A SELF-STYLED vampire had "a very vivid fantasy life" but was not mentally ill, a murder trial jury has been told in Edinburgh.
Consultant psychiatrist James Hendry said he had formed his conclusions during interviews with Allan Menzies - both before and after the West Lothian man was accused of stabbing and battering to death a childhood friend.
But the doctor stopped short of accusing Menzies, 22, of feigning mental illness in an attempt to beat a murder charge.
Allan Menzies, 22, told the High Court in Edinburgh he was now a vampire after killing 21-year-old Thomas McKendrick on December 11 last year and drinking his blood.
Menzies, of Fauldhouse, West Lothian, told how he had killed McKendrick - who he had known since he was four - and drunk two cupfuls of his blood after being told to do so by a character from the vampire movie 'Queen of the Dammed'.
Giving evidence on the sixth day of his trial, Menzies said that after killing Mr McKendrick he had drunk two cupfuls of his victim's blood and ate part of his skull.
Menzies' defence counsel, Donald MacLeod, asked him: "Are you telling us that you now believe you are a vampire?" Menzies replied: "Yes."
After the trial, his solicitor, Aamar Anwar, said the case highlighted the social stigma surrounding mental health. "The continued taboo and the lack of understanding or support of schizophrenia and mental health in our community can only mean tragedies like this are more likely to happen, not less." The judge branded Menzies an "evil and dangerous psychopath". He said: "Three psychologists have diagnosed you as a psychopath. In my opinion, you are an evil, violent and highly dangerous man who is not fit to be at liberty. You subjected Thomas McKendrick to a savage and merciless attack. You totally lack remorse."
Originally posted by soothsayer
On a vampire note, I don't believe in the traditional vampire... it just doesn't seem realistic.
Now, if you read Brian Lumley's Necroscope series, the wamphyri are more biologically correct, if not feasible. Interstingly enough... Lumley acredits alot to Lovecraft... connection?
Originally posted by AntiSystem
There is a similar story from the black metal scene in Norway......
Divorced after only eight minutes, popular television singing star, Charisma,
changed her mind on the way out of the registry office, when she realized
she had married one of the Donkeys by mistake. The evening before in LA's
glittering nightspot, the Abitoir, she had proposed to drummer Reg Abbot
of Blind Drunk, after a whirlwind romance and a knee-trembler. But when
the hangover lifted, it was Keith Sly of the Donkeys who was on her arm
in the registry office. Keith, who was too ill to notice, remained
unsteady during the short ceremony and when asked to exchange vows, began
to recite names and addresses of people who also used the stuff. Charisma
spotted the error as Keith was being carried into the wedding ambulance
and became emotionally upset. However, the mistake was soon cleared
up, and she stayed long enough to consummate their divorce.