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Society has always had a penchant for monster stories. People watch films, read books and tell tales of the local ghosts that haunt their homes. Public interest in creatures that go bump in the night has shifted with the times; the wolfman, Frankenstein and Dracula have all had their day in the storytelling sun. However, vampire folklore has always captivated the public mind, taking different shapes and forms over the centuries. Whether they have sparkled in “Twilight” or feared the sunlight in “Dracula,” one element that has persisted throughout the years is that vampires subsist on the blood of another. Speaking of local lore, Connecticut has its very own spooky claim to fame with the exhumation and study of JB 55, or more commonly known as the “Connecticut vampire.”
According to Connecticut’s former state archeologist Nicholas Bellantoni, the very real “Connecticut vampire” was discovered in Griswold in 1990 when a sand and gravel company inadvertently encountered an old graveyard. Bellantoni said the graveyard didn’t have any gravestones and that the remains were discovered after two 10-year-old boys were sliding down the gravel and two skulls slid down with them.