Yes, "When Suspicion Meets Science:
Examining....." this issue will be addressed at the
The Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum
"will add to October’s chill with a timely
discussion of a real 'skull-and-crossbones' scenario and an historical belief
in vampires, right here in Connecticut," according to a release.
State archaeologist Dr. Nicholas Bellantoni
will present “The New England Vampire Folk Belief: The Archeological
Evidence” at 6:30
Oct. 16 in the Webb Barn at the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum, 211 Main
St., Wethersfield, the release said.
The free presentation will be preceded by a wine reception
(by donation) at 6
p.m., the release said.
"Bellantoni will discuss some new
cases of suspected vampirism in the 1800s, and give updates on familiar
examples, including the Jewett City Vampires (Connecticut), the Mercy Brown
case (Rhode Island), and “Burial
Number 4,” in Griswold, Connecticut," the release said.
Consider this: "In 1990, two Griswold boys
playing in a freshly dug gravel pit unearthed two human skulls, leading to a
police investigation and a call to the Connecticut Office of State Archaeology.
Bellantoni conducted rescue excavations and noted that all the skeletal remains
were in proper anatomical position in their graves except for one adult male,
who had been beheaded and whose bones were arranged in a 'skull and crossbones'
manner," the release said.
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"Results of the forensic and historical evidence suggested that the
individual was believed to be 'undead' and capable of leaving the grave and
'feeding' on living family members. Vampire feeding was considered by some to
be the cause of the tuberculosis, the leading cause of mortality in the
Northeast in the 1800s. The re-arrangement of bones, and sometimes the burning
of the heart, was considered necessary in order to put the 'vampire' to final
Labels: Connecticut, Nicholas Bellantoni, State archaeologist, Vampires