A long-gone but once powerful family in Hungary. The height of the Báthory clan was in the 1500s and 1600s. Thought to be closely inbred
, as most royalty and nobility in those days, brighter family members like King Stephan Báthory of Poland were eclipsed by more brutal members. Devil worshippers, perverts, sadist
s, witches, and mentally unstable characters.
Elizabeth (Erzébet) Báthory (1560-1614) was the worst of them. Mentally ill, promiscuous
and highly sadistic
, Elizabeth was the inspirationn behind Count Dracula
Elizabeth enjoyed torturing servants, especially if they were young women and attractive. As she grew older, she feared losing her youth and her so-called "beauty"... according to folklore
a servant girl accidently pulled her hair while styling it and Elizabeth struck the girl across the face so hard that she drew blood, which got onto her hands. When she'd washed the blood off, in her twisted mind, she thought that her skin had regained its freshness and youthful suppleness where the blood had splashed. And the rest is history.
Scores of peasant girls, and later, noble girls of lower rank than the countess, were mercilessly torture
d, ranging from weeks to months, and killed in the most painful and frightening ways. Elizabeth never missed out on the torure and death of her victims, delighting in soaking up their blood. Killing girls of nobility began her downfall. She was never charged, sadly, and was walled up inside her small room in 1611, where she died in 1614. Sufficient punishment
? I think not. Her accomplices, however, were punished as badly as the maidens that they tortured.
"...a twelve year old girl named Pola somehow managed to escape from the castle. But Dorottya Szentes (Elizabeth's friend and alleged witch) aided by Ilona Jó (Elizabeth's nurse maid and governess from her childhood), caught the frightened girl by surprise and brought her forcibly back to Castle Csejthe. Clad only in a long white robe, Countess Erzsébet greeted the girl upon her return. The countess was in another of her rages. She advanced on the twelve-year-old child and forced her into a kind of cage. This particular cage was built like a huge bell, too narrow to sit in, too low to stand in. Once the girl was inside, the cage was suddenly hauled up by a pulley, and dozens of short spikes jutted into the cage. Pola tried to avoid being caught on the spikes, but Gyorgy Thurzo maneuvered the ropes so that the cage shifted from side to side. Pola's flesh was torn to pieces..."