The First Vampire In History-Countess Elizabeth Bathory
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Who is Elizabeth Bathory?
We always hear and read about relentless, merciless and fearless male murderers, rapists, burglars and sadistic men etc, and the keyword here is MALES. But, we never hear or read such rare cases about ruthless or criminal females! Well, this story is not only about an ordinary female killer, it’s about the most ruthless women in history who killed, tortured and drank the blood of her victims! It’s about the first vampire in history!
Countess and Vampire of Transylvania 1560-1614: the most prolific female serial killer in history. It’s believed that the first version of Dracula was based on her life story where she committed the most horrible crimes of all times. She is a descendant of a high rank family in Hungary, and her father was a prominent man. Because of this prominence, the Bathory family adopted intermarriage scheme amongst the family members to preserve the fine blood and keep it in the family. So, due to this routine, unexpected problems occurred, sometimes on a higher level of hideous psychosis which produced finally our pretty lady, the sadistic vampire Elizabeth.
Elizabeth Bathory: Beauty and Cruelty!
She was a beautiful woman with pretty face and soon was engaged when she was 15 to Ferenc Nádasdy apparently for a political gain. He was an army leader who commanded wars against the Ottoman Empire. Her husband was always away a thing that gave her time and full control of their properties. She became the sole lady of the castle that was situated in a remote area in the central of what is known these days as Romania.
After the demise of her husband, her central attention was to maintain her youth and vitality especially she was aging quickly. Her sexual desires didn’t fade besides her ambition to seize the throne; she consulted her obedient alchemist to find out a solution to preserve her beauty and youth. Her alchemist recalled a far-fetched similar story about a legend where blood of young and virgin girls was used as a natural rejuvenator remedy to keep the person young and fresh. However, she viciously liked the idea and started to slaughter girls from the surrounding villages. And the good thing about her is that she supervised and ordered proper Christian burial rituals. But soon the pastor in charge of the ceremonies refused because the dead girls reached a suspicious number who “had died due to unknown reasons”. However, she threatened him in order keep the secret and she continued to bury the bodies until one of her victims escaped and reported the crimes to the local authorities. King Matyas of Hungary then order Elizabeth’s cousin, governor of the province to raid the castle which brought the genocide to an end eventually.
Story of her murders began by abducting young peasant girls where she used to torture them and kill them with the collaboration of her four servants. She didn’t only murder poor peasants, but she started slaughtering lesser nobility girls because she believed that the royal blood is more effective than the normal one. It’s always been said that she used to bathe in her victims’ blood believing that this will retain her youth and beauty! Finally, investigators found clues leading to her and later was arrested along with her accomplices. Her servants were executed immediately in a quick trial but as for her, daughter of a powerful family, she had been placed under house arrest for life till she died four years later in her confinement. This way, her family name will not be tarnished! Lastly, reports and witnesses reported that she murdered around 650 virgins. The bodies were found buried everywhere like in the nearby fields, in the silos around the castle and in the dungeons of the castle itself, not to mention the corpses thrown in the river.
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