“Vileblood” by Jorge Mascarenhas for the “Lies” challenge.
Portrait of the infamous “Blood Countess” Elizabeth Báthory. On the surface she was a respected noblewoman, but in reality a sadistic serial killer. She lured young daughters of peasants into Čachtice castle by offering well paid work as maids and servants in the castle. These young women were victims to unspeakable atrocities, including severe beatings, burning or mutilation of hands, biting the flesh off the faces, arms and other body parts, freezing or starving to death. Torture and bloody orgies were supposedly carried out to accompany family celebrations, including her daughter’s wedding, and holidays.