Elizabeth Bathory was a countess during the late 16th and early 17th in Hungaria and is best remembered today as one of the most prolific female serial killers of all time. During her life she and others tortured and killed between 80 and 650 young women in an attempt to gain eternal life and youth. Because of her immense cruelty, she was often compared to the Vlad III the Impaler, and often called Blood Countess or Countess Dracula.
When people began to become suspicious of her, a investigation began in 1610. In December of that year Elizabeth was arrested and so were four of her favourite servants and intimates, who were accused of being her accomplices. They were tried and found guilty. Three of them were executed and the fourth was sentenced to life imprisonment.
Elizabeth herself was not put on trial, because of her family’s standing, but she was shut up in Csetje Castle, held in solitary confinement in a room whose windows were walled up. She was 54 when she died there in 1614.
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