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John V.A. Fine, Jr. :
"In defense of Vampires"
in Alan Dunde's "The Vampire - A Casebook"
University of Wisconsin Press, USA, 1998
Mr. Fine appears to have found this story in S. Maksimovic "Sudjenja u Pozarevackom Magistratu (1827-1844)", 1973
On the 6th of June, 1844, no less than 5 men were sentenced by the district Court of Pozarevac. They had unearthed the corpse of an old woman, had stabbed it with knives and had fired guns at it. The leaders, Matije Ljubenovic and Stojan Dunic were to be beaten with 40 strokes each. Their companions Petar Nikolic, Todor Mijajlovic and Janko Djordjevic got a lighter punishment: only 25 strokes each.
Nice date: 6 June, 1844. It is the date of the court sentence. So it seems pretty likely that the destruction of the vampire must have taken place some time earlier.
Krepoljin can be found in Serbia, somewhere between Belgrade and Zajecar.
Although it seems obvious that the men were driven to their deed by fear of vampirism, it would have been nice to learn more about their motives.
We have been given quite a bit of information. A date, a place, the names of the vampire hunters. First read your copy of the article by Fine. Then go find his source, the book by Masimovic. Translate it or have it translated and see what further information you will come up with.
© 2011 by Rob Brautigam - NL - Last changed November 2011