The Mineral Point Vampire has stalked the people of Mineral Point, Wisconsin, for many years and would seem like mere urban legend if it wasn't for all the credible witnesses who have encountered it. There's no way of conclusively knowing when the undead creature moved into town, but reported sightings go back to 1981.
Wisconsin vampires have faced hardships aplenty in Wisconsin, including a proposed piece of legislation seeking to make vampirism illegal. Perhaps that's the primary reason the Mineral Point Vampire disappeared for long periods of time. Despite these disappearances, the nocturnal bloodsucker most enjoys spending time in Mineral Point's Graceland Cemetery.
Witness reports indicate at least three real-life vampire sightings between 1981 and 2008. In each case, police officers responded to resident complaints and uncovered evidence that the vampire really exists. Of course, Mineral Point police have a long history of hearing about things that go bump in the night. The city is home to the Ridgeway Phantom and the haunted Walker House in addition to the Mineral Point Vampire. Here's all the evidence that suggests this Wisconsin vampire did - and may still - exist.
The Mineral Point Vampire isn't the only supernatural entity that calls this Wisconsin town home. The current owners of the historical Walker House claim there's no ghosts in the building. However, many who visited or worked at the house before it changed hands dispute these claims. In fact, the one-time property manager of the house, Walker Calvert, had numerous spectral encounters, including one with a headless man in 1981. Some believe all of this paranormal activity dates back to the 1842 public execution of murderer William Caffee, which took place at the Walker House.
The population of Mineral Point hit an all-time high in 1870 at 3,275 people. Shortly thereafter, people started moving out. The timing of this seems closely linked to the Ridgeway Phantom. In fact, there wasn't any type of rebound until 1900, but this was temporary. As rumors about ghosts at Walker House began to circulate, Mineral Point's population nosedived. The town's lowest point, in 1980, found approximately 1,000 fewer people living in Mineral Point than in 1870. Is it a coincidence that the town began to empty out after the Phantom, the Walker House ghosts, and the vampire appeared? We may never know for sure, but it certainly seems like supernatural causes are a viable possibility.
In Hunting the American Werewolf: Beast Men in Wisconsin and Beyond, Linda S. Godfrey says a woman she identifies only as Kim contacted her in 2004 about a 1987 werewolf sighting in Mineral Point. Kim says that in the middle of a spring afternoon, just before the full moon, she saw a werewolf running as it was transforming. She says the creature sprinted into a building, clutched a railing, and turned back into it's human form. She said a group of about 15 to 20 people also witnessed the incident, although Godfrey couldn't corroborate Kim's story with any additional sources.
In his book The W-Files, Jay Wrath writes that in 1986, a local sheriff as well as several residents witnessed a bright light over Mineral Point. The light "appeared to be motionless... then took off at a high rate of speed, soundlessly." The sighting occurred around the same time as the first vampire sighting and the werewolf sighting. It may indicate that Mineral Point is a hot spot for supernatural activity.