SERIAL KILLERS go back many years, and an example of one of the world’s most notorious is Elizabeth Bathory.
Elizabeth Bathory is said to have killed hundreds of girls and women, and that’s what we know about her.
Who was Elizabeth Bathory?
Elizabeth Bathory was the Countess of Ecsed, born August 7, 1560 in Hungary.
Despite being a noblewoman, she was a famous serial killer.
Along with four of her servants, she was accused of torturing and killing several girls and women between 1590 and 1610.
She was imprisoned for her actions in the Csejte Castle.
Growing up, Elizabeth suffered from multiple seizures caused by her epilepsy.
The treatments of the time were quite uncomfortable as they involved rubbing a non-affected person’s blood on the epileptic’s lips.
Some claim that Elizabeth grew up cruel because her family raised her to be so.
They raised her to be prosperous and well educated as she learned Latin, German, Hungarian and Greek.
How many people did Elizabeth Bathory kill?
Elizabeth Bathory is believed to have killed over 650 people.
This included not only the girls and women she tortured, but sometimes the castle staff as well.
Looking at her family history, one can find some disturbing family members.
It is reported that her uncle taught her Satanism while her aunt told her about sadomasochism.
At 15 she was married to Count Nadady, who built a torture chamber to please Countess Bathory.
The Countess’ methods of torture worsened when her husband died in the early 16th century.
She teamed up with her former nurse, Ilona Joo, and the local witch, Dorotta Szented, and they began kidnapping peasant girls in order to torture and kill them.
Her crimes were ignored until 1610 due to her family’s social status.
However, King Matthias had to intervene after Bathory began to persecute the daughters of other nobles as well.
In January 1611, she and her partners were tried for 80 murders, and in the process she was locked in a room in Csejte Castle.
How did Elizabeth Bathory die?
The true cause of her death was never determined.
However, the night before her death, she complained to one of her bodyguards that her hands were cold.
He replied that it’s probably nothing and that she should go to sleep.
She was found dead on the morning of August 21, 1614 at the age of 54.
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