It’s Halloween, which is my favorite time of year. It’s also a great excuse to indulge in my “less than mainstream” interests … like serial killers. Now, they say most serial killers are men, but there’s also a theory that there are a high number of female killers—we just don’t know because they don’t get caught.
Through out history women have proven to be much more deviant and cruel when it comes to murder. They’re complicated, they are multi-layered, and they attack more than just the body. I’m not saying male killers don’t do these things as well, I’m saying women do them differently. I’ve studied several serial killers and murder cases, and for a while I wanted to be an FBI profiler. Women who murder, however—those cases have a different … feel about them. We’ve all heard the saying “A guy will ruin your day, a woman can ruin your life.” And it’s so true.
Here are five female serial killers you should seriously consider dressing up as for Halloween. When someone asks, “What are you supposed to be?” you’ll have such a fun story to tell!
1. Elizabeth, Countess of Bathory: This is an oldie but a goodie. She was known as “the blood countess”, and girl had it going on. She was supposedly gorgeous and she knew it. She would spend countless hours admiring her beauty. The craziest thing of all, however? It’s said, to keep herself looking young and beautiful, that she would bath in the blood of beautiful virgins. That’s not confirmed, but it’s pretty gnarly just the same.
Elizabeth grew up in a castle, and at the ripe old age of fifteen, married Count Ferencz Nadasdy. She could read and write in four languages and was incredibly educated—not your typical murderer.
In 1610, rumors began swirling that Elizabeth had a taste for the …unusual. Three hundred people testified that they saw Elizabeth murder adolescent girls. It was said that the victims were beaten, starved, and abused with needles and sometimes, sexually abused. “Two court officials testified that Elizabeth sometimes tortured the girls herself, changing their dresses when they became blood soaked and starting again”. That’s right, Elizabeth not only ordered it done, she did it herself.
She was convicted of killing sixty girls, but the number is thought to be closer to six hundred and fifty. Elizabeth was sentenced to a lifetime of confinement in her castle where she died at the age of fifty-four.
Costume: Renaissance gown, bottle of fake blood, and a virgin to go to the party with.
2. Sade Abe: Sade was a geisha who got into illegal sex work, then got out and opened a restaurant. Not your normal path but to each their own. She began learning under Kichizo Ishida, a successful restaurant owner. The two soon began an affair. They apparently went to “tea houses” and …