The Vampire Terror of the French Revolution

Vampirism is often noted as being something that is contained to Eastern European countries. But have you ever heard about a French vampire named Viscount de Morieve? An evil man in life who, after his death, became a terrifying nightmare.

To be a French aristocrat during the revolution was a dangerous occupation, and as noblemen around him were killed in public executions, Viscount de Morieve kept his wealth, position and estates throughout one of the bloodiest and most violent portions of French history. A cruel man who hated those he deemed the “common” folk—he enjoyed executing those who worked for him,  one by one—his evils eventually caused him to be assassinated.

After his death, as those who had lived under his fearful reign of terror relaxed and returned to normal, children started dying. Over the next 70 years, many children of those who lived on his estates kept dying, and all the reports indicate that all the victims had puncture wounds from the jagged teeth of a vampire on their necks.

Toward the end of the 1870s, De Morieves’ descendants became interested in the persisting local rumors that his grandfather was, in fact, a vampire. He had the family vault opened and invited local dignitaries and religious leaders to investigate the contents of the tomb with him. All of the other corpses interred in the vault had become decomposed, as normal; but when the Viscount’s coffin was opened, he was found to be in the same condition as he had been the day he had been interred. With no sign of decomposition, his body was removed from his tomb and a stake was driven through his beating heart. As blood poured from the wound and the corpse cried out in pain, he was beheaded and his remains were burnt.

After the Viscount had been destroyed, there were no more unnatural child deaths on the estate. There are those who believe that De Morieves was born in Persia, married an Indian and then moved to France. It is also believed that his wife brought his vampirism from the East. 

Vanessa A. Ryan is the author of:
Horror At The Lake, A Vampire Tale mystery trilogy:
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