Lisa Corday: Oh, How nice, it's just what I expected, that Coat of Arms....
Mr. Roarke: It's of the House of Baffory.
Lisa: I've seen it before.
Mr. Roarke: May I ask where?
Lisa: In my dreams I think.
Mr. Roarke: It belonged to the family of a beautiful woman like the one you describe, a historical figure, her name was Elizabeth Baffory and she was born in Hungary in 1560. At the age of fifteen she was married to Count Ferenc Nádasdy, he was killed a few years later in a war with the Turks.
Lisa: That could have been the tragedy.
Mr. Roarke: No, the Counts' death wasn't her tragedy, she fell in love with another man, but her love was doomed. Under the Counts' influence Elizabeth had become fascinated by the powers of Black Magic and the fascination becamse an obsession. The man she loved refused to accept her bizarre beliefs and left the country.
Lisa: What happened to her?
Mr. Roarke: She returned to her husbands' castle where she was seized with a morbid fear of growing old, of losing her great beauty. Evil gradually consumed her mind and body.
Lisa: Is there more?
Mr. Roarke: Yes, yes Elizabeth put into practice ancient satanic beliefs to stay eternally young and beautiful, she became widely known as the Blood Countess, she was much feared and hated. So much so that it is said, the french word abattoir meaning slaughter house was derived from her name.
Lisa: That can't be the one I dreamed about. She was a grand lady, she was loved and adored!
Mr. Roarke: I sincerely hope you are right Miss Corday.