Saturday, November 20, 2021

Ojai Vampire

The Ojai Vampire is a vampire who purportedly moved to Ojai, Ca, during 1890 and set up a house near the Creek Road.  Though he was always regarded as a vampire, his appearance was said to be a rotten corpse.
Based on the legends, during circa 1890s, an alleged European vampire moved to Ojai, California, and settled in a house near Creek Rd.  The likely vampire was held responsible for the missing animals and cattle mutilation.  He was also blamed for the mysterious disappearance and sometimes murder of random people.

 Ojai Vampire

The Hunt for the Ojai Vampire


The villagers set up a hunting party to kill the alleged Ojai vampire.  The local citizens found a stone sarcophagus at his home, which a black dog guards.  The black dog was vicious, but they were able to drive it away by spraying holy water.  The hunters lifted the cover of the coffin and pierced a stake straight to the vampire's heart.


According to some stories, the townspeople took the vampire's body and sealed it in a slab made of cement.  The slab was allegedly hidden in a place near Camp Comfort County Park.  Up to this day, people are claiming that they know the location of the slab but would not divulge it.  It is also usual for those people to meet up and search for the vampire remains or even the alleged sarcophagus found inside his house.


The Legend of the Ojai California Vampire Continues

 Ojai California Vampire

However, the haunting did not end with the death of the Ojai vampire.  It was believed that its pet, black dog, still haunts the area of Ojai up to this day.  The black dog was thought to bring a bad omen to those who would see it.  Based on the Chumash elders, a black dog is a form of Nunashish, an evil phantom that serves as a familiar or guardian of a particular place.


Recent Accounts

 Camp Comfort

There are many recent accounts attributed to the Ojai Vampire, especially for people who live near Camp Comfort. Some people claimed that they had seen a strange green light. Students at CSUCI also divulged their eerie experiences, such as the continuous banging of the pipes. There were also creepy stories regarding the old hospital that had been transformed into a daycare.


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