, 2022-10-31 11:17:44,
The face of a Connecticut “vampire” whose body was found mutilated in 1990 has been brought to life using modern technology.
Research suggests the man was named John Barber, and he died in the 1800s at 55 years old from tuberculosis, also known as consumption.
With no cure for tuberculosis in the 19th century, it was one of the biggest killers in America. The appearance of its victims, along with the protracted nature of the disease, and the choice of victims, fueled the belief in the undead.
So real was the fear, it became known as the “The Great New England Vampire Panic,” according to Smithsonian.
“Typically, a rural family contracted the wasting illness, and even though they often received the standard medical diagnosis the survivors blamed early victims as ‘vampires,’ responsible for preying upon family members who subsequently fell sick,” the magazine said. “Often an exhumation was called for, to stop the vampire’s predations.”
And that’s the fate that probably befell Barber, buried in Griswold. After Barber died, his body was dug up and his bones rearranged in a typical skull and crossbones configuration.
Nicholas Bellantoni, emeritus Connecticut state archaeologist and anthropology professor at the University of Connecticut, helped excavate Barber in 1990, after a…
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