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This Russian "Blood Countess" Was Addicted To Torment And Killed Over 130 People

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Darya Nikolayevna Saltykova embodied the axiom "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned." Nicknamed Saltychikha, she was a noblewoman from Moscow, Russia, who slayed more than 100 servants during the 18th century. Saltykova enjoyed tormenting and mistreating the serfs on her estate, especially women and young girls – some as young as 10 years old. Saltykova is the Russian Elizabeth Bathory, who carried out similar horrors in 16th-century Hungary.

In outward appearance, Saltykova seemed to be a well-adjusted individual. She did not exhibit odd behavior as a child or young adult that would foreshadow the disturbing acts she would commit later in life; however, when a relationship turned sour, she took out her anger on the females who worked on her estate. A blood countess in her own right, Saltykova eliminated women and children without consequence for many years. She became a female serial killer who couldn't be stopped, until two men who worked for her took matters in their own hands.

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