Scientists found out who was the American that 200 years ago people thought a vampire

This story began almost 30 years ago, in November 1990. During mining operations in the territory of one of the gravel quarries in the U.S. city of Griswold in Connecticut that refers to the region of New England, the workers came across an old 200-year-old abandoned family cemetery. The place was called by the archaeologistsunearthed a total of 28 graves. They contained the remains of 27 people: five men, eight women and 14 children. One grave contained traces of burial, but was empty. But most of all scientists interested in grave number 4. Was it the coffin, on the wooden lid of which contained the inscription “JB 55”, contained clear evidence of a reburial.

Vampire story from the USA

On opening the chest of the deceased, scientists are very surprised what I saw. The femur of the skeleton were displaced from their anatomical positions and is located on the broken ribs, forming the shape of the folded cross bones under the skull. Remember the pirate flag. Unusual discovery was sent to the Museum, and a fragment of one of the thighs of the deceased in a research laboratory. However, the research technology of the time gave poor results and to establish the identity of the person at that moment failed. The only thing that could assume the scientists is the fact that discovered on the coffin lid inscription “JB 55” was the initials of a person’s name and age when he died.


A fragment of the lid of the coffin with the initials

Today, referring to the modern technology of DNA analysis, and historical references, and methods of predicting the names according to the genealogical data, scientists were able to figure out that the person had the surname Barber. The researchers then checked out the old cemetery records and Newspapers trying to figure out whether lived in the city Griswold someone with that name. In one of the Newspapers the researchers found the obituary, which reported about the death in 1826, 12-year-old Nathan Barbera, whose father was a man named John Barber. Bingo. The identity was finally established. Soon, scientists found out why the remains of the man in the coffin was in such an unnatural form.

Are there vampires?

The researchers came to the conclusion that local residents believed the deceased is a vampire and is trying to stop him to rise from the grave. It was established that the exhumation of the remains of John Barbera was conducted approximately 5-6 years after his death. Most likely, this made the members of his own family. Historians explain that in that time there have been many legends about vampires, able to rise from the grave and pick up the light on anyone who gets in their way. Therefore, local inhabitants often resorted to mystical rites, which, as they believed that it was possible to protect themselves. According to the researchers, in historical records there are records of at least about 80 such rituals.

The graves of suspected vampires a few years later after their death were opened and tried to test was whether in the heart of a dead human liquid blood. If this were so, then according to the legends, this man was a ghoul. Heart in this case, burned, bones crushed and held re-burial. Scientists say that such rituals were not only among the rural population of the United States, but also in Europe at that time.

People who have unearthed Barbera 200 years ago, heart in his breast is not found – by that time it had already decomposed. So they just changed the location of his bones and some broken.

Causes and symptoms of tuberculosis

But the Barber certainly wasn’t a vampire. He had TB. Historians believe that TB patients mistakenly believed vampires. Pale and exhausted, with sunken cheeks, eyes and foul breath. In the corners of their mouth from time to time after coughing accumulated and dried out blood. That such external signs described bloodsuckers tales and legends about vampires.

The pathogen of the disease — the tubercle Bacillus (or Bacillus) — was opened in 1882 by the German microbiologist Robert Koch, therefore, the inhabitants of New England at that time did not understand what is really going on.

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The farmers of that time lived in large families. In one room slept from five to seven people. Therefore, people with TB inevitably infected his family. It was a real epidemic. Not knowing what the disease is spread by airborne droplets, but seeing how people began to melt before our eyes and die in droves, uneducated people have seen attributed to vampire attacks, which further increased the superstitious fear among the local. And were forced to perform the same rituals with the remains of the dead.

Who actually was 200 years of American vampire?

That Barber died from a severe form of tuberculosis, scientists have learned the state of his ribs. Tuberculosis bacteria left on the bones of distinctive marks. The remains, scientists have also determined that John Barber was very hardworking, but not wealthy farmer. The man was missing a few front teeth. In addition, he had arthritis of the knees and a broken collarbone that didn’t heal properly.