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The Blood Countess........

Born, August 7, 1560
Elizabeth was born Erzebet Bathory to a wealthy and prominent family.
She was the daughter of Baron and Baroness George and Anna Bathory.
Highly educated, spoke Hungarian, German and Latin.
Engaged to Ferenc Nadasdy, the "Black Hero of Hungary" at age 11.
Because the Nadasdy family was of a lesser social status,
Elizabeth kept her name and her husband hyphenated his.
Elizabeth went to live with her future mother-in-law and while
there a brief affair with peasant man produced a daughter,
who was given, along with money, to a peasant.
Becomes aware of effects of blood.
While getting ready for her husband's homecoming,
Elizabeth was being helped by one of her maids.
The maid saw that something was wrong with Elizabeth's hairdress,
but when she went to fix it, Elizabeth hit her with a brush.
So hard in fact, that blood was drawn. Some of the maid's
blood fell onto Elizabeth, who cleaned it away in disgust.
However, Elizabeth noticed that the skin below the blood
seemed to be younger and more vibrant.
Married, May 8, 1575.
Taking time off from the ever-present war with the Turks,
Ferenc came home to marry his bride.
Husband teaches different forms of torture.
Honey torture, involving stripping a girl naked, smearing
honey over her, and leaving her outside to be the victim
of any insect that happens by. Later, Elizabeth would use
her own version of this involving water and a cold winter night.
Reputed to be one of the most beautiful women in all of Europe,

Torture devices of Elizabeth An iron maiden, I've been told is
like a coffin with spikes in it. The spikes don't impale you,
but do cause bleeding. There are then two spikes that are
driven into the eyes causing (obviously) blindness.
The victem then slowly bleeds to death.
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A cyndrical cage, that is too narrow to sit in, and too
small to stand in. It has spikes on it, and when the cage
is hoisted and rocked, the vicitm will skewer themselves on it.
Variation: The cage is hoisted, but the victim is poked at
with a red hot poker, and impales themselves.
Eliabeth would sit under this cage, shout obscenities at her
victim and "soak" up the blood that dripped down.

Elizabeth was eventually caught and brought to justice.
Some say it was because officials could no longer ignore rumors
circulating around the peasant community.
Others say that it was because Elizabeth,
bored with common blood, turned to that of royalty,
who were missed more than thier peasant counterparts.
Whichever the reason, Elizabeth was given two trials:

First trial, held on January 2, 1611 at Bytca (pronounced Byt-cha)
Seventeen testomonies including her four accomplices, Helena Jo,
Dorka, Katharina, and Ficzko.
Elizabeth was not alone in her acts. She had four known accomplices,
perhaps others.
A maid, identified as "Zusanna" testified that she was aware of a list,
written in the Countess's own handwriting, of the names of six hundred victims.
This probably wouldn't stand up in modern, American courts.
So far as I know, the list does not still exist today.
Second trial held on January 7, 1611.
Elizabeth was not allowed at either trial. She was also never
convicted at either trial. This may have been to protect the family name.
It may have also been to keep away the king. The king at the time
owed a great deal of money to the Bathory family, and if she had
been convicted, all debts would have been cancelled
Three of her cohorts were senctenced to horrible deaths and mutilations.
Helena Jo and Dorka were sentenced "to have all the fingers on
their hands, which they used as instruments in so much torture and
butcherings and which they dipped in the blood of Christians, torn
out by the public executioner with a pair of red-hot pincers; thereafter
they shall be thrown alive on the fire" (McNally)
Ficzko, her only male accomplice, was sentenced to "decapitation.
His body, drained of blood... reunited wiht his two fellow accomplices
where... he [would] be burned" (McNally)
Katharina was exonerated by Dorka, Helena Jo and Zusanna,
and was left to be dealt with at a later date.
Elizabeth never having been convicted of anything, remained
for the rest of her life walled up inside of her room, under
"Castle Arrest." The room was small, and the only link to the
outside world was through a small opening for air and food
to be passed through.
On August 21, 1614, a guard, who had never seen the countess,
wanted to get a look at the Countess who was still, at the age of 54,
reputed to be one of the most beautiful women in all of Europe.
Looking in through one of the slots left open for food and air,
he discovered Elizabeth lying face down. The Blood Countess was dead.
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