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People/Characters: Countess Elizabeth Bathory

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Bad Girls: The Most Powerful, Shocking, Amazing, Thrilling & Dangerous Women of all Time by Jan Stradling
Bathory: Memoir of a Countess by A. Mordeaux
The Blood Countess by Andrei Codrescu
The Blood Countess, Erzebet Bathory of Hungary (1560-1614: A Gothic Horror Poem of Violence and Rage ; With, Bathory, a Play for Single Performer by Robert Peters
The Bloody Countess: Atrocities of Erzsebet Bathory by Valentine Penrose
The Countess by Rebecca Johns
Countess Dracula: Life and Times of Elisabeth Bathory, the Blood Countess by Tony Thorne
A csejtei várúrnő: Báthory Erzsébet by Péter Katalin
A Dark History: The Kings & Queens of Europe from Medieval Tyrants to Mad Monarchs by Brenda Ralph Lewis
Dracula the Un-Dead by Dacre Stoker
Elizabeth Bathory by Unknown
Elizabeth Bathory - El Viaje Del Ataud Maldito by Raulo Caceres
Ella, Dracula/she, Dracula (Novela Historica) (Spanish Edition) by Javier Garcia Sanchez
Emperor Mollusk versus the Sinister Brain by A. Lee Martinez
The Encyclopedia of Serial Killers by Michael Newton
Flesh and Blood: The History of the Cannibal Complex by Reay Tannahill
Die Gräfin Báthory: Historischer Roman by Andreas Varesi
Heroine des Grauens. Elisabeth Bathory by Michael Farin
Human Monsters : An Illustrated Encyclopedia of the World's Most Vicious Murderers by David Everitt
The Most Evil Men and Women in History by Miranda Twiss
My Life with Master (a roleplaying game of villainy, self-loathing and unrequited love) by Paul Czege
Queer Hauntings: True Tales of Gay & Lesbian Ghosts by Ken Summers
The Trouble with the Pears: An intimate portrait of Erzsebet Bathory by Gia Bathory Al Babel
The Vampire by Montague Summers

Character description

Countess Elizabeth Báthory de Ecsed (1560 - 1614) was a countess from the renowned Báthory family of Hungarian nobility. Although in modern times she has been labeled the most prolific female serial killer in history, evidence of her alleged crimes is scant and her guilt is debated. She is nevertheless remembered as the "Blood Countess" or "Blood Queen."

After her husband's death, she and four collaborators were accused of torturing and killing hundreds of girls and young women, with one witness attributing to them over 600 victims, though the number for which they were convicted was 80. Elizabeth herself was neither tried nor convicted. In 1610, however, she was imprisoned in the Csejte Castle, now in Slovakia and known as Čachtice, where she remained bricked in a set of rooms until her death four years later.

Later writings about the case have led to legendary accounts of the Countess bathing in the blood of virgins in order to retain her youth and subsequently also to comparisons with Vlad III the Impaler of Wallachia, on whom the fictional Count Dracula is partly based, and to modern nicknames of the Blood Countess and Countess Dracula.

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