Arnold Paoli (or Arnold Kol Paola) was an Austrian soldier who died in 1727 in the village Medvegia (now Serbia), falling from a wagon of hay. It should be back from the dead as a vampire.
During his lifetime, Arnold Paoli stated that a vampire killed during a war waged between the Austrian Empire and the Ottoman Empire and was convinced that bears a curse. A month after his death, he was seen roam around the village and would drink the blood of almost half the population.
Paola and all his alleged victims were exhumed and pierced with one cleat. When he opened the coffin, the body was intact and lips covered with blood. He pulled out a terrible scream when the stake was planted in his heart!
This story and many similar cases have triggered a massive return of belief in vampires in Europe. But “waves” of vampirism epidemics were caused by the current at that time. The large number of cases of vampirism allegedly led many authorities to carry out investigations and prosecutions.
The investigation in the case of Paola and other vampires in Serbia were led by the Imperial War Council in Vienna that Serbia was then an Austrian province. In the minutes drawn up in Belgrade in 1732, the word “vampire” is mentioned officially for the first time.
Arnold Paoli case is linked to that of Petar Blagojevic, another vampire who would be shown two years earlier (1725) in the village Kisilova, almost Medvegia. Both cases have become extremely popular in Western Europe.