Sex and vampirism have long been intertwined in books, movies, and TV shows, where a bloodsucker’s seductiveness is his or her most potent means of securing humans on which to feed.
Out here in the real world, however, sex and so-called “vampirism” have nothing to do with anything erotic, let alone romantic. All that biting and blood in the bedroom is just about predators exerting grotesque power over their victims. Check out these four bone-chilling examples.
1. DAMIAN BASTION: “DRAC, THE VAMPIRE PIMP”
MIAMI, FL — Inspired both by vampire lore and the 2008 how-to manual Pimpology by Pimpin’ Ken, Jamaica native Damian Baston wore gold-plated fangs and neon yellow contact lenses, built his body to extremes with steroid abuse, and ran prostitution rings in the United States, Australia, and Dubai.
The women peddled by Baston called him “Drac” — short for Dracula. Some said they entered Drac’s sex trade consensually, but he turned it into a nightmare of extreme control through violence by beating them, threatening their families, and “vampiric” outbursts such as holding hot knives against their necks.
A Miami court convicted Baston of sex trafficking in 2014, sentenced him to 27 years, and ordered him to pay hundreds of thousands in restitution. [CrimeFeed]
2. TIMOTHY JAY VAFEADES: “VAMPIRE TRUCKER” WHO KEPT SEX SLAVES IN HIS VEHICLE
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH — Between 1994 and 2013, truck driver Timothy Jay Vafeades, 56, abducted, tortured, and held captive at least six women whom he abused as sex slaves while living out his fantasy of being a vampire.
Vafeades wore custom-made fangs and kept the victims trapped in the back of his rig, which he dubbed the “Twilight Express,” after the popular book and movie series. Thus, he became known as the “Vampire Trucker.”
After using trickery to get a woman into his vehicle, Vafeades would beat, rape, and restrain her. He sexually assaulted them at least once a day during their captivity, forced them to only shower with him, and ground down their teeth with power drill and an X-Acto knife.
Police busted Vafeades in 2013 during a traffic stop. Officers discovered his most recent victim — a 19-year-old female to whom the “Vampire Trucker” was actually related. Other victims came forward from there.
In 2016, Vafeades cut a deal and got 20 years. Upon being sentenced, Vafeades said, “I am sorry for my life. I am sorry for not recognizing myself and what a monster I am.” [CrimeFeed]
3. WAYNE BODEN: CANADA’S SERIAL-KILLING, BREAST-BITING “VAMPIRE RAPIST”
MONTREAL, CANADA — Starting in 1969, Wayne Boden hunted for women to rape and kill in his native Canada. The wealthy former male model also left severe bite wounds all over his victims’ breasts, which thereby got him deemed “The Vampire Rapist.”
Identifying himself as “Bill,” Boden operated by becoming friendly with his targets and taking them out on dates. He struck four times over two years, always leaving telltale tooth marks on each woman’s mutilated torso.
In the course of a struggle put up by his final victim, high school teacher Elizabeth Anne Porteous, Boden lost a cuff link. Investigators discovered it under her body. In addition, witnesses said they saw Porteous the previous evening in a blue Mercedes being driven by a “flashy dresser” named Bill.
Police quickly arrested Boden. In addition to linking him to the cuff link, forensic evidence from the bite marks proved he was the “Vampire Rapist.” Boden got sentenced to three consecutive life terms, and died from skin cancer in 2006. [Vampire Underground]
CHESTERLAND, OH — In June 2012, Jeffrey Justice, 29, met a female who was a fellow fan of bloodsucker fiction on a social-networking site called “Vampire Freaks.”
The two began an undead-themed online conversation that culminated with Justice and his intended paramour exchanging nude photos. It was a criminal act, as the girl in question was only 15-years-old.
A grand jury indicted Justice on illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material and one count of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles. He was held in the Licking County Jail. [Columbus Dispatch]
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Main image: Illustration in “Carmilla,” Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu’s vampire story [WikiMedia Commons]