You might have hear of Mercy Brown or Simon Whipple. Both thought to be vampires during the New England Vampire Panic. But did you know their cases have a tie with tuberculosis & vampires lore? More than 200 years after the hysteria of the Salem Witch Trials, another hysteria struck New England. It was the fear of vampires. During the 19th century, the spread of tuberculosis claimed the lives of entire families in Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont, and other parts of the New England states. The folklorist and author of “Food for the Dead,” Dr. Michael Bell will enlighten us on how New Englander’s tried to rid their houses and communities of this disease by claiming the dead were vampires. Link to book below.
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