Case 95

The Vampire of Krakow

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Case 95

The Vampire of Krakow

Tales of vampires have been found in nearly every culture around the world, dating back centuries. In 17th and 18th century Poland, belief in such legends was rife.

Rumours of vampire sightings and attacks led to public executions.

Professional vampire hunters traversed towns carrying kits stocked with crucifixes, holy water, rope, mallets, and stakes.

When word of the vampire epidemic reached Empress Maria Theresa, she sent her personal physician to investigate the claims.

Stories of the dead rising were quickly attributed to premature burials. Savage and blood-thirsty attacks were likely the result of persons suffering from rabies.

Numerous localised deaths were merely coincidental, possibly due to the spread of disease. Signs of vampirism in corpses was linked to misinterpretation and ignorance of decomposition.

The physician of Empress Maria Theresa concluded that vampires were not real. Following this revelation, the Empress passed laws prohibiting the opening of graves and desecration of bodies – heralding the end of the vampire hysteria.

Vampires returned to the status of horror folklore, with people accepting that such monsters never have, and never could, exist…

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Our episodes deal with serious and often distressing incidents. If you feel at anytime you need support, please contact your local crisis centre. Some suggestions for confidential support for men women and children:

 

AUSTRALIA:

Lifeline Crisis Support: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: Depression and anxiety support: 1300 22 46 36

Rape & Domestic Violence Services: 1800 737 732

Men's Line: 1300 78 99 78

Headspace: Youth Mental Health Foundation: see headspace.org.au for your local centre

 

USA:

Distress &  Lifeline: 1800 273 8255

Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741 741

Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 799 7233

Victim Connect: support for victims of crime: 855 484 2846

 

UK:

Mind: mental health support: 0300 123 3393

SANE: mental health support: 0300 304 7000

Samaritans support network: 116 123

National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300

 

CANADA:

For a list of Canadian crisis centres: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/help/call/

 

NEW ZEALAND:

Lifeline: 0800 543354

Depression Helpline: 0800 111 757 (Text 4202)

 

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If you are hearing impaired or know someone who is and would like to get a transcript of the episode, please email us at contact@casefilepodcast.com

CREDITS

 

NARRATION:

Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host

 

EPISODE:

Episode researched by Paulina Szymanska and Mike Migas

Episode written by Elsha McGill

Additional writing by Milly Raso

 

MUSIC:

‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas

 

OTHER:

Logo design by Paulina Szymanska

 

RESOURCES

 

BOOKS:

Kto zabija czlowieka – najglosniejsze procesy w powojennej Polsce – Boguslaw Sygit, 1989

Obraz Krakowa lat 60-tych we wspomnieniach z dziecinstwa – Leszek Grabowski, 2018

Sad Orzekl – Maria Osiadacz, 1971

Trzy Wyroki – Andrzej Snopkowski, 1982

Bestie: Zbrodnie i Kary – Janusz Jastrzebski, 2007

 

VIDEOS:

Seryjni Mordercy – Byl Sobie Chlopiec 2008

Bestie w ludzkiej skorze – Karol Kot – Wampir z Krakowa

Paragraf 128 – Kara Smierci – Karol Kot

 

MAGAZINES:

POLICJA 997 ‘Milosnik krwi’ – August, 2008

Nasza Historia, Dziennik Polski – March, 2015

 

ARTICLES:

Wampir i psychoza strachu w Krakowie

Antyczłowiek

Wampir z Krakowa – Onet

Powrot mordercy, ktorego bala sie cala Polska – Fakt

“Wampir z Krakowa”. Nastolatek, który marzył o masowych mordach – Wprost

Karol Kot – Wampir z Krakowa – Interia

Wampir z Krakowa – Morderca o twarzy dziecka

Kiedy mozg morduje

Karol Kot: Krakow’s Teen Vampire

Karol Kot – Crime Files

Lolo-rozpruwacz

Polscy seryjni mordercy – Karol Kot

Seryjni mordercy – teraz Polska – Vice

Mordercy seryjni – Kot Karol

“Wtedy postanowiłem, że zrobię jej gzi… gzi…” – TVN24

Sercanki – historia

Sercanki – historia (2)

A Brief History Of Krakow

Historia Krakowa

Jagiellonian University Overview

Polska w latach 60 XX wieku – wywiad

Złote lata 60. Jak zmienił się świat

“Mala stabilizacja” – Wladza i spoleczenstwo przelomu lat 50′ i 60′

Roma Ligocka i jej Kraków lat 60.

THIS EPISODE’S SPONSORS

 

CBS One Dollar – A new CBS mystery thriller drama web television series; free trial of CBS All Access

Away: First class luggage at a coach price$20 off the suitcase with promo code ‘casefile’

Casper – Offer code ‘casefile’ for $50 off select mattresses

Tales of vampires have been found in nearly every culture around the world, dating back centuries. In 17th and 18th century Poland, belief in such legends was rife.

Rumours of vampire sightings and attacks led to public executions.

Professional vampire hunters traversed towns carrying kits stocked with crucifixes, holy water, rope, mallets, and stakes.

When word of the vampire epidemic reached Empress Maria Theresa, she sent her personal physician to investigate the claims.

Stories of the dead rising were quickly attributed to premature burials. Savage and blood-thirsty attacks were likely the result of persons suffering from rabies.

Numerous localised deaths were merely coincidental, possibly due to the spread of disease. Signs of vampirism in corpses was linked to misinterpretation and ignorance of decomposition.

The physician of Empress Maria Theresa concluded that vampires were not real. Following this revelation, the Empress passed laws prohibiting the opening of graves and desecration of bodies – heralding the end of the vampire hysteria.

Vampires returned to the status of horror folklore, with people accepting that such monsters never have, and never could, exist…

______

Our episodes deal with serious and often distressing incidents. If you feel at anytime you need support, please contact your local crisis centre. Some suggestions for confidential support for men women and children:

 

AUSTRALIA:

Lifeline Crisis Support: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: Depression and anxiety support: 1300 22 46 36

Rape & Domestic Violence Services: 1800 737 732

Men's Line:  1300 78 99 78

Headspace: Youth Mental Health Foundation: see headspace.org.au for your local centre

 

USA:

Distress &  Lifeline: 1800 273 8255

Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741 741

Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 799 7233

Victim Connect: support for victims of crime: 855 484 2846

 

UK:

Mind: mental health support: 0300 123 3393

SANE: mental health support: 0300 304 7000

Samaritans support network: 116 123

National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300

 

CANADA:

For a list of Canadian crisis centres: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/help/call

 

NEW ZEALAND:

Lifeline: 0800 543354

Depression Helpline: 0800 111 757 (Text 4202)

 

______

If you are hearing impaired or know someone who is and would like to get a transcript of the episode, please email us at contact@casefilepodcast.com

CREDITS

 

NARRATION:

Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host

 

EPISODE:

Episode researched by Paulina Szymanska and Mike Migas

Episode written by Elsha McGill

Additional writing by Milly Raso

 

MUSIC:

‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas

 

OTHER:

Logo design by Paulina Szymanska

 

RESOURCES

 

BOOKS:

Kto zabija czlowieka – najglosniejsze procesy w powojennej Polsce – Boguslaw Sygit, 1989

Obraz Krakowa lat 60-tych we wspomnieniach z dziecinstwa – Leszek Grabowski, 2018

Sad Orzekl – Maria Osiadacz, 1971

Trzy Wyroki – Andrzej Snopkowski, 1982

Bestie: Zbrodnie i Kary – Janusz Jastrzebski, 2007

 

VIDEOS:

Seryjni Mordercy – Byl Sobie Chlopiec 2008

Bestie w ludzkiej skorze – Karol Kot – Wampir z Krakowa

Paragraf 128 – Kara Smierci – Karol Kot

 

MAGAZINES:

POLICJA 997 ‘Milosnik krwi’ – August, 2008

Nasza Historia, Dziennik Polski – March, 2015

 

ARTICLES:

Wampir i psychoza strachu w Krakowie

Antyczłowiek

Wampir z Krakowa – Onet

Powrot mordercy, ktorego bala sie cala Polska – Fakt

“Wampir z Krakowa”. Nastolatek, który marzył o masowych mordach – Wprost

Karol Kot – Wampir z Krakowa – Interia

Wampir z Krakowa – Morderca o twarzy dziecka

Kiedy mozg morduje

Karol Kot: Krakow’s Teen Vampire

Karol Kot – Crime Files

Lolo-rozpruwacz

Polscy seryjni mordercy – Karol Kot

Seryjni mordercy – teraz Polska – Vice

Mordercy seryjni – Kot Karol

“Wtedy postanowiłem, że zrobię jej gzi… gzi…” – TVN24

Sercanki – historia

Sercanki – historia (2)

A Brief History Of Krakow

Historia Krakowa

Jagiellonian University Overview

Polska w latach 60 XX wieku – wywiad

Złote lata 60. Jak zmienił się świat

“Mala stabilizacja” – Wladza i spoleczenstwo przelomu lat 50′ i 60′

Roma Ligocka i jej Kraków lat 60.

THIS EPISODE’S SPONSORS

 

CBS One Dollar – A new CBS mystery thriller drama web television series; free trial of CBS All Access

Away: First class luggage at a coach price$20 off the suitcase with promo code ‘casefile’

Casper – Offer code ‘casefile’ for $50 off select mattresses

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