I never knew that Dracula was originally inspired by the brutality of the 17th century Transylvanian woman serial killer Elizabeth Bathory who has allegedly tortured and killed as many as 650 girls and women by biting them to death, eating their flesh, burning their genitalia with candle flames, showering in their blood while they were suspended in spiked barrels, and worse. After she started killing not only her servants but daughters of nobles, she was finally apprehended and tried in secret, then sealed in a castle tower where she died 4 years later.
In was only 100 after her death that the trial records were discovered, but by then folk myths and fears have constructed the story of a female vampire bathing in blood (which she never did) and eventually caught the eye of Bram Stoker who created Dracula based on Elizabeth's distant relation via her marriage, Prince Vlad Tepes by the nickname of Dracul (who was another brutal bastard).
These are your botched myths of the night.
One about Dracula inspired by a ruthless man, and another about the nonexistence of women serial killers before the industrial age (I'm not even going to touch here the bloodbath of the Roman Empire). Below is the only portrait of the fiend, still in her twenties but already a murderous psychopath, cannibal, and sadist.