sentences for various crimes, including theft and arson. As a youth he was employed by the local dogcatcher, who taught him to masturbate and to torture dogs . He also performed acts of beastiality including stabbing sheep to bring himself to climax. He also confessed to burning down a farmhouse and watching from the bushes while masturbating.

Kürten progressed from torturing animals to attacks on people. He committed his first provable murder in 1913, strangling a 10-year-old girl, Christine Klein, during the course of a burglary. His crimes were then halted by World War I and an eight-year prison sentence. In 1921 he left prison and moved to Altenburg, where he married. In 1925 he returned to Düsseldorf, where he began the series of crimes that would culminate in his capture and his sentencing to prison for several years.

On 8 February 1929 he assaulted a woman and molested and murdered an eight-year-old girl. On 13 February he murdered a middle-aged mechanic, stabbing him 20 times. Kürten did not attack again until August, stabbing three people in separate attacks on the 21st; murdering two sisters, aged five and 14, on the 23rd; and stabbing another woman on the 24th. In September he committed a single rape and murder, brutally beating a servant girl with a hammer in woods that lay just outside of Düsseldorf. In October he attacked two women with a hammer. On November 7th he killed a five-year-old girl by strangling and stabbing her 36 times with scissors, and then sent a map to a local newspaper disclosing the location of her grave. The variety of victims and murder methods gave police the impression that more than one killer was at large: the public turned in over 900,000 different names to the police as potential suspects.

The November murder was Kürten’s last, although he engaged in a spate of non-fatal hammer attacks from February to March 1930. In May he accosted a young woman named Maria Budlick; he initially took her to his home, and then to the Grafenberger Woods, where he raped but did not kill her. Budlick led the police to Kürten’s home. He avoided the police, but confessed to his wife and told her to inform the police. On May 24th he was located and arrested.

Kürten confessed to 79 offenses, and was charged with nine murders and seven attempted murders. He went on trial in April 1931. He initially pleaded not guilty, but after some weeks changed his plea. He was found guilty and sentenced to death.

As Kürten was awaiting execution, he was interviewed by Dr. Karl Berg, whose interviews and accompanying analysis of Kürten formed the basis of his book, The Sadist. Kürten stated to Berg that his primary motive was one of sexual pleasure. The number of stab wounds varied because it sometimes took longer to achieve orgasm; the sight of blood was integral to his sexual stimulation. Peter Kürten was executed on 2 July 1931 by guillotine in Cologne.

There’s a German movie, called “M – Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder” (1931) which tells Peter Kürten’s history in a very great German expressionist art. And the french movie Le Vampire de Düsseldorf (1964).

The next one is Mohammed Bijeh, also known as the Tehran Desert Vampire. He was born on February 7th, 1975 and died March 16th, 2005 in Ira. Mohammed confessed in court to raping and killing 16 young boys between March and September 2004, and was sentenced to 100 lashes followed by excecution. All the boys were between 8 and 15 years old. In addition, he killed two adults. A brother of one of his young victims stabbed him as he was being punished. The mother of another victim was asked to put the noose around his neck.


The execution took place in Pakdasht south of Tehran, near where Bijeh’s year-long killing spree took place. The killer was hoisted about 10 metres into the air by a crane and slowly throttled to death in front of the baying crowd. Hanging by a crane – a common form of execution in Iran – does not involve a swift death as the condemned prisoner’s neck is not broken. The killer collapsed twice during the punishment, although he remained calm and silent throughout.

Source: BBC

The next, Zdzisław Marchwicki (YEAH, say it 10 times. FASTER…!) a.k.a. “Zaglebie vampire”, was born on October 18th, 1927 in Dąbrowa Górnicza, and died on April 29, 1977 in Katowice, Poland. he belonged to a lower-class family. His father went through five marriages in which four children were born (three brothers and a sister) all of whom were later charged along with Zdzisław for criminal conspiracy, robbery and obstructing justice.

Marchwicki committed all of his killings in the following areas: in the neighbourhoods of Czeladź, Będzin (OMG I don’t have ANY idea how to pronunciate this), and adjoining towns in Zagłębie Dąbrowskie and Upper Silesia. The murders started in 1964 and continued, with occasional breaks, until late 1970.

Having been arrested in early 1972, Marchwicki was charged with the murder of fourteen women and the attempted murder of another six, but one attempted murder charge was not proven. After a highly publicized show trial which lasted for 10 months, Marchwicki received the death sentence in July 1975. His execution took place in 1977.

Zdzisław’s brother Jan Marchwicki also received the death penalty, while his third brother Henryk was sentenced to 25 years for taking part in a conspiracy to commit murder. The half-sister, Halina, got a three-year prison sentence for receiving stolen things such as watches and pens that she knew came from Zdzisław’s victims.

Criminal penalties were given out to Halina’s son, also called Zdzisław, for failing to inform the police about the murder conspiracies. In the course of the trial, and afterwards, there was much dispute whether Marchwicki was the real vampire. He did not show typical serial killer behaviour, remaining rather passive and demure during the criminal trials. While in prison waiting for the results of the appeal, he reputedly wrote a diary in which he described the killings in minute details, along with all the associated emotional ups and downs. It is firmly established today that the diary was dictated to him by police officers through a fellow prisoner. It seems barely possible that Marchwicki, who dropped out of school at an early age and had a low IQ (DÃ!) would write using a style that used complex sentences and included police slang terms.

There’s another polski guy, called the Vampire of Bytów, his name was Leszek Pękalski and he was born on February 12th 1966 in Osieki near Bytów, Poland. He is believed to have killed at least 17 people between 1984 and 1992. At some stage of criminal procedures he admitted to having killed as many as 80 people, but he later retracted his confessions. Nevertheless, due to problems with the collection of evidence, he was convicted for only one murder. As of 2007, he is serving a 25-year term in prison and is to be released in 2017, and he’s still alive.

The last one, a British one, John George Haigh commonly known as the “Acid Bath Murderer” or “The Vampire Of London”. John was born July 24th 1909, and died on August 10th 1949 , was active douring the 1940s. He was convicted of the murders of six people, although he claimed to have killed a total of nine, dissolving their bodies in concentrated sulphuric acid before forging papers in order to sell their possessions and collect substantial sums of money. During the investigation, it became apparent that Haigh was using the acid to destroy victims’ bodies because he misunderstood the term corpus delicti, thinking that if victims’ bodies could not be found, then a murder conviction would not be possible. The substantial forensic evidense beyond the absence of his victims’ bodies was sufficient for him to be convicted for the murders and subsequently executed.

On 6 July 1934, Haigh married the 21-year-old Beatrice Hammer. The marriage soon fell apart. The same year Haigh was jailed for fraud. Betty gave birth while he was in prison but she gave the baby up for adoption and left Haigh. He then moved to London in 1936, and became chauffeur to William McSwan, the wealthy owner of an amusement park. Following that he became a bogus solicitor and received a four-year jail sentence for fraud. Haigh was released just after the start of World War II.

While in prison he dreamed up what he considered the perfect murder of being able to destroy the body by dissolving it with sulphuric acid. He experimented with mice and found it took only 30 minutes for the body to disappear.

He was freed in 1944 and became an accountant with an engineering firm. Soon after, by chance, he bumped into McSwan in the Goat pub in Kensington. McSwan introduced Haigh to his parents, William and Amy, who mentioned that they had invested in property. On 6 September 1944, McSwan disappeared. Haigh later admitted hitting him over the head after luring him into a basement at 79 Gloucester Road, London SW7. He then put McSwan’s body into a 40-gallon drum and tipped concentrated sulphuric acid on to it. Two days later he returned to find the body had become sludge, which he poured down a manhole.

He told McSwan’s parents, William and Amy, that their son had fled to Scotland to avoid being called up for military service. Haigh then took over McSwan’s house and when William and Amy became curious as to why their son had not returned as the war was coming to an end, he murdered them too – on 2 July 1945, he lured them to Gloucester Road and disposed of them.

Haigh stole William McSwan’s pension cheques, sold their properties — stealing about £8,000 (£256 thousand when adjusted for inflation) — and moved into the Onslow Court Hotel in Kensington. By the summer of 1947 Haigh, a gambler, was running short of money. He found another couple to kill and rob: Dr Archibald Henderson and his wife Rose, whom he met after purporting to show interest in a house they were selling.

He rented a small workshop at 2 Leopold Road, Crawley, West Sussex, and moved acid and drums there from Gloucester Road. On 12 February 1948, he drove Henderson to Crawley, on the pretext of showing him an invention. When they arrived Haigh shot Henderson in the head with a revolver he had earlier stolen from the doctor’s house. He then lured Mrs Henderson to the workshop, claiming her husband had fallen ill, and shot her also. After disposing of the bodies in acid he forged a letter from the Hendersons and sold all of their possessions (except their dog, which he kept in a pre-filled 10 gallon drum of acid) for £8,000. This 1948 amount (the previous £8,000 mentioned above was worth more due to post-war deflation) is the equivalent of £216 thousand in 2010.

Haigh’s next and last victim was Olive Durand-Deacon, 69, a widow and fellow resident at the Onslow Court Hotel. She mentioned to Haigh, by then calling himself an engineer, an idea that she had for artificial fingernails. He invited her down to the Crawley workshop (number 2 Leopold Road) on 18 February 1949, and once inside he shot her in the back of the head, stripped her of her valuables, including a Persian lamb coat, and put her into the acid bath. Two days later Durand-Deacon’s friend, Constance Lane, reported her missing. Detectives soon discovered Haigh’s record of theft and fraud and searched the workshop. Police not only found Haigh’s attaché case containing a dry cleaner’s receipt for Mrs. Durand-Deacon’s coat, but also papers referring to the Hendersons and McSwans. Further investigation of the sludge at the workshop by the pathologist Keith Simpson revealed three human gallstones and part of a denture which was later identified by Mrs Durand-Deacon’s dentist during the trial and conviction.

Questioned by Detective Inspector Albert Webb, Haigh asked him “Tell me, frankly, what are the chances of anybody being released from Broadmoor?”. The inspector said he could not discuss that sort of thing, so Haigh replied “Well, if I told you the truth, you would not believe me. It sounds too fantastic to believe”. Haigh then confessed that he had not only killed Durand-Deacon, the McSwans and Hendersons, but also three other people: a young man called Max, a girl from Eastbourne, and a woman from Hammersmith.