The first vampire – Petar Blagojević

First well written record of vampires activities was a case in village Kisiljevo (called by Austro-Hungarian government at the time Kisilova) where Petar Blagojević (Pronounced Petar Blagojevitch) pic Kisiljevowas found to be the cause of some strange things. First of all, Austro-Hungarian authorities had a very bad habit to assimilate all people and this caused the difference in pronouncing the Petar’s name. Never the less, Petar was a farmer and very healthy for his age. Suddenly he sickened and died. Three days after his death his son heard some strange noises in the kitchen went there and found his dad looking for something to eat. Stunned, he made him a meal and after that vampire Petar went. Day after that son told his neighbor what happened and waited that night his vampire father for supper but Petar didn’t come. Night after that Petar did come but his son didn’t want to give him supper and Petar was pissed and gave him threatening look before he leaved. Next day Petar’s son died and the apparent reason was a massive blood loss. His death was the first out of nine in next few days. All persons that died had seen Petar the vampire during night in their sleep or while awake how he’s grabbing their neck and biting them.

Local authorities wanted to prevent mass hysteria and an army commander with his assistant went to Kisiljevo to examine the case. They opened all graves and examined all corpses, especially Petar’s. His body was almost undecayed, his mouth was full of fresh blood, old wounds was covered with new tissue, hair and nails had grown and even his eyes were moving slightly like they are looking around to those examining him. It also appeared that vampire Petar was breathing slightly. Commander concluded that Petar really is a vampire who terrorized the village and that they will put an end to it. Vampire Petar was stabbed with hawthorn stake thru his heart. Result was that a lot of blood was pouring from every part of vampire Petar’s body. After that he was burned at pyre. The rest of bodies did not show any sign of vampirism so they were reburied.

This was the best written and explained case of vampirism at the time because of the military involvement. Commander and his assistant made a report which was published in Wienerisches Diarium today known as Die Wiener Zeitung.

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