Meet The Count Of Saint Germain, A New Orleans Vampire Who Probably Still Walks Among Us

True Blood may have expanded the public's familiarity with stories about vampires in the southern US, but one bloodsucker who allegedly lived in New Orleans, LA, in the 1900s has a legacy that's truly immortal. The legend of Jacques Saint Germain (AKA the Count of Saint Germain) revolves around a charismatic but mysterious man who disappeared as strangely as he arrived and exhibited some uniquely vampire-like behavior.

Historic vampires are a large part of many folktales and legends, and since the Count of Saint Germain may have been around since Jesus, he's pretty much a legend himself. Jacques Saint Germain was supposedly a descendant of a man known as the Comte de Saint Germain, although evidence suggests they might actually be the same person. Accounts of Saint Germain have arisen at many points throughout history, and include sightings in New Orleans, where he allegedly attacked a women before disappearing into the ether. Who was Jacques Saint Germain and was he really a vampire? Brush up on your methods for vanquishing vampires, because he may still be walking among us.

  • Saint Germain Said He Descended From The Comte De Saint Germain, But They May Have Been The Same Person

    Saint Germain Said He Descended From The Comte De Saint Germain, But They May Have Been The Same Person
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    Saint Germain claimed to be the descendant of the Comte de Saint Germain, a bigshot in the 18th century who had ties to King Louis XV. While many people were skeptical of his claim, they had to admit the two men looked very similar. What makes the situation even more odd is that the Comte de Saint Germain was born in the either the late 1600s or early 1700s, although he never appeared to age past 40.

    When people realized Jacques Saint Germain never seemed to age either, they began to secretly wonder if he was actually the Comte de Saint Germain. Rumors began circling that Saint Germain was some sort of immortal. He probably enjoyed the attention, as he refused to deny or confirm the rumors.

  • A Woman Leapt From His Balcony, Claiming He Bit Her Neck

    A few months after he arrived in New Orleans, Saint Germain invited a woman, possibly a lady of the night, to join him at his home. As she was examining some of his belongings, Saint Germain allegedly jumped at her and began biting her neck. 

    The woman was saved when someone showed up and knocked loudly at his door. The noise distracted him long enough for the woman to escape his grasp and jump off his balcony. People on the street assumed she had fallen and her terrified screaming got the attention of the police. The woman told the story of her horrifying encounter with Saint Germain, but he was never brought in for questioning.

  • When Saint Germain Vanished, He Left Behind Bottles Of Blood-Infused Wine

    Since he was a rich and respected member of the community, the police did not detain Saint Germain after he allegedly attacked a woman. Instead, they politely asked him to join them at the police station in the morning, assuming there was a reasonable explanation for the evening's strange events. When Saint Germain failed to show up, the police paid a visit to his home and discovered both he and most of his belongings had vanished.

    Blood stains were found on tablecloths all over the house and appeared to have been from different occasions. Authorities didn't discover any eating utensils or plates in the home, but they did unearth a ton of wine bottles and glasses filled with Saint Germain's favorite red drink - wine mixed with blood.

  • At Parties, Saint Germain Was Never Seen Eating, But He Always Held A Glass Of Red Liquid 

    In an effort to win people's affection, Saint Germain threw elaborate dinner parties at his New Orleans home. Entertainment, exquisite cuisine, and fine wines were were a staple at Saint Germain's parties, and the gatherings were some of the most distinguished social events one could attend in the city.

    Although he provided elaborate goodies for his guests, it was noted that Saint Germain rarely ate anything himself. He supposedly consumed only small amounts of oatmeal and lean chicken at dinner parties. Instead of indulging in his extravagant dinners, he would simply tell stories and make his guests feel comfortable. He did, however, usually have a drink in his hand, which appeared to be red wine. Considering the containers of blood-laced wine police later discovered in his home, he likely had something special in his cup during those festive nights. 

  • The Comte De Saint Germain Once Joked He Was Over 100 Years Old

    According to one story, the Comte de Saint Germain (Jacques's alleged ancestor) was at the home of King Louis XV's mistress in 1760 when Countess von Gregory struck up a conversation with him. She thought she had met the Comte de Saint Germain 50 years earlier and assumed the man standing in front of her was his son due to their similar appearance. The countess was surprised to discover it was Saint Germain himself, looking exactly the same as he did 50 years earlier and joking that he was more than 100 years old.

    Sightings of the Comte de Saint Germain allegedly go back as far as the time of Jesus. Some people believe he was around in 325 AD for the council of Nicaea, an important meeting that helped define Christianity. Others claim he attended the wedding at Cana where Jesus turned water into wine. Since Saint Germain's acquaintances claimed he told stories of things that happened hundreds of years earlier, complete with details, perhaps he really was there.

  • Jacques Saint Germain Arrived In New Orleans Mysteriously And Instantly Charmed The Public

    Jacques Saint Germain seemingly appeared out of nowhere in New Orleans when he moved into his home in 1902. No one knew where he had come from and his charming ways apparently distracted people from digging deeper into his history. Saint Germain settled into a house on Royal Street and quickly made the residents of New Orleans view him as someone they ought to know and respect.

    Ladies were especially drawn to Saint Germain and he was often seen out and about with beautiful women. Perhaps it was his good looks, his money, his ability to entertain, or the fact that he claimed to be a descendant of an important man - whatever the case, Saint Germain quickly became an eccentric and sought-after member of New Orleans's high society. Unbeknownst to the elite of New Orleans, they may very well have invited a vampire into their ranks.