Highgate Cemetery in northern Greater London, England.  Highgate Cemetery, opened in 1839, was a popular burial site for prominent Victorians. Karl Marx and writer George Eliot (The Mill on the Floss, Middlemarch, Silas Marner), among other famous personages, are interred here.

   The cemetery itself is famed for the Highgate Vampire, a legend begun in 1970 when the sighting of a ‘vampiric figure’ was reported to the local papers. The observer claimed he had seen the King Vampire of the Undead, a nobleman who had practised black magic in medieval Wallachia; and had obviously been brought to England by coffin, buried at Highgate, and roused by Satanists. When the paper headlined 'Does a Vampyr Walk At Night?' a local frenzy began.

   An official “Vampire Hunt” was declared for Friday March 13th, and the cemetery was mobbed by hundreds of paranormal hunters- who besieged the gates and vandalized the cemetery despite police efforts to control them. No Vampire was found; but the legend continues.  

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