Tuesday, October 12, 2010 Beware Your Dorky Vampire Roommates!

Kids, no matter what Stephenie Meyer tells you, vampires are not your friends! From the October 7th Phoenix News:
"Vampire stabbing" details released by police

by Alicia E. BarrĂ³n
Posted on October 7, 2010 at 5:48 PM
Updated Monday, Oct 11 at 9:16 AM

CHANDLER, Ariz. – Police have released additional details on a stabbing that took place in Chandler on Oct. 4. The story has attracted national attention as the "vampire stabbing" after suspects told police they practice vampirism and paganism and said they were trying to suck the victim's blood.

Police said the victim, Robert Maley, 25, was stabbed after refusing to let his roommates suck his blood.

Maley was reportedly staying with two friends, Aaron Homer, 24, and Amanda Williamson, 21, at an apartment complex in Chandler. Maley told police that he had allowed the couple to suck his blood on previous occasions, but he wasn't interested this time, which led to the stabbing.

"These people ... practice paganism and vampirism and follow the vampire cult," said Sgt. Joe Favazzo of the Chandler Police Department.

Homer reportedly told officers that he became enraged and stabbed Maley because he felt Maley was making fun of his religion.

Firefighters happened to be at the same apartment complex on an unrelated call when they saw a blood-covered Maley run out of another apartment. The firefighters alerted police.

Chandler police officers who initially responded said there was a lot of blood at the scene and a trail of blood leaving the apartment. Homer and Williamson initially made conflicting statements to police. Williamson first said she had been attacked and stabbed her attacker in self-defense. Both suspects later confessed and confirmed Maley’s claims.

Homer has been charged with aggravated assault and Williamson is charged with false reporting to police. Maley was also arrested on an unrelated outstanding warrant.

The recent rise in popularity of vampires in pop culture has some officials worried that this sort of behavior could become trendy.

“We have young people that are very impressionable that are following this pop culture, they're following this vampire culture, they're going to get infections, it's dangerous," Favazzo said.

Meanwhile, television shows like HBO's True Blood and the Stephenie Meyer novels and film series Twilight are more popular than ever.
The police spokesman mention of a "vampire cult" is worrisome. As with the Satanic panic of the 80's, certain folk are all too keen to take a couple of dumbass kids replicating something they half-remembered from a movie as evidence of an organized global cult whose writhing tentacles have infiltrated all levels of our society. This time around the fundies are more crazed than ever (what with a secret Muslim in the White House and all), and such hysteria can only lead to mass burnings of Anne Rice novels and law enforcement officers staking Twi-Hards in the street.

Wait, did I say "worrisome"? I obviously meant "AWESOME"!