ROAD WORKERS IN POLAND DISCOVER MASS GRAVE FILLED WITH HUNDREDS OF VAMPIRES
I’ve always been somewhat keen on the idea of vampires. Not because of how Anne Rice romanticized them, or how Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie and TV show(s) made them trendy. But because of Fred Saberhagen, who rewrote Bran Stoker’s Dracula, from Dracula’s point of view. Now that captured my imagination something fierce, and was written before all the vampirical commercial success. But the idea of vampires is old. There’s a reason writers had such rich, mythological material to source. And while that history is kid of scary, it’s real history. And it’s reared its head again, with the discovery of a mass grave filled with hundreds of vampires near a church in Poland.
WE KNOW THEY WERE “VAMPIRES” BECAUSE ALL OF THEM WERE BURIED WITH THEIR HEADS REMOVED
As happens almost every week in Europe, road workers made the archeological discovery, this time in Luzino, Poland. They discovered the mass grave of vampires on Kościelna Street, next to a church. And as it’s Poland, that means a Catholic church. And why do researchers think, or believe, that this mass grave is filled with supposed vampires? Because all of them are missing their heads. And yes, if that sounds familiar, it’s because you’ve seen movies where you have to decapitate a vampire to make sure they don’t return from the dead. Um, I mean the undead. But you get the idea.
AFTER OVER 200 YEARS, IT’S UNLIKELY THESE VAMPIRES HAVE ANY CHANCE OF “COMING BACK”
But there isn’t too much cause for concern, as these bodies in the mass grave aren’t likely to come back from the dead missing their heads. They’re over 200 years old. So either these poor folks died as living, breathing innocents, or the vampire trick of taking their heads did the trick. But for whatever reason, so far 20-30% of the bodies in the mass grave also had bricks next to their head, arms and legs. But there was also a coin in each head’s mouth, giving them the fare to pay the toll to get to the afterlife. I’m guessing there may have been some doubt about their vampire bona fides, enough to give them a fighting chance to get to heaven.