Police: Man claims he's a vampire, burns V on teen

December 10, 2010 (AP) -- Police in Alabama say a 20-year-old man who believes he is a vampire and goes by the nickname "Vamp" is accused of burning a "V" into a teenager's forehead. Evan Francis Brown has been charged with second-degree assault, a felony.

Gadsden police detective Mike Hooks told The Gadsden Times that Brown heated a fork or a spoon on a stove and used it to brand a "V" into a 17-year-old's forehead in October. Hooks says Brown tied the teen up, tricking him into believing they were playing a game.

Police say the teenager also had cigarette burns on his face and arms and had been beaten. Hooks says Brown has told authorities that his religious belief is Satanism and that he is known by the nickname "Vamp."

Hooks called Brown "a want-to-be vampire."

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Gadsden "Vampire" case headed to grand jury

 

February 7, 2011 (WAFF) -- The case of a self-proclaimed vampire is going to a grand jury. 20-year-old Evan Brown is accused of tying up a 17-year-old and using heated utensils to burn the letter "V" on the victim's forehead.

Brown had a court appearance Monday morning but waived the hearing. Brown, who goes by the name "Vamp," went to Douglas High School. Investigators say he was the leader of a group of young runaways who called themselves "the homeless crew" and lived together at a home in Gadsden.

 

Four indicted in 'vampire' gang attack

(Gadsden Times) -- A man who claimed to be a vampire and three others in his group have been indicted by an Etowah grand jury in the October attack of a teenager who had a "V" burned on his forehead.
Evan Francis Brown, 20, Albertville, originally was charged with second-degree assault in the attack, but the charge was upgraded after he was indicted for first-degree assault. Amanda Mae Pelham, 19, Albertville; Shanna Deeanna Farmer, 19, Rainbow City; and Cornelius Cordai Hall, 20, Gadsden, also were indicted and have been charged with first-degree assault.  Brown originally was arrested in December for the October attack, but evidence showed others were involved, District Attorney Jimmie Harp said.
Brown and the others lived together at a house on Rosewood Lane in North Gadsden, where the 17-year-old boy was tied up, beaten and the "V" burned into his head. The teenager also had cigarette burns on his face and arms.
"This was a particularly cruel case," Harp said, adding that said the grand jury heard the evidence and upgraded the charge. He said, however, that those charged should be considered innocent until proven guilty.
Gadsden Police detective Mike Hooks said officers first believed the "V" stood for vampire, but now believe it stood for "victim."  Brown allegedly heated a fork on the stove and used it to burn the "V."
Hooks said Brown has told detectives he is a vampire and practices satanism. He is known by the nickname "Vamp." Hooks said the incident happened after Brown allegedly tricked the 17-year-old by telling him they were playing a game. The teenager was left tied up for about an hour.
"We believe they all took part in it," Hooks said.

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As the 20th century evolved, rational man turned to science to explain mythology that had pervaded for thousands of years. How could a man be mistaken for a vampire? How could someone appear to have been the victim of a vampire attack? Science, in time, came back with answers that may surprise you.Anemia
A million fancies strike you when you hear the name: Nosferatu!N O S F E R A T Udoes not die!What do you expect of the first showing of this great work?Aren't you afraid? - Men must die. But legend has it that a vampire, Nosferatu, 'der Untote' (the Undead), lives on men's blood! You want to see a symphony of horror? You may expect more. Be careful. Nosferatu is not just fun, not something to be taken lightly. Once more: beware.- Publicity for Nosferatu in the German magazine Buhne und Film, 1922  

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