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DNA Analysis Revealed The Identity of 19th Century “Connecticut Vampire”

Posted by Jean-Yves on Jan 2, 2020

Back in 1990, children playing near a gravel pit in Griswold, Connecticut, stumbled across a pair of skulls that had broken free of their graves in a 19th century unmarked cemetery. Subsequent excavation revealed 27 graves—including that of a middle-aged man identified only by the initials “JB55,” spelled out in brass tacks on his coffin.

Unlike the other burials, his skull and femurs were neatly arranged in the shape of a skull and crossbones, leading archaeologists to conclude that the man had been a suspected “vampire” by his community. Scientists finally found a likely identification for JB55, describing their findings in a paper published this summer in the journal Genes.

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