INTRODUCTION: United States soldiers based in the small West German town of Kitzingen believe they have found the grave of the most famous of all vampires, Count Dracula.
GV Dracula's castle. (MUTE)
SV PAN Castle walls. (MUTE)
CU Detail on castle wall. (MUTE)
SV PANS TO GV Castle courtyard. (MUTE)
GV Road with sign "Kitzingen".
CU Sign Kitzingen.
GV Town. (2 SHOTS)
GV & PAN OF Military base.
CU Marshall Heights sign.
GVs Housing area and traffic (with cemetery in background.) (2 SHOTS)
GVs Cemetery. (2 SHOTS)
CU Headstone. (2 SHOTS)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: United States soldiers based in the small West German town of Kitzingen believe they have found the grave of the most famous of all vampires, Count Dracula. To date, the final resting place of the real-life Transylvanian prince has been disputed...but now a tomb near the U.S. Army Marshall Heights Base at Kitzingen has emerged as the latest contender.
Just what happened to the infamous Count Dracula has been the subject of conjecture for some time. His castle in Southern Transylvania has always been a popular spot for the tourists ... but whether his body is buried is open to question. Dracula .. whose real name was Vlad Tepes ... was killed by the Turks in 1456 in a battle not far from the castle.
It now seems possible that his body ended up here ..in the small West German town of Kitzingen.
It might look a far cry from the castle in Transylvania ...but members of the U.S. Forces based in the town are now claiming that a tomb at Kitzingen's Alter Friedhof Cemetery is in fact that of Vlad Tepes - Count Dracula.
The cemetery is located in the middle of the town ... and the servicemen believe that an unusual tomb there is in fact Dracula's final resting place. Even though there's been no official confirmation of their 'discovery' the sale of garlic - traditionally proof against vampires - in Kitzingen is reported to have increase by astronomic proportions. Originally it was thought Dracula's body, decapitated by the Turks, was buried at the castle. So far archaeologists have found only the outline of a skeleton ... a skeleton with a head.