The Folklore Behind The Blood Countess, Elizabeth Bathory

It’s kind of amazing how many people The Blood Countess has inspired, authors, musicians, and film directors alike…. Then again, who wouldn’t be intrigued by a woman who killed 650 people?!

I am going to do things a little differently for this particular person of interest. Instead of posting a biography, I’m going to go into the folklore behind Countess Elizabeth Bathory. I find her to be particularly interesting because she was the main inspiration for many novels, video games, comics, manga and movies including her appearance as a relative to the infamous Dracula. For those of you that WOULD like a biography on The Blood Countess, NEVER FEAR!!!! I will be writing a biography on her in following posts. ^_^

 

bathoryportraitCountess Elizabeth Bathory (Erzsébe Báthory), also known as The Blood Countess was born into Hungarian nobility August 7, 1650 to father Baron George Bathory and mother Baroness Anna Bathory. She is considered to be one of the most prolific female serial killers with her victim count being as many as 650.

It is said that she would bathe in the blood of her victims to keep a beautiful, more youthful appearance. She discovered this one day while beating on a female servant. Anywhere the blood touched her own skin, it appeared to her, more youthful and beautiful. This “myth” in particular, may or may not be true. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if it were true seeing as she was completely delusional.

bloodbathAt her trial she didn’t say whether she was guilty or not. My assumption is she found her actions to be completely justified, therefore not admitting guilt. I’m sure she did, however, understand that normal people did not act in this fashion, and would not completely disregard the charges brought against her.

 

vampirebathoryIn conjunction with the blood bath theory, some people also believed her to be a vampire. With all of the vampire myths that were flying around Europe in the 18th century, it makes perfect sense that one might speculate that she was, in fact, a vampire. Whether the bloodbath theory is myth or truth, she was completely enthralled by blood.

Alright… I’m sorry for such a short entry. Here is the imdb page that shows you some of the movies that are based on her http://www.imdb.com/character/ch0026864/. This site has a few of the more popular books on Elizabeth Bathory http://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/elizabeth-bathory. This site has a few of the more popular books on Elizabeth Bathory. And of course, here is the wikipedia page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_B%C3%A1thory.

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Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer Part 3

Hey guys! I was REALLY sick in the month of December. I had several things happen, including a surgery, but I am COMPLETELY fine now! After an extremely long wait… here is the 3rd blog I promised on Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer! I will be posting EVERY Sunday from here on out, and if anything changes I will let you know! Thank you so much for your support and understanding of my absence. You are all amazing!

On July 22, 1991, Tracy Edwards accompanied 2 Milwaukee officers, Rolf Muller and Robert Rauth, to Jeffrey Dahmers flat.

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When the trio arrived, Dahmer invited them in without hesitation. When Edwards accused Dahmer of placing the handcuffs on his wrists, Dahmer didn’t deny the accusation, nor did he explain the reasoning behind it. Edwards went on to explain how Dahmer threatened him with a large knife in the bedroom, to which Dahmer made no comment, but informed the officers that the key to his handcuffs were in the bedside drawer.

Upon entering the bedroom, officers Rauth and Muller did, in fact, find a large knife, and upon further investigation of the room, officer Muller made a horrifying discovery. In and open drawer located next to the bed, officer Muller discovered numerous pictures of Dahmer’s victims in various stages of dismemberment.

When officer Muller presented the photos to officer Rauth, Dahmer panicked and resisted arrest. The officers quickly restrained him and called for backup.

dahmeraptThe officers continued to search the apartment, and made another terrifying discovery. Inside of the refrigerator were the remains of a black male, including a severed head. A more detailed search was conducted, revealing a copious amount of human remains. Some of the things discovered were four severed heads, 7 skulls, blood drippings in the refrigerator along with two human hearts, two complete skeletons, two penises and the list goes on. They also discovered a 57 gallon drum with the remainder of three torsos dissolving in an an acid solution.

On July 23, 1991, after his arrest, Dahmer was interviewed and questioned about the crimes he committed. Dahmer had no attorney present, as he wished to confess to all 17 murders he admitted to committing. He admitted to engaging in necrophilia and cannibalism, and explained the way in which he disposed of some of the remains, and the preservation of others. Dahmer also explained that the reason for preserving the parts that he did was because he was in the process of constructing an altar, a place where he could “feel at home”, and “a place for meditation”.jeffreydahmermeditate

On January 13, 1992, Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer pleaded guilty, but insane, to 15 counts of murder, excluding the murder of Steven Tuomi, as he had no recollection of the murder, and there were no remains to prove that Dahmer had committed the crime without reasonable doubt. Dahmer was also spared the charge of the attempted murder on Tracy Edwards.

On January 30, 1992, Jeffrey Dahmer was tried for 15 counts of murder. Since he pled guilty to all 15 counts during his hearing on January 13, the trial served to determine his mental state.

resnickHis defense argued that Dahmer had a necrophilic drive, and was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, proving him insane. The prosecution argued that Dahmer suffered from necrophilia because he had a preference for live sexual partners. One psychiatrist for the prosecution, a Doctor Phillip Resnick, denied the defences claim to necrophilia, but did, however, agree with the diagnosis of borderline personality disorder. Doctor Fred Fosdel, another prosecution psychiatrist, felt Dahmer was without a mental disease, but agreed with the diagnosis of borderline personality disorder as well.

The last psychiatrist to testify on behalf of the prosecution was Doctor Park Dietz. Dietz believed Dahmer did not suffer from any mental disease, and that he was, in fact, completely competent and in control of his actions at the time of each murder. He stated “Dahmer went to great lengths to be alone with his victim and to have no witnesses.” “If he had a compulsion to kill, he would not have to drink alcohol. He had to drink alcohol to overcome his inhibition to do the crime, which he would rather not do.” Dietz’s final diagnosis was that Dahmer suffered from substance abuse disorder, paraphilia, and personality disorder with borderline and schizotypal features.diez

On February 15, Dahmer was ruled to be sane, and not suffering from any mental disorder at the time of each of the 15 murders he was tried for, and convicted of. Since the death penalty was abolished in the state of wisconsin in 1853, Dahmer was sentenced to life imprisonment plus 10 years for the first 2 counts of murder, and in addition, was to carry out a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment plus 70 years for the remaining 13.

royratcliffeDahmer was placed in solitary confinement after just one year of incarceration for fear that his fellow inmates may harm him. With dahmers consent, he was transferred to a unit in the Columbia Correctional Institution where he completed his lengthy confession in 1991. Dahmer had requested a chat with Detective Patrick Murphy, and asked to be given a copy of the Bible. Dahmer devoted himself to the christian religion, and became a born again Christian. He was baptized in 1994 by a Reverend Roy Ratcliff. The Reverend then visited him weekly up until November 1994. Dahmer had confessed to Reverend Ratcliff that he felt his continuing to live was a sin against God.

In 1994, a fellow inmate but the name of Osvoldo Durruthy attempted to kill Dahmer by slashing his throat with a razor embedded in a toothbrush. Dahmer suffered superficial wounds, but was not severely injured.

Jeffrey Dahmer's Parents at His TrialDahmer’s family kept in contact throughout his stay in prison including his biological mother, Joyce, though they had had no contact for the 2 years prior to his imprisonment. According to his father and stepmother, Dahmer had been ready to die. Whether it be by the hands of another inmate, the law, or god himself.

In November of 1994, during an unsupervised assigned work detail with fellow inmates Jesse Anderson, and christopher Scarver, Dahmer was beat about the head with a  51 cm metal bar, and thrown against the wall several times. Dahmer was rushed to the hospital, but was pronounced dead just an hour after his arrival due to severe head trauma. Scarver later admitted to killing Dahmer after killing Anderson the same way, saying Dahmer did not yell or make any noise as he was attacked.

Joyce FlintUpon hearing of her son’s death, Joyce Flint (Dahmer’s biological mother), responded to the media by asking, ¨Is everybody happy? Now that he’s bludgeoned to death, is that good enough for everyone?!¨ Although most were pleased, the district attorney prosecutor cautioned against turning Christopher Scarver into a hero, stating it was still a murder.

Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer’s will stated that he wished for no services and wished to be cremated. In September 1995, he was, in fact, cremated, and his ashes were divided amongst his parents.

So that’s THAT!!!! Again, I am so sorry for my absence. For those of you who have stayed loyal, I GREATLY appreciate it!

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Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer Part 2

dahmermilitaryIn 1979 Dahmer enlisted in the U.S. Army, and trained as a medical specialist in West Germany. After about a year he was discharged to to his persistent alcohol abuse and sent to Fort Jackson and given a plane ticket to go anywhere in the country. Dahmer didn’t want to go home and face his father so he went to Florida. In 1981 he asked his father if he could go back home to Ohio, because he was unable to support himself due to the fact that a majority of his earnings were going to alcohol.

To make a long story short, and get right to the killings, Dahmer went back to West Allis, Wisconsin and lived with his grandmother. His alcohol abuse persisted, and he was eventually arrested and convicted of indecent exposure. It wouldn’t be until 1987 that Dahmer would kill for the second time, starting the long list and far more frequent murders he would commit over the years to follow.

steventuomiSteven Tuomi would be his second victim. Although Dahmer has no recollection of the actual murder, when he awoke the next morning, he discovered Tuomi dead with his chest crushed in, and blood seeping from his mouth.

 

From 1987 until 1991 following the “accidental” murder of Steven Tuomi, Dahmer killed an approximate 16 young men with a majority of them taking place in 1991, the year he was finally arrested. He typically used the same techniques on each victim, becoming a little more experimental toward the end. He would offer the victim money in exchange for nude photographs. He would then take them back to where he was residing, drug them with sleeping pills, strangle them, proceed to bleach and preserve their bones, freeze the perishable items, and discard the rest. Eventually he would experiment with muriatic acid, pouring it into cavities of the skull that he created himself while the victim was in a submissive state.

KonerakSinthasomphoneThe most interesting of these stories was that of 14 year old Konerak Sinthasomphone. The boy was led to Dahmer’s flat, when he was offered money to pose for pictures. Apparently, Sinthasomphone’s older brother was molested by Dahmer in 1988, and the boy still accepted his invite regardless of this fact.

Dahmer drugged the boy, drilled a hole into his skull and injected the muriatic acid into the newly created cavity. After lying with the boy, Dahmer decided to go to the bar for some drinks, leaving Sinthasomphone alone.

When Dahmer returned early that morning, he discovered Sinthasomphone naked on the street corner speaking in Laotian to three women. Dahmer told the women that the boy was his lover, and tried to lead him back to his apartment. The women had already called 911, so Dahmer waited for the officers to arrive.

When authorities arrived, he told them that Sinthasomphone was his 19 year old lover, and that he had a little too much to drink, causing him to act this way. One of the women tried to reveal to officers that the boy was bleeding from his buttocks and that he clearly didn’t want to leave with Dahmer. She was instructed to “butt out”, and the cops helped Sinthasomphone back to the apartment.

When the two police officers left, Dahmer injected more muriatic acid into Sinthasomphone’s brain, and this time it killed the boy.

This is a sad story about the Sinthasomphone family. They were trying to escape the hardships of their homeland, only to have this happen to them in America where they thought they could find home and security.

http://www.nytimes.com/1991/07/31/us/family-sought-new-life-only-to-find-new-pain.html

tracyedwardsOn July 22, 1991 Dahmer invited his last victim, Tracy Edwards, over to his apartment. Edwards was able to escape through the unlocked front door when Dahmer had a lapse in concentration, and was not holding the cuffs he placed on Edwards wrists. Edwards punched him in the face and made a run for it.

After his escape, Edwards successfully flagged down police and told them about the last 5 hours he spent in Dahmer’s apartment before his escape.

 

 

Alright… This entry is a little lengthy despite my attempts to shorten the story. The next entry will tie up some loose ends, and I will also write about his arrest, imprisonment and death.

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