Bela Kiss, the Vampire of Czinkota

In May of 1916, detectives in Czinkota, Hungary, made a gruesome discovery: two dozen people, drained of blood, and preserved in metal barrels full of wood alcohol. Their murderer was Bela Kiss, a man who’d been recently killed in World War I.

Except that, even after his supposed death, Bela Kiss continued to be seen and continued to remain one step ahead of capture for the next three decades.

On this episode, we explore the gruesome crimes of serial killer Bela Kiss, the Vampire of Czinkota.

The Vampires of Eastern Europe

The mythology of the vampire dates back millenia. As early as 4,000 BC, the Sumerians and Babylonians had stories about those who’d not been buried properly returning to suck life out of the living. Ancient Mesopotamians had stories of the Lamastu, a female demon who appeared at night to steal or kill babies, an sucked […]