New England certainly isn't the only place on Earth to have experienced a rash of vampire burials - but that's what happened there for about 100 years, starting in the late 1700s. These were all small, isolated communities dealing with outbreaks of serious illness. The real culprit was often tuberculosis, which has come up an uncanny number of times in the podcast lately.
We have two pieces of listener mail from Sarah Kate and Katherine.
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Episode link: New England Vampire Panic
- Brand, Megan. "In 1854, Vampire Panic Struck Connecticut Town." Register Citizen. Nov. 2, 2008. http://www.registercitizen.com/general-news/20081102/in-1854-vampire-panic-struck-connecticut-town
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Tuberculosis (TB)." http://www.cdc.gov/TB/
- Guarnieri, Catherine. "Twisted History: The Vampires of Jewett City." Register Citizen. June 13, 2010. http://www.registercitizen.com/general-news/20100613/twisted-history-the-vampires-of-jewett-city
- Tucker, Abigail. "The Great New England Vampire Panic." Smithsonian. October 2012. http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history-archaeology/The-Great-New-England-Vampire-Panic-169791986.html
- Tucker, Abigail. "Meet the Real-Life Vampires of New England and Abroad." Smithsonian. September 2012. http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history-archaeology/Meet-the-Real-Life-Vampires-of-New-England-and-Abroad-170342886.html#ixzz2drCpzWo7
- Sledzik, Paul S. and Nicholas Bellantoni. "Bioarcheological and Biocultural Evidence for the New
- England Vampire Folk Belief." The American Journal of Physical Anthropology. No. 94. 1994. http://www.ceev.net/biocultural.pdf