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Vampire loose in Serbia

29th November 2012

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Fantasy comes to life in Western Serbia where there is said to be a vampire on the loose.

Serbian Vampire

The local council have taken the situation extremely serious and have issued a public health warning, advising locals to put garlic in their windows and doorways in order to ward off the monster.Sava Savanovic

The vampire, Sava Savanovic, is believed to have lived in an old shack in Bajina Basta, which recently collapsed and provoked the story of him, once again, roaming the village.It is said that he drank the blood of anyone who came to mill their grain.

Local mayor Miodrag Vujetic said: “'People are worried, everybody knows the legend of this vampire and the thought that he is now homeless and looking for somewhere else and possibly other victims is terrifying people. We are all frightened.”

The watermill was bought by a local family who were too scared to build on the mill as they were wary of unleashing the vampire. They did however, allow tourists to view the place known for the famous monster but only during the day.

This village is an exception to all those who believe vampires are nothing but fictional characters. Therefore it is understandable that others won’t find this particular story solemn.

The Mayor added: “it’s all very well for people who don’t live in the area to laugh at our fears but nobody in the region is in any doubt that vampires do exist.”

Savanovic features in the 1880 story ‘After 90 Years’ written by the Serbian realist writer Milovan Glišić who inspired the 1973 horror film Leptirica.

He also appears in the novel 'Fear and His Servant' written by Mirjana Novaković.

This is not the only vampire case that exists; other vampire cases in Serbia include those of Peter Plogojowitz and Arnold Paole.

Plogojowitz, a peasant, was said to have died at the age of 62 in 1785, but reportedly returned from the grave to ask his son for food, his son refused and in return was brutally murdered by his father..

Later, the villagers decided to exhume the son's body to look for signs of vampirism and were shocked to apparently find a fresh corpse with 'new skin and nails'.

They staked the body through the heart causing 'completely fresh' blood to flow through the ears and mouth of the corpse. The body was then burned.

In the other case, it was said Paole, a soldier-turned-farmer, was attacked by a vampire and went on to kill a dozen people in the surrounding area in the early 18th Century.

It’s these cases that have the locals believing in mystical creatures and fearing monsters such as vampires. In Western Serbia fictional characters seem to literally jump out of the page.

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