Elizabeth Báthory alias the Blood Countess

The tortures Elizabeth Bathory inflicted upon women included:

  • beating the servant girls with a heavy cudgel
  • stucking pins into the upper and lower lips of the girls, into other parts of their flesh, and under their fingernails
  • having the women stripped naked and forcing them to perform their household duties in full view of men
  • forcing the servants to go on fasts with nothing to eat or drink for days
  • having cold water poured over naked girls, while they were outside in the cold and snow, until they froze to death
  • having girls submerged in a frozen river in winter
  • having iron keys and coins heated red-hot and forcing girls to hold them
  • having naked girls smeared with honey and then forcing them to stand outside for twenty-four hours and endure bites from insects
  • placing paper between the girls’ toes and setting it on fire (called “star kicking”)
  • putting her fingers into one girl’s mouth and pulling until it split at the corners
  • setting pubic hair on fire
  • thrusting the hot iron into the face of the servant if a collar was not properly pressed
  • scorching girls with fiery swords or tongs
  • pouring scalding water on servant girls
  • biting and ripping out the flesh of the servant girls