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A Vampire Vanquishing Kit From The 1800s?
By Tamara Kisha Tan, 26 May 2013
As mentioned on So Bad So Good, it will be hard to prove whether evidence of this captivating 'vampire hunting kit' is legit, or just a hoax.
Nevertheless, this vampire vanquishing kit seems to have been left behind by Andrew A Kauffman, an alleged vampire hunter in 1890, for us to mull over.
The kit includes a hatchet, a bottle of sulphur, a stake, a hand pistol, some helpings of holy water, pilers, the Holy Bible, a Crucifix, and a handy syringe.
He apparently wrote the following letter to a certain Mrs Eberhardt, explicating how he had eliminated "the vampire" that had killed her daughter, Mildreda, whose photograph is also in the kit:
It reads: “I have dispatched the vampir that took your sweet daughter's life. Included in this case are the tools used in the final act along with proof of its death. Mildreda's life was too innocent to be taken by such a monster; she was dearly loved by me as we were newly betrothed. May she now rest in peace.”
The kit's authenticity comes into question because we know that the hatchet and knife are rather modern instruments. The letter is typewritten, and is dated 1849—which was a time when typewriters did not yet exist. The kit also seems to exist way before the break-action cartridge loading derringer, which was found inside.
Hoax or not, it's worth having a look at:
[via Alex Wain / So Bad So Good]
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