Gilles de Rais (1401?-1440) was a Marshal of France and served under Joan of Arc before her execution. He practiced alchemy and black magic while he was a great patron of the arts. He enjoyed killing, usually by decapitation, young boys after he he had sodomized them. His fame and influence kept people from noticing that children were disappearing from his lands. Some speculators think the story of Bluebeard arose among the peasantry to warn their children to stay away from the dangerous baron whom they had no other protection against due to his political and financial stature. Finally, the Duke of Brittany investigated the murders and dug up the remains of 50 boys in de Rais' castle. He confessed to 140 killings at his trial, but he might have killed up to 300 people. He was burned alive and hanged simultaneously for his crimes on October 26, 1440.
History of Bluebeard
Madame and Bluebeard
Madame wanted to see what was in the third room that she was not allowed to go in.
Bluebeard told madame not to look or he would kill her.
She went into the room where he had killed his other wives and she dropped the key in the blood and couldn't get it clean. He knew she went in there.
Blubeard tried to kill her, but her brother killed Bluebeard and saved her.