In the mountains of Romania stands one of the most foreboding castles in Eastern Europe. Its secluded location among the Romanian wilderness is enough to make anyone think twice about knocking on its door.

In the mountains of Romania stands one of the most foreboding castles in Eastern Europe. Its secluded location among the Romanian wilderness is enough to make anyone think twice about knocking on its door. But more than that, Bran's Castle has earned a terrifying reputation thanks to its association with history's real Dracula.

The castle was allegedly the residence of the fearsome Vlad III, known as Vlad the Impaler, for his notoriously brutal methods of torture. Vlad ruled the territory of Wallachia in the 15th century and took on the name Vlad Dracula after his father, Dracul. But his unparalleled reputation for violence was known across Europe, and especially his favorite form of torture.

When an unfortunate soul was impaled, a wooden or metal pole was jabbed through their body starting either in the rectum or vagina. It would then slowly pierce through the body until it came out the victim's mouth, shoulders, or neck. Sometimes the pole was rounded so that it would go through the body without puncturing any internal organs, prolonging the victim's torture. In these particularly gruesome cases, it could take hours or even days for the victim to finally die.



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