All of the trigger warnings. No trigger unwarned. On December 29, , a garrison of soldiers stormed the Hungarian castle of Cachtice and arrested Elisabeth Erzsebet Bathory. They accused her of roughly a hundred Saw movies worth of torture, and took her into custody. As the story goes and please keep in mind, absolutely NONE of this should be taken at face value , they caught her in the act, finding a freshly-buried corpse and a cowering servant, badly beaten but still alive.
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4. Her victims were mainly young girls
She has been described as the most vicious female serial killer in all recorded history. Where fact ends and fiction begins in her horrible story is now impossible to determine, but in her fame as a legendary vampire she is outrivalled only by Count Dracula. Born in , she was endowed with looks, wealth, an excellent education and a stellar social position as one of the Bathory family, who ruled Transylvania as a virtually independent principality within the kingdom of Hungary.
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Even if you are unfamiliar with the name, then chances are you have heard the stories about her legendary sadism. Perhaps you're aware that she holds the dubious honor of being the most prolific female murderer, as dictated by Guinness World Records, or maybe you've heard mention of her as a key influence for a little novel called Dracula. As is typically the case, the truth behind the story is far more interesting. She descended from multiple noble lineages and included the King of Poland and the prince of Transylvania among her relatives. Said bloodline was also one of generational inbreeding. Her parents were close relations, as was often the case with such marriages. It is thought that this may have been the source of a number of health problems that Elizabeth experienced as a child.
Her story quickly became part of national folklore , and her infamy persists to this day. As a young woman, she learned Latin , German , Hungarian , and Greek. Approximately 4, guests were invited to the wedding.