About a month ago the Ghost Diaries stumbled upon an utterly chilling case of a Turkish man who is physically addicted to human blood. In light of all the recent zombie claims due to bath salts, government experiments, etc., we thought a real-life vampire counterpart would make an interesting addition to our chest of paranormal curios.
Likely as the result of childhood abuse and more recent tragedies, including witnessing the death of his child and the beheading of a friend, the man in question developed multiple personalities, dissociative identity disorder (DID), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), chronic depression and alcohol abuse. According to doctors at the Denizli Military Hospital in southwestern Turkey, we can add vampirism to that list as well.
Our Dracula, as we see, already had a laundry list of mental disorders. In addition to the ones listed above, he also had an imaginary friend that he talked to. Apparently, it is this ‘friend’ who urged him to become violent.
The vampire activity began with cutting and self-mutilation, common symptoms of psychiatric disorders. Using a razor blade, the man sliced various parts of his body and drained the blood into a glass. After a while, the man told investigators, his desire for blood became no different than his body’s need for air, prompting him to take more drastic measures to procure fresh blood. One of these new measures included hunting for the blood of others.
Evidently, he began stabbing and biting strangers, a habit which got him arrested twice. When this tactic proved too difficult to sustain, the man enlisted his father to acquire bags of blood from local blood banks.
According to a report published last month by the Journal of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, since undergoing psychiatric treatment and medication our Dracula’s blood drinking has abated. But he still suffers from dissociative symptoms.
And, despite his multiple disorders, he’s very lucid about one fact: as soon as he stops taking his pills the thirst for blood will return.