Just as some criminals become convinced that taking on characteristics of Dracula, such as biting necks and sucking blood, will bestow upon them supernatural powers, so, too, do some wannabe do-gooders seek to emulate the Count’s vampire-slaying adversary, Dr. Van Helsing.
Instead of wooden stakes, garlic, and holy water, these misguided crusaders employ other methods of battling those they believe to be undead. Check out these four examples.
1. CANADIAN MAN KILLS 5 FRIENDS HE THOUGHT WERE VAMPIRES
CALGARY, ALBERTA, CANADA — During a house party in April 2014, Matthew de Grood announced the apocalypse was at hand and that he had to kill vampires.
Tragically, de Grood identified five partygoers as his targets and, in rapid succession, fatally stabbed Lawrence Hong, 27; Joshua Hunter, 23; Kaitlin Perras, 23; Zackariah Rathwell, 21; and Jordan Segura, 22.
Upon running out of the chaos-stricken gathering, the blood-soaked de Grood reportedly told a friend outside, “It’s the Night of the Long Knives!”
Responding officers had a difficult time subduing de Grood and even described his strength as seeming to be “like the Incredible Hulk.”
De Grood physically threw off five cops and a police dog before they got him in cuffs. One officer pulled a bag of garlic from de Grood’s pocket, and the suspect said, “It’s to keep zombies away.” De Grood also claimed to be an alien and said, “I’m sorry, but I had to kill them. I tried to kill them as quickly, as quickly and humanely as I could, but they were struggling.”
In May 2016, a Canadian court ruled that de Grood had suffered a “mental disorder” and was not criminally responsible for the slaughter. He was ordered to be held indefinitely at a psychiatric facility. [CrimeFeed]
2. LONDON WOMAN KILLS BOYFRIEND & DAUGHTER WITH SCISSORS TO THWART VAMPIRE WORLD CONQUEST
LONDON, ENGLAND — After receiving what she said was a “signal from a lightbulb” on February 27, 2015, Shelley Christopher, 36, attacked her live-in romantic partner Richard Brown with a pair of scissors. She stabbed Brown 29 times, killing him, then put a piece of wood inside his wounds.
Christopher then turned to her four-year-old daughter, Sophia, and said, “You’re one of them! You’re a vampire!” She then stabbed the child six times.
After Sophia died, Christopher stuck a wooden pencil in the girl’s body. Christopher additionally assaulted the couple’s other child, but those injuries were not fatal.
According to Christopher, the signal from the lightbulb informed her that vampires were coming to take over the world, and she could only stop them by killing her family. The wood and the pencil were used to prevent her victims from turning into vampires.
Defense attorneys successfully entered an insanity plea. Shelley Christopher has since been confined to a psychiatric hospital. [CrimeFeed]
UDDEVALA, SWEDEN — Police in Western Sweden who were picking up a man already wanted for a violation of knife restrictions opened his apartment and found themselves staring down the barrel of a loaded crossbow.
The man had announced on Facebook, “Today I am going to go and kill vampires!” Previously he had posted, “What do you do when all the blood is gone?” and, simply, “Garlic!”
Officers confiscated the crossbow and tried it to see if it worked, launching an arrow with deadly force into a wall 75 feet away. [The Local]
4. FLORIDA MAN DANCES ON COP CAR TO SAVE WORLD FROM VAMPIRES
LEE COUNTY, FL — On June 3, 2015, convicted sex offender Christian Redecki bumped into the back of a parked police vehicle, climbed atop the roof, and danced wildly while “Rich Girl” by Hall & Oates and “Goodbye Stranger” by Supertramp blared out of his own car speakers.
Radecki, who claimed he was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol, explained that he put this plan into action after a “woman with fangs” knocked on his door to warn about vampires looking to make a human sacrifice.
According to the arrest report, “Therefore, Radecki made the conscious decision to get the Sheriff of Nottingham to help him stop the slaughter of small children.” Officers took Radecki to a hospital for observation. [CrimeFeed]
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