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The Source:

Tony Thorne :
"Children of the Night - of Vampires and Vampirism"
Victor Gollancz, London, UK, 1999

The Case:

A man called Zirovec died in the village of Tomiselj. He was buried alongside the church of Ig. But at night he returned from his grave to sleep with his wife. He also went to see his neighbours, and although he did not harm them, they went to see the village priest. The priest and one of his colleagues decided to dig up the vampire (or "vedomec"). They put a hawthorne stake through his heart and reburied the corpse in another place. His wife gave birth to a child and went mad, or so we are told.

The Date:

A newspaper article from 1883 mentions that the case took place about 50 years earlier, which puts it in the early 19th Century.

The Place:

Several places are mentioned. Tomiselj, where the vampire lived. Ig, where he was originally buried next to the church. And Golo, where the other priest came from. They can all be found South of Ljubljana, in Slovenia.

Possible Follow-Up:

First go get yourself a copy of Tony Thorne's book. He has more interesting tales and gives you much more details than I am giving you here. Names, places, dates and newspapers are mentioned. I have been to Slovenia many times and it is a very nice and interesting place to be. While you are there, don't forget to visit the castle of the Cilli family.

2009 by Rob Brautigam - NL - Last changed 19 November 2009

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