By C. Michael Forsyth
AUTHORITIES in Belgium have smashed a vampire ring and rescued six “blood cows” from an underground dungeon outside Brussels, according to published reports.
The female captives, aged 19 to 23, had been regularly drained of blood over a period of at least seven months, say police who found them pale, listless and chained to cots.
Cops, acting on a tip, raided the estate of wealthy businessman Robbe Driessen on April 21, and were stunned to find the victims in a secret room in the basement.
“They were naked except for tattered underwear,” Deputy Inspector Matthias Klerkse was quoted as saying a European wire service report. “Their bodies were covered with multiple sets of tiny punctures, especially on their wrists, thighs, throats and bosoms. They were all white as sheets and their skin was cold to the touch.”
The sprawling, 60-room mansion was the meeting place for a secret society called the Brahmin Club, authorities say. Although involved in charitable activities and patronage of the arts, its wealthy members appear to have been chiefly interested in drinking human blood. Members reputedly believe that doing so would keep them eternally young. And in at least once case, this seems to have been at least partially correct. When arrested, Driessen gave his age as 108, while in his mug shots he looks no older than 40.
“At the time he was taken into custody, Mr. Driessen produced a birth certificate that seems to support this claim of advanced age, but we of course assume it was doctored,” the lawman said. “We hope to establish his actual date of birth, but right now other matters have a higher priority in our investigation.”
The women, whose names have not been released, are all Russian and were lured to Belgium by promises of decent work as maids, au pairs, and prostitutes, police say. Instead, as soon as they arrived, they were imprisoned and subjected to daily “feeding” sessions. Chillingly, they told authorities, their captors referred to them as “blood cows.”
Driessen is CEO of the country’s largest manufacturer of waffle irons. He, along with 12 other members of the secret society, faces a battery of charges including human trafficking, false imprisonment and assault. But the blood-slurping fat cat’s attorney insists his client is being railroaded.
“The club – which has been inaccurately described as a ‘coven’ and sensationalized in the press – is a religious organization and its members are being persecuted for their unpopular beliefs,” the lawyer said at a press conference. He went on to claim that the young women were “essentially groupies” of the self-proclaimed vampires and willingly donated their blood. “When all the facts come out, the public will see that these so-called ‘victims’ were well-treated guests of Mr. Dreissen.”
Copyright C. Michael Forsyth
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