Essay Countess Elizabeth Bathory: Serial Killer

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With the complexity and brutality of her crimes, Elizabeth Bathory is known as the most sadistic and prolific serial killer in the world; even more so, she stands out because she is a female that is rare: especially in the Elizabethan Era. Bathory was believed to have been responsible for the murders of 600 virgin girls. She was certain that a drop of blood would make her look youthful again, but was convinced that bathing in the blood of girls who were virgins would take years off her. Because of her personality, physical qualities, and her lack of moral/family values, Countess Elizabeth Bathory of Hungary had the life of one of the most fascinating yet obsessive leaders in all of Transylvania. It is believed that her family had an…show more content…
Obsessed with the idea of beauty, Bathory's life took a turn one day when she hit a servant girl across the face. Because of her long nails, Bathory dug into the girl's skin and a drop of the girls’ blood hit her face. Later, she thought she noticed that where the blood had hit her cheek made her skin look smoother and like the skin of a younger woman. Bathory also consulted a beauty expert and a group of alchemists who also agreed (Rose and Garza, "The Slavic Vampire."). An alchemist is someone who believes that everything is a magical process in terms of creation, transformation, or combination. She came to the conclusion that if she bathed in the blood of young virgins she would be young and beautiful again. Like most serial killers, Bathory was intrigued by watching the faces of those who were in pain. However, she did not settle with her punishments and she changed the way she performed them quite frequently. Before she had found an interest in blood, she tortured young servants by pushing pins and needles underneath their nails and tying them up while smearing their bodies with honey and leaving them outside to be attacked by bees and ants. Many testimonies have been made Initially, Bathory lured her victims into her castle by offering them well-paid work as servants. It is said that later on she advertised an etiquette school of which she

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