I mentioned recently (Here vampire… Nice vampire…) about the vampires found buried in Bulgaria. This week they have found a cemetery in Poland with at least seventeen skeletons (dating from the 15th or 16th Century) which have had the skulls severed and placed between the knees or hands; stones were placed on the skulls: Roll Over Dracula: ‘Vampire Cemetery’ Found in Poland.
While it’s fun to speculate about vampires in past centuries, these grave matters are indeed grave matters. This National Geographic article discusses the vampire woman found in Venice in 2009: “Vampire of Venice” Unmasked: Plague Victim & Witch?
Europe’s misogynistic society specifically linked old women with witchcraft, because people “assumed that old women—especially widows—were poor, lonely, weak, and unhappy, and thus could be lured by the devil’s promises of wealth, sex, and power into forming a pact with him,” Coy said.
At the height of the European witch-hunts, between A.D. 1550 and 1650, more than 100,000 people were tried as witches and 60,000 were executed—the vast majority of them old women.