Some people in history are notorious for spilling blood in bizarre (yet brutal) ways. Romanian prince Vlad the Impaler may have partly inspired the legend of Dracula, but there are real-life offenders who have committed grave and nefarious deeds in order to satisfy an alleged bloodthirst.
The most notorious is Elizabeth Báthory, a Hungarian noblewoman and ruthless killer. In fact, Báthory lives in infamy as the most prolific female offender of her kind, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. So great was Báthory's bloodlust that many believe she bathed in the blood of her victims to attain infinite youth and beauty. In 1614, Báthory passed, having been imprisoned in her castle for her egregious crimes.
Read on to discover the most infamous real-life vampires who ever existed and collectively claimed many victims.
Neville Heath was a man known to frequently commit fraud. In London in 1946, he had been faking his identity, claiming that he was a lieutenant colonel. He then dispatched and drank the blood of two women using this guise.
Heath, AKA "The Lady Killer," was apprehended in 1946 and sentenced to receive capital punishment.
Vincenzo Verzeni operated in Italy in the 1870s, where he dispatched two people in order to drink their blood. It is believed that he could have had at least 10 additional victims. He was apprehended in 1873 and sentenced to life in prison.
Richard Trenton Chase
"The Vampire of Sacramento" terminated and drank the blood of six people between 1977 and 1980. He had been diagnosed with schizophrenia. He claimed that the Nazis were ending him slowly, and he had to drink blood to sustain himself.