One thing about this story is that it was really studied, starting in the 1990s! That's fairly recent by some of timelines we've looked at in the past. Anyway, it's not that far away!
The Vampires Of New England
There weren’t many tales of vampires in America—until the dark discovery of a grave in Griswold, Connecticut in 1990. The grave contained the bodies of farmers from the 1700s. All were normal except for one. One body had been beheaded, and its skeleton was rearranged into the shape of a jolly roger.
It was decided that this wasn’t just a simple grave robbery, as it had been done 10 years after death no valuables were removed. It mirrored a case in neighboring Jewett City where, around the same time, 29 bodies were exhumed postmortem and burned. This was something of a vampire epidemic. The most famous case from this time is that of Mercy Brown, a girl who died from tuberculosis. Some time later, the rest of her family started to fall ill and die one by one until Mercy’s body was dug up, found to be remarkably un-corpsefied, and burned.
I know that we often think of vampire stories being mostly a European thing, so it's kind of a rarity to find one here in the states! Something to think about over coffee, right?
Speaking of coffee, let's try and sit on the patio this morning. Maybe the rain will cut us a break!