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12 Criminals Who Really Thought They Were Vampires

Gory tales of blood-sucking vampire 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. But why are we so obsessed with the blood-drinking creatures?

One of the reasons people love vampires is because they are perceived as 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 these practices is part of what gives vampires their allure. Vampires are not afraid of anything and have been depicted as 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 deeds 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 vampires took the blood-sucking myth way too far. Those who actually think they are vampires can be scarier than any fiction Bram Stoker, Anne Rice, Stephen King, or Stephanie Meyer could ever imagine.