Ceausescu, a dictator who ruled the nation before the people revolted and instituted democracy during the fall of the Iron Curtain. The palace, now home to the parliament but then ironically called "The People's Palace," is the second largest building in the world behind The Pentagon. In the 1980s, Ceausescu demolished hundreds of homes--an entire suburban sprall--to build the palace and the Champs-Elysee-style boulevard B-dul Unirii while spending 40% of his country's GDP on the palace's spectacular marbled, crystaled, carpeted, woodcarved opulence.
Father Deheleanu used holy water, a crucifix and said a set of prayers to exorcise the spirits.
Chelmu said: "After a wall fell on top of ministry advisor Teodor Craciun, I decided enough was enough.
"We tried to work out why we were so unlucky, and realised no priest had stepped foot in this ministry for years - and the last government had not had a particularly close relationship with God."
'His own sister complained that her daughter-in-law had fallen ill and that Petre was to blame - she said he had become a strigoi and something must be done,' recalls Marinescu.
What six local men did was enact an ancient Romanian ritual for dealing with a strigoi - a restless spirit that returns to suck the lifeblood from his relatives. Just before midnight, they crept into the cemetery on the edge of the village and gathered around Toma's grave.
Then they dug him up, split his ribcage with a pitchfork, removed his heart, put stakes through the rest of his body and sprinkled it with garlic. Then they burnt the heart, put the embers in water and shared the grim cocktail with the sick woman. More than a year later, the effect of the macabre ritual still reverberates through the village: 'Well, the sick woman got better again, so they must have done something right,' says Anisoara Constantin, on what constitutes the village's main street.
Link (via Sploid). Ghosts or no ghosts, I certainly enjoyed Romania and its citizens, and I don't blame them for their quirky ways. If your country's two most famous leaders were Ceausescu and Vlad the Impaler, you just might believe in monsters too.