Darya Nikolayevna Saltykova was born in Russia in 1730. She was born into a wealthy family who owned not only large amounts of land but also controlled masses of serfs who were required by Russian law to stay on the land they were born on.
Darya’s husband died when she was only 26 and that’s when she snapped. The servants who worked on the Saltykova estates started to vanish and people began to notice the female serfs would have blood on their clothes and showed signs of being beaten.
Many speculate what made Darya snap but her reign of terror lasted for six years with many of the nobles turning a blind eye to the plight of the Saltykova servants. Darya is now the most notorious female serial killer in all of Russia following in the footsteps of Elizabeth Bathory, The Blood Countess.