Unspeakable Crimes 12 Criminals Who Really Thought They Were Vampires  

Amy Robleski
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Gory tales of blood-sucking vampire killers have been around since at least the 17th century. Vampire myths have survived through the ages, and vampires are now a permanent fixture in modern pop culture. Why are we so obsessed with the blood-drinking creatures?

One of the reasons people love vampires is because they are sexy. At the same time, they are also terrifying. The combination of these feelings is oddly compelling. Drinking blood is also very close to cannibalism. The taboo nature of blood-drinking and cannibalism are part of what gives vampires their allure.

Vampires are not afraid of anything. They are smart, independent, and extremely powerful, making them a prime fantasy for many disaffected people.

For most people, vampire movies, books, and games are just harmless fun. There aren't any real vampires - or are there? A few people take vampirism very seriously. Imagining they are real vampires, they carry out heinous crimes to satisfy their lust for blood. For these people, vampirism isn't just pop culture, but a deadly way of life.

These terrifying real-life vampire killers took the blood-sucking myth way too far. These killers who actually thought they were vampires are scarier than any fiction Bram Stoker, Anne Rice, Stephen King, or Stephanie Meyer could ever imagine.

Daniel and Manuela Ruda Believed Satan Told Them To Kill Their Friend

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Daniel and Manuela Ruda of western Germany believed Satan told them to murder their friend.

The young couple were practicing Satanists and vampires. They were married on the sixth day of the sixth month (June) to signify the number of the beast. Manuela sometimes slept in a coffin. She also had her teeth removed and animal fangs implanted in their place. Their first forays into blood-drinking took place with consensual volunteers at blood-drinking gatherings they attended in England and Scotland, often held in cemeteries or in old ruined buildings.

The couple said Satan told them they needed to murder their friend, 33-year-old Frank Haagen. They picked Haagen because he was“so funny and would be the perfect court jester for Satan,” said Manuela.

They invited Haagen over, telling him they were going to a party. Daniel hit Haagen in the head with a hammer, then they stabbed him 66 times – a significant number for the couple. After he was dead, they carved a pentagram on his stomach. They drank his blood and had sex in Manuela’s coffin. They also prayed to Satan.

Manuela was disappointed she didn’t become a real vampire after the murder.

When authorities came into their apartment several days later, they found Haagen’s decomposing body near the coffin.

At the time of their sentencing, Daniel was 26 and Manuela was 23. They made a show of the trial, flashing Satanist hand signs and threatening witnesses. The pair denied all blame for the crime, saying they were simply Satan's instruments. They compared their trial to blaming a car for a vehicular accident. Manuela testified,

It was not murder. We are not murderers. It was the execution of an order. Satan ordered us to. We had to comply. It was not something bad. It simply had to be. We wanted to make sure that the victim suffered well.

The jury disagreed, however. They were both sentenced to psychiatric hospitals: Daniel for 15 years, Manuela for 13.

Roderrick Ferrell Was The Leader Of A Teenage Vampire Cult

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Weird things happen in Florida, but rarely anything as weird as this. In 1996, Rod Ferrell was 16 years old. He brutally murdered Richard and Naomi Wendorf, the parents of his friend Heather Wendorf, with a tire iron. Even stranger, he committed these ghastly murders as the ringleader of a teenage vampire cult.

Ferrell looked the part of a high school goth: long, dyed-black hair, all-black clothing, and a trench coat. He befriended Heather Wendorf when they both attended high school in Eustis, Florida. The following year, Ferrell moved to Kentucky but kept in contact with Heather.

In Kentucky, Ferrell began collecting members for his vampire cult. Ferrell and his friend Howard Scott Anderson were charged with cruelty to animals after they broke into an animal shelter. They abused and beat more than 40 dogs, killing two in what looked like a satanic ritual.

Ferrell and other teenagers hung out at a place called the “Vampire Hotel," drinking each other’s blood. Ferrell became obsessed with the role-playing game Vampire: The Masquerade. He claimed to be a 500-year-old vampire named Vesago.

Just before the murders, Ferrell drove from Kentucky to Florida, with Howard Scott Anderson and two girls. Heather Wendorf was planning to run away from home with Ferrell and the rest of the vampire cult. She didn’t know Ferrell was planning to kill her parents, although other cult members did. 

Ferrell and Anderson broke into the Wendorf home. Richard Wendorf was sleeping when Rod severely bludgeoned him with a tire iron. Naomi Wendorf tried to fight back by throwing hot coffee into Rod’s face, but he brutally murdered her with the tire iron as well. Ferrell and Anderson met up with the girls, and the five teenagers went on the run for several days before getting caught.

Ferrell was sentenced to death, and was the youngest person on death row for two years. His sentence was then changed to life without the possibility of parole.

“I was in a maelstrom of my own madness” Rod said in an interview with Investigation Discovery. He has been diagnosed with schizotypal personality disorder.

The 2002 movie Vampire Clan was based on the murders.

Richard Trenton Chase Injected Himself With Rabbit Blood Before Turning To Murder

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Richard Trenton Chase was one messed-up dude. He was called the Sacramento Vampire, and he’s known for killing six people in 1977.

Chase was affected by mental illness his whole life. He chronically used alcohol and drugs as a young man, which may have led to his hypochondria. He believed killing animals and drinking their blood would stop his heart from shrinking. He also believed that was being secretly poisoned by the soap in his bathroom, which was turning his blood to powder. He needed fresh blood to replace what was being lost. He killed many neighborhood pets, including his mother’s cat, and caught and bit the heads off birds.

In 1976, he tried to inject rabbit blood into his body, landing him in the hospital. That led to him being placed in a mental institution. He was diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic. Soon after, he was released from the institution into his mother’s care.

Then the killings began. Chase was looking for bigger game than neighborhood pets. His first killing was a drive-by shooting. Then he started entering homes - true to vampire folklore, he wouldn’t go into a locked house.

On January 23, 1978, Chase killed a pregnant woman, raped her corpse, and mutilated her body. He ate parts of her flesh, and used a yogurt container as a cup to drink her blood. Four days later, he would kill again. His next murder was four people in one day, two adults and two young children. He also raped and mutilated the adult female.

Police found human body parts, including brains, in his refrigerator. He also had a calendar that said “Today” on the murder dates. The word was written on 44 more days.

Chase was given the death sentence, but committed suicide before it could be carried out. The 1987 movie Rampage was loosely based on his life.

Tracey Wigginton Is Known As The Lesbian Vampire Killer

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Australian Tracey Wigginton is better known as the Lesbian Vampire Killer. Wigginton told a jury she didn’t live on food, but on the blood of pigs and cows. Wigginton’s lover, Lisa Ptaschinski, also said she slit her own wrists so Wigginton could feast on her blood.

On the night of October 20, 1989, Wigginton decided to take things a step further and kill a human to satisfy her bloodlust.

Wigginton was 25 years old. She and Ptaschinski, along with two other women, were driving around when they spotted 47-year-old Edward Baldock walking home drunk. The women coaxed Baldock into the car and took him to a park near the Brisbane River. They promised him sexual favors, but instead Wigginton stabbed him 27 times, coming close to decapitating him.

After Wigginton drank Baldock’s blood, the women left his body in the park to be found in the morning. It wasn’t hard to catch Wigginton - her ATM card was found in the victim’s shoe.

Wigginton plead guilty to the bizarre murder. Wigginton and Ptaschinski were given life sentences. On January 11, 2012, Wigginton was astonishingly given parole. She can’t contact the victim’s family or the other women involved in the crime, but she is a free woman in most aspects. It is a condition of her parole that she can't profit from her story - for example, by writing a memoir about her experiences.