by Melinda Pillsbury-Foster
On Nov. 27, 2009, ABC News, 20/20, aired a piece by Denise Martinez-Ramundo and Joan Martelli titled, “Coming Out of the Coffin: Vampires Among Us.”
Included is an interview from, “a registered nurse who works in a hospital in Atlanta,” which reveals there is a solid population which believes they are vampires and have founded organizations allowing them to support each other.
The article goes on with, “Throughout the country and all over the world, a hidden subculture of people believe they are real vampires. They claim to have an "energy leak," which makes them feel sick and lethargic. To offset this energy imbalance, they say they need to feed on other people's energy or blood.
"I try to be very ethical about what I do. I feed predominantly from crowds, so as not to cause harm," said Kiera, from Georgia, who is a founding member of the AtlantaVampireAlliance.com, a group providing ethical practices for vampires.
Kiera considers herself an ethical "psychic" vampire, sucking only tiny amounts of energy from the people around her, but without informing them of her activity. Tiny amounts of energy from many is also cited as common to charismatic leaders.
By the evidence, our culture has a haunting fascination with vampires. The website, VampireRave.com logs 703 entries for movies featuring vampires and folk history, around the world, carried into the present stories about vampires, exhibiting startling similarity.
The Internet also abounds with information, articles, and books, on the subject. These include the growing potential of modern technologies to document the theft of energy and more.
"Psychic Vampires: Protection from Energy Predators & Parasites," a book by Joe Slate, provides documentation for the history of vampires along with profiles of the kind of people who are likely to become psychic vampires. These are, Slate says, “Children who are either pampered or who have a cold, distant relationship with either parent.”
There is a startling consistency in the material presented, as well as divergences.
Also found are lists of symptoms people can look for if they suspect they are being victimized by an energy vampire. These include weight gain, as the vampire leaves a toxic residue with feeding, loss of memory, exhaustion, and long term impact on the victim's health.
All of which raises the question of how long it will be until the first law suit for aggravated assault and theft is filed against a vampire?