The last known instance of residents of Rhode Island exhuming a body to perform a bizarre ritual in an attempt to kill a vampire took place in 1892. Tuberculosis struck the family of George and Mary Brown from Exeter, Rhode Island. It was believed that this was caused by the undead so they, along with the townsfolk, decided to exhume the bodies of two family members who had already died from the disease. These family members showed regular decomposition and were then re-buried. Next, they exhumed the body of their 19-year-old daughter, Mercy; she showed absolutely no signs of decomposition. The family took this as a sign that Mercy was undead and that she was a vampire. They removed her heart, burnt it, and then mixed the ashes with water for her brother, Edwin, who was sick, to drink. It was believed that if the sick victim were to consume the heart of a vampire then they would be cured. Unsurprisingly, Edwin died two months later. Mercy’s grave stands in Chestnutt Hill Cemetery.


Cher Ami was awarded the French palm for heroic service

Mocker was awarded the Distinguished service Cross and the French Croix de Guerre Medal. 

Commando the Dickin Medal (the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross)

Paddy was awarded the Dickin Medal 

William of Orange was awarded the 21st Dickin Medal 

Mary of Exeter was awarded the Dickin Medal

Remember them and remember what they did for us.

anonymous asked:

I'm sorry if this is annoying but could you tell us more about that pigeon story you have with Mary and Dolly?

its based on the story of mary of exeter, a carrier pigeon awarded the dickin medal from WW2 who among other things:

  • got attacked by german hawks (required 22 stitches)
  • was shot (lost the tip of her wing)
  • hit by shrapnel (tore neck muscles and needed a brace)
  • had her loft bombed, unscathed 

and survived all of it. i dont have much of the story details thought out well, but dolly is her girlfriend and a hawk she’s a soviet spy