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From the crypt, the greatest Halloween story ever told. And it was true


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October 31, 2016 5:58 AM

From the crypt, the greatest Halloween story ever told. And it was true

By Matthew Schofield

McClatchy’s Matthew Schofield visited Romania in 2004 when the country was up in arms about a recent vampire slaying. His account remains one of McClatchy’s most enduring online stories, repeated here for your Halloween pleasure.


MAROTINU DE SUS, Romania – Before Toma Petre’s relatives pulled his body from the grave, ripped out his heart, burned it to ashes, mixed it with water and drank it, he hadn’t been in the news much.


That’s often the way here with vampires. Quiet lives, active deaths.


What did we do?” pleaded Flora Marinescu, Petre’s sister and the wife of the man accused of re-killing him. “If they’re right, he was already dead. If we’re right, we killed a vampire and saved three lives. . . . Is that so wrong?”


Yes, according to the Romanian State Police. Its view, expressed by Constantin Ghindeano, the chief agent for the region, is that vampires aren’t real, and dead bodies in graves aren’t to be dug out and killed again, even by relatives.


He doesn’t really have much more to say on this case, other than noting that Petre had been removed from his grave, his heart had been cut out and it was presumed to have been consumed by his relatives.


Ghindeano added that police were expanding the investigation, which began in mid-January, to include the after-deaths of others in area. Scissors-32x32.png


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