The Vampire Tree is a creepy Mexican legend about a huge tree that grows out of a grave in an old cemetery.
The story of the vampire tree begins in Guadalajara, Mexico. There is a small cemetery in the middle of the city called El Panteon de Belen. Its ancient walls play host to a number of supernatural legends, the most famous of which concerns a huge tree that grows out of one of the graves.
According to the legend, many years ago, the citizens of Guadalajara were being stalked by a bloodthirsty vampire. The first sign that something was wrong came when they started finding dead animals all over the city. The people were puzzled and when they examined the corpses, it was discovered that they had been completely drained of blood.
Before long, newborn babies were being attacked in the middle of the night and their horrified mothers found the infants lying dead in their cribs. Just like the animals before them, all of the blood had been drained from their lifeless bodies. It was clear that a vampire was on the loose.
Everyone in the area was terrified and most people were afraid to venture outdoors after nightfall. There was one group of citizens who were tired of living in constant fear of the vampire. They decided that they would put an end to his reign of terror and set about tracking down the fiend.
In the dark, early-morning hours, another vampire attack was reported. The local citizens were on alert and a man was seen skulking back to his house. He had light-colored eyes and pale, white skin. The angry citizens were sure he was to blame for the attacks. They burst into his house and killed him as he lay in his bed, driving a crude wooden stake through his heart.
The next morning, they dragged his body to El Panteon de Belen and unceremoniously buried him under thick slabs of concrete, hoping this would prevent him returning from the dead.
Months later, they returned to find the concrete slabs were split and broken by a small tree that had grown from the stake that had been thrust into the heart of the vampire. Over time, the tree grew larger and larger and the locals called it “The Tree of the Vampire”.
To this day, the tree still stands in the middle of Belem Cemetery. They say that if you break off a branch, instead of sap, you will see blood oozing from stump. According to the legend, at night you can also see the faces of the vampire’s victims in the bark of the tree.
The government put a fence around the giant tree to protect it, and with good reason. They say that if the tree dies, the corpse of the vampire will rise from its grave and terrorize the city again.