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Friends and Buffy Slayed in Parents' Hate-List
August 24, 2002 (The Guardian) - Unplug your TV and book your cinema tickets now: Friday nights may never be the same again if an American television watchdog gets its way. The Parents Television Council has released its list of the 10 best and worst shows, and while few Britons will recognise its favourites, the series it would like to ban are instantly recognisable.  Buffy the Vampire Slayer is deemed the worst of all for its "violence and vulgarity", but hit comedy series such as Friends and Will and Grace are also slated as "deplorable."
2007-03-25 20:33
City Councillor Wants Official "Vampire Day" in Brazil
August 11, 2002 - Who better to promote the virtues of giving blood than a vampire? At least, that's what a Brazilian city councillor thinks and why he wants to officially declare August 13 Vampire Day, to coincide with a city-wide drive for blood donations.  Jose Laurindo de Oliveira said the campaign will also celebrate the vampire in literature and all things gothic.
2007-03-25 20:31
He Was Obsessed With "Things Of The Night"
August 2, 2002 (The Calgary Herald) - Mathew Hardman's preoccupation with vampirism was chillingly foreshadowed in the months before he killed his 90-year-old neighbour. During talks with a German student on an exchange visit to Llanfairpwll, he betrayed his attraction to the "things of the night." He told her he believed the Anglesey village was "a perfect place for vampires" because there were many elderly people there, and if any of them died after being bitten it would be assumed they had suffered a heart attack.
2007-03-25 20:30
Youth Guilty of Vampire Ritual Killing
August 2, 2002 (NTL World News) - A teenager has been found guilty of murdering his elderly neighbour and drinking her blood in a vampire ritual. Art student Mathew Hardman, 17, butchered Mabel Leyshon at her home in Llanfairpwll, Anglesey, last November. He has been jailed for a minimum of 12 years.
2007-03-25 20:28
How the "Vampire Killer" Became a Bachelor of Arts
June 9, 2002 (The Nationwide News Pty Limited) - "Vampire Killer" Tracey Wigginton -- the woman behind one of Australia's most bizarre murders -- has earned a university degree in jail. Wigginton has received a Bachelor of Arts from Deakin University, double-majoring in anthropology and philosophy.
2007-03-25 20:26
The Kingdom of Dracula
May 7, 2002 (ABC News) - You can probably imagine how long your wait would be at airport security if your passport read "Kingdom of Dracula." Still, the last known relative of Vlad the Impaler, the medieval Romanian nobleman who inspired Bram Stoker's Dracula, says he's fed up with high German taxes, and he's got local support in his hometown outside Berlin to form a vampire paradise.
2007-03-25 18:01
Vampire Bats Attack Five Indians in Chiapas, Kill Cattle
April 5, 2002 (San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico / Agencia EFE) - Five Indians were attacked by hundreds of vampire bats in the municipality of Ocosingo, in the southeastern Mexican state of Chiapas, the Health Secretariat reported.
2007-03-25 17:59
"Vampire Rapist" Commits Suicide
April 1, 2002 (BOWLING GREEN, Fla. / AP) - A man dubbed "The Vampire Rapist" because he drank the blood of a kidnapped hitchhiker killed himself in his prison cell, officials said Monday.
2007-03-25 17:58
"Bloodlust" Blamed For Stabbing Of Scientist
March 5, 2002 (The Telegraph Group Limited) - A teenager accused over the gruesome occult murder of a prominent DNA scientist told police that he is a vampire who was driven into a killing frenzy by the taste of the victim's blood, a court heard.
2007-03-25 17:57
Slain Scientist's Daughter Arrested
March 5, 2002 (Leesburg, VA / AP) - 3 months after DNA scientist Robert Schwartz was stabbed to death with a two-foot sword and left with a ritualistic X carved in to the back of his neck, the case has turned out to be less exotic than investigators thought, but chilling nonetheless.
2007-03-25 17:56

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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?
The Bat in NatureIndigenous to Central and South America, vampire bats live in a very strong social culture. The develop bonds with other bats in the colony, and learn to recognize each other through sound and scent. Vampire bats tend to live in caves, trees, or buildings. Their colonies can reach numbers of up to 2000 bats, but most colonies tend to house approximately 100 bats.

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