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So-Called Vampire Jailed For Threatening Bush, Court Official

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ALTAMONT, Tenn. - One of Middle Tennessee's newest residents is a man of many titles.

Jonathon Sharkey said he's a presidential candidate, a former wrestler and a vampire.

He is in jail, charged with threatening the president and a court official.

Sharkey faces felony charges in Minnesota and Indiana.

Neighbors said he showed up in Tennessee this summer. Since that time, he's left a lasting impression.

He made a name for himself on the Internet where he claims to be the imperial king of vampires.

In July, he moved from Minnesota to Grundy County, Tenn. Altamont is about 100 miles southeast of Nashville.

Neighbors knew nothing about his checkered past.

"Just average Joe type," said neighbor Don Kamtman about Sharkey. "You know, just nice, very polite. Never said a cuss word or anything."

When word spread that Sharkey wanted to turn a plot of land into a commune for fellow vampires, Kamtman knew trouble was brewing.

"These people up here are very religious, you know," he said. "And they don't want change and vampires they don't need."

On Saturday, local law enforcement arrested Sharkey for felony warrants in Minnesota and Indiana.

The charges include making threats against President Bush and an Indiana judge.

Grundy County Sheriff's investigators may never know why Sharkey moved into their county.  But with the information they've gathered so far, they've come to at least one conclusion.

"In my 18 years on top of the mountain this is one of the most bizarre cases that we've dealt with," said Grundy County Chief Deputy Lonnie Cleek.

When investigators arrested Sharkey they confiscated two rifles and this wooden stake with steel spikes.

For neighbors, "it's just been kind of a mess and we're caught in the middle," Kamtman said.

"You know we sold the place to him and it's just causing more trouble for me and my neighbors. And I wish I hadn't sold it to him now," he said.

Kamtman can't turn back time. He's keeping his faith in the legal system.

Because of overcrowding at the county jail, Sharkey is being held in the Marion County Jail.

He faces possible extradition to deal with his felony charges in Minnesota. While in jail, someone set fire to a piece of Sharkey's property. Grundy County investigators said so far they have no suspects in the case.

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