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Some…thing was quite busy killing sheep and cattle along the border between Scotland and England in 1810. Whatever the creature was, it bit the animals necks and sucked the blood through their jugulars, often leaving the animals completely devoid of blood. It was not unusual for eight to ten animals a night to be slaughtered in this manner. Mobs roamed the fields looking to shoot anything that moved. Suddenly though, that September the killings stopped. Some say it was because of a dog that was shot. But a vampire dog? It sounds rather more like the recently reported sightings of el Chupacabra. It is important to note that the killings began and ended suddenly, and that these types of incidents seem to happen sporadically throughout history right up to the present. Charles Fort, in his book, LO! uncovered another spate of animal killings, another wave of vampirism, this time in Ireland in 1874.
Beginning in January of that year, something began killing as many as 30 sheep a night in Cavan, Ireland. The method was similar, this time though being described as having their throats slit and then having the blood drained from them. The creature left behind long tracks, dog-like, yet larger and deeper than what might be expected from a dog. The menace spread to other counties and villages, while bands of angry farmers scoured the countryside, shooting at stray dogs everywhere. By April of 1874 the monster was prowling the hamlet of Limerick, nearly one hundred miles from Cavan, only by now it was attacking humans as well. According to the Cavan Weekly News for April 17th, several people were attacked and bitten by it. The paper went on to state that some of the victims had been placed subsequently into an insane asylum because they were “laboring under strange symptoms of insanity.” Could their insanity have been the result of their description of their assailant? Would an nineteenth century person describing a chupacabra be considered unstable in those days? Indeed, would they not today?
One of the more infamous cases of vampirism took place at Croglin Hall, an estate in Cumberland, England, in the summer of 1875. Miss Amelia Cranswell was lying awake in bed when an eerie, shadowy figure broke through her window and barged into her bedroom. Her screams alerted her brothers, Edward and Michael, who broke down her locked door to reach her. They found her lying unconscious in a pool of her blood, which was pouring from wounds to her neck and shoulders. They saw the beast loping across the lawn and pursued it, however were unable to catch it. Other women in the neighborhood were attacked by what was described as a “grisly, bony apparition.” The wave of sheep killings also began again Cumberland County.
In 1905 the monster was on the loose again, this time near Badminton, England. The rash of dog shootings continued again, to no avail. Again the sheep killings began. And the circumstances were always the same. The animals were attacked at the throat, lost large amounts of blood, and no flesh was eaten. Posses of irate farmers banded together shooting anything that moved near their grazing fields. By December of 1905 over thirty sheep had fallen prey to the blood sucker near Gravesend alone. A police sergeant in Gloucestershire talked to a reporter for the London Daily Mail and was quoted as saying, “I have seen two of the carcasses myself and can say definitely that it is impossible to be the work of a dog. Dogs are not vampires, and do not suck the blood of a sheep, and leave the flesh almost untouched.”
Once again, the killings stopped suddenly, and the creature responsible was nowhere to be found. This is an important characteristic of these types of incidents. The attacks sound ominously like what is reported today as attacks by el Chupacabra. Can it be that the chupacabra phenomenon is really a world-wide one stretching back centuries, rather than a rather recent one that is localized? It is just speculation, we can always be skeptical and say that all of these people reporting these incidents throughout the years are either liars or fanciful. Or perhaps there is an elusive cryptid, very cunning with habits not normally found in nature.
When a mystery is too overpowering, one dare not disobey
Sep/14/2007, 7:14 pm
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