The First Vampire In History-Countess Elizabeth Bathory

Who is Elizabeth Bathory?

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.

The only portrait of Elizabeth Bathory
The only portrait of Elizabeth Bathory

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.

The End

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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erika evans 3 years ago

i bealive in vampiers but i do not bealive they r emmortal there are so many fact to prove it plz do ur history ppl iv read book studied it online my lil sis was tarfied so i tried to prove that they weren't really and became interested in the subject blood does give u youth but does not make u emmortal there was a women who drank blood every day and lived to be a 143 years old and died of a heart attack bealive it or don't ur choice but do ur history

jovel jabagat beranio 4 years ago

it's unbelievable.

serena 4 years ago

It was awesome and want to read more about countess. It my wish to meet real vampire if possible.........

jerny 4 years ago

i want but to be strong :D

its good to be like her but no a killer...

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lauriane 4 years ago

it is terrifique

Emily 4 years ago

I want to be like her!

jen 4 years ago

you're right, it's not fact, it's complete fiction. Whoever posted this should read a history book once in a while; join the real world.

vidisha 4 years ago


Areeb Q Ahmed 4 years ago

I wanna b a real vampire.

SanA 4 years ago

I really lov 2 read such things, and while readng i thougt as if evrytngs going in my frnt. i wish i could meet a vampire. tis is my nly wish!!!

vampiregirl1999 4 years ago

do u guys ever want to meet a vampire in real life!!!!

claude125 4 years ago

that scared the crap out of me jk lol it was stupid/gay

Neel 4 years ago

Wow i believe in vampires

they r interesting

fexdefc 4 years ago

good one

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Stephen 4 years ago

Very nice, story. Thank you. However since I remember her since she was only two years old and she was also a very sweet and loving child. The truth is it all began with her Sister-in-law Luonna. I should know. I was born 08/30/1312 in the city of Luka.

lil evil 4 years ago

First of all, her bathing in blood is not a solid fact. Yes she was insane, but she did kill 2 keep her youth. She was a sick person and she will not be missed.

aron 4 years ago

i read book regarding elizabeth but you notbdefined the fact of the vampire i need how she be vampire

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Stormy 5 years ago

Although, Bathory did NOT in anyway start killing for youth. The first signs of her criminally insane nature starting peaked at about age 13...way before the thoughts of preserving youth even crossed her mind. Therefore this whole vampire ploy is kind of silly. She was also severely inbred, despite her attractiveneess. Basically, she was just fuuuuucked up. But the lore adds some mystical fun, I suppose.

MonsterKhaos 5 years ago

If you realy want to find vampires , there are a lot of them in my next article Vampires are bats whose food source is blood, a dietary trait called hematophagy. There are three bat species that feed solely on blood: the Common Vampire Bat (Desmodus rotundus), the Hairy-legged Vampire Bat (Diphylla ecaudata), and the White-winged Vampire Bat (Diaemus youngi). All three species are native to the Americas, ranging from Mexico to Brazil, Chile, and Argentina

Crystal 5 years ago

I really, really need to know who the portrait was painted or drawn by, and also the picture of her in the bath, who was that by alos?

Lighninglady 5 years ago

..tsk i don't expect that the first vampire is a Woman and that is Elizabeth wohoho,.,i want to read some real stories about vampire.,., because i want to met some day a real vampire so i can fight him/her when they starting to attack me

dhilip 5 years ago

i don't read sories like is horrible and interesting.thanks for the information.

naskarshabeer 5 years ago

any one tell me is vampire truly exist in this word if its true then where they are i am so attracted towards vampire and i want to meet them if it possible

Wey 5 years ago

Urgh...the statue in the tub is surprisingly beautiful.

But anyway, perhaps Bram Stoker(spl?) merely took her qualities and combined them with Vlad the Impaler to create the Dracula character.Both of them lived around the same time(?) and guessed it,Translyvania

Dahniel 5 years ago

thanks lots of info

arihant 5 years ago

those who make fun of the vampire creed will have to pay fr it in blood

heidi 6 years ago

are there still real vampires????and were can you find them??

forsho. 6 years ago

there IS a movie really.

not about her life, but it's simliar.

'Stay Alive'

sabrina lopez 6 years ago

wow but how did vampires get the fangs? and ''rose from the dead '' or became immortal? that's something i don't get

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brandyBachmann 6 years ago

she sure is creepy and scary. i like your hub shamelabboush.

she's sort-of the counterpart of Hannibal Lecter.

Fushia...? 6 years ago

Why thank you queen of blood! (btw a metaphor compares 2 unlike things NOT using like or as)

queen of blood 6 years ago

that was a beautiful history lesson :)

Fushia...? 6 years ago

We'll do what rich people do! We'll bathe! And eat half of our weight in...chocolate buttons! And learn to play the concertina!

als1234 6 years ago

there is a movie based on the story, it's the horro movie Stay Alive. It's about a group of teens who play a video game about her and then experience the real thing.

elle marie 6 years ago

GRUESOME! But tnx for the information.

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shamelabboush 7 years ago Author

Thank you blaise25 for reading :)

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blaise25 7 years ago from close to you...

very cruel and wicked! but her story is really interesting..vampire related hubs, i like 'em ;p

you put all the important details in there shamelabboush. thanks for sharing! fantastic!

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shamelabboush 7 years ago Author

But it's true aimi.

aimi 7 years ago

don't know what 2 say..but this is kind of's hard 2 believe.

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shamelabboush 7 years ago Author

Thank you chrissie123. She's a nloddy vamp.

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chrissie123 7 years ago

Her story is one of my favs!!! She was a vampire for sure! Her story is very interesting I didn't know her family was insest, but makes since for the time period.

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shamelabboush 7 years ago Author

Thanks for reading heyju.

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heyju 7 years ago

Good Hub Shame, I've read about this vicious lady. She was truly demented. Thanks for a good read.

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shamelabboush 7 years ago Author

I know Pachuca213, that's why I chose to write a small hub about her. She is sadistic. And good for you that you read the book as you said...

Pachuca213 7 years ago

I got halfway through the book "The Blood Countess"...It is quite disturbing and very very perverse. I had to stop reading it for it bothered me so very much...she was indeed a very disturbed woman. And even at a young age witnessing her two sisters being murdered couldn't have helped her mental state either...very very sad but sickening life.

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shamelabboush 7 years ago Author

Cris, my friend! Its been a while! Yes, you can say you will see more horrifying hubs lol :) Thanks Cris, appreciate it.

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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines


this is waaaay cool. i like stories that arouse interest as well as the hair on my skin! creepy and well told! thanks for sharing. can we expect more hubs like this? I hope so! :D

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shamelabboush 7 years ago Author

Great fierycj, thanks dude :)

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fierycj 7 years ago from The Fiery Heart of Africa

Hey people, I've already written and finished the screenplay - The Blood Countess. @shame - brilliant stuff!

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shamelabboush 7 years ago Author

Hi sneakorocksolid and thanks...

Thank you Davis.

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shamelabboush 7 years ago Author

Thanks cjcarter.

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shamelabboush 7 years ago Author

Hi Paradise7, I ran over her story on the net and it got me caught in the details... It's fantastic and horrible...

davis 7 years ago

good information,new this first time.

sneakorocksolid 7 years ago

Great job! I had heard of her but not in this detail.

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cjcarter 7 years ago

Extremely interesting hub! I had not heard about her before.

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Paradise7 7 years ago from Upstate New York

Wow, what a gruesome story! Well written, I enjoyed reading it, shamelabboush. Gave me chills! Didn't pay to be a virgin, not even back then, eh? That picture, though, that really got me. Wow, where'd you find it? I never heard of the Countess Bathory before, either, so this was informative as well as interesting. Thanks again!

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shamelabboush 7 years ago Author

For sure emievil, vampire stories originated from this city.. Thanks for your comment.

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shamelabboush 7 years ago Author

dear R.G. San Ramon, thanks for the insightfulness. I haven't really tried to sell anything thru my hubs but I might give it a shot... Appreciate your advice.

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shamelabboush 7 years ago Author

Oh, that's so nice Pachuca213, let me know of your view later ok! Thanks...

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shamelabboush 7 years ago Author

Hi angelsblood , maercy on me please :) Great to see you here.

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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines

Very interesting story. Thanks for featuring it. Wonder if this is why a lot of stories say vampires came from Transylvania.

R.G. San Ramon 7 years ago

@Pachuca213 OIC. But some people would probably want to buy some books about it. :)

Pachuca213 7 years ago

I didn't buy the book RG San Ramon- I ordered it from the public library...but he sold me on the interest in the story.

R.G. San Ramon 7 years ago

Ei shamelabboush, I think you should try to incorporate some amazon products in this page. Pachuca213 is a good proof that you can sell. ^_~

Pachuca213 7 years ago

Shamel- I ordered a book about her...thank you for the insight!

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angelsblood 7 years ago

your welcome ;)

what can I say? I like Vampires ^-^

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shamelabboush 7 years ago Author

thanks angelsblood, will check that later

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shamelabboush 7 years ago Author

it is indeed kephrira

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angelsblood 7 years ago

actually someone beat her and Vlad the Impaler,going all the way back to the fifth or sixth century

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mommacyr 7 years ago

Enjoyed reading this. Thanks!

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kephrira 7 years ago from Birmingham

horiffic but fascinating story, I enjoyed reading it.

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shamelabboush 7 years ago Author

Thank you, you're so sweet :)

Pachuca213 7 years ago

Oh why thank you...I have to admit I enjoy an intelligent conversation as well. Thank you!

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shamelabboush 7 years ago Author

No Pachuca don't be sorry! I highly respect your mind and way of thinking... It's just interesting to discuss serious matters with someone intelligent like you :)

Pachuca213 7 years ago

Oh, I am sorry. I didn't mean for it to be a debate, I just was going by what you had said. I just know I learned that when you do marry in your family a lot of times it can turn out badly (genetically)....=)

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shamelabboush 7 years ago Author

Correct, and that kind of marriage had occurred thousands of years ago since the times of ancient Egyptians where royalties used to keep IT in the family! Pharoas used to marry their sisters believing that their blood is blue. According to this, we've never heard of such a hideos mentality like our beloved countess! And, intermarriage among her family was based on cousins only not brother-and-sister relations... Anyhow, many factors played major roles to produce this human being as a peerless female. Glad to have this debate with you Pachuca213 :)

Pachuca213 7 years ago

You quoted:

"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"

That would explain the messed up mentality since she was obviously the product of inbreeding, royal or not it is still the same.

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shamelabboush 7 years ago Author

She is all what you mentioned except the Chromosones thing. She comes from a royal family and she received good education. The thing that twisted her mind was her servants for they were all evil. I suggest you expand your reading about her. She is such a worth of reading phenomenon.

Pachuca213 7 years ago

definitely a psychotic girl...but that's what you get when you inbreed within the family and the chromosones are too closely linked...either deformaties,mental retardation or mental psychosis...

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shamelabboush 7 years ago Author

Hi Pachuca213, a movie is great idea, though the first vampire script was based on her life story! That chick was something really!

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shamelabboush 7 years ago Author

Dear dohn121, this is very thoughtful of you, but I can't think of writing a book about her when we have such great writers on HubPages specially you. I'd be so honoured to ask you personally to go a head and write about her. On the other hand, a book or a lengthy hub or even a blog would be a hit. Thanks for the gentle gesture :)

Pachuca213 7 years ago

I agree with Dohn121...someone should write a book or make a movie about this chick!

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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

This is my first time hearing of the Countess Elizabeth Bathory. Would you consider writing a screenplay or a book about her? I bet it'll do very well! Please let me know!

Pachuca213 7 years ago

Ahh you are too sweet...

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shamelabboush 7 years ago Author

Hey CabinGirl, Thanks... :)

CabinGirl 7 years ago

Bloody great hub that I really got my teeth into !

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shamelabboush 7 years ago Author

Hello JJ, of course I missed you. Welcome back and thanks for stopping by...

Pachuca213 7 years ago

well not only does this sound like the first "vampira" tale it also sounds like that's where the stories of the "wicked queen" who wants to be the fairest in the land came from perhaps...(ex; snow white)=) Good hub. I love history even if it may be gruesome, we still should know about it!

By the way- I was only gone for a bit, and now I am back. Glad to see you missed me!-JJ

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shamelabboush 7 years ago Author

Hi Peggy W, I've never been there but visiting this place would send me the chilles for sure. Thanks for coming by.

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Peggy W 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi shamelabboush,

I had read about her but had forgotten some of the details. Very deranged person! have been there to visit the castle? I agree that this would certainly be a place for lingering ghosts! Good hub about a very interesting (if gruesome) subject.

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shamelabboush 7 years ago Author

Welcome Somesh. It is gruesome...

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Somesh Dutt 7 years ago from India

Its really gruesome. Surprisingly I read about her the first time. Thanks for the info.

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shamelabboush 7 years ago Author

Oh, thanks for the advise dear Deltachord, will do it :) Thanks.

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Deltachord 7 years ago from United States

I had already heard about her, but a lot of people haven't. Gruesome woman.

Bit of friendly advice: Breaking up your articles into a few more paragraphs will look better and read easier.

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shamelabboush 7 years ago Author

Onusonus, I don't know about her father but great stuff! A freak family they are! Thanks.

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shamelabboush 7 years ago Author

RKHenry, you've always been a good reader, thanks so much. And, I support you in the ghost thing, it's weird out there, creepy...

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shamelabboush 7 years ago Author

Thanks dear IntimatEvolution, appreciate your comment.

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Onusonus 7 years ago from washington

I believe that she was preceded by her monsterous great grandfather Vlad the impailer to whom Bram Stoker modled Dracula after.

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RKHenry 7 years ago from Your neighborhood museum

I followed IE here, and boy am I glad I did. I had heard of this women before. Not to long ago, the TV show TAPS did a haunting sighting at her castle's ruins. Of course they didn't see anything. But you'd think that if this would be the one place in the world, ghosts would be found lingering in the mist. Great stuff Shame! I dig your writing stuff.

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IntimatEvolution 7 years ago from Columbia, MO USA

Fantastic hub. I love hubs like this. Great work!

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shamelabboush 7 years ago Author

Very much dear, thanks.

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