Beast of Bladenboro

Apparent variety of Eastern Pum a of North Carolina.

Physical description: Length, 3—4 feet, with a 14-inch tail. Shoulder height, 20 inches. Black. Tracks: Catlike.

Distribution: Bladenboro, North Carolina. Significant sighting: The Beast made its first dog kill at Clarkton, near Bladenboro, North Carolina, on December 29, 1953, and terrorized the countryside for about one week. It killed nine dogs and one pet rabbit by crushing the skulls and draining the blood. Nearly 1,000 people took part in a disorganized hunt on January 6-7 but failed to find anything.

Sources: Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer, January 5-9, 1954; Joseph F. Gallehugh Jr., "The Vampire Beast of Bladenboro," North Carolina Folklore 24 (1976): 53-58; Michael Futch, "Beast of Bladenboro Put Town on Map," Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer, July 23, 2000; Mark A. Hall, "The Vampire Beast of Bladenboro," Wonders 7, no. 1 (March 2002): 3-22.

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