Wed 12-03-97


HAMEENLINNA, Finland (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The arrival of December 21, the shortest day of the year, has a lot of people worried in Finland.

It seems December 21, 1997, will mark the 700th anniversary of a curse that dates back to 1297 – a curse that involves female vampires.

Legend has it that 17 female vampires were banished from the town of Hameenlinna in 1297. The irate vamps vowed to terrorize the village every 350 years on the evening of the shortest day of the year.

The last reported vampire attack took place in 1647 and locals are gearing up for December 21. Some are stocking up on imported garlic cloves, but city officials aren’t taking the vampire threat too seriously.

One local official, who refused to be identified, says he hopes the vampires arrive because he says Hameenlinna could use the publicity.

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