A story from 19th century Romania tells of an old woman who died, a few months later her oldest son’s children began to die one by one. Then the youngest son’s children.
They exhumed her body because they suspected she’d turned into a vampire. They cut her body into two pieces and reburied her. The children’s death’s continued. The dug up the body a second time.
This time they found it in one piece and without any wounds. They were astonished, they took her body deep into the nearby forest. Under a tree they disemboweled the corpse and removed the heart.
Fresh blood flowed from her heart as they cut it into four pieces. The pieces of heart were burned, the ashes saved, the rest of the body and entrails were burned to ash then buried..
The sons mixed the ashes they saved with water and made the remaining children drink it. There weren’t any more attacks.
There are other cases from the Cusmir area of Romania. Two well-known stories envolve a family member dies, then his relations become sick. When the villages exhume the corpse, it’s usually full of flesh blood. His heart and liver are removed and burned. The ashes are mixed with water. The ill family members drink this potion and miraculously become better.
Some places believe the smoke of a burning vampire heart will protect from evil. Villagers walked through it to become protected.
n 18th and 19th century New England several bodies were exhumed and the organs burned. (Remember Consumption and Mercy Brown) The ash potion was given to people suffering from consumption.