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This evil woman killed 600 virgin girls and bathed in their blood: Meet Elizabeth Báthory

Elizabeth Bathory, painted in 1585 when she was 25 years old. Wikimedia Commons

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This evil woman killed 600 virgin girls and bathed in their blood: Meet Elizabeth Báthory

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There are a lot of eccentric folks all throughout the world. Elizabeth Bathery, a female serial killer, is one example. She slaughtered virgins and washed them in their blood. Elizabeth is reported to have been from a rich Bathari family in Hungary and despised attractive women. It was for this reason that she used to murder them. She also bathed in their blood, believing that it would keep her youthful indefinitely.

She bathed in the blood of at least 650 servant girls who had been tortured and murdered by her. Elizabeth was reported to be so wicked that locals kept their girls hidden for fear of her abducting them. Her heinous deeds earned her the moniker “the Infamous Lady” and “the Blood Countess.”

Elizabeth was born in Hungary in 1560, into the Transylvanian branch of the strong and affluent Báthory family, which ruled over the Holy Roman Empire’s eastern lands (today’s Hungary, Slovakia, Czechia, Austria, Romania, Germany, and Poland).

She was the daughter of Báthorys by birth, Baron George Báthory and Baroness Anna Báthory. Elizabeth was said to have suffered from seizures, loss of control, and fits of rage from an early age, possibly due to inbreeding in her family. She saw the harsh penalties meted out by her family’s officers on their estates when she was a youngster; one legend tells of a gypsy suspected of stealing being wrapped up in the belly of a dying horse and left to die. Her ancestors undoubtedly included some troubled relatives. Her aunt taught her sadomasochism, and one of her uncles taught her Satanism.

Peasant girls searching for servant employment at the Csejte Castle began to vanish around 1602, according to legends in the hamlet of Trenn in modern-day Slovakia.

When it came to explaining the disappearances, many people turned to Countess Elizabeth Bathory.  Her husband, Ferenc Nádasdy, a Hungarian military hero, gave the castle to her as a wedding gift.

The union turned out to be a joyful one. In Prague, Vienna, and other towns, the “power couple” ruled over a large network of castles, rural manor homes, and palaces. They possessed life and death control over their employees and peasants on their country estates and behind the walls of their castles. Elizabeth was frequently left alone in charge while her husband was out battling the Turks in the south, where he earned a reputation as a fearsome fighter.

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The ruins of Csejte Castle, where Elizabeth Bathory supposedly committed unspeakable crimes.

Since then, rumors have circulated that Bathory mistreated her employees. When Bathory’s spouse died in 1604, these opinions became considerably more dramatic.

She finally relocated to one of her castles in achtice, northwest Hungary (now Slovakia), and surrounded herself with a group of slaves to assist her in her torture techniques. According to legend, an attendant girl was combing Elizabeth’s hair one day when she pulled too hard, causing a snag in her hair. The countess became enraged and leapt to her feet, smacking the girl with the back of her palm. The girl bled as a result of the blow, and some of the blood was left on Elizabeth’s hand. Elizabeth observed later that night that the flesh on her palm where the blood had been seemed much more young than she had seen it in years. This inspired her to believe that if a tiny bit of blood could rejuvenate her hand, then more could rejuvenate her entire body. According to legend, this is when Elizabeth’s madness began, and she began bathing in the blood of virgin girls.

Bathory burned her victims with hot irons, beat them to death with clubs, stuck needles under their fingernails, poured ice water over their bodies and left them to freeze to death outside, covered them in honey so that bugs feasted on their exposed skin, sewed their lips together, and bit chunks of flesh off their breasts and faces, according to reports and stories told long after.

Bathory was said to have burned their genitals with a candle, ripped their mouths open with her hands, burned them with heated metal rods and rivets, beaten them with whips, clubs, or iron bars, poured boiling water on them and ripped away their skin, hauled them up in suspended barrels spiked inside and rocking and rolling them while showering and bathing in their blood below, or closed them in spiked Iron Maidens like a garlic press to extract their blood.

Elizabeth Bathory
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Elizabeth soon ran out of young ladies, either because she had already stolen them or because the villagers had begun to hide their daughters for fear of her taking them. This is when the countess began to use noble females, a move that would lead to her death.

Bathory avoided the law for six years as a wealthy noblewoman, until Hungarian King Matthias II dispatched György Thurzó, his highest-ranking official, to examine the charges against her. Thurzó gathered evidence from over 300 witnesses who accused the countess of a slew of heinous crimes.

Some accused Thurzó of cannibalism at the time of her inquiry, while others claimed to have witnessed her having s-x with the devil himself.

After hearing innumerable accounts of the heinous crimes that took place beyond the castle’s walls, Elizabeth and her servants were finally found guilty of 80 charges of murder, despite evidence indicating that up to 650 ladies may have been slaughtered in total. Her slaves were put to death, but Elizabeth was sentenced to life imprisonment in a chamber in her own castle with tiny slits for food and oxygen. Elizabeth survived for three and a half years until she was discovered dead on the floor, face down. Countess Elizabeth Báthory goes down in history as one of the most evil ladies to ever walk the earth after her death.

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