"Vampire" mom Julia Caples says she has been drinking human blood from donors on a regular basis for years, consuming nearly two liters a month at times.
In an interview with The Sun, the 45-year-old mother of two from Wilkes-Barre, Pa., admitted to attending meetings with fellow vampire enthusiasts at a local occult and oddities store. Using a pagan-style knife, she cut open a willing participant and lapped up their blood
at the store.
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Caples said the morbid obsession helps keep her young and vigorous.
"When I feed off of a person and drink their blood I feel stronger and healthier, Caples told The Sun.
"I know scientifically there’s not a lot of nutrition in blood, but maybe there’s some value we haven’t discovered yet," Caples added. "I feel more beautiful than any other time when I’m regularly drinking. I’m also extremely healthy with no major health problems, and I have an abundance of energy all the time."
Steven Gruenstein, a Hematologist from New York's Mount Sinai Hospital, said blood does have some nutritional value.
"Blood does contain chemicals like salt, iron, protein, and people might be driven to drink it because of a deficiency of iron or some other chemical," he said.
Caples claims to drink as much as half of a gallon a month.
Though she is a proud vampire enthusiast, Caples said she keeps her children, Alexi, 11, and Ariel, 24, away from her blood-lust fascination.
Caples' ex-husband Donald, a counselor, said Caples is committed to her children.
"Julia still likes to drink, but she’s also an amazing mother, and her children come first. She’d never let it stop her mothering her kids," he said. "I gave up, so Julia didn’t have to. We agreed that one of us would need to stop and focus on parenting full time."
Despite attempting to keep her blood-drinking obsession away from her kids, Caples' 11-year-old son is aware of her behavior.
"We have all these decorations at home like coffins and dolls," Alexi said. "I’m starting to think she’s a vampire."
Meanwhile, Ariel expressed concern that her mother's blood sucking could pose a health risk.
"I think she runs a lot of health risks. I worry she might get a disease from someone through the blood," Ariel added.
According to Caples, all participants in the blood-drinking escapades, "get blood tests to make sure that they’re not carrying any blood-borne diseases like AIDS or HIV."
Gruenstein warned that blood still contains "hepatitis and other viral and bacterial illnesses" that create "an unnecessary danger" if someone drinks it.
Julia’s fascination with blood began when she was a teenager. During her first kiss, she got the urge to bite her sweetheart and acted on impulse, The Sun reported.
"It was my natural instinct and I liked the taste," she said. "I just got an urge and can’t really explain it. It’s never gone away.
"Needless to say though, he never kissed me again," she added.
The vampire mom did not start drinking blood on a regular basis until she met her former husband Donald.
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