Impaler's home should have been some kind of museum, but instead it
was a restaurant that didn't get good reviews. However, the ice cream
outside was really good!
Vlad was the national hero who held the Turks back from invading the
country. But, outside of Romania, Vlad was better known as Dracula.
His father was Vlad Dracul (which meant the Devil). Young Vlad and
his brother were sent as hostages by their father to live with a sultan
in Turkey. Good things didn't happen to young boys who lived with
the sultan. Rape and death did happen. Apparently, Vlad was an observant
learner. He saw the ways that the Turks used terror and torture. When
he eventually came home, he used what he learned. If you broke the
law or crossed Vlad in any way, you never did it a second time. You
To be honest,
I never knew what 'impaled' meant. Once you know, you don't forget.
Victims were bound spread eagle and someone hammered a stake up their
rectum. That would be bad enough, but it wasn't for Vlad. He had them
raised aloft, leaving them dying in agony. In 1642, to ward off attacking
Turks, Vlad created a "forest" of 20,000 Turks and Bulgarians, all
impaled. It worked.
Vlad was a
lot of things, but he was never thought to be a vampire in his lifetime.
That tale was woven in the imagination of Bram Stoker. In 1890 he
took Romanian folklore, Transylvanian history and geography, sprinkled
it with the influences of Jack the Ripper, and created Count Dracula.
Horror stories were never going to be the same.
Vlad got it in the end. Well, actually, he didn't get it in "the end".
That would have been divine retribution. They simply cut his head
off and sent it to a sultan. I think he deserved a lot worse than
that. He should have suffered for the 48 hours like his impaled victims