Rhode Island Is Home To One of The World’s Most Infamous Vampires
Most Rhode Islanders are familiar with the state’s most famous vampire, but few know the fascinating history associated with it. Occurring in the 19th century, the New England Vampire Panic is a well documented period of history fueled entirely by urban legend and fear. Rhode Island was at the center of this series of unfortunate events consisting of the exhumation of corpses and burning of internal organs. The belief was that tuberculosis was caused by the dead consuming the life of their surviving family members and the only way to stop the disease was to dig up the dead and burn their hearts to halt the “vampire” activity.
You can visit the grave of this alleged vampire at the cemetery of the historic Baptist church found at 467 Ten Rod Road in Exeter.