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 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 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.
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.
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.