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The Source:

Tony Faivre:
"Les Vampires" [1962]
Ed. du Terrain Vague, Eric Losfeld, Paris, 1962

The Case:

In 1871, in Boguchevitchi in the district Minsk, the following happened. A widow went to see her priest to ask him to open her husbands grave, cut off his head and put it at the feet of the corpse. For every night, or so she said, the dead man came back to see her.

Faivre gives as his source: B. Stern "Geschichte der öffentlichen Sittlichkeit in Rusland" [1907]

The Date:

We have been given a date: 1871.

The Place:

I haven't found the exact place as yet, but the fact that it was in the Minsk District makes it fairly safe for us to assume that things must have taken place in Belarus.

Possible Follow-Up:

It would be nice if you could find the exact location of Boguchevitchi. Remember that the real name is in Russian characters, so something may have gone wrong when the name was changed into Latin characters. Go read Faivre and find if and for how much I have changed his story. Better still go find the book by Stern and see what else it may have to offer. You might want to know that the story can also be found in Löwenstimm's "Aberglaube und Strafrecht".

© 2011 by Rob Brautigam - NL - Last changed November 2011

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