Found 30 years ago, this “vampire” skeleton reveals its secrets

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Found 30 years ago, this




Found 30 years ago, this "vampire" skeleton reveals its secrets


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Found 30 years ago, this “vampire” skeleton reveals its secrets


Vampires are the object of fascination and mystery since hundreds of years. In 1990, the grave of one of them was found in Connecticut. But the technologies at the time did not allow us to learn more about his identity. 30 years later, a test ADN conclusive comes to bring down the mystery.

“JB 55”



Found 30 years ago, this "vampire" skeleton reveals its secrets


© Provided by Gentside
Found 30 years ago, this “vampire” skeleton reveals its secrets


Little is known about this person. The man would have died in the years 1800 but his family, lest he return haunt, rearranged his skeleton so that his head sits above his rib cage and has cross the rest of his bones. It was a priori this way that it was necessary to proceed to prevent the deceased don’t come out of his grave. When finished, they wrote “JB 55” on his coffin. Which corresponds to his initials and his age.

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Technology reveals its identity

Not less than 200 years after his death and thanks to the advancement of test ADN, scientists were able to determine his identity for the first time. Thanks to the Y chromosome and the bases of genealogical data, one last name emerged: Barber.

The scientists then proceeded to a quick search to determine whether this family had actually lived there and during this time. It is in an old newspaper dating from 1826, that was recorded the death of a young boy named Nathan Barber whose father was named John Barber. After research, it was inscribed on the tomb of Nathan Barber his initials and age, “NB 13”, as on that of his father.

Who is John Barber?

John Barber was a farmer and was not a vampire bloodsucker as one might imagine. He was carrying the tuberculosis, cause of his death. At the time, symptoms and consequences of tuberculosis were similar to those who could pass you off as a vampire. Hence the fact that the bones of John Barber were found in this position.

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