posted on Oct, 26 2013 @ 03:59 AM
The Mercy Brown case was about a century after the Vermont cases, and almost forty years after Thoreau wrote about a Vermont case (maybe the
Spauldings). It's also a different historical situation: the cause of tuberculosis was known by then, but a cure was still decades away.
It is interesting that you bring up Bram Stoker's Dracula. Apparently he might have known of the Brown case, and some people think that it was
an influence on his novel. I am not sure about that, because Stoker's real innovation (I think) was to invent a Goth "vampire lifestyle," above
ground and adventurous, if not really the sort of thing most people would want to do.
I don't think the people who buried Reuben Spaulding (or Mercy Brown's family a century later) were being negative. They were trying to help their
family. They got the science wrong, but (pardon the expression), their hearts were in the right place, IMO.