Dracula Didn’t Do It
“Woman Found Dead at Dracula’s Castle!” the headlines scream. As is frequently the case, the headlines can be misleading. This one at least put “Dracula’s Castle” in quotation marks. The castle the articles are referring to is Slain’s Castle, perched upon a cliff in Cruden Bay in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, United Kingdom. In fairness, Slain’s Castle certainly looks like it could have inspired Bram Stoker to create his fictional Castle Dracula, and we do know that Stoker visited the site, and at a time that would allow for it to have influenced his writing of the novel DRACULA. But if it did, Stoker left no written verification of the fact, none that has ever been found. The claim, then, must remain a matter of supposition, an intriguing theory but nothing more.
The discovery of a dead body at the castle had nothing whatsoever to do with Dracula, despite the cause of death being officially listed as “unexplained.” Don’t get your hopes up, peeps. Unless they find fang marks in the throat of the deceased, I’m betting on natural causes or perhaps an overdose. (No disrespect intended to the departed or to her family and friends.) The name of the deceased is not revealed in this report.