Saturday, March 14, 2009
Remains of 16th-century 'vampire' found
Forensic anthropologist Matteo Borrini from the University of Florence is seen in this undated handout photo
An undated handout photo from the University of Florence shows the remains of a female "vampire" from 16th-century Venice. Italian researchers believe they have found the remains of a female "vampire" from 16th-century Venice, buried with a brick in her mouth to prevent her feasting on plague victims. Matteo Borrini, a forensic anthropologist from the University of Florence, said the discovery was the first confirmation of a Medieval belief that vampires were behind the spread of epidemics, such as the Black Death.