November 26, 1998 (The Washington Post) - Blood-sucking vampires may have their history in disease rather than the supernatural, according to a Spanish neurologist. Dr Juan Gomez-Alonso has put forward a novel theory to explain the Dracula legend - vampires were suffering from rabies. The Neurologist hit on the rabid vampire theory after watching a Dracula film.
September 11, 1997 (NEWPORT, R.I./AP) - Rhode Islanders have been guarding themselves for months against mosquitoes infected with a potentially deadly virus, but Christopher Rondina says the state's past is filled with stories of a far scarier bloodsucker: vampires.
December 3, 1996 - One of the five teen-agers accused of murder as part of an alleged blood-sucking vampire cult waived her right to an extradition hearing on Monday. Now the only adult member of The Vampire Clan will leave Louisiana, where she's being held, and be returned to Florida. Nineteen-year-old Dana Cooper will face murder charges in the beating death of a Florida couple.
December 2, 1996 - A group of Kentucky teen-agers who claim to be members of a vampire cult face a court hearing today in a double murder case. Authorities say the teens were involved in a strange game that went much too far.
October 10, 1996 (Peter Gilstrap / Phoenix New Times) - It takes a certain brand of optimism and foresight to make a small-market concept work, a certain drive and, of course, the essential ability to recognize a need and fill it. Before a savvy, upward mover even begins to address such concepts as outsourcing, retrenchment and severe lower-pricing to shed high-cost capacity, he must be able to pick the right product at the right moment. Such a man is Rod Jakubik. His product is fangs.
May 15, 1996 (Lucia Newman / CNN) - Is it a mutant vampire? Is it an extra-terrestrial? Or is it simply a figment of someone's overactive imagination? The chupacabra defies definition, but several strange and unexplained incidents in Mexico are causing locals to believe the creature is more than just a myth.
May 12, 1996 (Dudley Althaus / Houston Chronicle) - ZAPOTAL, Mexico -- The roosters had not yet crowed when the fierce barking of neighborhood dogs jolted Violeta Colorado from her sleep. The dogs had some animal cornered at the rubbish pile behind Colorado's small concrete house in Zapotal, a farm village in the steamy oil country of southeastern Mexico.
April 4, 1995 (The Fortean Times) - A man of 75, walking Jockel, his Dachshund, in Berlin on 4 April 1995, was attacked by a 43-year-old man who bit him on the neck, shouting "I am Dracula!" Passersby overpowered the attacker and handed him over to police. He said he had been drinking.
The victim went home and died an hour later from a heart attack.
July 20, 1995 (Newsday) - Army service develops many character traits, but vampirism seems to be another new one. A 20 year old former Russian army man was arrested in Tula outside Moscow after dragging a local drunk into the bushes, biting through his carotid artery and drinking his blood, Itar-Tass news agency reported yesterday.
Late in the 17th century, there was a town called Croglin Grange (in Cumberland County, England). It's been said by some that the town was visited by a vampire... and the young lady in the tale barely escaped with her life.A one-story home in Croglin Grange was rented to a two brothers and their sister. One summer night, when the heat from the day still clung to the air, the sister was looking out her window at the stars. It was too hot to sleep. Suddenly, she noticed two lights that flickered in and out of the group of trees that lay beyond her window.
Elizabeth Miller is a well-known member of the vampire community. In addition to being a former Professor of English at the Memorial University of Newfoundland, she is President of the Transylvanian Society of Dracula - Canadian Chapter as well as Baroness of the House of Dracula. What was your first exposure to Dracula?