It began with animal torture and teenagers drinking the blood of their kill and the blood of each other. Then there was the plot to ritualistically kill one of the girl’s parents and then marking the body with an occult symbol. This was an initiate rite of passage for a Vampire clan in Florida. Rod Ferrell who was the ringleader of the cult was mentally disturbed and was convinced that he was a real vampire and was constantly taking part in blood drinking rituals. These activities happened 15 years ago and Farrell has since been condemned to death in the Florida electric chair. Ferrell pleaded guilty to killing Richard Wendorf and Naoma Ruth Queen, on Nov. 25, 1996, when he and three members of his blood-sucking cult came to Florida from Kentucky to help the couple’s daughter run away.

During the court hearing it was found that Ferrell’s mother Sondra Gibson was responsible for introducing her son to Vampirism.
On college and high school campuses, vampires, werewolves, and other “creatures of the night” are esteemed as objects of desire and idolized by young men and women who view them as cult icons of envious mystical power. While Vampire fetishism is alive and well, and while the subculture makes for a remarkable freak show for the talk show circuit, many of the vampiric new breed are not your typical Goth kids buying period piece clothing at the Buffalo exchange.
While many Goth kids are harmless and in some respects the vampire subculture is the product of fetishism, there are new reports of people attacking others and declaring that they are most certainly vampires or even demon possessed.
Stephanie Pistey, is awaiting trial in Panama City Florida after she admitted to killing Jacob Hendershot. Four other people have also been charged in the crime.
Police say the defendants lured Hendershot to a house, where they beat him to death and dumped his body in a storm drain.
Pistey says that the boy tried to rape her. Once again Police are saying that this is the work of yet another Vampire Cult. Pistey told Police that she believed that she was a Vampire /werewolf hybrid.

She says she didn’t drink Hendershot’s blood, but reportedly said she has drunk the blood of her fiancé who is also a co-defendant in the case.
Meanwhile in Galveston Texas, Lyle Monroe Bensley awaits a psychiatric evaluation in jail because during a burglary he attacked a woman and attempted to bite her neck claiming that he was a 500 year old Vampire. Found growling and hissing in a parking lot and wearing only boxer shorts, the pierced and tattooed Bensley claimed that he needed to feed.

Vampires have been a focal point of literature since Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel, “Dracula”. But fascination, particularly among young people, has peaked in recent years with the popularity of the “Twilight” books about teenage vampires and the HBO series, “True Blood.” Many psychiatrists believe that this may the reason for the recent vampire attacks.
However now we are seeing that most of the Vampire attack stories in the news show that the suspects are usually outsiders that turn into predators.
Robert Mayley, of Phoenix, Arizona, is no ordinary homeless man. On occasions, the 25-year-old man would allow a pair of so-called ‘vampires’ to drink his blood.
Mr. Mayley decided that he would take himself off the menu for 24-year-old Aaron Homer and 21-year-old Amanda Williamson, who sometimes let Mr Mayley reside in their property. Unfortunately, the blood-sucking duo was not willing to dine out that evening and the couple attacked Mr. Mayley despite his protests.
Taking objection to Mr. Mayley’s rejection and cruel taunts, Aaron Homer is alleged to have armed himself with a knife and viciously stabbed the homeless man. It has been suggested that, in the process of defending his partner’s honor, Homer once again attempted to feed off his intended victim. However, the bloodletting was cut short when police officers apprehended him.

When questioned by the police, Homer claimed that the blood was shed by his girlfriend after she was attacked. Eventually, police revealed the actual course of events and arrested the pair on a charge of filing a false police report. Homer was also charged with aggravated assault. Homer and Williamson both claimed to be Vampires.
Another case reported this year involved a young woman and a senior citizen in a wheelchair. Josephine Smith allegedly said before she attacked her victim, “I am a vampire, I am going to eat you,” according to police reports. The 22 year old Smith, , attacked 69-year-old Milton Ellis, biting chunks of flesh from the victim’s face, lips, and arms.

Smith told authorities that she had no recollection of the attack and could not explain why she was naked and covered in blood.
It seems that more and more cases are finding their way in the headlines and it doesn’t seem to be letting up. With the real vampire attacks there is blood lust imagery in the media with stories of Pop stars like Lady Gaga allegedly bathing in Human blood and a recent Rolling stone cover featuring the stars of “True Blood” extolling the virtues of Vampire ritual sex.

The present captivation with dark supernaturalism seems to create a cultural high and while religious leaders hope it fades, it seems that more and more stable people will indulge in the dark fetishism of the vampire, it doesn’t seem to be going away, however the brutal attacks seem to have a deeper and far more complex cause.
While the occult supernatural fascination may be declared a fad in the United States and Psychologists are pointing the finger at the new surge in occult themes movies and TV shows, an attack in New Zealand also needs to be analyzed Three men are accused of tearing open an unconscious man’s veins with their teeth and drinking his blood. . The victim allegedly had made a move on one of the Vampire’s wives which kindled his anger and apparently his hunger. The man was also asked why he did it and he claimed that he answered to a “king vampire” that would appear to him in dreams.
Is this all delusion? Is it part of the cult of supernaturalism that religious clerics believe is moving through consciousness of the zeitgeist?
Vicious, blood hungry, vampires were known to the ancient Babylonians, Assyrians and Greeks and have terrorized Europe for centuries. The Eyrbyggia Saga of Iceland, for example, tells of vampires in the year 1000 who killed 18 servants in one household.
In 1732 public officials and 24 soldiers from Belgrade (Yugoslavia) opened a grave in a mountain village. Inside was a healthy man who had been “dead” for three years. During those three years five relatives died from vampire bite. The soldiers pierced his heart with an iron bar.
In 1743 Arnold Paul of Hungary “died” when a cartload of hay fell on him. Four persons subsequently died from vampire bite. Forty days after his burial Paul was exhumed. The sheet covering him was blood-splattered. The District Governor ordered that a stake be driven through the body. The “corpse” struggled, emitting fearful shrieks.
Hundreds of similar incidences occurred in Europe involving “corpses” buried as long as 30 years. They were dragged from graves and tombs and made to shout, bleed or scream before being beheaded, impaled or burned.
Is this historical account of vampires a delusion; is it part of a metaphor to describe diseased human beings and the possibility of animate decaying flesh? The history speaks for itself and perhaps beastly instincts are being triggered because some people are more keen to possibility of a cataclysmic cycle.
Something is triggering the base instinct of animalistic behavior which can be traced to primitives who may have been used to drinking human blood and partaking of the flesh in order to remain youthful and have eternal life.

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