Man uses silver dagger to 'kill' vampire mum A man in Transylvania plunged a silver dagger into the heart of his dead mother because he thought she was a vampire. Nicolae Mihut stabbed his own mum Anghelina through the heart the day before her funeral, according to reports from Romania. It's alleged a local priest in the village in Transylvania, original home of Count Dracula, told him his dead mother showed the signs of being a vampire. Nicoleae had earlier seen a cat jump over her coffin - a sign showing the transformation of the dead into the undead in Romanian folklore. He also saw that his mother's lips and cheeks were tinged blood red and fearing she was still alive, called the local priest. He told the grieving son she was a vampire - and Nicolae followed local custom to ensure his mother didn't become zombie-like vampire. Nicolae told Romania's Romnet press agency: "We know from our ancestors that when a soul doesn't leave the body of a dead person somebody has to stab that person with a silver knife in the chest or the stomach." He added: "When the knife pierced her heart we all heard a very long sigh and the body became rigid and very pale, unlike before. "It was terrifying but we had to do it. We were told that if we didn't release her soul she would have come back to haunt us or to even kill us."