“The Impaler” was one of the most cruel men in the history of humanity. The number of people who died by his hand or his people cannot be counted as there were so many. The number of deaths as reported from history is up to 100,000 people. The deaths do not include the number of villages he burnt to the ground and many fortresses destroyed. Vlad did not care about killing women or young people. Vlad was one of the most evil men I have ever researched in history.
Vlad’s (Vlad III) 15th century, Prince of Wallachia, left a trail of bodies and death. His legacy is that of blood, death and torture. Vlad was a tyrant, and he enjoyed torturing innocent people in the most excruciating way possible. Vlad had a way to keep enemies at bay, and to scare people from attacking he and his forces. Vlad would impale victims. Meaning he would take wood, and put the person on the wood (alive). Their body would be impaled by the wood. The person at times would be alive and screaming with wood driven through their body and hanging feet into the air. This was a form of psychological warfare.
There was an occasion when Vlad impaled thousands of people at one time. Some were alive and some were dead. Vlad decided to sit down and have a meal in the middle of all the dying or dead people (bodies impaled). There were times that people did try to stop Vlad’s rule, only to be so mortified by the impaled bodies, they turned back. In my opinion, this may have been due to them thinking of witchcraft (due to the era).
Vlad was born in Transylvania, present day Romania. Vlad’s mother is believed to be the second wife of Vlad Dracul, Princess Cneajna of Moldavia. Vlad’s father known to be ”Dracul” was a member of the Order of the Dragon (Societas Draconistrarum). Vlad was initiated into the order at just age five. Keep in mind during this era, men had many mistresses and it was hard to track lineage.
Vlad stated in a letter, “I have killed peasants men and women, old and young, who lived at Oblucitza and Novoselo, where the Danube flows into the sea, up to Rahova, which is located near Chilia, from the lower Danube up to such places as Samovit and Ghighen. We killed 23,884 Turks without counting those whom we burned in homes or the Turks whose heads were cut by our soldiers…” — Vlad
Prince Charles admits to being related to Vlad: I found it interesting that Prince Charles publicly claimed that genealogy shows that he is a distant relative of Vlad the Impaler. The claim accompanied his announcement of a pledge to help conserve the forested areas of Transylvania. Prince Charles admits to being related to a family of people who were mass murderers, to conserve a forest? I would NEVER admit to this fact, would you? Never want my name associated with “Vlad, the impaler.” Prince Charles has some guts, that’s for sure!
I respect Prince Charles for admitting such things publicly, in order to preserve nature, history and forested areas. He tarnished his own name for the sake of wildlife preservation.
“The Romania police arent know for their honesty or competency. So they are probably hiding the true level of disappeared kids…” “So why would Prince Charles be interested in a shithole like Romania?…………” (bulletproofaquarium author of quote)
What is the deal with the missing children in Romania, by the way? What is going on there? Had no idea that missing children was such a huge problem in Romania. Romania had 3200 children missing in one year! Madness.
Vlad was imprisoned in Hungary from 1464 – 1474. A relative intervened on his behalf, and he was released from prison. Vlad had traveled to Hungary to ask for help (and money) as he was broke. Instead of receiving help, he was thrown in prison and was “duped” by his friend, Matthias Corvinus.
In Liz’s words: Vlad’s friend probably said, “hey come on over, I will help you.” Then when Vlad arrived, his friend had him thrown in the dungeon. It appears that his friend was growing tired of the war, and even forged a letter in Vlad’s name to the Ottomans and offered a peace offering. It appears from my reading (my opinion) that Corvinus was out of money, tired of the war and just wanted to go home. However, one of Glad’s relatives managed to get him out of prison.
Vlad declared his third reign (after prison) in 1476. Vlad began preparations for the reconquest of Wallachia in 1476 with Hungarian support (he obviously had a thirst for war, no doubt).
Vlad was brutally killed, (finally) only 2 months after his third reign. I am guessing people were most likely sick of his crazy killing sprees and tyranny. The exact date of his death is still under debate. It is said to be in December of 1476.
Vlad’s head was taken to Constantinople as a trophy, and his body was buried unceremoniously by his rival, Basarab Laiota, possibly at Comana, a monastery (speculation…body never found.) The place where Vlad was supposedly buried was dug up, the tomb was opened and there were only bones of animals…no Vlad. People have been looking for Vlad’s body, and I have not found any solid research that confirms his body was ever found.
My guess is…although bloody and gory, is that I can imagine Vlad’s body being chopped into pieces and burned with a very hot heat, or his body being impaled, as he had done to woman and so many innocent people. I have many conspiracy theories on this era of history. These are my theories – not facts.
Vlad the impaler was one of the most evil men in history. The history of he and his family sounds fictional, although it is not. Vlad had to be completely insane. Who puts tons of bodies on sticks in the front of your fortress, to ward off strangers and opposition?
Vlad – I vote you the craziest SOB in history, along with Hitler.
Prince Charles – Have no idea why you would ever admit to being to related to Vlad “The Impaler.”
Why are there so many children missing in Romania? What is up with that? Had no idea until I began the research for this post.
Vlad, Prince Charles, missing children in Romania….I don’t know what to say…crazy.
Why Prince Charles ever want his name in the same sentence as Vlad, the impaler? That is not the thesis of this post. Just questions I am wondering.
The thesis: Vlad – you were one psycho, crazy SOB, and I am glad your head was cut off. Vlad, I am glad your body was never found, as a proper burial was not in order. Vlad killed so many people (women and men) in a slow, dying tortuous way, by impalement. Vlad should have met the same fate. Vlad did not give proper burials. He may have met the same fate, as his body was never recovered, and noone really knows….
Note: Vlad did many more horrid acts that I cannot post. The acts were so evil, they are shocking. I have done much research on Vlad over the past few years. Decided cannot post much of Vlad’s deeds, as they are an abomination. I call him “Vlad the Devil.”
I often research history. Many drafts in the works, not as bloody and gory as this piece.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/earthnews/8851383/Prince-of-Wales-campaigning-to-save-Count-Dracula-forests.html (article about the Prince admitting to being related to Vlad, the Impaler)
http://www.davidicke.com/forum/showthread.php?t=199540 (Quote author – Blogger BulletProofAquarium)
http://poundpuplegacy.org/node/41930. (Romania missing children)Charles Philip Arthur George [Internet]. 2012. http://www.biography.com/people/prince-charles-9244936, August 1Dracula – between myth and reality:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Impalement (history of impalement – used by many countries in history)
Brits want Charles to be king? Interesting read
Facts from Wiki – click on photos
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