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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
Several people from the village of Manastirica had to appear before the court of Pozarevac: Spasoje Petrinog, Dema Jovanovic, his wife Kalina, and Stana Mijailova. They were accused of digging up the corpse of Petrinog's wife and that they had "damaged" her body. They were found guilty. Petrinog was to receive 40 strokes with a cane, Jovanovic 25 of the same, and the others 25 strokes with a whip.
1844 is the year, and March the month in which the vampiroclasts had to appear in court. So it seems likely that the events took place earlier that year.
There are several places called Manastirica in different Balkan countries. But the most likely one can be found in Serbia, SouthEast of the capital Beograd.
You can start by finding Alan Dundes book and read Mr. Fine's interesting article. And of course you should not rest until you have found yourself a copy of the "Sudjenja u Pozarevackom Magistratu (1827-1844)".
© 2011 by Rob Brautigam - NL - Last changed December 2011