The Transylvanian Vampire Mystery In Colorado Still Baffles People Today

For generations, vampires have been a fascinating part of folklore and literature, introducing such iconic characters as Dracula, Edward Cullen, and Count Orlok… but what if vampires — which are described as “a corpse supposed, in European folklore, to leave its grave at night to drink the blood of the living by biting their necks with long pointed canine teeth” — are not just something out of the movies? According to several Coloradans, this may just be the case:

Nestled within the Lafayette Municipal Cemetery is the seemingly ordinary headstone of Theodore “Fodor” Glava: a Transylvanian immigrant who died during the 1918 flu epidemic. However, unlike most of the deceased at the cemetery, Mr. Glava’s grave is plagued with mystery, as legend has it that the former coal miner — who was tall, pale, and had abnormally long fingernails — was in fact a real vampire. While his “vampire-like” appearance can be written off as merely being a ill man during a trying time in American history, the fact that a large tree grew from the center of his grave is the cherry on top of this Boulder County mystery. We may never know whether or not the tree did in fact grow via a wooden stake that was lodged into Glava’s heart (after he passed), but we do know that this has made for one of Colorado’s most fascinating mysteries.

Do you have any theories about this story? Was Fodor Glava really a vampire? Share your thoughts in the comments!