The Smithsonian magazine has a long article on “The Great New England Vampire Panic”. The story is based on the work of a consulting folklorist at the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission, who has documented…
“80 exhumations […] concentrated in backwoods New England, in the 1800s” […] “The public hysteria almost invariably occurred in the midst of savage tuberculosis outbreaks”
Historical Haunts said:
Dr.s Nick Bellantoni, Michael Bell and Linford Fisher, who are interviewed in the Smithsonian magazine’s “Vampire Panic” article, appear in The Tillinghast Nightmare documentary. The documentary’s Facebook page has a video clip of the wonderful raconteur, CT State Archeologist, Nick Bellantoni explaining the evolution of the practice of marking graves.