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2 RI teens who visited 1892 grave of rumored vampire die in car crash on Purgatory Road
EXETER, R.I. (AP) ' Rhode Island State Police say two girls who visited the grave of a 19th-century teen rumored to have been a vampire were killed after their car missed a turn on Purgatory Road and rolled over.
Capt. Darren Delaney says the Warwick teens were leaving Chestnut Hill Cemetery in Exeter on Wednesday night after visiting the 1892 grave of Mercy Brown. He says they decided to drive down the "dark, windy road" because they thought it looked "haunted."
Lt. Kevin Hawkins says the driver tried to navigate a turn on the unfamiliar road, but swerved and rolled over. Two other girls survived the crash.
Brown's grave is a popular destination for teens, especially as Halloween approaches. Her story is considered by some to be the inspiration for Bram Stoker's 1897 "Dracula."