Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Elisabeth Bathory, the "Blood Countess" of Hungary in the sixteenth century, was widely known as one of the worst female serial killers of all time. Torturing and bathing in the blood of her possible 600 victims, Elisabeth was convinced that the virgin blood of her slain subjects would make her younger and more virile. Although never tried for her crimes, she was imprisoned in 1610 in a small brick cell for four years. In 1614, she was found dead with no apparent cause of death. It is thought she died from acute insanity or possible loneliness.