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One of the defining characteristics of most vampires is that they are members of the undead. This chapter explores death and what happens afterwards. The process of dying and decaying is complicated, and not everyone goes about it in the same way. By looking at the chemical and biological processes that take place during and after death, clues can be found as to how people in the past may have misunderstood what was happening to their loved ones in the grave. There are many variables involved in how and at what rate a body decays. This chapter explains that unusual decomposition does not necessarily mean unnatural.

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