Vampire Grave - Lafayette, Colorado
Posted by: Big B Bob
Assisted by: boB B giB
N 40° 00.087 W 105° 05.565
13T E 492083 N 4427922
Quick Description: A Transylvania Vampire in a Small Town Colorado Cemetery.
Location: Colorado, United States
Date Posted: 12/8/2009 1:24:01 PM
Waymark Code: WM7VN8
Created From: Vampire Grave - Lafayette, Colorado
- posted by boB B giB
Excerpt fro "Colorado Curiosities" by Pam Grout:
Since official records from 1918 are scanty, it’s hard to verify with complete accuracy that a) Fodor Glava is even buried in the plot he bought in the Lafayette Municipal Cemetery and that b) Mr. Glava was indeed a vampire. But don't tell locals you suspect foul play.
After all, they've been daring one another to stand near the vampire’s grave for nearly 90 years. A good number of them report having seen a tall thin man with a black coat, dark hair, and long fingernails sitting on top of the stone. People show up on Halloween to take photos. Even a former chief of police said he found a doll with a pin stuck through its heart on top of the grave.
According to the persistent myth, the tree growing from the middle of the grave (right where the vampire's heart would presumably be) grew from the stake that killed him. The unruly red rose bushes are supposedly his fingernails, still growing after his death.
This much we do know: There was a Fodor Glava who was born in Transylvania and died in Lafayette in December of 1918. He bought the plot in the middle of the pauper's graveyard. Whether or not he was actually buried there is uncertain. Hundreds of destitute and lonely folks were buried there in 1918, at the height of a deadly influenza epidemic that caused the whole town to be quarantined. His is the only one with an actual marker as for the writing on the marker is shaky and crude as it scratched in haste, but does that mean he was a vampire? We’ll let you decide.
If you are brave, visit the grave at night... if you dare!
What's the Real Story?:
Probably a Romanian immigrant who died during the influenza epidemic in 1918.
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