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700-year-old 'vampire' skeleton is put on display in Bulgaria

14 June 2012 Last updated at 18:18 BST

A 700 year-old skeleton on display at the National History Museum in Bulgaria is thought to be that of a person feared to be a potential vampire.

According to pagan customs at the time, people considered to be bad were stabbed through the heart with an iron rod after death so they could not return as vampires.

Two such skeletons were found at a monastery in the Black Sea city of Sozopol.

Deborah Basckin reports.