Category: Serial Killing
Date: 1590 - 1610
Crime: Although convicted in the murders of 80 girls and young women, some accounts attribute this Hungarian countess with the murder of more than 600 victims. It has been said that the atrocities included: death by beatings, freezing to death, starvation, mutilation of body parts, sexual abuse and fatal surgical procedures. Never being tried in a court of law, she was kept imprisoned in a room in her castle where she died four years later.
Biography: Known in life as 'The Blood Countess', she was born into a powerful family that lived at the base of the Carpathian Mountains in Hungary. Hers was a family that had no shortage of members who suffered from evident derangement. Erzsebet would never be confused as being an easy child to deal with. In fact, her youth was filled with uncontrolled rages, aggression and severe fits. All of this points to some form of brain disorder or epilepsy. When she was only fourteen, she already had the reputation of being promiscuous and was impregnated by a peasant. By the age of fifteen, she married into a very prominent family that also had significant evidence of madness in the family tree. Both families were fraught with witches, alchemists, devil worshipers and deviants. As she grew older, Erzsebet practiced witchcraft and ran her estate with a vicious, iron fist. After her husbands death in 1601, she increased the frequency of her assaults on the lesser class. Townspeople lived in fear of raising an accusation against the royal family. Finally, in the year 1610, King Matthias assigned a special investigator to the case. Even before the results of the investigation were confirmed, a deal was made between the King and Bathory's family to avoid public scandal, she was committed to house arrest, where she spent the balance of her life.