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Clothing Store[edit]

VampireFreaks hosts an alternative online store that sells goth and alternative clothing.[4]

VampireFreaks had a clothing store, named after the site, located in New York City. The store sold similar products to the current website, and was also a social gathering place. The store closed in 2011 after being open for over three years.


VampireFreaks hosts a wide number of events, mainly in the New York City area. Information of these events can be found on the website. Some of the most infamous of these events would be 'Cybertron', a gothic-industrial clubnight in NYC, and the 'Triton Festival', a music festival that has attracted gothic-industrial bands from around the world. In addition VampireFreaks hosts the dark-alternative convention 'Dark Side Of The Con', which is a 3-day dark alternative convention held in New Jersey. [5] [6]


VampireFreaks, much like other social network sites MySpace and Facebook, has been potentially linked to several crimes:

  • Kimveer Gill, the perpetrator of the Dawson College Shooting, maintained an account on the website.
  • A triple homicide in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada. In 2005, a 12-year-old girl and her 23-year-old boyfriend, whom she communicated with on, were charged in the murders.[7]
  • Two Toronto men were charged with carrying out the bidding of a woman they met on the site by stabbing a 12-year-old boy 73 times, killing him, and drinking his blood[when?][8]
  • The site has been linked to a church arson in Manitoba and the rape of two underage women in New York City[when?][9] and Texas.[10]
  • In Australia, in 2007, a 47-year-old man and his 17-year-old son from Victoria were accused of using to create fictitious characters to meet under-aged women. On January 21, 2010, the man was found guilty of the murder of Carly Ryan, a schoolgirl he had groomed via MySpace.[11]
  • In December 2007, in California, a 13-year-old girl posing as an adult met with a 23-year-old man on When it was found out they met in real life, he was arrested and found with photos of them kissing. The jury had reasonable doubt however, and the man was found not guilty on two of the charges.[12]

Jet has responded to some of this controversy, saying that the website does not influence its users to commit crimes and that "The goth scene is a very friendly, nurturing, non-violent community and we are very supportive of our users and do not condone any illegal activities" [13][14]


  1. ^ "History Of". 2008-10-25. Retrieved 2010-10-13.
  2. ^ "History Of".
  3. ^ "Gothic Industrial Culture". Retrieved 2010-10-13.
  4. ^ "VampireFreaks Clothing Store".
  5. ^ "VampireFreaks Triton Festival".
  6. ^ "Dark Side Of the Con".
  7. ^ Hate-Filled VampireFreaks website linked to several crimes, from The Vancouver Sun
  8. ^ {{cite web|url= users say site breeds love] from [[]|author=|date=|publisher=|accessdate=23 August 2018}}
  9. ^ "Hate-Filled VampireFreaks website linked to several crimes". 2006-09-15. Retrieved 2010-10-13.
  10. ^ "Police: Vampire freaks site leads to sex assault - Houston - Texas News - Texas Cable News - - News for Texas". 24 June 2008. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  11. ^ "Man found guilty of murdering Carly Ryan - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)". Retrieved 2010-10-13.
  12. ^ R. Scott Moxley (2010-03-04). "When Is It Not a Crime for an Adult to Hook Up With a Seventh-Grader? - Page 2 - News - Orange County". OC Weekly. Retrieved 2010-10-13.
  13. ^ Angel of death's web warnings, from The Sydney Morning Herald
  14. ^ "Vampirefreaks community reacts - The Trench Reynolds Report". 15 September 2006. Retrieved 23 August 2018.

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