Horrors of the real world: Petar Blagojevic

One of the earliest recorded and documented cases of vampire sightings was recorded in  Kisiljevo, Serbia in the 1700s.

Petar Blagojevic died in 1725. He was a Serbian peasant believed to be a vampire. Soon after his death a significant number of odd deaths came to be in his village. In the span od 8 days, 9 people ended up dying, but on their deathbed swore that they were assaulted by him. It was also stated that Petar came back to his son and asked him for food, but when his son declined Petar killed him and drank his blood.

All these events led to panic and the villagers called the local priest in order to dig up his body in order to examine it and see if it decomposed.

During this time a government official called Frombald was passing trough the village and the villagers called him to be present along with the priest during the procedure. Frombald wanted to convince the villagers that the best course of action would be to get permission from the Austrian government in Belgrade (At that time a part of Serbia was passed from the Ottomans to Austria). However the villagers disagreed because they were scared that it would take too long and by that time they would all be dead. They claimed this because it had already apparently happened during “Turkish” times and demanded that he himself should permit the procedure. He reluctantly accepted and they moved on with the procedure.

While examining the body, the villagers found that the body was in the shape that they expected. The body did not smell like a decomposed body, he had fresh blood in his mouth and his hair and nails were grown. Upon seeing this, the villagers took a stake and drove it trough his heart. While striking him the body exerted a huge amount of “fresh” blood from the ears and nose. After that they burned his body.

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