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‘Count Drac-ullah’ terrorises Bengalis, 4.2.05
The east end of London has been gripped by a climate of fear not seen since Jack the Ripper, Britain’s most famous serial killer, prowled its streets.
Community leaders are appealing for calm as rumours of a “neck-biting beast” create panic in Britain’s Bangladeshi community.
Stories about a vampire started in Birmingham after reports of a man indiscriminately biting innocent bystanders last month.
Now rumours are spreading about a vampire among Bangladeshis in London.
Mosques are trying to quash fears of a supernatural predator after many contacted Eastern Eye recently claiming to be too scared to leave their homes.
An imam from the East London Mosque urged the congregation at last Friday’s prayers to ignore the rumours.
Abel Umar a spokesperson for the mosque. said: “This was the topic of our Friday sermon because the women and children were so frightened.
“The imam told them that there is no truth in it, it’s just rumours because everyone had heard it but no-one had seen anything. He pointed out that the Qur’an says one has to verify things that one hears and it is a sin to spread rumours.”
But it has failed to appease Bengalis such as Ruksana Begum. Mrs Begum, of West Midlands, said: “For a few weeks I have been hearing disturbing stories about people being attacked and bitten by this one person in Aston, Lozells and Small Heath.
“The Bengali people are really frightened. I don’t really believe this person is a werewolf, but ask anyone in the Birmingham area and you will find that they all believe it is something supernatural.”
Abul Kalam, of east London, said: “One woman was bitten and a large chunk of her neck is missing and elsewhere, something jumped from a wall onto a woman and she started to fight back. As she caught a glimpse of the thing, she screamed because she said it wasn’t human.”
Shireen Ahmed, also of east London, added: “I could not sleep thinking about it.
“In one case a person opened the door and the guy or woman wearing a veil just pulled the person and drained the blood from their neck. It seemed to have very, very long nails to attack.”
Firoz Hussain, 36, a Bangladeshi Youth Worker in Birmingham, said: “I couldn’t believe it when a member of staff didn’t turn up to work at the weekend because of this. She phoned me and said she was too scared to come in.”
The community has offered some explanations for the presence of the predator.
“I have heard that a spirit was unleashed by a community leader in Oldham to help re-unite a separated couple. It’s black magic which went wrong,” suggests Mr Kalam.
Police in Tower Hamlets received 17 calls in just two days about non-human creatures.
Toothless vampire hoax slain by cops
POLICE are having to reassure East Enders that there are no such things as vampires, after a spate of panic-stricken calls to the borough’s stations about the blood-thirsty neck-biters.
On January 24 and 25 Tower Hamlets police received 17 calls from members of the public claiming to have knowledge of non-human creatures attacking and biting people in the borough.
Police said the calls received appear to have been made by different people, each with genuine concerns.
East End Life also received calls from concerned members of the public who told reporters that family members were too scared to leave the house until the creature had been caught.
But it is all a cruel hoax to scare people. The claims follow similar scare stories that were doing the rounds in Birmingham earlier in January.
Local newspaper the Birmingham Evening Mail has been flooded with calls from “terrified” families, community leaders and schools.
Birmingham news agency Newsteam, reported: “As the sun dips below the rooftops of sleepy terraced streets, residents rush home, quickly gathering up playing children, because after night falls a vampire hungry for blood stalks. Reports of a Dracula-style attacker biting innocent people have spread terror throughout neighbourhoods in Birmingham, causing many to fear the night.”
But a police spokeswoman said: “Tower Hamlets police have not received any calls from victims claiming to have been bitten by a vampire or anything else non-human.
“Reports of vampires and other non-human creatures bear all the hallmarks of an urban myth fuelled by rumours and hearsay.
“We would like to reassure members of the public that vampires and other non-human creatures do not exist and they need not be fearful of being attacked in this way.
“We have not received any calls from victims and there is no evidence to substantiate these claims.”
Its all a cover up I reckon...
Not too sure about that one. It may or may not be a genuine antique, the 1700 and 1800's being the tail end of the vampire hysteria that swept Europe. I have seen new made kits that had a similer setup. It's possible that many genuine antiques were gathered together to make this a sort of collection rather then an actual period piece.
New verifible vampire material is scarce due to a variety of reasons. One there are too many goths around who love to muddle up any investigation. Two, vampire hunting, unlike ghost hunting, is illegal in some countries. England, for example. Three, and God help you, if you would find a 'real' vampire, you may want to stake first and do an involved investigation later. Remember, by all traditional accounts a vampire is a dangerous predator. It is not hip, cool, or suave. It's a maneater.
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Two real vampire stories of the 21st century.
One is the Highgate Vampire , first written about in the late 1960s and still in the headlines.
The other is about an investigation into the vampire story of Robin Hoods Grave in West Yorkshire, investigated by the same team for the Highgate Vampire. This investigation was based on the historical legend that Robin Hood was bled to death, either accidentally or maliciously, by the prioress of Kirklees in the fourteenth century. Her lover the convent priest, Red Roger of Doncaster, was her co-conspirator. The vampire connection was simply based on the "bleeding to death"--which I agree, I hadnt thought about as a vampire tale before!
For details see www.robinhoodyorkshire.co.uk
The investigation is still on-going, though more concentrated on the various paranormal sightings of the prioress and Red Roger, than any actual vampiric happenings, whichw ere actually reported as taking place in the locality of Clifton in the 1990's.
Hi Greenwych, welcome to the Mysterious Britain & Ireland forum. I knew about Highgate, but not the Robin Hood related vampire.
The Kirklees Vampire isn't as well know as the Highgate, but there is a lot of press cuttings and articles about it and it is linked to Highgate as it involves the same people. The vampire story is probably really an extension of the widely reported ghost sightings , but even though I don't really think it could have been an "undead" vampire, there is a possibility that the prioress was a kind of medieval "Goth" and went in for blood drinking, or there could have been some kind of fertility rite/sacrifice going on. It could have just been a murder though no one knows why, or it could have been bad nursing or just the natural weakness resulting from loss of blood.
There is d efinitely something very spooky at the grave--I have explained it on the folklore board.
Thanks for the link above to your website Greenwych. I can see that we are severley lacking Robin Hood articles in our gazetteer here. I'm more interested in the haunting aspects surrounding the grave than the vampire link, though it is interesting that the Highgate team thought that something was worth investigating there.
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