Bathory, Countess Elizabeth: (1560-1614). Noblewoman and ‘vampire’ from the powerful Hungarian Bathory family of Castle Csejthe. Known as the ‘Bloody Countess’, from her obsession with blood and its occult powers, and her infamous and horrific multiple murders. Over a period of years, hundreds of young girls were taken into service and forced into orgies, then manacled by her henchmen and sadistically bled to death.

Bathory drank, showered and bathed in their fresh blood, believing it to prolong her own vain life indefinitely. When she was finally arrested, tried and found guilty, she was spared execution due to her noble status. However, she was interred in her own bedroom, where she survived death for four years behind her bricked-up door.

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