Throughout the 19th century, a widespread fear of being buried prematurely took hold of many European and North American communities. Rumors and stories of people who seemingly passed away due to an illness, waking up to try to claw their way out of their wooden coffins or stone mausoleums. The obsession with this fear going so far as to spawn patents and prototypes of coffins that could be connected to a small bell or some other device above ground to allow the recently deceased to signal a graveyard caretaker to come to their aid. But in a number of towns within the Northeast United States, people were not as worried about burying their dead as worried about their dead were staying buried. For almost 100 years a panic gripped the towns and cities of New England where it was believed that recently deceased were returning from beyond the grave to feed on the living essences of their living family. This fear led to numerous recorded incidents of macabre exhumations, occult practices, and in some cases, even ritual cannibalism. This case file join the Theorists as they discuss death tolls and daywalkers in....The New England Vampire Panic.
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