A 20-year-old Alabama man has been charged with a sick and twisted crime — burning a “V” into the forehead of a teenager, claiming to police that he’s a vampire.
I used to live next door to a vampire. At least HE thought he was a vampire. It’s a sad story. This kid, in his late teens, had some pretty severe problems. He had the habit of getting stoned on whatever chemical he could get his hands on—meth, prescription pills he pilfered from his mother’s purse, fumes from gasoline or paint thinner, even mouthwash—then stripping off his clothes, painting his face white (with make-up he also swiped from his mom’s purse) and then heading out to terrorize the neighborhood. For him, “terrorize” meant looking in at people’s windows and hissing at them. Because a few of those windows opened into houses owned by little old ladies who lived alone, the police spent a LOT of time in our neck of the woods, hauling the wannabe “vampire” off to jail.
I still wonder that, as this WAS Alabama, he didn’t get himself shot. If the kid’s family hadn’t eventually taken him away it would have happened. Some of the neighbors were already threatening it. He could’ve ended up shot, or branded with a big V on his forehead, maybe. He wanted to be one of the undead. He’s lucky he didn’t end up just plain dead.
WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS, specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced, and directed (and occasionally acted in) over two dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and True Crime genres. He obtained a doctorate in Occult Studies from Miskatonic University and is an active paranormal investigator. Is frequently told he resembles Anton Lavey. And Ming the Merciless.
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