Leona The Bloodthirster

rare old photos. history
photo credit: WP-dailysanctuary-com-2015-03-rare032

Leona the Bloodthirster, in a rare old photograph. She died in 1909 supposedly from drinking her own blood.
I posted this picture earlier today and another blogger, http://livelovelaughdotme2.com/ sent me to the website http://www.poetrycritical.net/read/65725/ where I found this prose – the history of her. I didn’t know it. I was just captivated by the picture and the possible story that might be there. The website at the bottom may be where it originated.

Ioana the Bloodthirster

Ioana Constantinescu

Died in the autumn of 1909
Cause of death: Ritual Suicide
by ‘purposeful ingesting of large quantities of her own blood’
Stated and concluded the official autopsy
and coroners reports
Timișoara, Romania Octombrie 23
She called it the ‘Communion of the Saints’

Twenty seven year old Ioana
was laid to rest in a private ceremony
attended only by Spenta Armaiti members
She was known to many throughout the township
of Timișoara, in western Romania
as a witch and an idolator
Many feared her
Many knew the stories of alleged hemo-ingestion
and unknown Strigoaică in the wood

She was conspired against
by two Christian ministers and their wives
To ‘drive out the devil from their midst’
and ‘cleanse the northern gods from among us’
Just before dawn, on Octombrie 21st
she was dragged from her home by an mob
and beaten near unto death
She spent the next two days drinking continually
from the Communion Glass

Both ministers and their wives were dead
before the end of the year


  1. Let’s see, religious bigots impute some ‘Satanic’ shadow over someone who probably did not subscribe to the ‘Orthodox-party-line’. So she is beaten to death and bleeds internally, (same thing is happening today in Russia, Georgia, etc to Christians who are not ‘mainstream’, non-catholics were burned at the stake as heretics during the inquisition) no mention of the beating in the autopsy, just the huge amounts of her blood inside her…..hmmm. “She must have drank it”..yeah that’s it…

    Since they ruled it a suicide..there must have been a suicide note..right? I don’t see one.

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    1. You are probably right. Is more gruesome that way and people are going to believe what they want to believe. Weirdly. This post has had more his than any other post I put up in the last 1 1/2 years and it comes from Google type searches from all over the world. I originally put it up as a fluke but people search out this story.


    1. You had made another comment about the “Christians” in the prose that I answered and then your comment and my reply disappeared! Maybe she reached out from death and snatched it away!

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      1. EEEEEE! Heebie Jeebie alert! Tried to find more about her but no luck. The autopsy report says she died from drinking large quantity of her blood. Shouldn’t there be a report of her injuries received from the mob who pulled her from her home and beat her nearly to death?

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        1. I’m not surprised there isn’t given the year. Records get burned and lost. I wonder what a “large quantity” is, and what is about blood that would have killed her?

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