posted on Jun, 14 2005 @ 08:50 AM
I live in new england, RI actually...I have researched this a few years ago out of interest in local folk lore. I have had the pleasure of meeting
Michael Bell on two occassions. There really are no vampires per se. If you read Michaels book, you will come to understand that the rituals were
done out of desperation. Consumption (tuberculosis) was wiping out families throughout the area. Doctors were unable to cope with the great numbers
of people being sick. All of the land in my area used to be farm and woods. there were not too many people around who knew exactly what was
happening. When the notion of witchcraft was offered, it sent a panic throughout the community. Making a concoction with the ash from the burnt
heart of a dead relative was a last resort effort. It was strange when a family was found with no illnesses...suspicion took over and rumors of them
being in league with the devil sprouted up.
In my humble opinion, it was just some poor uneducated farmers doing the best they could with what they had. No night stalkers, no satanic rituals,
just a desperate people looking to survive. I am sad to say that the many times I pass by the cemetery, I see people milling around looking for the
folk who were accused of being vampires. The stones have been knocked over and damaged. The graves have been disturbed. It is a shame that they
cant rest in peace. That is the real reason it is played down by the locals & no one hears those stories. Our folk lore is rich, but that is all
that it is.