Alright! Here is the last entry on Elizabeth Bathory. This time, as I said in my previous entry, I will go over some of her methods of torture, and finally, her death. Since she tortured and murdered as many as 650 people, I’m not going to go into too many particular instances, I will mainly go over the methods she used and what not. Enjoy!
Elizabeth practiced her new pastime in her husbands absence. I don’t believe she was trying to hide it, since it is believed that Ferenc himself introduced her to this gruesome hobby. She did it either as some sick sort of experimentation, or because she was bored. I believe the latter. Either way, it was something she enjoyed immensely and showed no signs of remorse.
Bathory would torture her servants by beating them with a barbed lash, dragging them into the snow, naked, and throwing cold water on them until they froze to death. She would stick pins and needles underneath the nails of her victims, or simply rip them off with whatever tools she could get her hands on. Bathory’s maids weren’t the only victims of her torturous ways. She would abduct women to torture, beat and kill. She would sew peasant girls inside of horses, pour honey all over her victims and leave them in the woods for animals to prey upon, and it is said that she was into mechanical death traps. Often times, Bathory would bite chunks of her victims skin, and on a particular occasion, she forced one of her victims to cook and eat her own flesh.
Not all of her beatings were meticulous. Sometimes she would nonsensically swing a meat cleaver, or any deadly weapon she could find at anything that moved. There were,
however, instances where her methods of torture HAD to have been well thought out. Her husband would send her new ways to torture her victims, and she would write him back letting him know how well they worked.
On one occasion, Bathory and an accomplice beat one of the maidservants for stealing food. The beating was so brutal and bloody, that Bathory had to change her clothes. In the
end the girl was stabbed to death with scissors. This may be the instance where Bathory discovered her infamous blood bath. Anywhere the blood touched her skin appeared to be more beautiful and youthful looking in her eyes.
On August 21, 1614 at the age of 54, Elizabeth Bathory was found dead in her solitary cell at Čachtice Castle. She complained to her bodyguard that her hands were cold, and he replied “It’s nothing mistress. Just go lie down.” She was found dead the next morning, and buried in the church of Čachtice. The villagers were appalled at the thought of Elizabeth Bathory being buried in their loved ones cemetery, and her body was relocated to her family crypt in her hometown Ecsed. It is unknown where her body is actually located.
All records of Elizabeth Bathory were sealed away for more than a century, and her name was never to be spoken in any Hungarian society. she is still referred to as “The Hungarian Whore” in that area to this day.
Here are some links to where I obtained some of my information. http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/bathorys-torturous-escapades-are-exposed