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Book Review: American Vampires: Their True Bloody History From New York To California by Dr. Bob Curran

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American Vampires: Their True Bloody History From New York To California by Dr. Bob Curran comes hot off the press just in time for Halloween. Dr. Curran documents vampire fright throughout many parts of the United States, including Tennessee, North Carolina, Louisiana, Vermont, New York, Arizona, California and Wyoming, to mention just a few of the places covered.

According to Curran, vampires come in all shapes and sizes, from a melon-head child to a well in the ground. Some vampires drink blood while others sap energy from the body. Not all vampires are wealthy, like the Count Dracula. Many are poor and working class.

Some are part of the wandering dead who prowl the earth for many years. Dr. Curran even tells tales of man-eating trees, which have come up over the centuries through popular folklore.

After a period in the cold earth, they arise and raise havoc for the living, which include their families and friends. In parts of the world, vampirism has been linked to witchcraft.

The classic ways to destroy a vampire include driving a stake through the heart, as well as burning the corpse. Sometimes, invading the coffin yields a lifeless corpse with dried blood protruding from the mouth. In addition, gases build up in the body after death. The body has a bloated appearance oftentimes.

According to Romanian lore, there were specific procedures for disposing of a corpse. The head was to be decapitated. The mouth was stuffed with garlic and the heart had to be surgically removed and burned.

Dr. Curran documents specific incidents of haunting throughout the book. For instance, the Hampton Plantation, founded by a French Huguenot, is said to have hauntings on the property. The ghost of John Henry Routledge roams the property. He committed suicide after being spurned in love.

Dr. Curran has done a considerable amount of research and fact-checking to provide readers with a splendid sequence of vampire stories just in time for Halloween!

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I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.