Erzsébet was placed on trial a few days later. The trial was conducted by Count Thurzo as an agent of the king. As noted, the trial was initiated to not only obtain a conviction, but also to confiscate her lands. On January 7, 1611, less than a week after the first trial, a second trial was convened at Bitscse. One of the trials was conducted in Hungarian, the other in Latin. Although Erzsébet petitioned the court to allow her to appear and defend herself against the charges, her cousin Thurzo would not allow her to appear and so disgrace the Bathory name. While the court condemned the Countess' actions, she was not actually to be punished.

At this trial, a register was found in Erzsébet's living quarters and was introduced as evidence. It noted the names of 650 victims, all recorded in her handwriting. Johannes Ujvary, major-domo, testified that about 37 unmarried girls has been killed, six of whom he had personally recruited to work at the castle. The victims were tied up and cut with scissors. Sometimes the two witches tortured these girls, or the Countess herself. Erzsébet's old nurse testified that about 40 girls had been tortured and killed. All the accomplices in the killings, except the Countess Bathory and the two witches, were beheaded and cremated, the manner determined by their roles in the tortures. A complete transcript of the trial was made at the time and it survives today in Hungary!



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