Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Vampire-Style Killer Found Dead in Prison

I find odd news stories very interesting, and since I'm a fan of gothic horror, I figured I share this one. It also involves film. Dracula is one of my favorite book's. Bram Stoker did alot of research in folklore and history to create the character of the infamous count. The legend of vampires is rooted in fear and a lack of medical understanding involving disease and disorders at a time when the supernatural was always used to explain life. It's also a more comforting method in explaining blood lust in a natural man. While there most likely are not princes of the undead stalking us throughout the night, there are many blood drinkers. Besided the famed Vlad Dracula (or The Impailer, or Sepis, or Tepis - all the same guy) the most disturbing account I've ever heard is of Andrei Chikatilo, the "Forest Strip Vampire" or The Rostov Ripper. His crimes are so disgusting and vile (he made Hannibal Lecter look like a puppy), that upon reading a non descriptive account of his crimes I became so mentally and physically upset that I had to stop reading. Anyway, apparently Scotland's resident self proclaimed vampire staked himself. Here's the story.

Yahoo! News - Vampire-Style Killer Found Dead in Prison: "EDINBURGH, Scotland - A Scottish man convicted of murdering his best friend, whose blood he said he drank in an effort to gain immortality, was found dead Tuesday in his prison, officials said.

Prison officials would not comment on the suspected cause of death of 23-year-old Allan Menzies. British media reported that Menzies had committed suicide.
Menzies was convicted of bludgeoning to death 21-year-old Thomas McKendrick in a frenzied attack two years ago after they had an argument over 'Queen of the Damned,' a film that starred the late American R&B singer and actress Aaliyah as the vampire Akasha.
Menzies was found dead in Shotts Prison in central Scotland at about 7:50 a.m. Tuesday, the Scottish Prison Service said in a statement.
'Police and next of kin have now been informed,' the statement said. 'A fatal accident inquiry will be held in due course.'
Menzies had seen a video of the horror film more than 100 times in the months before the murder, witnesses said. The defendant claimed that he had been ordered by a vampire from the movie to kill his friend. Both men lived in Fauldhouse, Scotland.
On Dec. 11, 2002, McKendrick criticized the vampire character during a visit to Menzies' home. An enraged Menzies killed McKendrick by repeatedly beating and stabbing his body, witnesses said.
During his trial last year, Menzies told the court he had drunk the dead man's blood and eaten part of his head. Menzies testified that he was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia at the time of the attack, and a psychiatric consultant agreed. But three other experts rejected that diagnosis and he was sentenced to life imprisonment. "

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