PENNSYLVANIA - The Sun  - A mum of two has revealed she drinks people’s blood “vampire style” – sometimes guzzling nearly two litres a month.
Julia Caples, 45, has been sucking the blood of willing donors for more than 30 years.
She meets fellow vampire enthusiasts at a local occult and oddities store where she cuts them with a pagan-style knife before lapping up their blood.
She believes it keeps her young and vigorous, just like the ageless bloodsuckers from movies such as Twilight.
The blood-thirsty care worker claims there is a huge sub-culture of blood drinkers across the world. But she is trying to keep her strange hobby away from son Alexi, 11. And daughter Ariel, 24, hates her mum’s obsession – urging her to stop.
Julia, from Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, US, said: “When I feed off of a person and drink their blood I feel stronger and healthier.
“I know scientifically there’s not a lot of nutrition in blood, but maybe there’s some value we haven’t discovered yet.
“I feel more beautiful than any other time when I’m regularly drinking. “I’m also extremely healthy with no major health problems, and I have an abundance of energy all the time.  “At times I’ve drunk half-a-gallon a month.”
Julia’s fascination with blood began as a young girl, during her first kiss as a teenager, when she got the urge to bite her sweetheart.  She said: “It was my natural instinct and I liked the taste. I just got an urge and can’t really explain it. It’s never gone away.  “Needless to say though, he never kissed me again.” But Julia did not start drinking blood regularly until she met her now ex-husband Donald, 49.
Counsellor Donald and Julia got married in a vampire-themed wedding in October 2000 and even drank from each other to celebrate.