Along long time ago, there was this guy called Vlad from Wallachia, and he used to enjoy impaling people and torturing and killing, thus the name, Vlad the Impaler.
Vlad was born in 1431 in Transylvannia. He was the son of Vlad II or Dracul, which is how Vlad was also known as Dracula…. (no fangs included).
After his father was killed in 1447 by people involved with John Hunyadi, who rebelled against Vlad II and murdered him. The eldest of the sons was captured and buried alive. As for Dracula..he was exiled and to Moldavia where he seeked vengeance against those involved in his father’s murder.
At the end of it all he killed Hunyadi, and became the ruler of Wallachia which he restored. In 1462 during war with the Ottomans, Vlad travelled to Hungary to seek advice from a former ally King Matthias. He was greeted with condemnation and was chucked into prison, where he stayed for 10 years. Upon his release as born again Catholic Christian, he returned to Wallachia, but was soon assassinated.
He was only posthumously known as Vlad the Impaler, and his cruelty became his notorious claim to fame. The man loved to impale people after torturing them, I mean he really loved to impale…A LOT! He used to roast children and feed them to their mothers, cut off women’s breasts and feed them to their husbands. He killed up to 80,000 people.
All in all, Vlad was a pretty macabre guy, so maybe he saw the assassination coming, plus his story was the influence for Bram Stoker’s Dracula, but compared to Vlad, Dracula seems like a pretty nice guy.