Elizabeth Bathory: The Vampire Countess


Welcome to the first entry in the Medieval Time Period here on theoddpast.com The Medieval Era is full of the sick, twisted, grotesque, weird, and any other adjective you can imagine for “odd.”The first entry is a doozy, and often forgotten in the modern era, but our topic of discussion today may be the most prolific female serial killer in history, Elizabeth Bathory.

Elizabeth Bathory was a Countess from the Kingdom of Hungary that ruled Hungary, Slovakia, and Transylvania (fitting for sure). Bathory was known as a Countess and was drunk with power. Throughout her reign over the Hapsburg Empire, Bathory used her power and influence to commit the most heinous crimes a monarch has ever been accused of. You see, Elizabeth Balfory was, quite literally, a vampire. Bathory lusted for blood, pain, and suffering; she enjoyed the beating, torture, and death of others. Bathory used her servants to recruit young women to come to the castle and work for her. The work was short-lived though, as Balfory had her sights set on the women for another purpose. She would torture these young girls, shoving needles under their fingernails and toenails, burning them with hot irons, strangling them, and chaining them so tight that their wrists bled.

Balfory would take the blood of her victims and drink it; she would drink the blood of the youthful women because she believed she could gain their vitality by drinking it. As the young women bled out, she had her servants collect the blood into a bathtub, Bathory would bathe in the blood of her virgin victims to gain their lifeforce, to remain forever young. Unfortunately for Bathory, this was all for naught; she was soon arrested and thrown into the dungeon for her crimes. Bathory never saw the light of day, until she died in the dungeon. Bathory’s escapades served, along with Vlad the Impaler, were the basis of Bram Stoker’s fantastic novel, “Dracula.”


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Published by TheOddPast by Matthew A. Perry

Writer, teacher, broadcaster, and podcaster from West Virginia. I write about and discuss the wacky and weird side of history on my website www.theoddpast.com and my podcast "The Odd Past Podcast" available everywhere

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