The vampire myth is widespread, and details vary from place to place. Here's a handy list, courtesy of Cecil Adams' The Straight Dope:

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Sampiro       Albania      Stake through heart
Nachtzehrer   Bavaria      Place coin in mouth, decapitate with ax
Ogoljen       Bohemia      Bury at crossroads
Krvoijac      Bulgaria     Chain to grave with wild roses
Kathakano     Crete        Boil head in vinegar
Brukulaco     Greece       Cut off and burn head
Vampir        Hungary      Stake through heart, nail through temple
Dearg-dul     Ireland      Pile stones on grave
Vryolakas     Macedonia    Pour boiling oil on, drive nail through navel
Upier         Poland       Bury face downwards
Gierach       Prussia      Put poppy seeds in grave
Strigoiul     Rumania      Remove heart, cut in two; garlic in mouth,
                           nail in head
Vlkoslak      Serbia       Cut off toes, drive nail through neck
Neuntoter     Saxony       Lemon in mouth
Vampiro       Spain        No known remedy

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Keep a copy of this in your wallet (I do). When confronted with a suspected vampire, ask to see his passport (if it shows a birthdate in the eighteenth century, so much the better). Cross reference the place of birth with the chart. Wait until the daylight, when the vampire is dormant, and take him out with the suggested method. BEFORE STARTING THIS OR ANY OTHER VAMPIRE ERADICATION PROGRAM, CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR.

Brian "van Helsing" Scearce

Rev David Rice
Mariner's Ministries, Dana Point, California (USA)

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