Before there was Dracula, there was the real life, well documented vampire of New England, Mercy Brown. Or at least that’s what some liked to call her.
During the New England Vampire Panic, townspeople exhumed their loved ones, burned their hearts, and fed the ashes to the ill in hopes it would heal them. However, Mercy Brown is one of the best documented cases of the exhumation of a corpse to perform such rituals with goals to banish an undead manifestation – to get rid of the “vampire.”
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