Friday, October 28, 2016

Flashback Friday: Vampires, Politics and Mimi Miyagi

Where does the time go?

Continuing the retrospective view of On The The Other Side of the Eye, ten years ago in October, one of the fun posts I covered was the Creature Feature Series, including a look at "Vampires. Sort of." So in a "Where Are They Now," here's a quick run-down on where some of the colorful people from that article have gone since:

Sharkey "The Impaler" announced an intention to run for President in 2020. While he ran into a bunch of legal troubles from 2006 on that ended his run for Governor of Minnesota, given the way this year's results, he may well make an interesting case for President if he plays his cards right. He'd be 56 years old, and make about as much sense as any other candidate we seem to insist on fielding.

Mimi Miyagi didn't get elected governor back in 2006, having been defeated in the Republican primaries by Jim Gibbons, who went on to win the seat in 2007. She joined the Libertarian Party afterwards. In 2011, Complex magazine ranked her at #12 in their list of “The Top 50 Hottest Asian Porn Stars of All Time.” Which isn't quite on the same level as "Governor Miyagi," but at least she made a good faith effort to get involved in the democratic process. 

Strangely, there are still no details about the mysterious vampire pig of Soc Trang. Jean Gralley hasn't done a follow-up to Hogula, Dread Pig of Night.

The Cambodian "vampire" Pheach Phen's 1999 case was discussed briefly in 2009 at Infectious Bite | Revenant. As they note: "A Cambodian man" who was "accused of killing people and drinking their blood in the belief it would cure him of AIDS" was arrested and accused of murder. "Described as a 'vampire' by local villagers, Pheach Phen, 20, was arrested ...after allegedly killing a 5-year-old boy...The suspect allegedly slashed the boy with a machete and then sucked his blood, according to the report...Pheach Phen, who is HIV positive, told police that a traditional healer convinced him" that "he could halt the onset of AIDS and prolong his own life if he killed people and drank their blood."  However, there don't seem to be many other articles discussing the matter since.

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