These people claim to be vampires
As if the world wasn’t fed up with all sorts of vampire stories, movies and TV shows, now there are people who claim that they are the undead creatures of the night. Whether they truly enjoy the taste of blood or they simply like the idea of immortality, all of them are so much into the idea of being blood thirsty demons and are doing their best to live the vampire life accordingly.
1 Tracey Wigginton (born 1965)
This is a woman from Australia who was accused with three others in a murder of a man in 1989. Wigginton, her then girlfriend Lisa Ptachinski, and two other women lured a 47-year old man to a park at night. Wigginton proceeded to stab the man twenty-seven times. According to Ptachinski, they allegedly did the crime in order to drink his blood and as a result Wigginton has been dubbed “The Lesbian Vampire Killer”. Wigginton plead guilty and was sentenced to life imprisonment. While in prison, she assaulted a fellow inmate and a prison guard. In 2012, Wigginton, now on crutches, was released from prison. Earlier, Ptaschinski was rumored to be released in 2008, but those rumors were later dismissed as false.
2 The Vampire Clan
The Vampire Clan is consisted of teenagers who claimed to be vampires (but they were doing this, way before Twilight). The group included Howard Scott Anderson, Dana Cooper, Roderrick Justin Ferrell (born 28 March 1980), and Charity Keesee. The group members were companions of Heather Wendorf, whose parents the male teens had murdered. They also burned a V mark on Heather’s father’s body. Why? Because Ferrell claimed he was actually a five-hundred-year-old vampire named Vesago. Ferrell, who was convicted of felony murder, burglary and armed robbery, was sentenced to life without parole. Anderson received the same sentence. The girls received different sentences as they were apparently not at the house when Heather’s parents were murdered. Keesee was sentenced to ten and half years in prison for two counts of third degree murder, robbery with a gun or deadly weapon, and burglary armed with weapon or explosives. Cooper was convicted of the same charges as Keesee, but received a prison sentence of seventeen and a half years instead.
3 Richard Chase
Dubbed ‘The Vampire of Sacramento’ for drinking his victims’ blood, Chase was a convicted murderer before he committed suicide by overdose of prison-doctor prescribed antidepressants. His first murder was most likely a drive-by shooting, but his later crimes included cannibalism. One of his victims was even three months pregnant at the time when he fatally shot her three times. Various television crime procedurals have had episodes based on his crimes. He was sentenced to die in the gas chamber, but managed to escape that fate.
4 The Vampires of Germany
For some weird reason, two separate individuals, contemporaneous with each other, both participated in vampire-like crimes in Germany in the 1920s. Known as ‘The Vampire of Düsseldorf’, Peter Kürten (26 May 1883 – 2 July 1931) killed from 9 to 60 people, attempted to murder 7 others, and sexually assaulted an unknown number of people. Possibly, even worse was a man known as the Vampire of Hanover. This individual, Fritz Haarmann killed at least 24 to 27 people before he was executed by guillotine at age 45 in 1925. Of the vampire killers of the twentieth century, Haarmann has the most confirmed victims, which is why he ranks so highly on this list.
5 Vlad the Impaler
As with the Blood Countess, many of the more lurid allegations against Vlad come from a bit later than his lifetime or from potentially biased sources. For example, the often reproduced woodcut showing Vlad dining amongst a veritable forest of impaled victims, dates from 1499, more than twenty years after Vlad’s death. Later, in the 1800s, author Bram Stoker fully transformed Vlad into the vampire known as Dracula in the book of the same name. The historic Dracula was certainly involved in military campaigns, but whether he was as bad of a guy as he has been made out in popular culture is debatable to say the least. Yet, he is believed responsible for 40,000 to 100,000 deaths, numbers that far surpass anyone else mentioned on this list, even combined!