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Italians Unearth “Vampire” In Venice Grave

By Wyatt Earp | March 13, 2009

<i>Jeri Ryan in Dracula 2000. She's vamp-tastic!</i>

Jeri Ryan in Dracula 2000. She's vamp-tastic!

Wow, that sucks. Get it? “Sucks?”

Thank you, I’ll be here all week! Try the veal!

ROME – Italian researchers believe they have found the remains of a female “vampire” in Venice, buried with a brick jammed between her jaws to prevent her feeding on victims of a plague which swept the city in the 16th century.

Matteo Borrini, an anthropologist from the University of Florence, said the discovery on the small island of Lazzaretto Nuovo in the Venice lagoon supported the medieval belief that vampires were behind the spread of plagues like the Black Death.

“This is the first time that archaeology has succeeded in reconstructing the ritual of exorcism of a vampire,” Borrini told Reuters by telephone. “This helps … authenticate how the myth of vampires was born.”

Myth? Can anyone who has seen Courtney Love truly say that the walking dead is a myth?

The skeleton was unearthed in a mass grave from the Venetian plague of 1576 — in which the artist Titian died — on Lazzaretto Nuovo, which lies around three km (2 miles) northeast of Venice and was used as a sanitorium for plague sufferers.

The succession of plagues which ravaged Europe between 1300 and 1700 fostered the belief in vampires, mainly because the decomposition of corpses was not well understood, Borrini said. (H/T – )

Borrini then stated that because the researchers did not want to take any chances, the flew in Wesley Snipes to make sure the vampire was dead.

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2 Responses to “Italians Unearth “Vampire” In Venice Grave”

  1. USA_Admiral Says:
    March 13th, 2009 at 8:51 am

    Dude; Only movie vampires look like Jeri Ryan. What a great still picture from the movie too.

    Interesting article as well.

  2. Woody Says:
    March 14th, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    God she is hot! I forgot all about her.

    I think I need to feature her in my Babes section… I could also tie it into my News & Politics section since the entire Obamanation thing is her damn fault for not going to that S&M club like a good little wife.