Thursday, September 22, 2011

Empress Valeria Messallina, Roman Serial Killer

Valeria Messallina, (c. 17/20 – 48) was a Roman empress as the third wife of the Emperor Claudius. She was also a paternal cousin of the Emperor Nero, second cousin of the Emperor Caligula, and great-grandniece of the Emperor Augustus. A powerful and influential woman with a reputation for promiscuity, she conspired against her husband and was executed when the plot was discovered. [from Wikipedia]

Peter Vronsky notes that “in a seven-year period, between the ages of fifteen and twenty-two. Messalina murdered dozens of imperial courtiers, many of whom had managed to survive the psychopath Caligula, only to perish at the urgings of Messalina, merely because they were friends of one of her illicit lovers or had witnessed some aspect of her misconduct.”

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