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nacho:

--- Quote from: Cassander on June 15, 2008, 12:31:19 AM ---http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medieval_revenant

Revenants! 

So, obviously they belong to the folklore realm, but apparently several exhumations in English cemeteries have shown corpses buried in the manner mentioned in these medieval accounts: the head removed and placed between the legs.  of course, this trope continues today in zombie stories. 

so, if not true, then what was happening?  Apparently no one on wikipedia is learn-ed enough to offer explanations.

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Visited a grave in Buckfastleigh (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buckfastleigh) where a local landlord was buried, rose to kill, then was reburied and had a little jail cell built around the tomb.  Wild stuff. The lesson for all those thousands of years before machines in the hospital confirmed death is to never breathe shallowly when you're near death.

fajwat:
Found this while looking for historical cadaver staking:

Serbian dictator's grave staked to prevent him rising from the dead:

http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_2229686.html

Anyhow, about vampires: the version I've heard is that people had been accidentally buried alive and would come back in zombified (and unhappy) states, having dug themselves out.

To prevent this, stakes were mounted inside coffins, to make damned sure that everyone who was only nearly dead was truly dead before they were buried. 

nacho:
Aaron Burr's kid!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theodosia_Burr_Alston#Disappearance

Burr's "last stand" of sorts was in Parkersburg, WV, where Jefferson shelled the fuck out of Blennerhasset Island (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blennerhassett_Island).  So Theodosia's all over the place in the museums.  (The Blennerhassett's themselves had a horrible life after the whole Burr thing -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harman_Blennerhassett).

nacho:
The Mary Celeste of the Pacific...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MV_Joyita#The_incident_at_sea

nacho:
Funny rocks...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Winnipesaukee_mystery_stone

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