Some people actually believed vampires were on the loose in Southern New England and draining the blood of innocent victims until they were dead. First the Salem, Massachusetts witch trials, then vampires of Rhode Island and Connecticut. Who would have thought the descendents of the Puritans could be so superstitious? Apparently so many that scholars can make a life's work out of finding the vampires' graves, studying the circumstances surrounding their lives and deaths and writing books and lecturing about their findings.
Connecticut State Archeologist Nick Bellantoni is scheduled to give a free lecture on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at the Griswold Middle School about the vampires of Jewett City. The lecture is part of a series celebrating the Griswold Bicentennial. Jewett City is a borough of Griswold. An interesting article was published on Smithsonian Magazine's website in October 2012 by Abigail Tucker. It's pretty interesting. Here's the link.