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Behind Every Cloud is a Kindred Spirit (BECKS)I lost my grandfather when I was 17. I had a VERY difficult time getting over it. How could I still communicate with him? I loved him so much I didn't think I could live without him. I read everything I could get my hands on to do with the "afterlife" and that started it all...the love of Ghost Hunting and the Paranormal. I have been researching the paranormal for over 30 years!! It is my way of staying in touch with my grandfather. Being a Ghost Hunter is not always as exciting as it seems on TV. Many nights I have sat in the dark and not a thing happened. BUT it is those times you DO get that one voice, that one unexplainable picture or have an experience that sends chills down your back that makes it sooo worth it all!!! My purpose of this blog is not to make people believe in ghosts but maybe to open their minds just a little bit... I LOVE this crazy thing called Ghost Hunting. It is as much a part of me as breathing. I am just a girl that refuses to accept we can't still contact our loved ones after they die. My grandfather won't let me.

9/22/2015

MERCY BROWN, THE RHODE ISLAND VAMPIRE-IS SHE LOOKING FOR HER HEART THAT WAS CUT FROM HER BODY AND BURNED OR HER NEXT TASTE OF BLOOD???


 Vampires?  They bite you on the neck...... they suck all the blood out of you .........and then  they turn into bats and fly off into the night.  Nothing to major.  Right?  Do they even exist??? Listen….I believe that spirits can fly all around us and through walls and move things…..so who am I to judge. J 
The cases of Vampires all over the world before, during and after “Dracula” both seduces and frightened u but the case of Mercy Brown, the Rhode Island Vampire now here's a FRIGHTENING story!!!!

Mercy Brown has the distinction of being the last of the North American vampires-at least in the traditional sense.  Mercy Lena Brown was a farmer’s daughter and an upstanding member of rural Exeter, Rhode Island.  On March 17, 1892, Mercy’s body was exhumed from the cemetery because members of the community suspected the vampire Mercy Brown was attacking her dying brother, Edwin.
 
The Brown family had tragic loss after loss.  Consumption (known to us today as pulmonary tuberculosis) took its first victim from the Brown family in Dec. 1883 when it took Mercy’s mother, Mary Brown.  Seven months later, the Brown’s eldest daughter, Mary Olive, also died of consumption.  The Brown’s only son, Edwin contracted the disease and was sent away for treatment.  But the treatment could not help Edwin as he continued to get worse, so he returned home to die.  Mercy by this time had contracted the disease as well and shortly died after Edwin returned.   Her grave is located in Exeter, Rhode Island Historical Cemetery Number 22 behind the Chestnut Hill Baptist Church.

George Brown began to panic!  He had lost his wife, two daughters and now his only son. The doctors back then had no explanation for what had taken the lives of his family.  Rumors of vampires in this area were commonly talked about back in the 1800’s.  George felt his family was cursed.  He was willing to do ANYTHING to stop the evil that was plaguing his family.  He WAS EVEN willing to dig up the body of his deceased daughter, remove her heart, burn it, and feed the ashes to his son because he felt he had no other choice. YUCK!!! YUCK!!! YUCK!!!! (Sorry, but that is YUCKY)

Folklore says that after that….Mercy turned over in her grave!!!  There’s a newspaper report that says she wasn’t actually interred in the ground.   She was actually buried in an above-ground crypt, because bodies were stored in the wintertime when the ground was frozen and they couldn’t really dig a hole.  When the spring came, they would bury them then.
Because of the questions concerning Mercy’s body, they had her body examined.  The report stated that “her heart and liver had blood in it.  And it was LIQUID blood which meant to them that is was FRESH”!
Even though Mr. Brown believed that “cutting out the heart of a vampire, burning it and feeding it to a victim, would kill the vampire and the victim would have the curse of the vampire broken and would heal, Mr. Brown’s son still died a couple months later.
Today some claim to see Mercy Brown’s spirit near her headstone.  Others have also spotted a glowing ball of light above her grave.  Is Mercy looking for her HEART or her next “taste of BLOOD”?????
I would LOVE to know if anyone else have heard about Mercy or has visited her grave.  :)
 

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