A 23-year-old man from Turkey not only dubs himself a real-life vampire, but believes he is addicted to blood.
He claims his addiction is making him attack others, and he is under investigation for repeated stabbings committed during times of "starvation."
According to doctors' accounts, the unidentified man began by drinking his own blood, obtained by cutting his arms, chest and belly. He would pour the blood into a cup and sip from it, experiencing urgency in consuming it.
He describes his obsessive need "as urgent as breathing," Live Science
reports. He has also obtained blood from dedicated banks, with the help of his father.
Authorities started looking into the vampire's behavior when he began stabbing people and attempting to bite them, in a bid to drink their blood.
Witnesses have described seeing him talk to himself, and he has confessed to having an "imaginary companion" who allegedly controled his actions, telling him to inflict bodily harm on himself and others.
Examinations by doctors revealed that he didn't remember anything from the time of the incidents, prompting a dissociative identity disorder diagnosis. He is the first patient in history displaying both dissociative identity and "vampirism."
"Possibly due to 'switching' to another personality state, he was losing track during the 'bloody' events, did not care who the victim was anymore, and remained amnesic to this part of his act," the report reads.
A diagnosis also revealed that the vampire suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), chronic depression and alcohol abuse.
He lost his 4-month-old daughter to an illness before feeling the need to drink blood. He was also a witness to two murders, one of them being that of his uncle.
His mother was abusive during his childhood, and he has no memories of a 6-year period that started when he was 5 years old.