RI's last Vampire
19 year old Mercy Lena Brown, daughter of Mary E. and George T. Brown died in January 1892 dying of consumption (Tuberculosis). Her Mother had died of it in 1883, and later Mercy's sister Mary Olive. After Mercy's death, her older brother Edwin Brown began to show signs. Neighbors and friends of the Brown family farm said it was the work of a vampire, and that one of the Brown's was coming back from the dead and taking the life of the living Brown family. Two months after Mercy's death the bodies of Mary E., Mary Olive and Mercy were exhumed. Both Mary's were little more then bones, but Mercy was almost just like she looked on the day she was burried. In New England, the tell tale sign of a vampire was blood in a dead heart, which Mercy had. Her heart was cut out and burned, and sick Edwin was to drink the ashes to cure him. It didn't. And news of Mercy's body being dug up and being accused a vampire made news across the country and is said to have inspired the character Lucy Wisteria in Bram Strokers 'Dracula'.