The identity of a vampire who died 200 years ago

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Archaeologists, along with biologists, identified a man who died two centuries ago in Connecticut. His body was buried in an abandoned cemetery in Connecticut. The cemetery itself was found by chance – children playing in the sand quarry dug up human remains.

Further research showed that 29 people were buried in the cemetery since the end of the 18th century. Among them were men, adults and children. The Walton family owned the cemetery.

On the tomb of one of the buried there were knocked out letters and numbers – JB-55. Researchers have suggested that these are the initials and age of the deceased man. An autopsy of his grave showed that the skeleton was beheaded: the skull and crossed femurs were placed on randomly folded vertebrae and ribs.

This was done with the remains of those suspected of vampirism.

Further study of the remains showed that the man was indeed 50-55 years old. His name was John Barber and he was engaged in farming.

The cause of his death, said a representative of the National Museum of Health and Medicine, was tuberculosis. In those years, patients suffering from tuberculosis were often ranked as vampires, and they also believed that after death they return to drink the blood of relatives and friends.

The fact that relatives of the deceased often also became ill with tuberculosis testified to the “infection” – it was believed that they were infected by the very same vampire who died. It was possible to put an end to this if one exhumed the remains, killed the “vampire” again (for example, to burn his heart) and buried them again in a certain way.

Most likely this is precisely the story that happened to John Barber: the relatives could not find the heart that could be burned, as it decomposed. Therefore, they decided to lay the bones in such a way as to protect themselves.

A similar “method” was discovered in other cemeteries, which indicates that the method was well known and actively used.

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