Texas man bites woman, ‘confesses’ to being 500-year-old vampire after arrest

By Eric W. Dolan
Monday, August 15, 2011 16:28 EDT
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A Texas man claiming to be a vampire faces felony charges after breaking into a woman’s home and biting her early Saturday morning, the Galveston County Daily News reported.

“I’m a vampire and I’ve been alive for over 500 years,” he told the the Galveston Police Department after being arrested.

The 19-year-old Lyle Monroe Bensley broke into the apartment of a woman he did not know wearing only boxer shorts and made his way to her bedroom. He reportedly made growling and hissing noises while biting and striking the woman in her bed.

He tried to drag the woman out of her apartment, but she escaped and contacted the police.

The tattoo-covered Bensley was arrested by police shortly after the incident. Police found him making shrieking and growling sounds in the apartment’s parking lot.

“He was begging us to restrain him because he didn’t want to kill us,” Galveston Officer Daniel Erickson said. “He said he needed to feed.”

Bensley has been charged with burglary with intent to commit assault. His bond was set at $40,000 and he is also being held for psychiatric observation.

The victim sustained minor injuries but refused treatment.

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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