Elizabeth Bathory, “the female dracula” (1560-1614) — a renaisance-era transylvanian countess alleged to have bathed in the blood of young women to enhance the beauty of her skin. if true, she would be one of the rare cases of female offenders who could be catagorised as a “hedonist lust” type serial killer: those who harvest body parts or fluids for their own hedonistic pleasure, a characteristic predominately associated with only male serialists.
Known to History as the “Blood Countess,” Countess Elizabeth Báthory was accused, along with 4 accomplices, of killing over 600 women, mostly virgins, so she could bathe in their blood. Though never formally tried, Báthory was convicted of killing 80 young women, and as punishment was walled into a section of the castle under house arrest. She died four years later. She is regarded as the most prolific female serial killer the world has ever known.