Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Sadism & Female Serial Killers

This by no means an exhaustive collection.


5th Century BC – Parysatis of Persia – Persian Empire

The long catalogue of her cruel and bloody deeds without a parallel even in the history of Oriental despotisms.

316 BC – Queen Olympias – Macedonia

Proxy violence (murders by command) committed with excessive cruelty against female rival and her child as well as hundreds of others.

1200 – Ta-Ki – China

When a female rival appeared on the scene she had her killed and sent the body, cut into pieces, to the murdered woman's father, whom she also caused to be assassinated.

1610 – Elizabeth Bathory – Čachtice Castle, Hungary

Court testimony showed that: “on some days Elizabeth had naked girls laid flat on the floor of her bedroom and tortured them so much that one could scoop up the blood by the pail afterward.” When the Countess was too ill to leave bed in order to participate in her usual pastime she demanded that a victim be brought to her and held. “Elizabeth rose up on her bed and bit the girl on the cheek. Then she turned to the girl’s shoulders, where she ripped out a piece of flesh with her teeth. After that, Elizabeth proceeded to bite the girl’s breasts.”

During Chile’s colonial period, she was noted for her extreme cruelty to her inquils (tenants), accused and tried for over 40 murders, becoming an icon of colonial abuse and oppression.

1684 – Elizabeth Ridgway – Leicestershire, England

“Ridgeway seemed to kill for petty reasons and almost for the pleasure of exercising her own devious power.” [Randall Martin Women, Murder, and Equity in Early Modern England, 2007, p. 152]

1762 – Darya Saltykova – Moscow, Russia

Saltykova was a Russian noble from Moscow who became notorious for torturing and killing and torturing 138 female serfs. She beat them with logs and rolling pins and reportedly mutilated their genitals.

1809 – Anna Zwanziger (Annette Schoenleben) – Bavaria

Zwanziger’s “ admitted motive was sheer malevolent pleasure – at her trial in 1828, she confessed that the sight of her victims’ death agonies threw her into a transport of ecstacy.” [Harold Schechter, The A to Z Encyclopedia of Serial Killers]

“It amused her [Anna Zwanziger] to see the contortions of her victims.” [Jared Sparks, Edward Everett, James Russell Lowell, Henry Cabot Lodge, The North American Review, Volume 161, 1895, p. xx]

1828 – Queen Ranavalona the Cruel – Madagascar

“With a fanaticism that would have made Mary Tudor proud, she came up with creative and inventive ways to eliminate any one caught practicing Christianity. They were tortured, flung from cliffs, boiled in water, poisoned, flung off cliffs or beheaded if they didn’t recant.”

1831 – Gesche Gottfried – Bremen, Germany

By her own confession, it is evident that she revelled in the sense of power she enjoyed from the possession of this secret and murderous weapon. From the gratification it afforded her, she grew actually to love it for its own sake. When, in prison, a parcel of arsenic was placed before her, her eyes glistened with the passionate desire to possess it; and when she was about to be executed, she avowed that her death would be a happy event for mankind, as she was sure she never could have renounced the pleasure of using it. [Catherine Crowe, Light and Darkness: or, The Mysteries of Life, 1850, London: Henry Colburn, pp. 64-85]

1851 – Helene Jegado – Rennes, France

The prisoner appeared to have been actuated by a thirst for destruction, and to have taken pleasure in witnessing the agonies of her victims.

1862 – Josepha Perez – Galicia, Spain

An 1862 news clipping reports: “A woman known as the ‘She Wolf’ has been the terror of Gallicia and the neighboring provinces for the last twenty years. Always on horseback, and followed by a small number of bandits, she was at the head of all the robberies and murders committed in that part of Spain.” Josepha was noted for her predilection for torturing her victims. She was arrested after her hide-out was discovered during the search for a different criminal.

1865 – Maria Oliviero – Cattanzaro, Italy

A bandit, barbarity is her chief characteristic, and the sight of blood renders her as excited as a wild beast.

1865 – Mrs. Perkins – Bratford, Canada – 6 victims

Indirect quote: “She said she had a mania to destroy human life, and it was by the greatest self-denial that she could restrain herself from secretly poisoning all persons with whom she was on terms of friendship.”

1867 – Madame Julien – Le Puy, France

The Court of Assizes of the Haute-Loire has just been engaged in the trial of a midwife of Le Puy named Julien, and her husband, a carpenter, on numerous charges of ill-treatment, and murder of infants under circumstances of the most revolting cruelty. The female prisoner accustomed to receive children of unmarried women, and which for a certain sum, varying from 200 f. to 400 f., she undertook to bring up or get place in some orphan asylum. They were then subjected by the woman to such barbarous usage that their death ensued in a very short time – in some cases by absolute starvation. These facts at length came to the knowledge of the authorities, and an outcry was made by the police. On searching a cupboard about six feet long by four feet widow, a little girl about two years old was found lying on a heap of rotten straw covered by filth; the body was one mass of putrid sores; two toes of the left foot had dropped off, and the bones of the rest could be seen exposed through the decomposing flesh. One witness, who had lodged in the house for three days, proved that the child had not been once moved all that time, and that at last it had not sufficient strength to cry out. By proper attention it has, however, now recovered.

1866 – Martha Grinder – Pittsburg, Pennsylvania

“Pittsburg’s arch murderess slew her victims for the pleasure of seeing them die. She planned her work with deadly patience, and thought no labor too hard that brought to her the chance of seeing some unsuspecting man, woman or child, writing in the horrible agony of dissolution, brought about by the poison she had administered. There was not the slightest motive of gain or animosity in any of her murders. She killed them, and admitted so at the last, simply for the love of taking life, and of seeing suffering. She was an expert in administering the poison, her skill no doubt being gained by her long practice, and she graduated her doses so as to cause her helpless victims the greatest and most protracted suffering. Their deaths were always, it is said by persons who remember, of a most horrible character, enough to move a heart of stone.”

1868 – Anne Gaillard Delpech – Montauban, France

“She confessed having murdered nine infants, entrusted to her to nurse. Her baby farming consisted in drowning the little darlings in a basin of water, then cutting them up into morsels in her lap, and burying the remains in her kitchen under the stairs, or in the water-closet. All this she confessed with a savage glee, describing the process in full court, and in the presence of the skeletons of seven of her massacred innocents.”

1868 – Marie Jeanneret – Geneva, Switzerland

She was a clever woman with a highly nervous and excitable organization, and she seems to have no other motive for her crimes than a morbid love of the excitement of murder and a grim delight in witnessing the sufferings of her victims.

1871 – Agnes Norman – London, England

Arrested at age 15. Two or three children, a dog, two cats, six or eight birds, and some gold fish, had all fallen victims to her unnatural propensity for destruction before her crime was discovered. One little boy, aged eleven years, testified that one night he awoke by feeling something hurting him, and upon looking up found this delectable young woman, who lived as a servant in the same house, stooping over him with one hand on his mouth, and the other tightly grasping his throat.

1871 – Lydia Sherman – New Haven, Connecticut

Like others of her breed, she was a confirmed predator, addicted to cruelty and death. Making other people die -- and deriving sadistic delight from their torments -- was a pleasure she couldn’t easily do without. (H. Schechter)

1873 – Mary Ann Cotton – West Auckland, Durham, England

Cotton: The court documents from her murder trial suggest an element of real sadism at work. Mary Ann’s neighbour Jane Hedley was one of those who witnessed the excruciating death of Nattrass. Under oath, she told Durham Crown Court: ‘I was very friendly with The Prisoner, I assisted … during the time of the illness. I saw him have fits, he was very twisted up and seemed in great agony. He twisted his toes and his hands and worked them all ways. He drew his legs quite up.’ She describes how he ‘threw himself about’ and how his murderess – presumably in the guise of caring for him – was obliged to restrain him with force. It is clear from Jane Hedley’s account that, by this stage at least, Mary Ann had the confidence to kill right under the noses of the doctors. It is hard not to believe that there was some element of enjoyment at the control she exercised – that she was, in other words, a psychopath. I believe she would have enjoyed holding down Nattrass as he died writhing in agony. [David Wilson (Professor Of Criminology At Birmingham University)She poisoned 21 people including her own mother, children and husbands. So why has no-one heard of Britain’s FIRST serial killer, Mary Ann Cotton?”

1875 – Marguerite Léris Grieumard – Saint-Vincent, France

Marguerite Léris had a vile disposition and fought constantly with her neighbors. She verbally and physically violent towards her husband and other family members. She had had brutalized her daughter, Marguerite, daily since childhood, once so wounding the child so badly that she was permanently scarred.  On one occasion she once pulled out hair and part of the skin of the child’s scalp. She hated her daughter so much that she once asked her husband to take the girl out to the woods and leave her to die. She was likewise violent towards her grandson, Jean-David, who, like little Marguerite, was left scarred by her attacks.

1883 – Maria Swanenburg (Van der Linden) – Leiden, Netherlands

She “laughed aloud at the torments of her victims on her sick beds, this woman could not be responsible for her acts.”

1886 – Harriet E. Nason – Rutland, Vermont

“It is now believed that Mrs. Nason also poisoned her late husband, and that she did some of her crimes simply from love of poisoning.”

1891 – MilaPožarevac, Serbia

A female brigand named Mila is being tried for some of her crimes at Posezarez [Požarevac], Servia. She has been for a number of years a terror to the people of that region, and her crimes and cruelties far exceed those of ordinary brigands in Turkey and Servia. Mila is accused of fourteen murders and numerous robberies, and a peculiarly unfeminine feature of her deeds of blood was that she horribly mutilated her victims. In audacity and cruelty she had no equal among outlaws. She is not good-looking and has a nose like a hawk.

1892 – Guadalupe Martinez de Bejarano – Mexico City, Mexico

She sexually tortured and murdered 3 orphan girls.

1893 “Warasdin Baby Farmers” – Varasdin (Warasdin), Croatia

A recent telegram from London states that some shocking revelations have been made in connection with baby-farming at Warasdin, a town 36 miles from Agram, the capital of Croatia (Austria). Several miscreants had been arrested, who, it was ascertained, systematically practised shocking cruelties on children in order to produce various kinds of deformity for the purpose of exciting sympathy of the public. In some cases it was discovered that children were purposely crippled so that they might accompany beggars on their rounds. Children were found whose legs and arms had been deliberately broken while others had had their eyes gouged out so as to make them blind. One unfortunate child was found with its body bent double, and kept in that position by being placed between boards tightly screwed together. Various horrible implements of torture intended to be used for producing deformity in children were also brought to light.

1901 – Jane Toppan – Boston, Massachusetts

No one could have guessed that during her tenure at a Massachusetts hospital the amiable “Jolly Jane” was morbidly obsessed with autopsies, or that she conducted her own after-hours experiments on patients, deriving sexual satisfaction in their slow, agonizing deaths from poison. (Harold Schechter, Fatal)

1903 – Caroline Przygodda – Allenstein, East Prussia

The evidence showed that all the husbands were healthy young men when they married. Each in succession suddenly lost his health, complained of terrible pains in all his limbs, violent headaches, loss of appetite and growing weakness. The wife administered arsenic to each of the victims in small quantities, mixing it in meat, soup and various dishes. She watched them one after another literally sinking into the grave, and their sufferings left her unmoved. She calculated how long the poison would take to complete its fatal work, and all four husbands died about a year after she began administering the poison. … Several experts entrusted with the task of examining the prisoner’s mental condition came to the conclusion that she murdered her husbands from sheer delight in homicide.

1908 – Jeanne Weber – Paris, France (and provinces)

She got her kicks from strangling children, including her own. Chivalrous lawyers and doctors, with big reputations, protected her from conviction twice, which allowed her to go on murdering children.

1909 – Martha Rendell – Perth, Australia

Rendell brutally abused Morris’ children, once beating Annie so brutally that she could not walk. Arresting officer Inspector Harry Mann said “she delighted in seeing her victims writhe in agony, and from it derived sexual satisfaction.”

1912 – Clementine Bernebet (Barnabet) – Lafayette, Louisiana

It is said 300 persons have been slain by the “sacrifice sect” within the last six years. “I am the axe woman of the sacrifice sect,” She shouted from her prisoner’s stand, where she is guarded by three deputies. “I killed them all, men, women and babies, and I hugged the babies to my breast. But I am not guilty of murder.”

1912 – Enriqueta Marti – Barcelona, Spain

Enriqueta kidnapped children, provided them to pedophiles and murdered them, making their bloood into “elixirs.” She forced a young girl to eat portions of the body of another child she had witnessed the murder of.

1926 – “Brazilian Black Widow” – Fernando Noronha Island (Brazil’s prison island)

“She killed her first husband,” said Gaudensia, “for spending his money in grog-shops, and because she heard he was mixing with another woman.

“That unfortunate man came home one night, slightly under the influence. She tore his clothes off him, and tied him up. Then she criss-crossed him with the thin side of a razor, and rubbed salt in the wounds.

“She turned him loose, naked, to hop around with pain. She drove a red-hot poker through his skull, which seemed to be carrying it quite far enough. She ended by tying him to his donkey and starting him back for the grog-shop where the other woman could usually be found. She couldn’t read or write so that her method of sending word that she was through with him.

1926 – Antoinette Sierri (Scierri) – Nimes, France

The only motive which the French police now hold in the mysterious poisoning of six persons by Antoinette Scierri, a nurse, is that she liked to see her victims’ death struggles. Although small sums of money were taken in several instances, it is believed that this was not the basic death motive. The nurse made wreaths for the graves of her victims and showed tender care during their last moments.

1926 – Josefa Szanyi (Josephine Tzany) – Budapest, Hungary

An avowed predatory misandrist who sought out men, mostly married ones, to seduce and then murder 12 of them.

1938 – Moulay Hassen – Fez, Morocco

Hassen, once a famous dancer became a madame for prostitutes, kidnapped, tortured and serially murdered many young women (as well as boys). She was discovered to be a serial killer following the discovery of dismembered body parts of one of her victims. She fed human flesh to her cats. She was convicted and sentenced to death, but due to her powerful political connections she was freed to continue her criminal career. Convicted of new crimes she was sentenced to only 15 years in prison.

1941 – Felícitas Sánchez Aguillón or Sánchez Neyra – Mexico City, Mexico

Felícitas Sánchez Aguillón or Sánchez Neyra (1890 - June 16, 1941) was a Mexican nurse, midwife, baby farmer and serial killer, active during the 1930s in Mexico City, who killed babies in her care. It is estimated that Felícitas murdered children in numbers ranging from between 40 and neatly a hundred. Her victims were aged from newborn to three years old. Typically she would poison or strangle the children, according to some reports sometimes she would dismember a child while still living.

1945 – Hermine Braunsteiner, “The Stomping Mare” – Germany

Guard at Ravensbruück concentration camp. According to witness testimony she whipped several women to death and in other instances killed women by stomping on them with her steel-studded jackboots, earning her the nickname “The Stomping Mare.” B. was not “just following orders,” rather she was acting to serve her personal sadistic pleasure.

1945 – Irma Grese, “Beast of Belsen” – Germany

National Socialist Party SS member, Average number of victims, 30 a day, motivated by “sport.” She murdered female inmates in the concentration camp by ordering them  to venture into forbidden zones where they would be shot by guards under strict orders to kill all trespassers. G. was not “just following orders,” rather she was acting to serve her personal sadistic pleasure.

1950 – Miriam Soulakiotis – Keratea, Greece – “The Woman Rasputin” – Greece

177 murders attributed to the cult. “The Calendarists first hit the news columns back in 1950 when their convent’s mother superior, Miriam Soulakiotis (a former factory worker), was arrested on 23 charges that included murder, fraud, embezzlement, abduction and assault. Miss Soulakiotis became known as “The Woman Rasputin.” Sentenced to 16 years, she died in prison in 1954 at the age of 71. The Woman Rasputin preached and practiced religious beatings for her followers as the only means of obtaining salvation. She also duped many of her new recruits into signing over their property to her name since she convinced them this was the best way to get into heaven. Prosecutor Papakarius reported that the abbess amassed a fortune of some $150,000 by embezzling the dowries of Greek women who joined their convent.”

1950 – Georgia Tann – Memphis, Georgia

During Tann’s tenure as head of the organization she founded, Tennessee Children’s Home Society, in Memphis, the region had the highest infant mortality rate in the nation. Her practice was to rid herself of those babies put in her charge she deemed unsaleable by leaving them unattended out in the sun until they broiled to death. She and her lover and male sexual deviants she employed would beat and torture children for the perverse sexual thrill of it.

According to one surviving victim, Georgia and her companion would hit the children “on the scalp so no one could see the bruises.” Favored forms of child torture at the Home included tying a rope around a child’s wrists and hang it up on a coat rack and dangling a child from a rope down the laundry chute.

1969 – Susan Atkins (Charles Manson “Family”) – Los Angeles, California

savagely murdered at least 9 persons (and perhaps more than 20 in total), including a pregnant woman

“Wow. What a trip! I thought, ‘To taste death, and yet give life.’ Have you ever tasted blood? It’s warm and sticky and nice.” (V, 400)

“They didn’t even look like people... I didn’t relate to Sharon Tate as being anything but a store mannequin... [Tate] sounded just like an IBM machine... She kept begging and pleading and pleading and begging [for the life of her unborn child], and I got sick of listening to her, so I stabbed her.”

1984 – Ada Wittenmyer – Nashville, Tennessee

A cellmate testified at trial that Mrs. Wittenmyer told her about poisoning her two husbands. “She said she was going to go through life finding men with money and poisoning them, using the lonely hearts club ads. She said that she enjoyed to see them in pain from the poison,” testified Barbara Quaranto, 46, who was convicted in Chattanooga in the shooting death of her 73-year-old husband. Canadian rancher Henry Joneson said he sent 12 letters and a $1,150 check to Mrs. Wittenmyer before learning last week that the address she had given him was the prison and not the retreat she had told him it was. The Tomahawk, Alberta, man said he answered Mrs. Wittenmyer’s ad in [an] agricultural publication in April that read: “Widow wishes to start new life – will relocate.” When Mrs. Wittenmyer telephoned him after her second poisoning conviction, Johnson said he told her,” … I found out everything and goodbye.” She committed suicide in jail awaiting trial.

1968 – Mary Bell – Scotswood, England

11-year-old girl who murdered two boys, 5 and 4, plus several previous attempted murders; “I like to hurt people.”

1980 – Carol Bundy (couple) – Bundy, Carol Mary & Douglas Daniel Clark – Los Angeles, California

Carol Bundy assisted her pervert husband in kidnapping, tourturing and raping young womewn. “Caterine Birnie, the unloved child who rarely smiled, had become a young woman who enjoyed watching other women being killed.” [Carol Anne Davis, Women Who Kill: Profiles of Female Serial Killers, Allison & Bisby, London, 2001, P. 111]

1980 – Charlene GallegoSacramento, California

On September 10, 1978, Rhonda Scheffler (age 17) and Kippi Vaught (age 16) were shopping at Country Club Plaza in Sacramento County when Charlene enticed them into their van. Gerald and Charlene raped and further sexually abused the two victims throughout the night in rural Placer County. Evidence showed that Charlene bit the breasts of one victim; and Gerald, the other. The next day, the Gallegos drove back to Sacramento County, where Gerald made Rhonda and Kippi get out of the van and walk across a field to a ditch. He hit the girls with a tire iron and shot them in the head with a 25-caliber pistol. As Gerald was walking back to the van, he saw one of the victims (later revealed to be Kippi Vaught) move; the bullet had only grazed her skull. He returned and shot her three more times in the head, killing her.

Charlene would later tell a cellmate how ecstatic she felt during this kidnap-rape.

1982 – Judith Neelley – Southern USA

With her husband tortured, raped and murdered, by injecting drain cleaner into their blood, an estimated 15 young women.

1985 – Rosemary West – Gloucester, England

With her husband Frederick as her crime partner, Rosemary West she murdered, tortured and sexually abused 10 females aged 8 through 27, including her own daughter and step-daughter.

1986 – Catherine Birnie – Willagee, W. A., Australia

With her husband, David, she murdered 4 women; their fifth escaped, leading to the criminals’ apprehension.

1990s – “Southern Serial Killer Stripper” – Southern USA

A forensic psychologist’s interview with an unnamed female serial killer offers a rare glimpse into the sadistic obsessions of a repeat murderess.

1993 – Karen HomolkaSaint Catharines, Ontario, Canada

Pervert, raped and murdered young women, including her own sister
1996 – Michelle Martin – Marcinelle near Charleroi (Hainaut), Belgium

With Marc Dutroux, murdered 6 teenage girls after raping and torturing them. This is the most complicated serial killer case in history, involving a large number of mysterious deaths of witnesses, police and others associated with the case during the course of the investigation as well as political intrigue at the highest levels of the Belgian government.

In mid-90′s Belgium, six young girls were raped and tortured by a wealthy antisocial man named Marc Dutroux. He kept them in the basement of one of his seven homes; his wife, Michelle Martin was aware of her husband’s activities. Two of the victims, 17-year-old An Marchal and 19-year-old Eefje Lambrecks, were drugged and buried alive. Two more, Julie Lejeune and Mélissa Russo, both 8, were starved to death. Dutroux, before going to jail for car theft, gave Martin instructions to feed them, which she disregarded. Another two, Sabine Dardenne, then 12, and Laetitia Delhez, then 14, survived. Both girls testified against Dutroux at his 2004 trial, helping to put him away for life. Another accomplice, Michel Lelièvre, was sentenced to 25 years, and the wife, Martin, to 30. [Nastacia Leshchinskaya, “Survivor Protests Release of Serial Killer’s Ex-Wife & Accomplice,” Crime Library, August 20, 2012]

2013 – Inessa TarverdiyevaStavropol, Russia

A qualified dentist, were involved in the spate of ruthless serial killings, Viktoria Tarverdiyeva, 25, and her 13-year-old daughter Anastasiya

2013 – Joanna Dennehy – Bifield, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England

This 31-year-old Englishwoman told her friend, “I want my fun. I need you to get my fun.” This fun consisted of finding a male stranger to stab in the heart. Ms. Dennehy was able to, over a period of several weeks, to engage in this form of amusement on five occasions, resulting in three deaths.

Monday, July 21, 2014

“Southern Serial Killer Stripper,” Sadist – USA, circa 1990s

The name “Southern Serial Killer Stripper” has been coined to describe an important case of a female serial killer who name, locale and even time-period of activity remains unknown.

The source for this case is the study, consisting of interviews with incarcerated criminals conducted by Dr. Deborah Schurman-Kauflin which are included in her groundbreaking 2000 book on forensic psychology, The New Predator: Women Who Kill (Algora Publishing, New York). The case is described on pages 65 (and in table 6-4 as case #1) and 116-117. Such studies by professional scholars are almost always done with a proviso that the names of the subjects will remain unpublished. It has not been possible, thus far, to connect this case with any known one mentioned in other publications. It is possible that the subject may have been convicted of a crime or crimes without the fact that she has committed multiple homicides, thus making it difficult to match her case with any news report.


From page 65: Only one female [out of the 7 interviewed] admitted to having the desire to touch and torture her victims, and she used a knife to kill. She has admittedly a sadist who enjoyed hearing people scream. When she killed one of her female victims, she purposely held the knife over the victim’s skin before cutting her in order to see the fear in her victim’s eyes. This killer overpowered her victims and rendered them defenseless with stab wounds before selectively cutting them. Like the other females involved in this research, she did select relatively defenseless victims to begin, but she also acted to make them unabl to fight back – which parallel male offenders.

From page 116: The female multiple murderer, like the male, craves domination, and the female has been even been known to sexually ravage a helpless victim as well. The sadistic female killer who I interviewed came across as charming, but then again, that is the hallmark of the serial killer. She had short brown hair and light green eyes that seemed to dance as she spoke. She had killed heterosexual males and heterosexual females.

“I would use handcuffs or chains so I could have more control or dominate them (victims) more. I don’t know any other way, and I thought everybody liked it that way. In fact I’m going to tell you something. When I first got into prostitution and started turning tricks, men would ask me to beat them. Onew man said I’ll give you five hundred dollars for you to beat me with this whip. I said no, I’m not going to beat you. Then I thought, for five hundred dollars, I could beat you to death, and I did. I got mad at him and got carried away. And I liked it because it let me have control, you know what I’m saying. And that’s just the way I like it. Like before I was in here (prison), if I was having sex with a trick or someone who wasn’t into it (sadism), I’d have to be in control in other ways, like being on top. I may not have gotten violent with them because there were people I couldn’t control, you know what I’m saying? I liked hurting people. It’s like an animal instinct in me.”



Sunday, July 20, 2014

Samantha Lewthwaite, Suspected Terrorist Serial Killer – Kenya, 2013

Suspect Samantha Lewthwaite, British fugitive Samantha Lewthwaite is wanted for seven murders in Kenya, including the ­executions of two radical Muslim clerics and two respected Protestant pastors, police November 15, 2013 revealed.

According to law enforcement sources “The White Widow, 29, has become a volatile maniac, leaving a trail of death and destruction in a bloody revenge campaign against those who cross her.” It is believed the murders of four religious leaders in Kenya and three others linked to her al-Shabaab terror group were committed on her orders.

Lewthwaite travelled to Kenya on a forged passport from Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England; born in Ireland.

Before the charges were made she was already a well-known figure in England for her association with the 7/7 bombings.


7 murders:

Aug. 27, 2013 – Sheik Rogo, al-Shabaab terror group.
Mid-Oct. 2013 – Ebrahim Kidata, Kenya Protestant pastors
Oct. 19, 2013 – Mr Matole, 41, Protestant pastors was shot in the head at his church in Mombasa, Kenya
Oct. 3, 2013 – 4 murders: Ibrahim Rogo, Omar Abu Rumeisa, Salim Aboud, Gadafi Mohammed



Other terrorism-related female serial killers:

1984 – Suzan Barnes Carson – San Francisco, Ca.

2013 – Beate Zschäpe – Germany


Audrey C., Serial Killer Mom & Her “Freezer Babies” – France, 2013

On March 24, 2013, Audrey C., a 32-year-old waitress, confessed that she killed her two babies (born in 2010 and Autumn 2011), whose corpses were found in a freezer, and declared admitted they were born alive. She has only been out of prison for about three years, having been convicted of murdering a newborn on March 28, 2002 (but not sentenced until 2005).. In that case Audrey put the dead body in a bag, then convinced her own mother, Jacqueline P. C.,  to leave the bag in a derelict building. She was originally sentenced to 15 years in prison for infanticide, while her mother received an 18-year jail sentence.

One body was found by the killer’s boyfriend in a freezer in her apartment in Ambérieu on March 24, 2013. He then called police, who found the second body in the freezer. Police say they believe the boyfriend did not live with Audrey, that he was the father of the dead babies and that he had no knowledge of their births.



Mar. 28, 2002 – murdered newborn
Apr. 2005 – Audrey C., convicted, sentenced to 15 years, cour d'assises de l'Ain
Apr. 2005 – Audrey’s mother, convicted, sentenced to 18 years
Dec. 2010 – Audrey C., released from prison
2011 – murdered newborn
2012 – murdered newborn
2013 – Audrey arrested for 2 infanticides


Babies found in Freezers in France: Other Cases 2002-2012

November 2012 – A three-month-old boy and a five-year-old girl found dead in a refrigerator and freezer in Vieene, Isère. The mother is also found dead, while the father flees to Tunisia.

December 2011 – A 34-year-old woman is charged with voluntary homicide after her teenage daughter finds the body of a new-born boy in the apartment freezer in Vichy. The mother recognises having given birth with no assistance in her bath in 2008.

May 2011 – A 28-year-old waitress in Limoux arrested, accused of freezing her baby after giving birth alone at home.

June 2010 – A woman, 34, hands herself into police in Lasbordes and leads officers to a freezer in which she had put her baby.

June 2010 – A woman charged with voluntary homicide after a friend finds the body of her new-born baby in the mother’s freezer in Metz.

May 2009 – In Metz, a 15-year-old boy discovers the frozen corpse of a baby in his mother’s freezer. The mother is charged with neglect leading to the death of a minor.

March 2008 – A man finds the dead body of his infant grand-daughter in the freezer of a farm near Guingamp, Brittany. The girl’s mother is sentenced to eight years in prison, giving birth whilst in custody having hidden her pregnancy.

August 2007 – The bodies of three babies, born in 2001, 2003 and 2006, are found in a freezer in a home in Albertville. The mother is sentenced to five years in prison.

June 2007 – A baby’s body found in a freezer in a house in Foug, near Nancy. After a search at the previous occupants new house nearby, two other infants bodies are found. The mother of the three babies is charged with infanticide.

November 2006 – A 39-year-old woman from Toulouse is imprisoned after the body of a baby is found in her domestic freezer. The baby had been suffocated in 2004.

July 2006 – A Frenchman finds the bodies of two newborns in the freezer of his ex-pat home in Seoul, Korea. His wife is convicted in Tours, France a year later for infanticide, having admitted to the 1999 killing of another of her babies. Sentenced to eight years in prison in 2009, she was released in May 2009.

March 2003 – Police in Tinténiac in Brittany find the body of a new-born baby in a freezer and the remains of three other children buried in the garden of the house. The mother is later given a 15-year prison sentence.

July 2002 – A 36-year-old woman is charged after her new-born baby is discovered in a freezer at her home in Guingamp. She was sentenced to nine years in prison.

Based on: “France shocked by yet another case of dead babies found in freezers,” Euronews, Mar. 27, 2013]


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


Marybeth Tinning: Prolific Serial Killer Mom – New York State, 1986

Wikipedia: Marybeth Tinning (née Roe, born September 11, 1942) is an American prisoner currently serving a sentence of 20 years to life after being convicted of the murder of one of her children, while her other eight died under suspicious circumstances.

Marybeth Roe was born in Duanesburg, a small town in Schenectady County, New York. Her father, Alton Roe, worked as a press operator for General Electric. She and her younger brother attended Duanesburg High School, where she was a typical student.

Over the next few years, she worked in a series of low wage jobs. Eventually, she became a nurse’s aide at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady. In 1963, she met Joe Tinning on a blind date. The couple married in spring 1965.

~ Confession and conviction ~

Suspicion mounted against Tinning, who was always alone when the children died, but there wasn’t any evidence of wrongdoing. However, after a police interrogation, Tinning confessed to smothering Tami Lynne, Nathan, and Timothy (which she later retracted).  She denied having harmed the other children. She was convicted in Tami Lynne’s case and sentenced to 20 years to life in prison.

Her first attempt for parole was in March 2007. At the parole board meeting Tinning said, “I have to be honest, and the only thing that I can tell you is that I know that my daughter is dead. I live with it every day,” she continued, “I have no recollection and I can’t believe that I harmed her. I can’t say any more than that.” Her parole was denied.

In late January 2009, Tinning went before the parole board for the second time. Tinning stated “I was going through bad times,” when she killed her daughter. The parole board again denied her parole, stating that her remorse was “superficial at best.” Tinning was eligible for parole again in January 2011. In 2011 and 2013 Tinning was again denied parole. At the 2011 appearance, Tinning said that she killed Tami Lynne because she thought the child would die like her other children anyway. When questioned about the murder during her 2013 appearance, she said, “It’s just — I can’t remember. I mean, I know I did it, but I can’t tell you why. There is no reason.” Her next opportunity for parole will be in January 2015.


Suspicion mounted against Tinning, who was always alone when the children died, but there wasn’t any evidence of wrongdoing. However, after a police interrogation, Tinning confessed to smothering Tami Lynne, Nathan, and Timothy (which she later retracted). She denied having harmed the other children. She was convicted in Tami Lynne’s case and sentenced to 20 years to life in prison.

Her first attempt for parole was in March 2007. At the parole board meeting Tinning said, “I have to be honest, and the only thing that I can tell you is that I know that my daughter is dead. I live with it every day,” she continued, “I have no recollection and I can’t believe that I harmed her. I can’t say any more than that.” Her parole was denied.

In late January 2009, Tinning went before the parole board for the second time. Tinning stated “I was going through bad times,” when she killed her daughter. The parole board again denied her parole, stating that her remorse was “superficial at best.” Tinning was eligible for parole again in January 2011. In 2011 and 2013 Tinning was again denied parole. At the 2011 appearance, Tinning said that she killed Tami Lynne because she thought the child would die like her other children anyway. When questioned about the murder during her 2013 appearance, she said, “It’s just — I can’t remember. I mean, I know I did it, but I can’t tell you why. There is no reason.” Her next opportunity for parole will be in January 2015.


9 Children’s deaths

1) Jennifer ~ Jan. 3, 1972

In the first five years of their marriage, Joe and Marybeth Tinning had two children, Barbara and Joseph, Jr. In October 1971, Tinning’s father died of a sudden heart attack. In December that same year, she gave birth to a third child, Jennifer. On January 3, 1972, Jennifer died in a Schenectady hospital of severe infection, which was diagnosed as meningitis. At that time, most investigators did not believe that this death was suspicious because Jennifer was sick at birth and never brought home. The successive deaths of her father and her baby may have affected Tinning’s fragile mental condition. Never a happy, well-adjusted adult and frequently described as “strange” by many of her friends and family members, Tinning seemed to become even more distant after Jennifer’s death.

2) Joseph, Jr. ~  Jan. 20, 1972

Seventeen days after Jennifer’s death, on January 20, 1972, Tinning took her two-year old son, Joseph Jr., to the Ellis Hospital emergency room in Schenectady. She reported that he had some type of seizure. The child was kept under observation for a time. When doctors could not find anything wrong with him, Joseph Jr. was sent home. Several hours later, Tinning returned to the ER with Joseph, Jr. This time, he was dead. She told doctors that she had placed him in bed and returned later to find him tangled in the sheets and his body was blue.

3) Barbara ~ Circa Mar. 1, 1972

Nearly six weeks after Joseph, Jr.’s death, Tinning was back at the same emergency room with her four-year old daughter, Barbara. Tinning told the staff that Barbara had gone into convulsions. Though the doctors wanted the child to remain overnight, Tinning insisted on taking her home. Several hours later, like the incident with Joseph Jr., she returned with Barbara who was unconscious. The child later died in a hospital bed from unknown causes. When police asked Tinning about this incident years later, she barely remembered it. “Had a daughter,” she told investigators, “while we were sleeping, she called out to me and I went in and she was having a convulsion. I guess I don’t even remember whether ... I think maybe we just ... I don’t remember whether we took her by ambulance or whether we took her, but anyway we got there and they did whatever they did.” A rare, little understood condition, known as Reye’s Syndrome, was suspected in Barbara’s death, but never proven.

4) Timothy ~ Dec. 10, 1973

On Thanksgiving Day 1973, Tinning gave birth to a son, Timothy. On December 10, three weeks after his birth, Timothy was brought back to the same hospital. He was dead. Tinning told doctors she found him lifeless in his crib. Doctors found nothing medically wrong. His death was officially attributed to SIDS.

5) Nathan ~ Sep. 2, 1975

Two years later, on March 30, 1975 (Easter Sunday), Tinning gave birth to her fifth child, Nathan. On September 2, she showed up at St. Clare’s Hospital with the baby dead in her arms. She said she was driving in her car with the baby in the front seat when she noticed that he had stopped breathing. Again, there seemed to be no explanation for his death. His death was also attributed to SIDS.

6) Mary Frances ~ Feb. 20, 1979

In 1978, the Tinnings made arrangements to adopt a child. The same year, Tinning became pregnant again. The Tinnings did not cancel the adoption and chose to keep both children. In August 1978, they received a baby boy, Michael, from the adoption agency. Two months later, on October 29, she gave birth to her sixth child, Mary Frances. In January 1979, Tinning rushed Mary Frances to the emergency room, directly across the street from her apartment, saying the baby had had a seizure. The staff were able to revive her. However, on February 20, Tinning came running into the same hospital with Mary Frances, who was brain dead. Once again, Tinning said she found the baby unconscious and did not know what had happened to her. Her death was also attributed to SIDS.

7) Jonathan ~ Mar. 24, 1980

Once Mary Frances was buried, Tinning once again became pregnant. On November 19, she gave birth to her seventh child, Jonathan. In March 1980, she showed up at St. Clare’s hospital with Jonathan unconscious. Like Mary Frances, he was successfully revived. Due to the family’s history, Jonathan was sent to Boston Hospital where he was thoroughly examined. The doctors could find no valid medical reason why the baby simply stopped breathing. Jonathan was sent home. A few days later, Tinning returned to the hospital with Jonathan, and he was brain dead. Jonathan died on March 24, 1980.

8) Michael ~ Mar. 2, 1981

Less than one year later, on the morning of March 2, 1981, Tinning showed up at her pediatrician’s office with Michael, her adopted child, then two and a half years old. He was wrapped in a blanket and unconscious. She told the doctor that she could not wake Michael and had no idea what was wrong. When the doctor examined Michael, he was already dead. Since Michael was adopted, the long-suspected theory that the deaths in the Tinning family had a genetic origin was discarded.

9) Tami Lynne ~ Dec. 19, 1985

On August 22, 1985, Tinning gave birth to her eighth biological child, Tami Lynne. On December 19, next-door neighbor Cynthia Walter, who was also a practical nurse, went shopping with Tinning and later visited her home. Later that night, Walter received a frantic telephone call from Tinning. When Walter arrived, she found Tami Lynne lying on a changing table. Walter testified that the child was not moving and she could not feel any pulse or breathing. At the emergency room, the baby was pronounced dead.


Children’s Deaths

Jan. 3, 1972 – Jennifer,
Jan. 20, 1972 –  Joseph, Jr.
Circa Mar. 1, 1972 – Barbara, 4
Dec. 10, 1973 – Timothy
Sep. 2, 1975 – Nathan
Feb. 20, 1979 – Mary Frances
Mar. 24, 1980 – Jonathan
Mar. 2, 1981 – Michael, (adopted)
Dec. 19, 1985 – Tami Lynne



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


The Hadfield’s Italian Maid: Lunatic Serial Child Murderer – Florence, c 1763

From a letter by Mary Hadfield Cosway, dated May 24, 1830 (punctuation and spelling modernised):

I may relate a circumstance at my birth as extraordinary as unheard of.— Four or five children were born before me. Put to nurse out of town, my mother used to go frequently found the child well and to her great surprise the next day the nurse came and the child had died in the night. Changed nurse, changed place, the same happened through four children. At my birth my father resolved to take a nurse in the house and had a governess to keep always a watch on the nurse and the child.

One day a maid servant went in the nursery, took me in her arms, and said: “Pretty little creature, I have sent four to heaven I hope to send you also.”

The governess, struck at this extraordinary speech, ran to my father, proper enquiries were made. The woman said she thought it doing a good act and was confined for life from that instant.

My father said I should be brought up a Catholic and all his children, were also. When four years old I was put into a Convent, under the protection of the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess of Tuscany. [From this passage can conclude that the nurse’s crimes were discovered, circa 1763, before Mary was four years old.]

[George Williamson, Richard Cosway, R. A., 1905, George Bell and Sons, p. 12]


Maria Cosway was born Maria Luisa Caterina Cecilia Hadfield (pronounced Mariah) in 1760 in Florence, Italy to Charles Hadfield, said to have been a native of Shrewsbury, England, and an Italian mother. Her father was a successful innkeeper at Livorno and had become very wealthy. The Hadfields operated three inns in Tuscany, frequented by British aristocrats taking the Grand Tour. One of eight children, Maria demonstrated artistic talent at a young age during her Roman Catholic convent education. She remained a devout Catholic all her life.

Four of the Hadfield children were killed by a mentally ill nursemaid, who was caught after being overheard talking about killing Maria. The nurse claimed that her young victims would be sent to Heaven after she killed them. She was sentenced to life in prison. Only Maria, her brothers Richard and George, and a younger sister Charlotte survived.

[Excerpt from Wikipedia]


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Queen Olympias of Macedonia & Her “Studied Cruelty” – 316 BC

EXCERPT (Article 1 of 3): Olympias,  (born c. 375 bc – died 316), wife of Philip II of Macedonia and mother of Alexander the Great. She had a passionate and imperious nature, and she played important roles in the power struggles that followed the deaths of both rulers. The daughter of Neoptolemus, king of Epirus, Olympias apparently was originally named Myrtale. Later she may have been called Olympias as a recognition of Philip’s victory in the Olympic Games of 356 bc. [Envyclopedia Britannica]


EXCERPT (Aricle 2 of 3): Olympias.Death of Arrhideeus and Eurydice.Victory of Cassander. The conduct of Polysperchon had been but weak, and the queen Eurydice appears to have succeeded in that which was her constant endeavour, to supplant him in the management of her feeble husband, and the government of Macedonia. To recover his lost power, he brought Olympias into play. He advanced with her into Macedonia, and Eurydice and Arrhidaeus led their forces to oppose him; but the Macedonians refused to fight against the mother of Alexander, and Eurydice and her husband fell into the power of Olympias. She mercilessly abused her success; the royal captives were put to death, with circumstances of studied cruelty; and the chief friends of Cassander were sought out for slaughter, including his brother, with a hundred of the most eminent Macedonians. But the hour of vengeance was not far off. Cassander had been united with Eurydice, by the closest friendship certainly, and, if prevailing report be trusted, by unlawful love. He was now hastening to avenge her death, and that of his brother and friends. By vast activity he made his way into Macedonia, though great endeavours had been made by the friends of Polysperchon to occupy the passes. The barbarity of Olympias had disgusted the Macedonians, and she now obtained from them but little support. She was besieged through the winter in Pydna, and in the spring the town was obliged to submit, and Olympias surrendered, only stipulating for her life.

Death of Olympiasi The sequel is an abominable tissue of treachery and murder. Amphipolis still held out for Olympias, and it was only by her bidding that Aristonous, the commander, was induced to surrender the place. The high character of Aristonous excited apprehension in Cassander, who had adopted the base policy of destroying all whose ability was such that their opposition might be dangerous. He procured the death of Aristonous; and then proceeded by dark and crooked ways to fulfil his revenge against Olympias. Some of the kindred of those whom she had murdered were prevailed on to accuse her in the Macedonian assembly; she was absent, and had none to speak for her; and the assembly condemned her to death. Cassander sent some of his own friends to advise her to secret flight; he offered to provide a ship which should convey her to Athens; and this he did that, by her flight, she might appear to acknowledge the justice of her sentence, and might then be put to death in the course of the voyage. She refused to escape, and demanded to be heard in her defence before the assembled Macedonians; but Cassander, dreading the effect of her presence, withheld his consent. He then selected two hundred soldiers to despatch her; they entered the house, but on seeing her their resolution failed, and they retired. At length the execution was performed by the kindred of her victims. She died with the greatest firmness. (B. C.315.)

[John Frost. History of Ancient and Modern Greece, Boston, 1831, p. 195]

EXCERPTS (Article 3 of 3): Philip and Olympias were to have two children, Alexander and a daughter, Cleopatra, but after Philip saw his wife sleeping with snakes; his days of visiting the bedchamber were over. Olympias had long been a devotee to the cult of Dionysos, something that angered many of the Macedonian people and she may even have introduced the practice of handling snakes to the cult.

In 336 BCE at the wedding banquet of Olympias’ brother Alexander to her daughter Cleopatra, Philip was assassinated by the disgruntled Pausanias of Oretis, who had been rebuked by Philip after he had asked for retribution against Attalus. Suspicion immediately fell upon Olympias who some believed had encouraged Pausanias to seek revenge and kill Philip. Plutarch wrote, “When Pausanias, who had been assaulted at the instigation of Attalus and Cleopatra, murdered Philip for failing to recompense him, most of the blame attached itself to Olympias, on the grounds that she had encouraged the young man in his anger and incited him to do the deed …” There is even some evidence that she had horses waiting for the assassin to use for his escape. ] http://www.ancient.eu.com/Olympias/ ]