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.
This story has haunted me for years. Christine Chubbuck was the first and only TV news reporter to commit suicide during a live television broadcast. On July 15, 1974, eight minutes into the broadcast, the depressed reporter said “In keeping with Channel 40’s policy of bringing you the latest in blood and guts, and in living color, you are going to see another first: an attempted suicide.” With that, Chubbuck drew up a revolver and shot herself in the head. Three we