Many people know the myth of the bloody countess who used to bathe in the blood of virgin girls, to conserve her beauty and youth.
Of course, Elizabeth Bathory was not that evil. She might have been a bit insane or just a cruel householder that used to severely punish maids who stole, lied or did not obey.
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Elizabeth Bathory was a Hungarian countess from the noble and notorious Bathory family. By being the wife of another great Hungarian nobleman, Ferenc Nadasdy, she gained even more fame.
The ruins of Csejte castle; this was the residence of Elizabeth Bathory and Ferenc Nadasdy:
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This fame came with its prize: Elizabeth Bathory is known as the the most prolific serial killer in history, and she is as the “Bloody Countess”. We don’t exactly know the number of her victims, nor if these rumors are totally true. Maybe some of them have risen from envious persons because of her great beauty.
Legends say that Bathory used to bathe in the blood of virgins to preserve her youth and beauty. It is said that once, being angry with a maid, the countess beat her so hard, that the girl’s blood squirted on her face. Where blood came in contact with the skin, Elizabeth saw that the skin looked younger and fresher. This determined her to constantly bleed girls to get the necessary blood for her beauty rituals.
Its is even said that she used more than just blades or knives for bleeding girls. The bloody countess is said to have used iron maidens or other torturing devices to drain blood out of her victims, and directly into her bathtub.
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The real story of Elizabeth Bathory, as described in Rebecca Johns’ book, “Erszebet Bathory – the Bloody Countess”
As a child, Elizabeth was already a cruel girl. This behavior was by her father, who was a harsh, but righteous man. When he punished a gipsy by sewing him inside a dead horse, Elizabeth enjoyed this horrible view.
Later, as a house keeper, she tended to be as just as her father, and expected the same from her servants. Every servant that acted foul was severely punished to learn their lesson and to serve as example. When angry, Elizabeth wasn’t able to control herself and in her rage attacks, she couldn’t stop beating the girls to their death. When realizing she had killed them, Elizabeth tried to hide their bodies and not make a fuss about this.
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It was the disappearance of these girls that started rumors. Their families and fellow villagers were worried about them going to the castle and not being heard of again. So, Elizabeth Bathory’s popularity began to decay. She was called a witch, vampire, devil, and so on.
After these rumors became too loud, Hungarian authorities began investigating and collecting testimony from many witnesses: villagers, servants, castellan, etc.
Elizabeth Bathory was found guilty of having tortured and killed hundreds of peasant girls, and of witchcraft. She never faced a trial, because this would have disgraced her noble family.
Bathory was imprisoned within the walls of her room in Csejte Castle, with the door bricked. There she remained under house arrest for another 4 years, until her death. She was first buried in the church of Csejte, but because of the people’s protests, her body was moved to the Bathory family cript in Ecsed, her birthplace.
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Surely nobody will ever know the complete truth about Elizabeth Bathory. But what do you think? Do you think she was indeed a bloody countess or just an insane lady?
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