One night in January 1973, John Pye, a young British police officer, was given the task of investigating the death of a man. Although at first it seemed that it would be a completely ordinary routine task, what Paj discovered during the investigation turned out to be one of the strangest cases that entered the annals of the Bitan police.
Arriving on the spot, Paj, first of all, established that the deceased’s room was all sunk in darkness. The man was obviously so afraid of electricity that there was not a single light bulb in his apartment.
Salt was scattered all over the room and on the covers on the bed. One bag of salt lay next to the deceased’s face, and the other was between his legs.
The man mixed it with his urine in various containers. He placed an inverted bowl on the ledge of the wall outside the window, which covered a mixture of human feces and garlic. The deceased’s name was Demetri Mićura and he was a Polish immigrant who, 25 years before he died, left his country and moved to England. He worked as a potter in the town of Stoke on Trent, in the heart of the English pottery industry. It is hard to imagine a place that would look less like the Transylvanian forests in Romania, which, according to legend, is a favorite habitat of creepy vampires.
The body was, in accordance with the regulations, transferred to the court morgue for rai examination. During the compilation of the report, the pathologist reported that Mićura suffocated with a piece of pickled onion. This seemed a bit unusual to the investigating judge, but he still commented that there are no unknown cases of people who greedily swallowed their food and died because of it.
Meanwhile, the young policeman could not forget what he saw. He went to the public library and read ‘The Natural History of Vampires’ by Anthony Masters. His suspicions were confirmed: garlic and garlic are traditional means of protection against vampires, and the exotic mixture on the ledge of Mićura’s window was intended to attract vampires, who would then be poisoned with garlic.
When he was told this, the investigating judge ordered that the deadly pickled onion be re-examined. It turned out that there was a clove of garlic in the middle. The poor man decided on the last desperate measure to drive away from the vampires – he slept with a clove of garlic in his mouth, and during his sleep, the onion fell into his trachea and suffocated him. So the vampires, at least environmentally, eventually came to his head.
TERRIBLE NIGHT DANCES
But what are these vampires who literally scared Mićura to death? Vampires are corpses, neither dead nor alive, who rise from the grave at night and suck the blood of living beings. They gradually drink the blood of their victims, who then have to become vampires themselves. The legendary existence of vampires is in Eastern Europe, more precisely, in Romania. There, in the province of Transylvania, the English writer Bram Stoker set the stage for his famous story about Dracula.
His Count Dracula, with wide nostrils, blood-red lips, and long sharp teeth, typifies our notion of a vampire. But, like other legendary vampires, Dracula could easily turn into an animal, such as a wolf or a bat.
A vampire can even turn into a couple and thus crawl through the cracks of window frames in search of its prey. When the awful feast of blood is over, the vampires retreat back to their coffins, where they are easily recognizable by the excellent preservation of their bodies. No matter how long they were buried underground, legend has it, they look like they are still alive. Garlic, salt, or a crucifix can drive them away, but the only way they can be destroyed is to stab them in the heart – and they let out a horrible death cry. Also, sometimes it is necessary to behead them and to be burned.
Primitive superstition? Certainly, many will say. Nevertheless, MIćura believed in that. He was convinced that vampires existed, and not only in the distant forests of Transylvania. Demetri Mićura believed that vampires threatened his life in a British city in the 1970s.
The investigating judge said: ‘I have been engaged in investigative work for a long time and I have seen cases of all possible types in the courtrooms. I saw all kinds of perversions, all kinds of nonsense, so I can imagine the mental state of that man. Many evils befell him. All right, when that’s the case, I’ll stick to evil – and that’s how he came to believe in vampires. I am convinced, after this investigation, that this man was really afraid of vampires and that he did not try to kill himself ‘.
Even in New York, certainly, the most unsuitable place for vampires to appear, publicist Jeffrey Blythe reported two unusual cases. One girl, who said her name was Lilita, told two psychiatrists how she saw a young man in the cemetery who tried to kiss her. Anyway, instead of agreeing to a kiss, she buried her teeth in the young man’s throat so violently that blood flowed. She stated: ‘I never thought of myself as Dracula, but rather as a very evil person who loves the taste of blood’. The other vampire was a young man named Carl Johnson, who sneaked into his sister’s bedroom while she slept, gently poked her leg and then sucked her blood. That made him thirsty, he said, and then explained how he felt he was gaining some new strength as he drew blood from his victim.