Highlights of 2004:

‘The Donor Bill of Rights’ by Belfazaar Ashantison.

February 4: Kent, UK –  A prehistoric “vampire” fish has been found by staff at a power station in Kent during a routine inspection. The three-foot-long sea lamprey, which attacks other fish with suckers, and sucks their blood, was taken in with the water supply for the Kingsnorth Power Station in Rochester. The Environment Agency said it was one of the first to be found in the Medway Estuary or south-east England. The tubular, eel-like fish uses one set of sucker-like teeth to hold its prey and a second to suck their blood. Lampreys have fossil records going back some 340 million years to the Carboniferous period and have barely changed since then. The Environment Agency said the fish only lived in very clean water and it was “pretty exceptional” to find one in the Medway. They were an important source of food from Roman times onwards, and both King Henry I and King John of England reputedly died from gorging themselves on too much lamprey. However, their numbers and geographical spread have been restricted by pollution and human interference with the rivers where they live and breed. (Article)

March 1: Vampyre community figure Don Henrie’s appearance on SciFi Channel’s “Mad, Mad House” reality TV series as an “out” Vampyre seen drinking blood and sleeping in a coffin, apparently for dramatic effect. He also makes several demonstrations of psi abilities.

March 15: Jacksonville, Florida, USA – Police arrest a man who believed he was a ‘vampire slayer’, after he allegedly shot his Domino’s Pizza co-worker twice in the face and once in the stomach because he thought he was a vampire. Timothy White, 35, described by friends as a born-again Christian with an unusual preoccupation with zombies and vampires, was arrested outside of a church after the shooting. Before the shooting, a witness had spotted him lingering outside the store and asked why he was there. White replied that he was “vampire hunting”. “Witnesses say he walked into the pizza shop on Normandy Boulevard and allegedly said David Harrison looked like a vampire. He then shot Harrison in the face and stomach. “Both (Tim) and Dave, the victim, are great employees,” the restaurant’s owner, Jim Holmes, told Channel 4. “This incident is a total shock to everyone.” A background check reveals White had no criminal record, not even a speeding ticket. He and Williams were reportedly friends and had worked together for years. Police report White was heavily armed with a knife, a sawed-off shotgun and three pistols when he was taken into custody. Harrison is listed in critical condition at a local hospital. Since Harrison was wounded and does not die from his wounds, White is charged with aggravated battery with a criminal weapon. This case is referred to within the VC to demonstrate the danger faced by the real VC being “too open”.

Romania – In Romania, relatives of Toma Petre fear that he had become a vampire. They dig up his body, remove the heart, burn it and drink the ashes in water. The matter makes international news headlines. 

Cleveland, Ohio, USA – Michelle Belanger publishes the “Psychic Vampire Codex: A Manual of Magick and Energy Work,” (Weiser Books). A book reviewer writes: “The Psychic Vampire Codex is the first book to examine the phenomenon and experience of modern vampirism completely from the vampire’s perspective. Father Sebastian Todd writes in the foreword that Michelle Belanger’s system ‘introduced a breath of fresh air into the vampire subculture. It freed us to look at ourselves in a new light, and it also helped those outside our community to view us differently. No longer were we parasites or predators . . . we could use our inborn abilities to help people heal’. “In the book, Belanger introduces readers to the fascinating system of energy work used by Vampyres themselves and provides the actual codex text widely used by the vampire community for instruction in feeding and other techniques. Belanger also examines the ethics of vampirism and offers readers methods of protection from vampires.” The codex explodes preconceptions and myths about who and what psychic Vampyres really are and “reveals a vital and profound spiritual tradition based on balance, rebirth, and an integral relationship with the spirit world.” The book remains a staple reference of psychic Vampyres. 

March 22: New Orleans, USA – Belfazaar Ashantison publishes the “Donor Bill of Rights” which would later become a worldwide foundational ‘core community document’ of the VC.

November 15: Scotland, UK – Alan Menzies, commits suicide after two years in prison.

December: Birmingham, England, UK – “The Vampire of Birmingham” makes the news. Reports of a vampire-style attacker on the loose biting people in Birmingham are dismissed by police as an “urban myth” which is spiraling out of control. The Evening Mail is flooded with calls from terrified families, community leaders and schools concerned for the safety of residents in Saltley, Small Heath and Alum Rock. All heard rumors of a man biting people in the streets and knocking on doors attacking homeowners. Witnesses say the attacker, described as black and in his late 20s, had bitten a man walking in the street and neighbors who came to his aid, including a woman who had “chunks” bitten out of her hand. There have since been rumors of similar attacks.

USA – The “Vampire: The Masquerade” game line is discontinued and followed by a revision of the setting in “Vampire: The Requiem”.

December 8: USA – The third Blade movie, “Blade: Trinity” is released.

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