Thursday, March 31, 2016

Faust Bonino, Suspected Serial Killer Nurse – 2016, Italy


Faust Bonino, a 55-year-old nurse in Piombino, Italy was arrested March 30, 2016 on suspicion of murdering 13 patients between 2014 and 2015. Police named the investigation, which involved several months of monitoring, the "the killer on the ward.” “The victims were mainly elderly people with a variety of illnesses.” Most of them were elderly, but not necessarily sick. Bonino was stationed in a hospital’s anaesthesia and intensive care units. Traces of drugs not prescribed to patients were found in bodies of victims. [Robert St. Estephe; primary source of facts: “Italian nurse accused of 13 murders in Piombino,” BBC, Mar. 31, 2016]

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For more cases, see Sicko Nurses

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Kathleen McCluskey, Methadone Serial Killer – 2001, England


This is the story of a predator who selected male addicts as her targets.

Prosecutors described Kathleen McCluskey, resident in the famous university town of Cambridge, England, as bearing an “ambivalent attitude towards men.” She was charged of murdering four of them between 1999 and 2001 by manipulating them to overdose on methadone combined with alcohol. The woman who is described as always wearing black and “who encouraged friends to stroke a devil statue in her home” was described in the tabloid press as a “devil worshipper.”

Kathleen McCluskey was a drug addict and was prescribed methadone by a government addiction program. She was well versed in the dangers of overdose and dangerous drug combinations. In her Cambridge home, police found a copy of the British National Formulary, the “pharmacists’ bible,” which gives details of prescribed drugs and their effects.

McCluskey’s second alleged murder victim was Marvin Brodie, 32, a man who was “well-liked” but with a drink problem. She got to know him through a friend and in June 2000 went with him and some other friends to see a film. During the evening she was heard to say: “I don’t want to go to prison - I’ll kill you like I killed the rest.” She provided the man with a fatal concoction that ended his life.

Prosecutor Nigel Godsmark: “Four deaths is just too many to be a coincidence - the common factor is this lady.” He added: “In each case the defendant supplied the drugs or supplied the means of taking these drugs.”

A survivor of Catherine McCluskey’s toxic cocktail method is enlightening: “In November 2001 Peter Bakulinskjy came forward to report an incident which had happened on Christmas Day 1999. He had drunk methadone with an unknown additive at Mrs McCluskey’s home and was unconscious for five hours. McCluskey was later acquitted of administering a toxic substance - methadone - to him.”

On December 16, 2002, McCluskey was convicted Norwich Crown Court of two of the four homicides she was charged with – on the reduced charge of manslaughter. One hearing the verdict Kathleen flew into a rage, shouting: “This is f*****g ignorance.” When female guards were called to escort the convict to her cell, she was twice heard screaming “Ignorant b******s.”

On March 19, 2003, McLuskey was sentenced to 10 years in prison for two manslaughter convictions: 4 years for killing Assali plus 6 year for killing Brodie. During the hearing the sentencing judge admonished the murderess: “You have had a sad life. I bear in mind the effect that drugs have had on you. Nevertheless, although you have a borderline personality disorder, I have to take into account that you have shown little compassion or remorse for the deaths of these two men.”


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CHRONOLOGY:
April 1960 – Kathleen McCluskey, Born Kathleen Baxter in South Yorkshire.
1976 – Left home at 16 and moved to Brighton.
1980s – Later moved to London and then Cambridge.
Dec. 1994 – Married James Wormold in Dec. 1994.
Aug. 1999 – Death of Mohammed Assadi.
Dec. 25, 1999 – Peter Bakulinskyj, 38, poisoned, survived.
Jun. 2000 – Death of Marvin Brodie.
Mar. 2001 – Death of Ray Diaz.
Sep. 2001 – Death of James McCluskey.
Oct. 2001 – Operation Falstaff launched.
Dec. 16, 2002  – McCluskey convicted of 2 manslaughter charges.
Mar. 19, 2003 – sentenced to 10 years in prison (4 yrs. For Assali; 6 yrs. For Brodie).

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4 SUSPECTED HOMICIDE VICTIMS:
Mohammed Shoja Assadi, 48, known as Martin, lived alone and was a heavy drinker who was prescribed low level doses of methadone several years ago, artist.
Marvin Brodie, 32, worked occasionally as a care assistant.
Ray Diaz, 48, was a friend of McCluskey’s.
James McCluskey, 44, was her second husband. They married in September 2001, eight months after her first husband committed suicide using a vacuum cleaner pipe attached to his car’s exhaust pipe. Prosecutors later doubted the suicide ruling.

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Sources: [Steven Morris, Drugs woman ‘murdered four men,’ The Guardian (London, England), Dec. 3, 2002; modified Jan. 14, 2016] [John Troup, “Black widow killer uproar,” The Sun (London, England), Dec. 17,  2002] [Chris Summers, “Secrets of a sordid world,” Mar. 19, 2003, BBC News] [“Black widow' gets 10 years for drug deaths,” Cambridge News, March 19, 2003]

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Rachel Hartley, Suspected Serial Killer – 1794, Mississippi


Rachel Hartley, 1794, accused; wife of Jacob Hartley.

Suspected victims:
Jacob (John, Jr.) Hartley, died Apr. 4, 1774; son of John and Anna Catherine Hartley.
John Hartley Sr., died.
Betty Hartley, died; daughter of John and Anna Catherine Hartley.
Christina Hartley, ill, poisoned; daughter of John and Anna Catherine Hartley.

Anna Catherine Hartley, widow of late John Hartley, accuser.

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Excerpts from court records dating from 1794.

EXCERPT (p. 212-13): To His Excellency Governor Gayoso, the petition of Anna Catherine Hartley showeth that whereas she understands that her son’s pretended wife is making applications to Your Exellency for her son’s property and that she understands that the said Rachel has set forth that her son made a will and left what property he had to her, for about nine days before he died, he said that all that he had in the world should go to his decrepit mother and his soul to God. Her son was not twenty years of age when he joined himself to her in marriage . . . . . . . [accuses his wife as the means of shortening her son’s days and those of others.] Had I not applied to a man on this creek I should have lost two more of my children as this man declared in his opinion that they were poisoned, and by several other circumstances and her threatenings, it appeared evident that she poisoned them. Please direct Col. Bruin to examine this affair, according to evidences and examinations and transmitting their depositions to Your Excellency. Sig: Anna Catherine Hartley. 23 Sept. 1794.

EXCERPT (p. 213): Catherine Miles was at the house of her late father, Mr. John Hartley, about nine months before the death of her brother, Jacob Hartley, and she heard him at that time declare that he willed property to his mother and his soul to God. Rachel Hartley was present and laughed heartily. She believed that her brothers, Jacob and John, and her sister, Betty, were poisoned. When asked what reason she had for so believing, she answered that she was told so by Mr. Nicholas Sirlott, a neighbor who was called in to administer some relief to her brother John and her sister Christina and who didn’t relieve them. Q. What reason had he that Rachel Hartley was responsible? A. I have reason to believe that she did administer it because she threatened to take satisfaction on the family. She said she would have satisfaction if it was seven years afterwards. She declared to the truth of what Hezekiah Harman deposed of the dead bodies of her sister and her brother, Jacob. Catherine Miles, signed with a mark. Bayou Pierre, 8 Oct. 1794. Before P. Bryan Bruin.

[May Wilson McBee, The Natchez Court Records, 1767-1805, Abstracts of Early Records, 1953, Greenwood, Mississippi; reprinted, 1979, Baltimore, pp. 212-215.]

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Monday, March 21, 2016

Lue Burns, Black Widow Who Shot to Death Two Husbands – 1941, Missouri


FULL TEXT (Article 1 of 2): John Palmer (Jack) Burns, owner of a small jewelry shop in downtown East St. Louis, was shot and killed last night by his wife, Mrs. Lue Burns, following one of the petty quarrels which had disrupted the Burns household at 735 Post place, East St. Louis, the last five years.

He was her fourth husband. Nine years ago Mrs. Burns shot and killed her third husband, Shelby Clay, at their home in Madison, after he had attacked her with a butcher knife. A witness to both tragedies was Gene Rodemich, Mrs. Burns’ son by her second marriage, a second cousin and namesake of Gene Rodemich, the late dance band leader.

Burns, 44 years old, was shot four times and was dead on arrival at Christian Welfare Hospital. Mrs. Burns, 38, was treated at St. Mary’s Hospital for hysteria and for a bruise on the head suffered in the scuffle with her husband, and then removed to jail.

Chief of Police Michael J. O’Rourke told reporters police had been called to the Burns home several times in the last year by Burns, who told them he was worried because his wife complained people were persecuting her.

Mrs. Burns had been been committed by court orders to the Illinois State Hospital at Alton twice for brief stays within the last five years on complaint of her husband. In both instances she was discharged when alienists reported that she was not insane.

~ Police Called Before. ~

She apparently had not grasped the fact that she had killed her husband until this morning, when she asked about her son. Told that he had been released on bond but would appear at the  Coroner’s inquest, she said: “Is Jack dead? I didn’t mean to kill him. I was afraid of people.”

~ Quarrel After Dinner. ~

The quarrel last night began shortly after dinner, Mr. and Mrs. Burns were in the living room. Rodemich, a student, had gone upstairs to study for his midyear examinations. The negro maid, Leonia Harris, was washing dishes in the kitchen.

The maid told police she heard Mrs. Burns begin to denounce her husband because he had forgotten to bring home some new clothes for her which had been delivered at the jewelry store.

“Mr. Burns told her he was tired of having her packages delivered to the jewelry store,” the maid sad. Mrs. Burns told him she needed the clothes for work tomorrow, and Mr. Burns to stop cursing his mother, and he and Mr. Burns started to fight. Mr. Burns slipped into the downstairs bedroom, and the next thing I heard was a shot.”

~ Fired Six Shots. ~

Mrs. Burns had gone to the bedroom to get a .32 caliber revolver which she had brought several months ago. As the scuffle between Burns and Rodemich moved into the hall, she fired at Burns.She fired six shots in all, then told her son to call police.

When police arrived they found Burns lying outside the house on the back steps. He had been shot in the left eye, chin, throat and chest. There were powder burns on his face, indicating he had been shot at close range.

Mrs. Burns was lying on the dining room floor. She had a cut on her head and was moaning hysterically. The revolver was clutched in her right hand.

She was too hysterical at Police Headquarters to tell a coherent story, but she told police that fights in her home were frequent and that she and her husband had come to blows as recently as two weeks ago. She and Burns, who had operated the jewelry store at 320 Collinsville avenue for 16 years, were married seven years ago.

~ Similar Considerations. ~

The circumstances under which she killed her third husband were somewhat similar in those of last night. She and Clay quarreled frequently, and she shot him four times after he had slashed her on the arm with a knife. A verdict of justifiable homicide was returned at the Coroner’s inquest.

She told police her second husband was Edwin Rodemich, a railroad engineer, and a brother of Gene Rodemich. She said he was drowned about 18 years ago when he fell off the cab of his train into an ashpit filled with water.

Mrs. Burns was unable to recall the name of her first husband, whom she had married as a young girl. “His name just doesn’t come to me,” she said.

[“Kills Her Fourth Husband, As She Did No. 3, In Row – Mrs. Lue Burns, 38, Shoots East St. Louis Jeweler Four Times as Son Looks On.” St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Mo.), Jan. 24, 1941, p. 1]

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FULL TEXT (Article 2 of 2): Mrs. Lue Burns, in their home at 753 Post street, was found not guilty of murder late yesterday in City Judge William F. Borders’ court.

The jury of six men and six women deliberated three hours. On the first ballot, the Post-Dispatch learned, one juror voted for conviction of murder, six for conviction of manslaughter, and five for acquittal. The second ballot showed seven for conviction of manslaughter and five for acquittal. Four additional ballots were taken.

Forewoman of the jury was Mrs. Mildred Weidmann of Belleville, wife of a State grain inspector. She told reporters she was unable to recall how the men and women on the jury divided on the early ballots.

Mrs. Burns, 38 years old, heard the verdict with no show of emotion, except that her face reddened. Later, talking with reporters, she laughed and smiled, and said: “Justice always wins.”

She had told the jury she killed Burns as he was choking her 21-year-old son, Gene Rodemich, who had intervened when her husband “hit me, beat and kicked me.” The quarrel began, she testified, after dinner, when she asked her husband to return to his jewelry shop in downtown East St. Louis to get some parcels, purchases of lingere which she had ordered delivered C. O. D. to the store.

The weapon with which she killed Burns was a revolver she purchased last October “to protect myself.” Burns was shot four times, but in her testimony she did not recall how many shots she fired.

Mrs. Burns shot and killed her third husband, Shelby Clay, when he attacked her with a kitchen knife. Her second husband, Edwin Rodemich, a locomotive engineer, was killed when he fell from his cab.

[“Mrs. Lue Burns Acquitted Of Killing Husband – Verdict Reached on Sixth Ballot After Three Hours – Defendant Says, ‘Justice Always Wins,’” St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Mo.), Mar. 14, 1941, p. 3A]

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For links to other cases of woman who murdered 2 or more husbands (or paramours), see Black Widow Serial Killers.

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Saturday, March 12, 2016

Elka Cansfried, New York City Vamp – 1897


FULL TEXT:

Elka Canzfried, “The Woman Bluebeard.”

The New York woman is said to have been married to eleven men, and it is asserted that she has never procured a divorce from any of them, though none of the eleven husbands is dead. She is reported to have made a practice of marrying men who had money, and it is charged that, after getting all they had, she would treat them so badly that they were glad to leaver her at any cost. The story goes that she would then seek a fresh victim.

[“Eliza Canzfried, ‘The Woman Bluebeard.’” St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Mo.), Apr. 19, 1897, p. 1]

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For more cases like this one, see: Vamps – Femmes Fatales – Predatory Women

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Friday, March 11, 2016

Betty Jakim – Suspected Michigan Serial Killer Nurse – 1975


Two Filipino nursers were convicted of murdering patients in July through August 1975 at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Following a 13-week trial the two VA nurses Filipina Narcisco and Lenora Perez were convicted conspiring to commit three murders on July 13, 1977.

The nurses were accused of deliberately injecting a muscle relaxant, Pavulon, into the intravenous feeding tubes of nine VA patients, resulting in breathing failure. There were more than 50 such breathing failures at the Ann Arbor VA Hospital in the Summer of 1975. The prosecution was highly controversial involving the charge that the FBI deliberately withheld exculpatory evidence. On appeal the nurses had the conviction overturned and the prosecution elected not to pursue a retrial. It was the mentally ill VA nursing supervisor Betty Jakim, 51, seems to have confessed to having committed the murders when institutionalised at the University of Michigan Neuropsychiatric Institute. She committed suicide in Sebring, Florida on February 3, 1975. She had attempted suicide twice before.

[Robert St. Estephe, Oct. 16, 2015]

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The case of Betty Jakim is exhaustively covered in online posts of the original newspaper clippings.
[Old News, Ann Arbor, Michigan.]

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For more cases, see Sicko Nurses

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“Cologne Baby Farmer,” Accused Serial Killer of 50 Babies – 1902, Germany


FULL TEXT: The Cologne Gazette says the police have arrested a woman who is suspected of poisoning over fifty babies who were in her charge. The public prosecutor is in possession of a mass of evidence against the woman. He is now trying to discover if she had any accomplices.

[“Accused of Fifty Murders. – Woman Arrested at Cologne Suspected of Wholesale Poisoning.” The Daily Inter Ocean (Chicago, Il.), Jan. 16, 1902, p. 3]

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For more cases of “Baby Farmers,” professional child care providers who murdered children see The Forgotten Serial Killers.

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Monday, March 7, 2016

Lady Blanche Diarne, Suspected Serial-Killer Mom – Romania, 1893


FULL TEXT: Bucharest, March 2. – The preliminary investigation into sensational criminal charges which involve the name of the late Prince Mensikoff, one of the greatest of native boyards has just been concluded, and the arrest, of his widow, now the wife of M. Diarne, formerly mayor of a small town in the neighborhood of Bucharest, and that of Diarne himself, is ordered by the court. The charges are murder against the mother, and murder and assault for the purpose of gain against Diarne.

The prince, upon his death. left a for tune of several millions of francs to his four children, three girls and one small boy. The mother was appointed trustee of the state. She became enamored of Diarne, and five years ago married him. Since then the boy died under suspicious circumstances, and two of the girls have disappeared. It is thought their mother and husband desire to become possessed of the property left to them by their father. The prosecuting judge of Bucharest has ordered a search of the house and the extensive gardens for the girl’s body, and that the body of the little boy be exhumed. The eldest daughter, who is the principal witness for the crown, has been placed under the protection of the judge.

Lady Blanche, the first witness in her own behalf, testified that his lordship went to the race meeting and also to Brighton for weeks together and refused to allow her to accompany him. He had sworn at her and called her a prostitute. Her husband often spent the night in drinking and retired to rest at 10 o’clock in the morning.

[“Roumania. - Sensational Criminal Charges Against People In High Life.” The Daily Picayune (La.), Mar. 3, 1893, p. 2]

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For more cases of this type, see Serial Baby-Killer Moms.

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Sunday, March 6, 2016

Frances Bennett, Serial Baby-Killing Mom – England, 1842


FULL TEXT: A guilty conscience has discovered a series of crimes. Frances Bennett, a woman living at Ruardean Hill, in the Forest of Dean, being ill, sent for the Reverend Henry Formby, the Curate of the place, and told him that she had successively killed six children which she had had by a man named Yapp. As the first five were born, they were drowned, and buried beneath the floor of a brewhouse; the last lived for two days; but being sickly, she poisoned it. The Police searched the brewhouse, and dug up the six skeletons; and an inquest was held on the skeletons on Tuesday; but Bennett, who had recovered, now denied her story. The Curate and her sister, however, deposed too distinctly to her confessions when ill for her to retract; and she and Yapp were detained in custody; the inquest being adjourned. One, which seems to have been the chief source of solicitude when Bennett was ill, was the desire to have the six bodies removed from the barn and buried in a churchyard.

[Untitled, The Spectator (London, England), Nov. 12, 1842, p. 1086]

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For more cases of this type, see Serial Baby-Killer Moms.

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The Orellana Couple & 26 Dead Babies – Spain, 1897


FULL TEXT: London, July 23. – Special dispatches from Madrid state that the bodies of 26 infants in rough deal boxes have been discovered in the tower of St. Peter’s Church in Seville. It is supposed that a wholesale crime has been committed by the church warden, Orellana, and his wife, and they have been arrested.

[“Wholesale Infanticide.” Ottawa Daily Republican (Ks.), Jul. 23, 1897, p. 1]

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Links to more Serial Killer Couples

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Saturday, March 5, 2016

Mrs. Walroth, Double Black Widow: Murder by Proxy – Nebraska, 1878


FULL TEXT: The News published yesterday a brief account of a terrible crime committed near Big Springs, Nebraska, where a wanton woman named Walroth caused one of her paramours to murder another and throw the body into the Platte. Afterwards she confessed the deed, overcome by remorse. The Omaha Herald prints there facts in detail, together with the following additional particulars:

As she finished her terrible narrative she fell down in a swoon and the men hastily left the house. They went to Big Springs and telegraphed these facts to Sheriff Zwiefel, and his deputy, Tom Beson, started immediately on a hand car to the Walroth ranch, which is near the railroad track. He arrived there at one o’clock in the morning. Duboise, unconscious that the guilty woman had divulged his secret, was asleep in the house, and came to the door when the deputy sheriff rapped. As he was in the act of lighting a lamp, the officer snapped the handcuffs on him, and Duboise, turning deadly pale, exclaimed, “What do you want me for? That murder?” The clicking of the hand-cuffs awakened the woman and she came out of her room shrieking for mercy. They were both taken in custody and brought to Sidney, and locked up. The preliminary examination was begun to-day, but the attorney for the defense asking a continuance was granted until next Monday. Men sent to search for the body discovered it half a mile below the place of murder. The river at that point is very wide and shallow, filled with constantly shifting banks of sand. A little piece of blue cloth on a bar in the middle of the river attracted their attention. Closely scrutinizing the object, they discovered a half submurged [sic] pair of pants, and by jumping from bar to bar, and wading the shallow channels, they reached the sand bank. A human hand was protruding from the wet sand, and by digging with their fingers they soon exhumed the body of Phillips. Two bullet holes through his head corresponded exactly with the account of the half crazed woman. Part of her statement is probably untrue. Last night in a delirious sleep, she repeated the whole story with some changes which show her intimate knowledge of the deed, which enabled her to go into the minutia of the crime, was gained by her personal presence at the scene. She was at the elbow of the murderer, prompting the deed. Her personal history is remarkable. She was married to Walroth four or five years ago; lived with him a year, was divorced for improper conduct; remarried to him after less than a year had passed; divorced again for adultery; married a man named Rurdy; was divorced from him and once more remarried Walroth a year ago. She has confessed that this was not the first victim she has put away through the agency of Duboise. All these events have occurred in a life less than twenty-two years duration.

[“A Female Fiend. – The Latest Big Springs Tragedy – Finding of the Dead Body – Thee Woman’s History.” Daily Rocky Mountain News (Denver, Co.), Mar. 3, 1878, p. 4]

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For links to other cases of woman who murdered 2 or more husbands (or paramours), see Black Widow Serial Killers.

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Lydia Olah, Professional Serial Killer – Hungary, 1929


EXCERPT: The most evil of the lot was chief accomplice and disciple of Mrs. Fazekas, Susanna Olah, called Susi, or Aunt Susi, by her clients. She operated in Nagyrev a sort of franchise of the Fazekas murder business, dispensing arsenic, which her patrons called “Aunt Susi’s Inheritance Powders.” The women purchasing arsenic from Aunt Susi expressed genuine fear at her presence in court, claiming that her eyes “glowed ruby red at night,” and telling the jury that she kept scores of poisonous snakes and lizards in her hut and these she had trained to creep into their beds of those who might inform on her.

Susi’s sister, Lydia Olah, a misshapen crone of seventy, defied the charges of the court. According to Posslyednia Novosti, a Russian daily published in Paris, Lydia cried out during her trial, “We are not assassins! We did not stab our husbands. We did not hang them or drown them either! They died from poison and this was a pleasant death for them!” She was later condemned to death.

[Jay Robert Nash, Look for the Woman, A Narrative Encyclopedia of Female Poisoners, Kidnappers, Thieves, Extortionists, Swindlers and Spies From Elizabethan Times to the Present, Evans, 1981, pp. 158-9.]

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Female Serial Killers of Eastern Europe


In many cases the original sources will give only the imperial name (Hungary or Russia) without naming the national regional name.

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CROATIA

1887 – “Aingula Poisoner” – Aingula, Croatia
1935 – Milka Pavlovich – Belovar, Croatia (Yugoslavia)

CZECH

1906 – Frau Kadletz – Smichow (Prague), Czech Republic
1925 – Mrs. Dvoracek – Iglau, Czechoslovakia
1930 – Agnes Bittner – Brobruschka, Czechoslovakia
1960 – Marie Fikackova – Susice, Czechoslovakia
2003 – Jaroslava Fabianova – Decin, Czech Republic
2003 – Dana Stodolova – Kutna Hora, Czech Republic
2007 – Antonie Stašková (Staskova) – Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic

2015 – Anna Duskiova – Lower Dunajovice, Czech Republic

HUNGARY

1610 – Elizabeth Báthory – Catchtice Castle, Hungary
1850s – “Hungarian Husband-Poisoners” (60) – Hungary [unconfirmed]
1868 – “Alt-Ofen Serial Murderess” – between Alt-Ofen & Ueriem, Hungary
1882 – Kathi Lyukas – Szerdahely, Hungary
1884 – “Varanda, Hungary Black Widow” – "Varanda," Hungary
1888 – Eva Micsik – Csoka, Hungary
1889 – Sophie von Mesko – Nemet-Lipcse ("Lipes"), Hungary
1897 – Frau Czordus – Hodmezovassarhely, Hungary
1897 – Maria Jager – Hodmezovassarhely, Hungary
1905 – Balapa (Valapa) – Hodmezo-Vasarhely, Hungary
1905 – “Czongrad Serial Killer” – Czongrad, Hungary
1905 – Malvina Roester – Kristyor, Hungary
1911 – Marie Gerzan – Szegedin, Hungary
1926 – Josefa Szanyi (Josephine Tzany) – Budapest, Hungary
1929 – Christine Chordas – Nagyrev, Hungary
1929 – Julia Fazekas – Nagyrev, Hungary
1929 – Juliana Foeldvary – Nagyrev, Hungary
1929 – Maria Kardos – Nagyrev, Hungary
1929 – Julianne Lipka – Nagyrev, Hungary
1929 – Lydia Olah – Nagyrev, Hungary
1929 – Suzi Olah – Nagyrev, Hungary
1929 – Mrs. Louis Oser – Skolnock, Hungary
1929 – Frau Palinka – Nagyrev, Hungary
1929 – Julia Sijj – Nagyrev, Hungary
1929 – Esther Szabo – Nagyrev, Hungary
1930 – Maria Aszendi – Skolnock, Hungary
1930 – Julia Dari – Nagyrev, Hungary
1930 – "Fajsz Husband-Killers" – Fajsz, Hungary
1930 – Maria Varga – Nagyrev, Hungary
1933 – Viktoria Foedi Rieger – Szeged, Hungary
1935 – Julianna Nagy – Debreczen, Hungary
1962 – Mrs. Janos Holhos – Pereces, Hungary

LATVIA

1956 – H. B. Zarin – Riga, Latvia

POLAND


1890 – Paranka MaksymischinJanowiec Wielkopolski, Galicia (Poland)
1890 – Marianne Skoublinska – Warsaw, Poland
1892 – Bedwarska – Lodz, Poland
1903 – Madame Guzovska – Warsaw, Poland
1906 – Marjanna Kasprzyckich – Kalicz, Wroclaw, Silesia (Poland)
1906 – Marianne Konopkova – Wieliczka, Poland
1922 – Jozefina Pasnik (Józefina Paśnik) – Warsaw, Poland
1927 – Leontina Tydrich – Vialystock, Poland
2003 – Jolanta K. – Czerniejow, Poland
2012 – Beata Z. – Hipolitowo, Poland
2013 – Lucyna D. – Lubawa, Poland

ROMANIA

1893 – Lady Blanche Diarne – near Bucharest, Romania
1895 – Marie Hevesy – Pecica ("Pecska"), Romania ("Hungary")
1899 – Lisa Triku – Zesbeley, Romania ("Hungary")
1900 – Nikola Bettuz – Kissoda, Romania ("Hungary")
1906 – “Knez Four-Time Black Widow” – Kneez, Temesvar, Romania ("Hungary")
1906 – Catherine Biber – Kneez, Temesvar, Romania ("Hungary")
1906 – Martha Petromany – Knees (Satchinez), Temesvar, Romania ("Hungary")
1907 – Frau Hazyok – Knees, Temasvar, Romania, ("Hungary")
1912 – Frau Kapuczan – Lippa, Romania, "Hungary"
1925 – Vera Renczi – Yugoslavia (Romania)
1933 – Florica Duma – Villagos, Arad, Romania
1933 – Ilona Kovacs – Villagos, Arad, Romania

SERBIA

1882 – Sophia Ivanovitch & Anna Minify – Melencze, Serbia ("Hungary")
1882 – Thekla Popov – Melencze, Serbia ("Hungary")
1886 – Persa Czirin – Pancevo, Serbia ("Hungary")
1890 – Esther Sarac – Mitrovitz, Serbia ("Hungary")
1890 – Makrena Stankovic – Erdevik, Serbia
1891 – Frau Kernaez – Szent Tamas, Serbia ("Hungary")
1891 – Stojsits Kurjakow – Szent Tamas, Serbia ("Hungary")
1891 – Frau Pionieski (Rivnicski) – Szent Tamas, Serbia ("Hungary")
1891 – Mila – Pozarevatz, Serbia
1905 – Frau Sivacky – Zenta, Serbia ("Hungary")
1926 – Maria Vukitch – Kikinda, Serbia ("Jugoslavia")
1928 – Stana Ludushka – Banat region, Serbia (Jugoslavia)
1928 – Annujka de Poshtonja (Anna Pistova) – Valadimirovac, Yugoslavia (Serbia)
1939 – Frau Petcovic – Krepoinija region, Yugoslavia (Serbia)

SLOVAKIA

1880 – Catharine Csassna – Verbo, Slovakia ("Hungary")
1931 – Madame Stanke – Levice, Slovakia

UKRAINE

1885 – Rachel Ostrovoskafa – Odessa, Ukraine
1887 – “Odessa Baby Farmer” – Odessa, Ukraine

1903 – Julia Saldakowa – Lviv, Galicia (Ukraine)
1905 – “Dubovo Vivisection Ogresses” – Dubovo, Ukraine (Russian Empire)
1909 – Madam Popov – Samara, Ukraine
1919 – “Rosa of Kiev” – Kiev, Ukraine
1987 – Tamara Ivanyutina – Kiev, Ukraine (Soviet Union)
2002 – “Zhytomyr Cannibal Female Serial Killer” – Zhtomyr, Ukraine

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1912 – Ivanova & Olga Tamarin – (Kurdio?, Kulda?, Estonia?)

Friday, March 4, 2016

Miss Ross, Canadian Serial Killer Mom - 1887


FULL TEXT: Moncton, N. B., July 20. – An unmarked woman named Ross, mother of three children, all of whom are dead, has been arrested at Caraquet charged with infanticide. She forced a spoon down the throat of her child, and when an attempt was made to extricate it it broke, one part remaining in the child’s throat. The infant died after suffering terrible agony. It is now suspected that the woman made away with her other two children, who died a short time ago.

[“Wholesale Infanticide.” St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Mo.), Jul. 20, 1887, p. 1]

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FULL TEXT: A terrible story of infanticide comes from Caraquet, a village in Gloucester county, N. B. A short time ago, and within a few days of each other, two illegitimate children of an unmarried woman named Ross died and were buried without any suspicion being aroused as to foul dealings. Their mother had a third child, an infant girl, and on Sunday this one also expired, after suffering terribly from injuries inflicted by its parent.

Mrs. Norman, with whom the woman boarded, heard cries of pain issuing from the latter’s apartment. On entering the room she saw that the mother was forcing a spoon down the infant’s throat. Mrs. Norman seized the child and attempted to remove the spoon from its mouth, but it had been in so far that it refused to come and broke into two pieces, one piece remaining in the throat. The child died in fearful agony three hours afterward. The woman was arrested and an inquest held yesterday, when the jury pronounced her insane, and she is to be placed in an asylum. It is believed that the other two children were murdered, and there is talk of having their graves opened to see whether such was really the case. The people say that the woman is not insane and that she should be prosecuted for murder.

[“A Mother’s Crime. – Shocking Story of Maternal Merciless Brutality.” Harrisburg Independent (Pa.), Jul. 21, 1887, p. 1]

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For more cases of this type, see Serial Baby-Killer Moms.

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