Lafayette Cemetery of New Orleans – There are a lot of historic stories in Lafayette. Some are full of facts, others are Urban Legends. But none are as bizarre as the “Lafayette Vampire.”
Back in the late 1800s and early 1900s, Lafayette was a bustling mining community. It attracted men from all over who were looking for a mining job.
Some workers came from foreign lands, including Theodore Glava the man who is now known as the Vampire of Lafayette Cemetery.
Theodore was a miner that came from Transylvania. And that part of the world has always had a certain history behind it. He was a very tall thin man with a grey complexion and because of where he came from some of the other miners were afraid of him especially the way he looked.
He died of influenza at the young age of 43 in 1918 and was given a pauper’s grave with a simple headstone after his death stories started swirling about a strange figure appearing in the dead of night walking between the headstones.
People started talking about Theodore coming back from the dead and being a vampire. What also added fuel to these stories was a tree mysteriously started growing from the grave where Theodore was buried and reports say he was buried with a stake through his heart and that’s why the tree started growing.
The legend of the Vampire of Lafayette Cemetery still lives on so beware if your walking about at night in the cemetery you just might bump in to Theodore.