Resident Evil Village: Lady Dimitrescu and the real serial killer who inspired her
Even centuries after his heinous crimes, there is still a lot we don’t really know for sure about Bathory and his long rumored vampiric tendencies. Sometimes it’s impossible to tell what a real story is and what a great story is. The story we know today is probably a mixture of the two. Did she bathe in the blood of young virgins to preserve her youth? Did her cruelty stem from the supposed satanic rituals and witchcraft she witnessed from an early age in her family home in Transylvania? Was she really torturing her latest blood-soaked victim when she was finally detained by the King of Hungary’s lead investigator, Gyorgy Thurzo?
By the time she was arrested and sentenced to life under house arrest inside Csejte Castle, her house of horrors in Upper Hungary (now modern Slovakia), Thurzo is said to have taken 300 statements from witnesses who testified brutal murders of young peasant women. kidnapped by the countess, as well as confessions from servants (while they were tortured by the authorities at the time). Few witnesses could really give first-hand accounts of Bathory’s crimes, and many of the testimony amounted to little more than hearsay, but Thurzo’s investigation and eyewitness testimony from two court officials who claimed seeing the countess kill several girls was enough to lock down. in a room of his castle until his death in 1614.
The crimes recounted at trial, in history books and in folk tales become more and more gruesome the more you dig, as if you descend into the darkest depths of Lady Dimitrescu’s castle.
“Bathory’s torture consisted of wedging pins and needles under her maids’ fingernails, tying them up, coating them with honey, and letting them attack by bees and ants,” History.com writes. “She often bit pieces of the flesh of her victims, and one unfortunate girl was even forced to cook and eat her own flesh.
While some historians and scholars claim that Bathory was in fact the innocent victim of a plot spread by the Catholic Church and a rival family trying to steal her wealth and land, the dark legacy of the Countess as a so-called cannibal bloodthirsty is what solidified. her place in history and transformed her into an influential figure in horror fiction. In fact, debates have persisted over the years as to whether the ‘Blood Countess’ helped inspire Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Although fellow Transylvanian Vlad the Impaler is widely accepted as the main historical source of the seminal vampire novel, Bathory is sometimes referred to as “Countess Dracula”.
In 1971, Hammer Films loosely adapted Bathory’s story into Countess Dracula, who follows the noble Elisabeth Nádasdy who, yes, bathes in blood to preserve her youth. The historical drama of 2008 Bathory takes a more sympathetic look, portraying the countess as a victim of manipulation.