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powerful, wealthy, and brilliant diplomat, Elizabeth Báthory was a noble of the Báthory family in the Kingdom of Hungary. She spoke three languages and was renowned for being the most beautiful woman in the kingdom. Despite this status and her achievements, Elizabeth Báthory is most well known for something else: being one of the most prolific mass murderers of all time. Born to father George Báthory and mother Anna Báthory on August 7th, 1560, Erzsébet (Elizabeth) Báthory’s family was composed of important nobles. Her father’s brother, Andrew Bonaventura Báthory, and mother’s father, Stephen VIII Báthory, had both been the Voivod of Transylvania at one point in time. The Voivod of Transylvania is the term given to the highestranking official in Transylvania between the 12th and 16th century. Elizabeth was also the cousin of Stefan Báthory, who was both the Duke of Transylvania and King of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. Needless to say, Elizabeth’s family was one of great wealth and importance.
Csejte Castle. where Elizabeth lived Author: Civertan
Elizabeth was engaged to Ferenc Nádasdy at the age of only 10. When she was around 14— and he 20—they were married. At age 13, before she married Ferenc, she was said to have had a baby girl named Anastasiá Báthory with one of her servants. Her soon-to-be husband had the servant killed, and later the baby killed as well. About 10 years later, Elizabeth gave birth to her second child, Anna Nádasdy. Later, she had four more children: Orsolya Nádasdy, Katalin Nádasdy, András Nádasdy (who died at the age of 7), and Pál Nádasdy. There is a possibility that she gave birth to two other children, Miklós Nádasdy and György Nádasdy, although with no proper documentation this cannot be confirmed.
Her husband was the chief commander of the Hungarian troops during the Long War, leaving Elizabeth to tend to his estates. She managed the business and protected his properties, supposedly even giving aid to many women during the times of war. After 29 years of marriage, Elizabeth’s husband passed away of unknown causes. Before his death, he appointed György Thurzó to take care of his affairs and his wife. Ironically enough, it would later be Thurzó who arrested and tried Elizabeth for her crimes.
It is assumed that Elizabeth began killing her servants in her teens and would later continue to do so until her arrest at age 50. She is said to have murdered a shocking number of around 650 people. Even if those numbers were rumoured (though the testimonies of more than 300 survivors and witnesses would state otherwise), taking a mere 10% of the supposed number would still leave Elizabeth with a victim total of 65 people, a sum that is more than sufficient to place her in the record books. The question of how Elizabeth managed to get away with committing such mass murder is due to her family’s nobility and influence. For the better part of around 40 years she was completely untouchable under the law. It was only in 1610, when she was 50-years-old, that the countess was arrested for her crimes.
Perhaps the most bizarre method of torture was biting the flesh off her victims’ faces and bodies – acts of cannibalism.
According to everyone who testified, all of Elizabeth’s victims were the daughters of peasants who were hired to work as her servants, though there seem to be cases of Elizabeth abducting victims as well. All the methods in which the countess tortured and killed her victims are unknown, but the most mentioned involve burnings and beatings, as well as mutilation of her victims’ hands. The countess would supposedly also freeze or starve her victims to death. Perhaps the most bizarre method of torture was biting the flesh off her victims’ faces and bodies – acts of cannibalism. Once dead, Elizabeth would dispose of her victims’ bodies in various locations including her home at Csjte Castle, Vienna, Sárvár, and other places where she owned property. After carrying on her brutal ways for many decades, Thurzó finally warranted for the countess’s arrest. Elizabeth was placed under house arrest until her trial, which began on January 2nd, 1611. She was tried along with four of her servants that were said to be her accomplices: Dorotya Semtész, Ilona Jó, János Újváry, and Katarína Benická. There were a multitude of witnesses and plenty of evidence against Elizabeth, along with all but one of her servants testifying against her.
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Elizabeth remained imprisoned for around four years before her death at the age of 54. Both the cause of death and the location of her body remain a mystery.
Today, Elizabeth’s story is recounted in various texts and has made its way into television as well. Whether it was 650 or 65, Elizabeth Báthory’s reign of torture and rumoured vampirism is reminiscent of Dracula, except her tale is bonechillingly real.
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Folklore quickly began to tell Elizabeth’s story as one of the earliest accounts of vampirism. It is said that the countess believed the blood of her victims would keep her young and beautiful. It was rumoured that she drank and bathed in the blood of those she killed, earning her the name “The Blood Countess”. Although there is no proof of these accusations, it is more accurately believed that the murders committed by the countess were done out of sadistic pleasure.
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Many different numbers arose in regard to how many victims the countess took, with the most notable (and memorable) being 650. Due to other testimonies and only a certain amount of evidence, the official number is 80. The king demanded that she be executed immediately, but was persuaded otherwise by György Thurzó (again, ironically, the man who arrested her). Thurzó claimed that executing the countess would not bode well for the nobility, so she was instead imprisoned in Čachtice Castle in solitary confinement.
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After carrying on her brutal ways for many decades, Thurzó finally warranted for the countess’s arrest. Elizabeth was placed under house arrest until her trial, which began on January 2nd, 1611. She was tried along with four of her servants that were said to be her accomplices: Dorotya Semtész, Ilona Jó, János Újváry, and Katarína Benická. There were a multitude of witnesses and plenty of evidence against Elizabeth, along with all but one of her servants testifying against her.
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Alanis Nadine Morissette is an icon in Rockn-Roll history. She has received a multitude of awards and recognition for her work in music and has even tried her hand at acting. With eight albums under her belt, Morissette remains a huge influence in the music industry. Though Morissette was not actually born in Hungary herself, her mother was. Her mother, Georgia Mary Ann, is of Hungarian descent while her father, Alan Richard Morissette, is FrenchCanadian. Morissette was raised in Ottawa, though her family moved around frequently due to her parents’ professions (both had careers in a military school). Because of that, Morissette spent some of her childhood in Germany, but later moved back to Ottawa.
She spent her younger years learning ballet and jazz dancing, and was playing piano by age 7. She was already writing songs before she was 10, and even made several appearances on the Nickelodeon TV show “You Can’t Do That on Television”. Soon after, she released her first single called Fate Stay With Me.
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She continued to perform around Canada, mostly singing “O’ Canada” at sporting events. Her first album, Alanis, was released in 1991. Then, in 1992, she released her second album, Now Is the Time. Morissette had begun to exchange her dance-pop style for lyrics that were more meaningful. In 1995, she released her third album, Jagged Little Pill. The edgier, rock-style album became the second biggest selling album by a female artist, with 33 million copies sold worldwide. Her success launched her career even further, allowing her to create her fourth album, Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie, in 1998. Again, the album was hugely successful, earning Morissette even more recognition and awards. During this time, Morissette partnered with other artists and was featured in a variety of songs. 7 |July-August 15 girlworks.ca
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