It’s October, and all the creeps are coming out to play. Some people stick to the Halloween lifestyle all year long, though, and in disturbing ways. In this feature, we’ll travel around the world to visit ten people who believe in their undead hearts that they’re actually vampires.
Henrie is one of the more famous real-world vampires out there, coming to the public eye on short-lived reality show "Mad Mad House," where ordinary people had to live in a mansion with a witch, a nudist, and the least threatening vampire ever -- Don Henrie. A befanged electronics repairman from San Diego, Don sleeps in a coffin because he claims it helps him with his fibromyalgia and avoids the sunlight because he burns easily. He uses a needle to drain blood from his donors and drinks it in a wine glass. Classy.
Ladies also get into the vampire lifestyle. Julia Caples owns an occult and oddities store in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and uses her customer base to find donors willing to give her the two liters of human blood she drinks every month. Caples says that downing plasma makes her feel “stronger and healthier,” and her donors don’t seem to mind drawing blood and giving it to her to feast on. Amazingly enough, her ex-husband was also a living vampire but he gave it up when their daughter Alexi was born. Now grown, Alexi thinks her mom’s vampirism is pretty gross.
Can vampires get drunk on alcohol? For Oberlin student Andrew Whiteman, it might have been too much booze that triggered his transformation. One night in 2010 when Whiteman was in Oberlin registering for fall classes, he got a little wild and tried to break into a drugstore for unknown purposes. When the cops showed up, they took him in without much trouble, and that’s when things got weird. In the back seat of the patrol car, Whiteman told the arresting officer that he was a 100-year-old immortal vampire and that he could smell his blood. At the station, he told another officer that he wanted to eat her kidney. After he sobered up, he stopped thinking he was a vampire and pled “not guilty” in court.
Jonathon The Impaler Sharkey
Most real-life vampires tend to keep their life on the down low. Not Jon Sharkey. He’s the only vampire to ever run for President. The flamboyant Florida resident used to work as a professional wrestler. He says that he first drank blood at the age of five and now consumes human plasma from his wife and girlfriends a few times a week. When he can’t get the human stuff, Sharkey also guzzles cow and pig blood. His 2012 Presidential bid (as a Republican) featured policy elements like the death penalty by impalement for murderers and rapists and the legalization of gay marriage.
Unidentified Turkish Man
Because the flow of news from Eastern Europe isn’t as clear as it could be, we don’t have a name for this next specimen. His story, however, is so disturbing that we need to share it. In February 2013, a report came across the wire of a 23-year-old married man who had developed a physical addiction to blood. What started with him cutting his arms and stomach to collect and consume his own fluids transformed into an obsession that led him to attack people in the streets, slash them with a knife and lick the wounds. His father tried to steal blood from blood banks to satiate his thirst, as well. When he was put into psychiatric care, medication managed to control his cravings.
Not all real-life vampires consume human blood to live. A second group, which refer to themselves as “energy vampires” (also “pranic vampires”) believe that they have the ability to extract some kind of unidentified energy from normal human beings, which they use to strengthen themselves. Anshar Seraphim (probably not his birth name) is one such example, a public spokesperson for the energy vampire community who has appeared on Fox News and other media outlets to try to explain his needs. While Seraphim has dabbled in blood drinking on occasion, he says that he prefers the painless process of energy draining.
Some of the people on this list believe they were born vampires, while others had the vampire lifestyle thrust upon them. Suzie Park falls into the latter category. By day, she’s a pillar of her community who volunteers to help with disabled children. But at night, the freak comes out. Park says that she met a vampire lord named “Sebastian” at a nightclub in 2003. With her life at rock bottom, she let him take her to a house on the outside of London, where he taught her the ways of drinking blood. Lord Sebastian died in a car accident in 2006, but Park now calls herself “Lady V,” sleeps in a red velvet coffin and continues her nocturnal plasma-sucking activities.
Let’s head down to Australia for the next entry on our list. In 1989, Wigginton and three friends lured a man named Edward Baldock to their car and murdered him. Wigginton was the mastermind of the plot - with a charismatic thrall over her followers, she claimed to need to consume human blood to survive. Baldock was found drunk in the streets, and the vampire crew took him to a park where Wigginton stabbed him multiple times in the chest. Whether she actually drank his blood is still unknown – she denies it, the other girls claim she did – but she was sentenced to a lengthy prison term after a scandalous trial.
Real-life vampires come from all walks of life, but this is the only case we’ve heard of where a blood-drinking queen of the night made a Hooters her lair. When Josephine Smith spotted a homeless man sleeping on the porch of a closed-down Hooters restaurant, it triggered something dark and hidden in her eternal soul. Her victim, Milton Ellis, was a 69-year-old wheelchair-bound Good Samaritan who woke up from his slumber to find Smith crouched above him completely naked saying “I’m a vampire. I’m going to eat you.” She then proved her bite was worse than her bark by tearing pieces of his face off with her teeth. He managed to escape and call the cops, and when they arrested her she claimed to have no recollection of the incident.
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John Brennan Crutchley
From early on, people knew John Brennan Crutchley was a weirdo. As a young boy in Pittsburgh, he preferred to hang out in his basement rather than go out and play with other kids. After his first marriage collapsed in the early 1970s, it awakened something evil in Crutchley, transforming him into the killer that was known as the “Vampire Rapist.” Although he’s suspected of kidnapping and murdering over 30 women, one escaped – a teenage girl who told police that Crutchley tied her to a countertop, raped her and then put needles in her arm to extract her blood, which he then drank. She managed to force a bathroom window open and save herself. In 2002, Crutchley killed himself in prison with a plastic bag over his head, not a stake through his heart.