Definition of a Criminal Vampire
I define such a person from their acts of killing their victims. But do these criminals consider themselves to be a vampire?
Below is a collection of the most infamous ‘vampire criminals’ that I have used to base my findings on.
Fritz Haarmann – Otherwise known as the ‘Butcher of Hanover’.
Shortly after World War 1, this sinister criminal lurked around the train stations offering young boys a place of shelter and some warm food. None of these boys were seen alive again. They were murdered by having their throat ripped out by Haarmann’s teeth.
Haarmann would dispose of the bodies at his butcher’s shop and sell the victims clothes on the Black Market. He was finally caught and sentenced to death by decapitation in April 1925.
Wayne Clifford Boden – Otherwise known as the ‘Vampire Rapist’.
He stalked his women, strangled and raped them and left savage bite marks on their breasts. This happened in Montreal between the years of 1968 and 1971; finally he was caught and sentenced to life imprisonment.
Romanian prince otherwise known as Vlad the Impaler or Dracula. He was born in 1431. As a ruler, he avenged his brother’s death by hunting down the ‘boyars’ in 1457. First he impaled their wives and children within his courtyard, and then he sent the men to rebuild his ancient castle.
Nobody knows of Vlad’s final resting place as his body has never been found, thus throughout time creating a legend that he walks carrying his coffin and he was according to legend, seen 200yrs after his death.
Bram Stoker did a lot of research into this man and used the name of ‘Dracula’ for his creation, but there is also evidence that points to Stoker basing his creation on the sadistic pleasures of Elizabeth Bathory.
Born in 1560 and brought up in the Carpathain mountains, she was born into a powerful family. She was very well educated but was known to suffer fits and rages. There are records of her torturing her servants as she was very cruel and she got great satisfaction from this.
According to legend, some blood from one of her victims fell upon her and she believed it was good for her skin and that it could give her back her youth.
She was also known to bite and eat the flesh of some of the girls. She murdered somewhere between 15-600 girls and when she was finally caught, she was bricked up inside a castle where she died in 1644.
Peter Kurten – Otherwise known as the ‘Dusseldorf Vampire’.
Born in 1883, Peter Kurten grew up with his drunken and savage father who was sentenced for molesting one of his own daughters. Kurten would often copy his father’s actions. There are reports also of Kurten practising bestiality.
Nobody knows for sure how many victims Kurten murdered over a period of 40yrs. His main method of killing was strangulation and stabbing. It wasn’t just women who fell victim, it was men and children. There were signs of molestation in some of the victims, but according to sources, he got great satisfaction from watching the blood flow. Some victims were tortured and there was evidence of vampirism and cannibalism. He was sentenced to death by the guillotine in 1931.
Richard Trenton Chase – Otherwise known as the ‘Vampire of Sacramento’.
Born in 1950, Richard Chase liked to torture animals. Suffering from hypochondria and schizophrenia, he believed that his mother was poisoning him by turning his blood to powder. He also believed that his pulmonary artery had been stolen, bones were coming out of the back of his head and that his stomach was backwards. He once suffered from blood poisoning due to him injecting the blood of a rabbit into his veins to stop his heart from shrinking and disappearing all together. Chase would also use the intestines and blood of rabbits to blend them in a blender and drink.
In 1976 he was institutionalised where he earned the nickname of ‘Dracula’ due to staff finding him with blood around his mouth and two dead birds on the window ledge. Later he was released, as he wasn’t seen to be a danger.
He killed six victims at random, drained their bodies of blood and would mix this together with vital organs in a blender and drink it.
In May 1978 he was sentenced to death by the gas chamber in San Quentin Penitentiary.
Marcelo Costa De Andrade
Born in 1967 and brought up in the slums of Brazil, Marcelo Costa De Andrade was sexually abused at the age of 10 and was regularly beaten by his grandfather and step-parents. At the age of 14 he turned to prostitution.
His killing spree began in 1991 at the age of 24. He raped and strangled 14 boys’ mainly homeless street kids and performed acts of necrophilia. On two of the victims he drank their blood thinking that this would make him as beautiful as them.
Marcelo was eventually captured and institutionalised but in January of 1997 he escaped. He was found with a bible heading for the Holy Land. He is believed to be institutionalised somewhere in Brazil at this current time.
John George Haigh – Otherwise known as the ‘Vampire of London’ or ‘The Acid bath killer’.
Born in 1910 and raised in a very religious family where punishment would be dealt for sins committed. John George Haigh believed strongly in his dreams that would revisit him throughout his life. He often dreamt of walking in a forest full of crucifixes that slowly turned into trees.
He watched as water or dew slowly dripped from the trees. This liquid turned to blood and a man was gathering the blood in a cup. The cup was offered to Haigh and the man said ‘drink’. Although Haigh would awake at this point he would still reach for the cup. His fixation with religion and blood grew as did his urge to drink blood.
He killed a total of 9 victims by a bludgeoning blow to the head. He would then collect the blood of a victim in a cup and drink it. He would dispose of the bodies by dumping them in a bath of acid.
He had no remorse when he was captured and he was sentenced to death by hanging, which took place in 1949.
Siswanto – The 18-month killing spree of Siswanto, aka Robot Gedek, a homeless Indonesian man, began in December 1994.
His 12 victims were all boys between the ages of 9 and 15. He confessed to sexually molesting his victims before murdering them. He told police he enjoyed drinking his victims’ blood and that he sometimes kept pieces of their skin.
His last victim was found on July 5th 1996. On the 6th of August he confessed to his crimes. On the 21st May 1997, an Indonesian court sentenced him to death.
Rod Ferrell – Leader of a vampire clan, and the case was most commonly known as ‘The Kentucky Vampire Clan Murders’.
Rod Ferrell was the leader of a 30 strong vampire clan who drank blood and believed they could fly. They used to meet at an old abandoned hotel in the woods above Kentucky Lake. This was known by many as The Vampire Hotel.
At the age of 17, Ferrell and his accomplices were arrested for the murders of Richard and Naomi Wendorf in Florida, 1996. Ferrell bludgeoned them to death with a crowbar.
Ferrell believed that he was immortal and that the more people he killed the sooner the ‘Gates of Hell’ would open. He also believed that he was better than a vampire, that he was a demon.
In the past, he had been reported to have tortured animals and drink their blood. His mother Sondra Gibson has been known to practice the occult and vampirism.
Ferrell had been brought up in an inferior family, sexually abused, mistreated as well as being indoctrinated into the myth of the occult/vampires from such an early age.
Rod Ferrel was sentenced to death in the electric chair in 1998.
Daniel Ruda (26) and Manuela Ruda (23)
German husband and wife, both were sentenced to 15 and 13 yrs respectively for the murder of Frank Hackert 33 on the 6th July 2001.
Daniel and Manuela Ruda both claim to be vampires and they both denied the charge of murder, claiming that they were following the orders of Satan, ‘kill, sacrifice, bring souls’.
Frank was chosen for sacrifice because he was a funny guy and would be the perfect court jester for Satan. They invited the victim to a party in their flat where Daniel Ruda hit him over the head with a hammer while his wife was reported to have shouted, ‘Stab him in the heart!”.
Frank was stabbed 66 times in all and the couple then prayed to Satan, cut a pentagram on the victim’s stomach and drank his blood from a bowl on an altar. The pair then made love in Manuela’s silk lined coffin.
After the killing, Manuela was reported to have been disappointed because she never turned into a vampire.
Mathew Hardman (17)
On the 2nd of August 2002, Mathew Hardman otherwise known as the Vampire Boy Killer was sentenced to serve a minimum of 12 years for the brutal murder of Mabel Leyshon at her home in Llanfair, Anglesey, UK.
Hardman believed that he would become immortal by butchering the 90 year old pensioner and drinking her blood.
On November the 24th a few weeks after Hardman had turned 17 years old; he broke into Mrs Leyshon’s bungalow and launched a ferocious attack on her by stabbing her 20 times. The marks could be seen on the pensioner’s hands where she had tried to defend herself.
He then arranged her dead body on an armchair with her legs propped up on a stool. Two brass pokers were placed on the floor below her feet in the form of an inverted cross, two candlesticks were placed by her body and a candle was placed on the mantelpiece.
Hardman then proceeded to slice her chest open, ripped out her heart, wrapped it in newspaper and placed it in a saucepan on top of a silver platter. He then made three deep gashes in the back of Mrs Leyshon’s leg and drained the blood into the pan before drinking it.
He believed this would turn him into a vampire and make him immortal.
Hardman had been arrested previously for accusing a female German exchange student of being a vampire. He had demanded that she bite him to turn him into a vampire.
He believed that the little town called ‘Llanfairpwll’ was the perfect haven for vampires due to the amount of old people who lived there. He assumed that if an old person had been killed, the police would suspect the victim to have died of a heart attack after being bitten.
Six weeks after the murder when details emerged of the killing, police were reminded of Hardman’s earlier arrest. They issued a search warrant and found his bedroom full of vampire related books, magazines and internet related material. Hardman was subsequently arrested.
Stephen Hubner – Otherwise known as the Vampire of Treautenau.
Stephen Hubner came from a small Slavic village called Treautenau and was accused of killing several people between 1730 and 1732. He also strangled cattle.
Five months after his death the Supreme Court upon investigating the murders, found sufficient cause to exhume his body and found it to be perfectly preserved. This led to further suspicions that he may indeed be a vampire. The body was decapitated and cremated and all bodies from the surrounding graves were burned as a precautionary measure.
If you do a search on the Internet for this French mass murderer who died in 1824, you will find that he was either accused of vampire crimes or werewolf crimes. Referring to Matthew Bunson’s Vampire Encyclopaedia 1993 edition, Leger would hide out in the woods waiting for young women to pass by. After raping them, he would rip their heart out to eat and drink their blood. He was guillotined for his crimes.
Allan Menzies (22)
On December 11 2002, Allan Menzies brutally murdered Thomas McKendrick by stabbing him and using a hammer. Menzies then went on to drink some of his victim’s blood and eat part of his head.
He then disposed of his victim by dumping his body in a wheelie bin and took it to the woods where it was discovered 6 weeks later.
Menzies believed that by killing someone he would be rewarded with immortality and return as a vampire in the next life. He also claimed that Akasha, a character from the movie ‘Queen of the Damned’ played by the late Aaliyah told him this when visiting his home in Fauldhouse in West Lothian, Scotland.
Menzies had watched ‘Queen of the Damned’ more than a hundred times and Akasha was his heroine. McKendrick was brutally murdered after insulting Menzies heroine at his home.
The trial took place on October 8th 2003 and Menzies was found guilty at the High Court in Edinburgh.
Menzies had denied murder and attempting to defeat the ends of justice and his offer to plead guilty to culpable homicide on the grounds of diminished responsibility had already been rejected by the crown.
Menzies told the court..
“At the end of the day I knew I would have to murder somebody anyway. It was the only way you could do it. If you don’t murder somebody you couldn’t become a vampire.”
Judge Roderick Macdonald said upon sentencing,
“In my opinion you are an evil, violent and highly dangerous man who is not fit to be at liberty”.
He also stated that Menzies was an “evil and dangerous psychopath” and should serve at least 18yrs before being considered for parole.”
You subjected Thomas McKendrick to a savage and merciless attack. You totally lack remorse.”
At the age of 14, Menzies was sent to a secure unit after stabbing a pupil and had attacked a family member with a knife. He had also been sentenced to three years detention for assaulting a 13-year-old boy and causing a severe injury.
Menzies suffered from a severe personality disorder but was not insane.
Why have they been named Criminal Vampires?
Two of the above criminals drank their victim’s blood, believing that this would make them beautiful and youthful in appearance as in the case of Elizabeth Bathory and Marcelo Costa De Andrade. Siswanto also liked to drink their victim’s blood because he liked it, as did John George Haigh, Richard Trenton Chase, Peter Kurten. In vampire mythology, drinking the blood of a victim was needed. It is also said that the vampire will gain the life-force of their victim, thus making themselves stronger.
All of the cases above bear some sort of vampire trait. Biting, a common vampire trait was reported in the cases of Wayne Clifford Boden, who would bite the women’s breasts. Fritz Haarmann would rip his victim’s throat out with his teeth.
Vlad Tepes would kill by impaling his victims on a stake. I think that he is now known as a vampire criminal due to Bram Stoker’s Dracula novel, which has made more people aware of this historic figure and the crimes of torture he committed.
The only true vampire criminal above has to be Rod Ferrell. He actually believed he was a vampire and that he was immortal. He’s grown up with occult practises within the family; even his mother believes that she is a vampire. Ferrell would practice the drinking of blood with other clan members; even involve this as a ritual when initiating new members into his vampire clan. There are also reports of him playing ‘Vampire the Masquerade’ game, which is a fantasy role-playing game.
Latest Vampire Criminals
Arizona Vampire Idiots
14th October 2010
21 year old Amanda Williamson and 24 year old Aaron Homer from Arizona are the latest idiots to be listed here as ‘Vampire Criminals’.
It’s really pathetic that morons believe that they are vampires and take it to the extreme of stabbing their victim to drink his blood after he refused them permission. Luckily their victim Robert Maley didn’t die, but he had been stupid to let the pair drink his blood on a previous occasion just so that they would leave him alone.
Brisbane Lesbian Vampire Killer Released
14th April 2008
Lisa Ptaschinski and inset Tracey Wigginton
Reports made by an Australian newspaper claiming that ‘Brisbane Vampire Killer’ Tracey Wigginton, 42, had been approved for parole or graduated release have been rejected by Queensland’s Corrective Services department. Instead, one of her co-accused, Lisa Ptaschinski has had her application for resettlement approved.
Under the resettlement leave programme, Ptaschinski who has served 17 years in prison since being sentenced to murder in February 1991, will be given a maximum of 12 hours leave every two months for six months.
Both Wigginton, who received a life sentence and Ptaschinski first came up for parole in 2002, and while Ptaschinski is classified as low risk, Corrective Services reported last year that Wigginton still had social and anger issues.
In 1989 Tracey Wigginton’s ‘need to feed’ was so great that she and three other women, one of them her vampire lover, lured Edward Baldock, 47 and a father of five, into their car before driving out to Orleigh Park, where Wigginton stabbed him a total of 27 times and then drank his blood.
They were quickly caught when detectives found an ATM card belonging to Wigginton in one of his shoes.
Vampire lesbian and lover killed British teenager
December 2006 Perth Austrailia
Stacey Mitchell aged just 16 and originally from West Moors in Dorset was repeatedly hit over the head with a concrete block by a pair of evil lesbian lovers who celebrated with a kiss as she lay dying on the floor.
Stacey was sharing a house with Jessica Stasinowsky, 21, and Valerie Parashumti, 19.
Stasinowsky believed that Stacey was flirting with Parashumti who had been experimenting with drinking blood as early as aged 10 and later as part of a vampire sub culture. The pair of them plotted the killing of Stacey when Parashumti felt the need to prove that Stacey meant nothing to her.
All three of them drank whiskey and Stacey had taken some tablets that had made her feel drowsy.
Parashumti crept up behind Stacey and repeatedly hit her over the head with the concrete block while Stasinowsky strangled Stacey with a metal dog chain. The lesbian lovers then knelt over her body when thinking she was dead and kissed while taking her pulse.
The pair became sexually aroused whilst performing this sickening act and they even filmed the whole incident on a mobile phone, which showed Stacey’s blood spattered bedroom.
They finished off with dumping Stacey head first into a wheelie bin and it is estimated that Stacey took 45 mins to die.
When in court, the pair showed absolutely no remorse. Stasinowsky told a prisoner officer that she wished it had taken Stacey longer to die.
Both were sentenced to a minimum of 24 years.
Judge Peter Blaxell told them: “You have each had more than a year in custody to reflect upon the evilness of your crime, yet you still lack remorse and obviously place no value on the sanctity of human life.
“Even more appalling are your admissions to the effect that at the time of the murder you were each sexually excited by the violence of the event.