13 Famous Historical Figures Who May Have Sold Their Soul to The Devil
Gilles De Rais
A 15th-century aristocrat, Gilles de Rais was left with massive amounts of wealth and power in his youth upon his father’s passing. Despite these advantages, he had no one to teach him how to care for them properly, and he quickly squandered his family’s assets.
In a desperate attempt to regain his lost fortune, he began to experiment with the occult under the direction of Antonio Francisco Prelati, a former priest who assured him that he would regain his wealth if he sacrificed children to a demon named Baron.
After the alleged deal, Gilles de Rais embarked on a violent spree, killing and torturing anywhere between 80 and 200 children. He was later caught, tried, and found guilty for his countless crimes. He was executed in 1440.