Today, she has left her legend in every story you read about the eternal youth and beauty of vampires. She’s probably the reason Transylvania is considered a scary place. As easy as it would be to say “better Elizabeth Bathory had never been born” ,without her, we wouldn’t have this:
Oh, you can do without that? Okay. Me too. What about this?
Though, honestly, I’m not sure knowing that legacy would have made the families of any of the girls Elizabeth killed feel much better. And even if we can identify circumstances that caused Elizabeth to behave the way she did – she had a rough childhood, her family and husband were all sadists – I think the message to take away from this story is simply:
Try to be like Ron Ridenhour.