It’s always difficult to manage when two roommates cannot look past their differences and allow for a peaceful resolution to their household concerns. But when one victim told his blood sucking roommate to take a hike, this feud turned quite literal. And now this vampire from Arizona is facing charges.
Far from the tale of terror so often associated with such figures as Dracula or Vlad the Impaler, this vampire from Tucson once only took his blood from willing victims. Unfortunately, the Maricopa County Superior Court doesn’t see the vampirism of Aaron Homer as a joke, stating he will be placed on three years of probation after confessing to his crime. Given the incident ended in a stabbing, some would say Aaron Homer, who confessed to the crime during his incarceration got off with a fairly light sentence given the level of the crime.. The victim, one Robert Maley, had allowed Homer to drink his blood on one prior occasion.
In 2010 the Arizona Police Department released the tapes of interviews taking place regarding the incident. According to the confession, when the vampire asked for blood and the victim said no, this sent Homer into a rage. During the interview police can be heard asking Homer why fake blood was scattered throughout the apartment where Aaron Homer was both living and practicing his beliefs. In response, Honer states, “Well that’s just a messed up situation.” The police officer at this point tells Homer, “You’ve got that right, it is a messed up situation.” Fake blood was discovered all throughout the house, including on the knife which Homer allegedly used to stab Maley.
So is this a one time thing within the vampire community? Are these individuals just dark dressers? Or is there something else that seemingly guides the actions of the self-proclaimed undead? Without further study, it will be impossible to determine just how far the rabbit hole goes on this one. And from the looks of the plethora of information on vampirism, the trend (in a community as diverse as its members) is proving to be occasionally a violent one.
Jonathon Sharkey, the self proclaimed “King” of the Vampyres, was previously in police custody for intimidating a judge and jailed. After the incident, however, Sharkey seems to have cleaned up his act somewhat, announcing a May 2010 run for president of the United States upcoming. So is the vampire king a case of a misunderstood civil servant? Or is this “dark lord” really a trend setter in what some are calling a string of vampire related violence?
Vampires like Sharkey and Homer have admitted that sunlight does not, in fact, kill them and that they do not possess many of the powers attributed to their counterparts shown throughout fiction. They also state, however, that their powers drawn from drinking blood allow them increased agility and strength. Scorned by some and revered by others, vampires like Sharkey and Homer are becoming a quickly growing trend in societies throughout the world looking for an outlet to voice objections about the mainstream and push their own lives underground.