Tehran Vampire

Tehran Vampire

(pop culture)

There being few vampires in Islamic culture, the appearance of an individual known as the Tehran Vampire was unexpected. However, like most modern vampire criminals, Ali Reza Khoshruy Kuran Kordiyeh was similar to almost all of the contemporary Western vampire criminals, in that he was a serial killer. He differed in that he did not drink the blood of his victims because he killed them by staking them.

The twenty-eight-year-old Kordiyeh worked as a taxi driver and in the evenings cruised West Tehran where he picked up young women. He began his killing spree in March 1997 and before he was caught a few months later he had killed no less than nine people, including one mother and her nine-year-old daughter. He raped his victims and then killed and staked them. He generally tried to dispose of the bodies by burning them (not a functional solution, as burning bodies is a difficult process). He was finally caught when identified from sketches generated by two women who escaped him. The discovery of incriminating blood stains in his taxi led to his confession.

In an unusual breach of policy, Iranian officials leaked the time and place of Kordiyeh’s execution on August 13, 1997. Not only were the relatives of the victims on hand, but a crowd of over 10,000 gathered. While the crowd shouted insults, the relatives were allowed to deliver their share of the 214 lashes to which he had been sentenced. Afterward he was hung.


Valinejad, Adshin. “Iran Flogs, Hangs Serial Killer Known as ‘The Vampire.’” USA Today (August 14, 1997): 11A.

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Finally Kordieh, 28, dubbed the Tehran Vampire for raping and killing nine women and girls aged 10 to 47, was slowly hanged from a crane to make his death long and lingering.