THUG OF THE DAY: Erzsébet "BLOOD QUEEN" Báthory
Ladies, the next time you hear someone whining about the cruel animal testing your favorite cosmetic company performs just so you can hold on to your youthful visage, throw this one in their face.
The nefarious "Blood Countess" of Hungary was willing to go the extra evil mile to preserve her beauty. Erzsébet Báthory (1560-1614) bathed in the blood of her victims in an effort to turn the clock back on aging.
The Blood Countess was rumored to have tortured and killed over 650 young women along with four of her friends who all happened to be fans of the occult.
While the body count and the blood baths may have been inflated to bolster her evil image, the countess was found guilty of only 80 murders. But since she didn't show up for the trial, she was never convicted.
Bloody Liz may have escaped the fate of her collaborators, who were all put to death immediately, but Hungary's Finest caught up with her at home eventually. Her aristocratic status saved her from immediate death, but it didn't save her from being imprisoned for the rest of her life in a room in her own castle.
King Matthias sent the royal masons to brick her up, leaving a couple of small slits to pass food through. The bitch lived for four years after that.
In the height of her gruesome activities, the countess mutilated the hands, faces and genitalia of her victims. She tortured them with fire, blades, and needles. Sometimes she would bite the flesh off from their faces and arms or perform bizarre surgeries on them while they were alive.
She appeared to turn it over to the Lord in her final days, and was reportedly heard singing religious hymns and praying to God before her death.
But after she died a paper was found that she had written a prayer to the devil on, imploring the prince of darkness to send 99 cats to kill King Matthias and the people who had brought her to justice. Crazy kid.