What was The Vampire of Bladenboro?
“Why, it was a vampire, of course!” someone says, reading this. Yeah, that’s obvious, smartass. Now take a seat in the back. (As I sit writing this article, I have been working with elementary-school-aged children. Can you tell?) So OTHER than being vampiric in nature, what can we say about the Bladenboro beastie? That it WAS a beast, for one thing. Some witnesses who saw the creature claimed that it was feline in appearance–one of the notorious ABCs (Alien Big Cats, commonly taking the form of oversized black panthers) whereas others described it as looking like a “sleek bear” and still others said it had a distinctively dog-like or wolf-like appearance. (Which means I could have saved this one for our sister site werewolves.com, but due to the blood-drinking angle, I decided to cover it here.) Might this have been a case of the not infrequently reported shapeshifting cryptids? Might ALL the witnesses have been correct, and the creature was sighted in different forms at different times? Or was there a “flap” going on, where all manner of other-dimensional creatures were slipping through? Could it be the Vampire was just an ordinary old mountain lion? There is no end to the speculation. Two things all the witnesses agreed on: the beast preferred to feed off animals (there were no human casualties) and it drained its victims of blood.
Bladenboro, by the way, is in North Carolina, and the predations of the vampire Beast occurred in the 1950s.