The arrest of a man who broke into a woman’s house and tried to suck her blood over the weekend has sparked discussion about the impact of vampire books and movies on youth culture. He dragged the woman out of the apartment but she broke free and ran away.
Whether pop culture played a role in the attack remains to be seen, as 19-year-old Lyle Monroe Bensley awaits a psychiatric evaluation in jail on burglary charges in Galveston, Texas.
Found growling and hissing in a parking lot and wearing only boxer shorts, the pierced and tattooed Bensley claimed he was a 500-year-old vampire who needed to “feed,” Galveston Police Capt. Jeff Heyse said. He managed to climb two fences before he was arrested, and yelled that he "didn't want to have to feed on humans", Captain Heyse told reporters.
Vampires have been a focal point of literature since Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel, “Dracula”. But fascination, has peaked in recent years with the popularity of the “Twilight” books about teenage vampires and the television series, “True Blood.”
All I can say is that this kid is no Tom Cruise or Brad Pitt. (Interview with the Vampire) That's for the young ones who don't know that vampires existed in the 90's as well!