Jure Grando was a peasant from Istria, Croatia who died in 1656. He allegedly terrorized villagers in the area for 16 years after his death. Official documents from that time name him a “strigon,” the local name for “vampire.”Jure Grando’s case is important in vampire folklore as it was the first time in history that the word “vampire” was officially applied to a person.
The skull of the "Vampire of Venice" was found in a mass plague grave with a brick stuck in its jaw in 2006. Forensic archaeologist, Matteo Borrini, used every bit of science at his disposal to investigate this skull and the person it may have been. The article attached to the link is very interesting - if you like this sort of thing.
Accounts of Vampire Sightings in Rhode Island According to Ghost Village, the story of Mercy Brown dates back to the winter of 1892. A resident of Exeter, RI, the 19-year-old girl died of an unknown illness, but people around town began to report seeing her walking around. When Mercy's dead body was examined in the spring, her body reportedly still looked alive. According to the legend, Mercy's heart was removed in order to end her wanderings.
Targoviste Castle, Wallachia, Romania: Vlad the Impaler -- known to us as Dracula -- ruled Wallachia, Romania, from Targoviste Castle in the 1400s. As his name might suggest, Vlad became notorious for his ruthless, gruesome treatment of his enemies. It’s believed that tens of thousands of people were impaled under his orders. Many claim to still hear voices and footsteps in the castle -- it’s no wonder that there still may be some lost souls in a place that once witnessed such brutal murders...
Enriquita Marti, also known as “The Vampire of Barcelona”, who lived during the turn of the 20th century sold elixirs containing bones, blood, hair, muscles, and flesh from the children that Enriquita lured and prostituted before murdering. She was lynched by fellow prisoners in 1913 while in jail awaiting her trial.
Recent reports suggest that vampirism, believe it or not, is actually Porphyria , a rare, metabolic disorder, which stops those affected from producing Haemoglobin – the substance that gives blood its red colour – and also renders them extremely sensitive to sunlight. Gums recede, making teeth much more prominent, and garlic only aggravates their condition – all classic signs of being a vampire!
Arnold Paole was a Serbian soldier who lived a relatively undistinguished life, but became a famous vampire after his death from a fall around the year 1725. Paole had told a tale of how he was once bitten by a vampire in Turkey,When they drove a stake through the body, Paole's corpse groaned and emitted blood. The villagers then burned the body. They then exhumed the four "victims" and, wonder of wonders, found they, too, were not yet decomposed. They were all staked and then burned.
Skinwalkers - Native American legends, a skin-walker is a person with the supernatural ability to turn into any animal he or she desires. To be able to transform, legend sometimes requires that the skin-walker wears a pelt of the animal. In most cases, this pelt is not used in modern times because it is an obvious sign of them being skin-walkers.
A 1400-year-old 'vampire' skeleton with metal spikes through its shoulders, heart and ankles, has been discovered in Britain, a new report has claimed. The skeleton dating from 550-700 AD found buried in the ancient minster town of Southwell, Nottinghamshire has shed light on rare 'vampire' burials in Britain. ~ 2012
The fact that the idea of the vampire sprang up in civilizations without any contact between them suggests that the vampire is rooted in human nature. It is the embodiment of the worst part of ourselves that we are too ashamed or terrified to accept, so we impose them on a humanoid creature so we can acknowledge or admire our flaws without being related to them.