Typically, when the term “vampire” comes up in discussions of true crime, it’s in reference to a murderer who sucked his or her victim’s blood.
But the following seven transgressions, some of which did prove lethal, incorporate the likes of Dracula wannabes in other demented forms. They also serve as a reminder that it’s not always a bad idea to keep garlic and a wooden stake handy.
1. CULTISTS IN MEXICO KILL MAN IN RITUAL TO “MAKE HIM A VAMPIRE”
CHIHUAHUA CITY, MEXICO — Police discovered the body of restaurant worker Edwin Miguel Juarez on March 1, 2016. The 24-year-old had been lured into the backroom of a cyber café called Freak Shop.
Four members of the Sons of Baphomet Cult then bound Juarez’s hands, beat him, and slashed his throat with a broken bottle before strangling him to death. Bloodstains led police to the crime scene.
Officers arrested Omar “Osiris” Sánchez Garcia, 25, and Gustavo Adolfo Dorantes Dorantes and Iveth Nayeli López Hernández, both 18. A fourth Son of Baphomet allegedly escaped apprehension.
Police Chief Pablo Rocha said, “This crime took place during an initiation ceremony led by a Satanic sect called Sons of Baphomet, during which the victim was supposed to become a vampire.” It didn’t work. [CrimeFeed]
CONCORD, NH — A worker leaving the Concord Food Co-Op at around 1:40 A.M. on November 9, 2016, ran into not just an attacker but, according to the perpetrator, a series of famous characters.
Jacob May, a 21-year-old homeless man, reportedly wrapped the woman in his arms and yelled, “I am a vampire! Just touch me! I can save you!” The victim’s male coworker rushed over to help. May fled, and hid in the business’s walk-in freezer.
Responding officers determined that May was under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. Upon being arrested, May again identified himself as a vampire, as well as “Ghost Rider, Captain Jack Sparrow, Mr. Miyagi from ‘The Karate Kid,’ and the leader of a band.” [CrimeFeed]
EDINGBURGH, SCOTLAND — In 2002, Allan Menzies, 22, watched the vampire film Queen of the Damned more than 100 times between its April release and December 1, and his obsession with the movie turned deadly.
According to Menzies, that’s when Akasha — Queen of the Dead’s anti-heroine played by pop star Aaliyah — ordered him to kill Thomas McKendrick, 22, who up until then had been his best friend.
Reportedly, McKendrick made a crude sexual remark about Akasha, to which Menzies responded by attacking him with two knives and a hammer. Afterward, Menzies said he drank two cups of McKendrick’s blood and ate a piece of the dead man’s skull.
Stating that Akasha had “promised” him rewards in the afterlife, Menzies testified that he murdered his pal “to get to the next work quicker.” His payoff was delayed when a court sentenced Menzies to 18 years to life in prison. [CrimeFeed]
4. PENNSYLVANIA “VAMPIRE” DRANK UNDERAGE FOLLOWERS’ BLOOD, HAD SEX WITH 14-YEAR-OLD, GOT PROBATION
VANDERGRIFT, PA — Back in 2014, Jonathan Davis, a fan of the online vampire game Mabinogi, reportedly started his own sex-and-blood cult. Apparently mesmerizing a number of underage female followers, Davis is said to have gotten three girls to slit open their wrists and let him suck their blood.
In 2016, the 22-year-old Davis also got convicted of having sex with a 14-year-old disciple — inside the stairwell of a church. It was Davis’s second run-in with underage sex laws, as he had previously impregnated a girl who was only 12.
For all his quasi-vampiric, definitely perverse doings, Davis’s second violation got him two years of house arrest and 10 years of probation — not too tough, considering he’s supposedly believes he’ll live forever. [CrimeFeed]
PENSACOLA, FL — First, in 2011, Josephine Smith announced she was a vampire and bit a wheelchair-bound homeless man’s face on the porch of a Hooters restaurant. That insane assault got her six months.
Four years later, Smith upped her undead game by attacking Earl Wynn, her boyfriend, with scissors. Wynn, perhaps under Smith’s spell, told reporters, “I got stabbed with scissors … I love her. She’s a sweet girl. She’s actually the sweetest person I’ve ever met.” [CrimeFeed]
6. UK TEENS KILLED A MOM & DAUGHTER, TOOK BATH, WATCHED TWILIGHT
LINCOLNSHIRE, ENGLAND — In April 2016, a 14-year-old couple obsessed with vampires broke into the home of single mom Elizabeth Edwards, 49, and her daughter Katie Edwards, 13.
The teenage invaders — whose names have not been released due to their age — reportedly stabbed Elizabeth eight times, puncturing her throat three times. The boy and girl are then believed to have stabbed Katie in the back before smothering her with a pillow.
Afterward, the teens said they took a bath together and watched the vampire romance Twilight before departing the crime scene. They were both charged with murder. [CrimeFeed]
7. MARCUS WESSON PREACHED “JESUS WAS A VAMPIRE,” MARRIED 6 OF HIS DAUGHTERS, MURDERED 9 OF HIS KIDS
FRESNO, CA — After a childhood of abuse at the hand of religious fanatics, Marcus Wesson grew up, in turn, to commit even more unthinkable atrocities against his own children — and others.
In 1979, 27-year-old Wesson “married” his eight-year-old daughter Elizabeth. After sexually abusing her throughout her life, Wesson impregnated Elizabeth. Eventually, Elizabeth, along with Wesson’s other daughters and some of his nieces, would give birth to 18 of his children. He abused them all.
Wesson ruled over this brood with horrific violence and religious mind-control. He idolized Branch Davidian leader David Koresh and preached a gospel in which Jesus Christ was a vampire. His religious lessons came with beatings and torture.
Ultimately, Wesson murdered nine of his own kids in one day, then tried to blame Elizabeth. He remains alive today on Death Row in California. [CrimeFeed]
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Main photo: Marcus Wesson, 2014 prison mug shot [California Department of Corrections]