Archaeological dating of grave headstones

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This postmortem analysis supposedly revealed that Corwin’s heart had not decayed but instead was full of blood.

Following the New England custom, Corwin’s heart was removed and publicly burned on the town green.

Both of these cases display the intricacies of New England vampire folklore as well as the widespread assumption that tuberculosis and other diseases were caused by the unclean spirits of the dead.

Benjamin Welton is a freelance writer based in Boston.

As a result, the body of the deceased Corwin was exhumed for an autopsy.He was buried in Woodstock’s Cushing Cemetery—a common resting place for the departed residents of this sleepy Vermont village.Six months after the burial, Corwin’s brother also became ill with tuberculosis.They burned his body and his coffin to expel his evil spirit.Like other vampire panics in New England, the case of the Ray family was covered widely by local and some outside media.

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