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Episode 264: The New England Vampire Panic


Morbid Network | Wondery

Comedy, Society & Culture, True Crime, Exhibit C

4.589.9K Ratings

🗓️ 19 September 2021

⏱️ 62 minutes

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Today Alaina decided to take it to a vampiric place. During the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries New England was struggling with severe outbreaks of Consumption. To better explain this plague that caused severe pain, bloody hacking coughs and the victim to seemingly waste away without explanation, they turned to the supernatural. When entire families began falling victim to its brutal clutches, it simply had to be vampires who had taken host in their loved ones ailing bodies to suck the life from the remaining members. Come on in for a dive into a world where eating the ashes of an exhumed family member's decomposing heart was considered medicine.

Great resources used:

Mercy: The Last New England Vampire by Sarah L. Thomson

Food For the Dead: On the Trail of New England's Vampires by Michael E. Bell

A History of Vampires in New England by Thomas D A'gostino

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