Very strange. In Europe, there are several well documented cases that make a compelling argument that vampires, or something extraordinary was going on at one point.
Of course, it didn't help they were accidentally burying people alive back then.
Accounts of Vampire Sightings in Rhode Island
According to Ghost Village
, the story of Mercy Brown dates back to the winter of 1892. A resident of Exeter, RI, the 19-year-old girl died of an unknown illness, but people around town began to report seeing her walking around. When Mercy's dead body was examined in the spring, her body reportedly still looked alive. According to the legend, Mercy's heart was removed in order to end her wanderings. Read more here: http://paranormal.lovetoknow.com/Real_Vampire_Sightings