This week, Hailee is bewitched by the New England Vampire Panic. During the later part of the 18th and 19th centuries, large amounts of people were dying from what they called consumption, what we know of today as Tuberculosis. In New England, they had a different idea about what was causing their friends and loved ones to waste away in front of their eyes: vampires. Though they never used the exact term, they thought that the undead were preying upon the living and they had some very interesting methods to stop the attacks.
Michael E. Bell’s Food for the Dead: On the Trail of New England’s Vampire
Vampires, Burial, and Death: Folklore and Reality by Paul Barber
A History of Vampires in New England by Thomas D’Agostino
Mercy: The Last New England Vampire by Sarah L. Thomson
The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix