The number one bloodsucker, or was he? Many of us know Vlad Dracula III from the notorious work of Bram Stoker’s, Dracula. The blood-letting vampire of Transylvania, the father of all vampires. The legend of this dark prince is compelling and has been woven into the fabric of the western world however, it is a stretch from the real story of Prince Vlad Dracula of Wallachia (now modern-day Romania).
Dracula -Son of he who has the Order of the Dragon – The Most Evil Men in History
A Warm and Fuzzy Family History of Vlad Dracula III
Vlad Dracula was son of Vlad Dracul, dracul meaning “dragon” and this dragon dude was the head of the Christian Order of the Dragon, an elite group of Royalty with a hellbent mission to defend the cross against the Turks and the Hungarians, no matter what the cost. For Vlad Dracul this meant making his two sons the sacrificial lambs to his Hungarian enemies as an offering (and insurance policy) of peace. Kinda…
Ultimately, Vlad Dracul had no intention of peace with the Turks or Hungarians and was planning a massive attack. Meanwhile back at the ranch, Vlad Dracula and his brother Radu III “the Handsome” were being held hostage in a foreign land.
The Evolution of a Psychopath
Vlad, feeling abandoned and betrayed began to spawn a deep hatred for the Turks and the Hungarians while his brother was evolving into one of them right before his eyes. Vlad was tormented, and from there he began formulating methods of torture and mass murder which he would eventually play out during his 6 year reign as Prince of Wallachia. After years of watching public executions, Vlad Dracula developed the idea that bloodletting displays of gore could manipulate people into fearing him. Meanwhile, he was gaining more and more sadistic pleasure for torture and killing.
A Murderous Vigilante with a Taste for Blood
He roasted children, whom he fed to their mothers. And (he) cut off the breasts of women, and forced their husbands to eat them. After that, he had them all impaled. -Wikipedia
According to German documents Vlad Dracula was responsible for slaughtering at least 80,000 victims. He also had whole villages and fortresses destroyed and burned to the ground.
Vlad the Impaler
Impalement was Vlad’s favorite method of murder. Several 15th and 16th century German documents depict Vlad feasting in a forest of impaled victims outside of Brasov as a nearby executioner sawed apart the bodies of the dead. It was also reported that an invading Ottoman army was left terrified when they encountered thousands of rotting corpses on the banks of the Danube. Alas, Vlad Dracula’s plan to fear his enemy into submission was beginning to come to fruition.
Vlad Dracula wasn’t a vampire after all. He was however, the inspiration behind Bram Stoker’s Dracula, a personal favorite read of mine. Bram Stoker based his character of Count Dracula off Vlad Dracula III and Bran Castle in Transylvania. In comparison of the two I would say Vlad Dracula III may as well have been a vampire. Thoughts?