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Pathway Home Articles Vampire Facts Who Is John George Haigh Who Is John George Haigh The Acid Bath Vampire In the halls of vampiric crime few names stand out like that of John George Haigh Half a century ago Englands newspapers screamed Vampire The trial of The Acid Bath Vampire one of Englands most infamous serial killers was about to begin Haigh grew up in Wakefield England His parents were deeply religious members of a faith called the Plymouth Brethren In order to rebel against the strict teachings of his parents and their faith Haigh joined the Church of England while he was still a boy He was a devout follower and spent a great deal of time there as a youngster Throughout his life Haigh suffered from a recurring dream He spoke of a forest of crucifixes in the dream that would gradually turn into trees that dripped blood He would see a man collecting the blood into a cup The man would offer the cup to Haigh but he always awakened before he could take a drink It was the dream Haigh would confess to the police after his arrest that made him believe he needed blood in order to live Early adulthood was a problematic time at best for Haigh He was imprisoned several times for fraud and forgery But his true criminal nature began to manifest in middle adulthood just after World War II had ended In 1944 Haigh rented a basement in London to use as a workshop It would soon become the grisly testament to his growing need for blood He killed his first victim in that basement on September 9 1944 He drained the fresh corpse William Donald McSwan of enough blood to fill a cup and drank it To dispose of the body Haigh placed it in a tub and proceeded to pour
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