A ‘vampire’s’ remains were found about 30 years ago. Now DNA is giving him new life.

He had been in his grave so long that when his family dug him up to burn his heart, the organ had decomposed and was not there.

Desperate to stop him from stalking them, they took his head and limbs and rearranged them on top of his ribs in the design of a skull and crossbones. He was a “vampire,” after all, and in rural New England in the early 1800s, this was how you dealt with them.

When they were finished, they reburied him in his stone-lined grave and replaced the wooden coffin lid, on which someone had used brass tacks to form the inscription “JB 55,” for his initials and his age.

Now, 200 years or so after the death of what has become the country’s best-studied “vampire,” DNA sleuths have tracked down his probable name: John Barber.

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[New Video] Mother’s Who Maim – Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy and its Tragic Victims

I have a new video up! This is another true crime video, inspired by the Hulu series The Act and the passage of sexist, Draconian, anti-choice laws in Georgia and Alabama. I wanted to explore the bizarre and tragic condition called Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy, which is now being called something else. The cases of mostly women, poisoning and harming their children, scamming their communities and faking pregnancies is unfortunately not as uncommon as we think. I only spotlighted a few, but I had many more to choose from. What makes people do this? Fake a child’s illness, or put their own children in harm’s way, for what? Attention? Money? Validation? I have no answers, but maybe you will after watching my video.

[New Video!] Top 10 Unsolved Serial Killer Cases

Here you go! I told ya’ll that I would be back to making YouTube videos. I just needed some time to get myself together. This one is a sort of remake of a video that I made last year, that was not very good. People kept commenting on how bad the audio and video was but I already knew that. It was just a practice run and somehow it managed to get over 200,000 views lol. I hope I can make another success video like that again.

I hope you like the video, I hope it’s better than the first. I would also love to hear what you guys are interested in seeing in future videos.

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[TRUE CRIME]The Nurse Tracking America’s ‘Epidemic’ of Murdered Women

Dawn Wilcox adds more names to her list every day. Sometimes as many as 50.

From her home in a quiet cul de sac in Plano, Texas, Wilcox runs Women Count USA – a project honoring victims of what she believes to be America’s unseen crisis: femicide.

Wilcox has spent much of the past two years scouring online news stories and social media for reports on women and girls killed by men in the US. She compiles their names in a publicly available spreadsheet and shares details about their lives and deaths with nearly 6,000 people on the Women Count USA Facebook page.

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How ‘Talking’ Corpses Were Once Used to Solve Murders

From unreliable hair analysis to mishandled DNA samples, modern forensic science has seen its share of troubles. But there’s still plenty to be thankful for in the ways courts today gather evidence of a crime: Just a few centuries ago, people were convicted of murder based on the idea that a corpse would spontaneously bleed in its killer’s presence.

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