Mirror – Mum-of-two Julia Caples is a real-life vampire – who drinks almost two litres of blood a month from willing human donors. The 45-year-old has been sucking blood for over 30 years while bringing up her two children, Alexi, 11 and Ariel, 24. Care-worker Julia ‘hunts’ for willing ‘donors’ -fellow vampire fans willing to let Julia drink from them -at her local occult and oddities store. During drinking sessions at her Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania home, Julia carefully cuts them with a pagan-like sterilised knife she designed herself. She believes that guzzling down the the lifeblood from others keeps her feeling young and vigorous -just like ageless vampires from cult movies. “When I feed off of a person and drink their blood I feel stronger and healthier,” she said. “I know scientifically there’s not a lot nutrition in blood, but maybe there’s some value we haven’t discovered yet. “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. “At times I’ve drunk half-a-gallon a month.” Her fascination with blood began as a young girl, during her first kiss as a teenager, when she got the urge to bite her sweetheart with disastrous consequences. “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 says she and goth friends did it occasionally through her teens, but it wasn’t until Julia met ex-husband Donald, 49, that she started drinking regularly. Counsellor Donald, who’s still good friends with Julia and shares parenting duties, got married in a vampire-themed wedding in October 2000 and even drank from each other to celebrate. “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.” Despite his mum’s efforts to keep her lifestyle secret from him, Alexi is beginning to suspect his mum’s ghoulish ways. “We have all these decorations at home like coffins and dolls. I’m starting to think she’s a vampire,” he said.
I can kinda get down with this Julia Caples. Sounds like she’s just coping with a standard, good old fashioned drinking problem. “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.” Sounds just like the rest of us, no? “KFC still likes to drink, but he’s never let it stop him from doing his job.” That was always my rule. Get shitfaced as much as you want but never miss class or miss work because of it. Didn’t care if I was shaking and puking and barely alive. Just make sure my drinking didn’t get in the way of handling my business. Only difference here is I was talking about drinking Bud lights and the occasional shot of vodka, not liters upon liters of human blood. I also never required volunteers who were willing to let me slit them open to suck on them. But the same principles still apply.
Its only a drinking problem if it affects your every day life. And unless you consider living inside coffins and decorating your house with skulls and having vampire weddings as your every day life, I suggest you lay off Julia Caples.