It may seem strange to have two ‘documented’ cases of vampirism occurring in close proximity to each other and in the same year. And yet that’s exactly what happened. Around the time that Arnold Paole was supposedly haunting his village, Peter Plogojowitz (Petar Blagojevich) was making himself known as well. Much of what is known of the case comes from the report of Imperial Provisor Frombald, a member of the Austrian administration who was there when Plogojowitz’s body was exhumed.
Peter Plogojowitz was brought up in the Serbian village of Kisilova, and died in 1725. Within a little over a week of his death, nine other people also suddenly perished. Some of the victims allegedly claimed, on their death beds, that Plogojowitz had appeared at night and choked them. His wife also said that he had appeared to her and demanded his shoes, although some legends assert that it was his son he actually appeared to and subsequently murdered.
The villagers insisted that the corpse be exhumed and examined for the signs of vampirism, or they would all leave the village. They were adamant that a priest should be present for this and, after much wrangling, it was allowed by the local administration. Amazingly, to the people of that time, the body showed no obvious signs of decomposition, the nails and beard had continued to grow, and there was non-coagulated blood around the mouth. Convinced that Plogojowitz was indeed a vampire, they proceeded to run a stake through the corpse and then burn the body.
As with Paole, many experts view the state of the body as a normal part of the decomposition process and the sightings have been blamed on hysteria.