Thursday, November 26, 2015

Erna Janoschek, 17-Year-Old Murderess, California, 1928

Note: Reference to Hickman in article: William Edward Hickman, 19, kidnapped 12-year-ols Marian Parker in Los Angeles and ransomed her dismembered body to the parents. He was hanged on December 15, 1927.


FULL TEXT: Oakland, Calif., July 6. – “The girl Hickman” is the title police here have bestowed on Miss Erna Janoschek, 17-year old high school girl who is being held on charges of first degree murder.

Erna, a rather pretty, intelligent young flapper, strangled to death a year-old baby, Diana Liliencrentz, for whose parents Erna worked as a maid and nurse. She told about it with flip unconcern.

“I strangled the baby because I felt her mother wasn’t supporting me in managing her other child, and because I felt they were working me too hard —

At this point the girl interrupted her explanation to laugh.

“I have to laugh when the impulse comes over me,” she said. “When things like this happen I have to laugh.”

Which remarks help to explain why the police call her “the girl Hickman.”

Some criminologists here see an amazing similarity between, Erna and the young Los Angeles murderer.

Neither in looks nor psychological makeup does either one bear, any outward sign of abnormality or degeneracy. Both were bright students in school, apparently desiring to do creative things. – Erna’s room contained scraps of poetry she had scribbled. Each surrendered abruptly to the impulse to kill, and displayed no remorse or grief afterward.

Dr. and Mrs. Guy Liliencrentz, for whom Erna worked, had gone to San Francisco, where the young doctor, a recent medical college graduate, is a hospital interne. While they were gone Erna calmly called up the police to tell them she had killed the baby.

“I’d rather face the police than Mrs Liliencrentz,” she explained.

She told how she brooded, alone in the house with baby Diana and little Francora, aged 3, over her supposed overwork. Suddenly came the impulse to kill. She did not harm Francora; she was fond of the child. Instead she seized the smaller child from the crib, wrapped a towel about its neck and killed it. Then she summoned the police.

At the police station she told of having had the impulse to kill other children who had been left in her care. Always before, she said, she had overcome it. She insists, however, that a desire to be revenged on Mrs. Liliencrentz was her sole motive in this crime.

[“’Girl Hickman,’ 17, Shows No Grief  After Killing Year Old Baby,” (By NEA Service), The Havre Daily News-Promoter (Mt.), Jul. 6, 1928, p. 1]


FULL TEXT: Oakland, Sept. 24. – Erna Janoschek, 17-year-old strangler of Baby Diana Liliencrantz heard her crime fixed as first degree murder today and was sentenced to life imprisonment in San Quentin prison. The girl, smartly dressed and apparently unconcerned, smiled when she heard the sentence pronounced. She was tried last week to determine her sanity when she withdrew a plea of not guilty and stood on another plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.

“This was willful premediated murder,” said Superior Judge Fred V.. Wood, “done after reflection, and I do not see how any judge could fix it at second degree murder.

“Even though a jury found her sane,” he continued, “her cold blooded composure while on the witness stand while telling details of the crime showed she is abnormal.”

Baby Diana, year old daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Eric Liliencrantz was strangled by the Janoschek girl June 26 because, she said, “I wanted to get even with the baby’s mother for having been mean to me.”

[“Girl Strangler Sent To Prison For Life,” Santa Cruz News (Ca.), Sep. 24, 1928, p. 1]


Sep. 12, 1938 – parole denied.



More cases: Youthful Borgias: Girls Who Commit Murder


Dorothy Ellingson, 16-Year-Old Murderess – San Francisco, 1925

FULL TEXT: San Francisco, Jan. 16. – The jazz age was too much for sixteen-year-old Dorothy Ellingson. Sobbing in her cell today, the girl gave further details of a remarkable confession, telling how she shot and killed her mother.

“She scolded me.” Over and over the youngest murderess in San Francisco history repeated her only excuse, rocking to and fro in her despair.

Tuesday morning she had taken her brother’s revolver, killed her mother as the latter lay in bed, packed a bag with some gay dresses and gone off to dance and play with “boy friends.”

Having murdered the kindly grey-haired mother who remonstrated with her for living at too fast a pace, Dorothy Ellingson sought refuge in a mad whirl of jazz.

Erotic verse scrawled in the cold hall bedroom where she she spent Tuesday night while the police began their search for her mother’s slayer, should the girl had become, from a simple Minnesota county girl, a product of environment that included public dance halls and “speak easies” in place of a home.

Ellingson, the father, was a Swedish tailor. “I never want to see Dorothy again,” he moans.

A brother, Earl, is equally bitter, “I hope she hangs,” he cried today.

[“‘She Scolded Me,’ Girl Sobs In Cell, Confessing Crime – Jazz Age Proved Too Much for Dorothy Ellingson, 16 – Shot Mother as She Lay in Bed.” The News-Herald (Franklin and Oil City, Pa.), Jan. 16, 1925, p. 1]


Jan. 12, 1925 – DE murders her mother.
Jan. 14, 1925 – DE arrested.
Jan. 21, 1925 – DE pleads not guilty.
Mar. 29, 1925 – DE ordered to stand trial in her mother's death.
Apr. 6?, 1925 – DE declared insane (her lawyer’s strategy).
Aug. 22, 1925 – DE is found guilty of manslaughter.
Aug. 27, 1925 – She is sentenced to 1-10 years in San Quentin Prison.
1932 – DE leaves prison after serving six years.
1936 – DE weds Robert Stafford Sr.; div.(?)/separ.(?) in 1956. 2 children from marriage.
Jan. 10, 1955 – DE arrested for larceny.
1967 – DE dies (rather than1962), according to a descendant.


FULL TEXT (from 1955): A murderess and her 16-year-old son stare at each other from opposite sides of Marin County Jail today—the mother awaiting sentencing for a clothing and jewelry theft, the boy jailed on a burglary charge.

The bitter past of Mrs. Robert Stafford caught up with her yesterday in a fashion reminiscent of a Hollywood melodrama.

A routine Sacramento finger: print check revealed that the 46-year-old woman, arrested last month for stealing belongings worth $2,000 from her former Mill Valley employers, is also Dorothy Ellingson, convicted in 1925 of killing her mother with a pistol.

The sensational murder trial of that year made headlines for Dorothy Ellingson, the "jazz girl” who killed because she could not attend a party.

It was this story that young Robert Stafford Jr. heard for the first time yesterday from his mother’s lips.

"He took it like a man,” she told reporters later.

Like many released convicts, Dorothy Ellingson ran into more troubles after her six and one-half years in San Quentin Prison.

One year after her release she was arrested for stealing clothing from a roommate but charges were dropped after she tried to kill herself by inhaling gas.

She changed jobs and her name several times after that “because they were always recognizing me.”

From 1936 to 1952 she lived as the wife of Robert Stafford Sr., a construction worker whom she bore two children, the boy now in jail and a girl who now is married and has a child.

After leaving Stafford she retained the name of Diane Stafford and worked as a stenographer and domestic servant. She was performing domestic work for Mrs. Kathryn Symonds of 7 Plymouth avenue. Mill Valley, when she took jewelry and clothing from the home. She has pleaded guilty to grand theft.

On Monday she appears before Judge Thomas Keating for sentencing.

She was arrested Jan. 10 by Mill Valley police on charges she took clothes and jewelry including three diamond rings worth $500. $400 and $200 from the home of Symonds last November. She had quit the job there on Jan. 1 and was working in a San Anselmo home when arrested.

Her son is a ward of the Marin Juvenile Court. He has been in trouble – first on charges of car stealing and now on suspicion of burglary.

[Jerry Adams, “Both In Jail Cells – Son Told Secret of Slayer Mom,” Daily Independent Journal (San Rafael, Ca.), Feb. 9, 1955, p. 1]



More cases: Youthful Borgias: Girls Who Commit Murder


Frances Sulinski, 13-Year-Old Murderess, Brooklyn, 1919

FULL TEXT: Frances Sulinski, the 13-year-old servant girl, arrested late Friday by Detective Francis A. Dougherty on suspicion of having poisoned Solomon Kramer, the 14-months-old child of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Kramer of 580 Shefield ave., confessed today that she had deliberately murdered the child.

She did so, she told Detective Dougherty, to get revenge on Brandel Nusshaum, the 70-year-old nurse maid. She thought the happening would be laid at the door of the old nurse. She also admitted that she poured lysol into the elderly servant’s favorite teapot with the hope that the woman would drink it.

The girl, probably the youngest of her sex ever arraigned in the Children’s Court on a charge of destroying human life, was taken before justice Cornelius F. Collins this afternoon in the juvenile tribunal. She faced the Court with a few sobs but no tears.

She is tall and spare, greatly overgrown for her years. Her eyes are blue and honest-looking. Her hair is blonde and straggly. She has none of the marks that would indicate a degenerate type.

~ District Attorney Gets Case. ~

Justice Collins, seeing that the charge was homicide and in the first degree, announced that he would sit as a magistrate. He remanded the girl to the Children’s Society without bail and instructed Detective Dougherty to take the matter to the District Attorney. The only words the girl uttered were in answer to a question from Court as to her age.

“I will be 14 in September.” she said.

Details or the poisoning of the little v stamp the girl as a juvenile I.u- eretia lloigia. Her murderous act s planned with devilish cunning and perpetrated with nicety.

She went to work for the Kramers a week ago last Wednesday. She had been slaying at her cousin’s following her departure from home. It developed today that she left home not because she was abused, as she told officers of the Children’s Society, but because she had been caught by her father. John Sulinski, a Park Department employe, stealing $20.

At the Kramers she began work at $1.80 a day. After a few days she nt to Mrs. Kramer and told her, Mrs. Kramer says, that she thought so much of the Kramer children, there were five of them, and liked the surrounding so much that she preferred to work for nothing.

“I asked her,” is she would work for board and lodging, and she said she would.” Mrs. Kramer said today. “She immediately seemed pleased with the proposition, and began the task.

She attended school at No 173, and did her housework before and after school hours.

But quarrels between her and the the two they made “I wanted to get even with the nurse,” the girl told Detective Dougherty in her confession. “I knew that she was charged with the care of the children. I knew that the lysol was poison and the very day that Mr. Kramer warned me to be careful of it the thought entered my head.

“I waited my chance. Thursday afternoon Mrs Kramer went out into the yard to fix some clothes. A moment before she had been in the kitchen, where the nurse and I were, and had told us she was going to the market with some eggs. I thought she had gone. I went upstairs. The child. Solomon – oh, yes; I loved him – was asleep.

~ Woke Baby to Give Poison. ~

“I waked him up. I took down the bottle of lysol. I said to the little fellow. “Here! Take some cough medicine.’ Then I poured it in his mouth.

“When he screamed I became frightened am! knew I had done wrong. I ran out of the room. But as I ran out I met Mrs. Kramer who had heard the child cry. She ran in and returned a moment later declaring the child had been poisoned.

“It was my idea that it would appear that the boy got the poison by mistake Then the nurse would have been blamed. When I saw that this might not work I poured some of the lysol in the teapot. You know they have a habit in thjat house of making tea and letting it stand and then adding hot water to the strong tea.”

The confession was made today at the Children’s Society, where she had completely fooled officials since her entry. The evidence of the teapot broke down her story. Detective Dougherty interviewed her and she repeated the old story tending to show the probability of an accident.

“How about this. Why did you put the stug in the teapot. Smell it!” said Dougherty, pushing the pot under her nose.

Then she broke down and confessed.

There are four other Kramer children, Sam, 7; Louis, 6; Isidor, 5, and Rebecca, 4. Their father is a neckwear presser. They live in an old farmhouse and they have a small income additional to his wage through a flock of 90 chickens they keep.

~ “Always a Good Girl” Father Says. ~

John Sulinski, father of the girl, was in court. He said:

“I cannot understand it.” The girl was always a good girl. She loved her three brothers and was verv good to Peter, four years old. my baby.”

“Did she leave you because you beat her”“ he was asked.

“I did beat her when she stole. When it was stolen I accused her. She admitted it. I punished her and she ran away I had been looking for her when I learned of her arrest “

“Was she always a rational child?”

“Yes And only recently she developed the trait of stealing.”

[“Girl, 13, Confesses She Poisoned Baby; Tried To Kill Nurse 70-Year-Old Woman Prompted Murder, Frances Sulinski Says.” The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (New York, N. Y.), Aug. 4, 1919, p. 1]

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The Anti-Family Agenda as Explained in 1977 - Mary Jo Bane, Washington D.C. Bureaucrat

Mary Jo Bane became Commissioner of the New York State Department of Social Services prior to her appointment with the Clinton administration. In 1993, President Clinton appointed her Assistant secretary of Health and Human Services (HSS) for Families and Children. 


FULL TEXT: Wellsley, Mass. (AP) - Once upon a time, the American family was a vibrant collage of love, care and nurturing. Then technology hit. Families moved more often, losing touch with relatives and friends. More mothers joined the labor force. More marriages dissolved, single parents became more common. And juvenile crime increased.

The American family was dying, many of the experts declared.

Many, but not Mary Jo Bane. To her, the notion of the family falling apart was fairy tale.

Dr. Bane, 34, an assistant professor of education at Wellsley College and associate director of the school’s Center for Research on Women, concluded after careful statistical analysis the family was far from dead - surviving and, in fact, healthy. She stated her case in a book, “Here to Stay: American Families in the Twentieth Century.” Dr Bane, after consideration, took issue with a number of widely held beliefs, like the notion Americans in the past drew strength from the extended family – two or more generations living happily and productively under one roof.

~ Contentions Disputed ~

In the 18th and 19th Centuries, she said, only six per cent of the country's households contained more than one generation. In 1970 about 7.5 per cent of America's families included relatives other than parents and children in the same home. She opposed, too, the suggestion that a declining birth rate indicates disintegration of the family.

“Some people aren’t going to have any children,” she said. “Some put it off. Some aren't having as many I don't really see any widespread childlessness. People are having their
first child later.”

“Yes. we're just coming out of a period of low birth rate, she said. "But we're comparing it to the so-called baby boom of the previous period.”

“Baby boom babies were contraceptive mistakes, when people have the first baby later, they're more effective users of birth control, because they used it so well before having the Dr Bane was interviewed recently in her office on the Wellsley campus. There, in the renovated country estate that is home for the Center for Research on Women, she discussed her findings and offered more support for her conclusion that today's family is a healthy one.

“Families are among our most conservative institutions,” she said. “But when people begin talking about the Family, that’s obviously changing.”

~ People Still Have Children ~

“I tried to separate out and think more specifically about family relationships in my work,” she said. “I looked at the data that illuminated bonds between people. People are continuing to have children and keep children with them after a disruption.”

Years ago, she said, mothers probably did not spend as much time with their children as today's working mother. In the past, she reasoned, women had more work to do around the house with more children and fewer time-saving devices. Working mothers today, Dr. Bane said, often are criticized as bad parents because they are not home with their children. Working fathers, on the other hand, aren't subject to the same rebuke.

“What happens to children depends not only on what happens in the homes, but what happens in the outside world,” she said. "We really don't know how to raise children. If we want to talk about equality of opportunity for children, then the fact that children are raised in families means there's no equality.

~ Working Mothers Not Harmful ~

“It’s a dilemma. In order to raise children with equality, we must take them away from families and communally raise them.”

“There is no evidence.” Dr. Bane said, “that having a working mother per se has harmful effects on children.” Citing studies in Syracuse and Boston in 1968 and 1973, she said there is evidence many working mothers set aside time exclusively for their children.

“They probably read more to their children and spend more time in planned activities with them than nonworking mothers,” she said.

Those who contend the family is breaking apart also maintain increased mobility has caused fragmentation and isolation. Government statistics, she said in rejecting that notion, show about 20 per cent of the population moved each year in the 1970s. Only four per cent moved to other states. And most of those who moved, she said, were the young and the unmarried.

~ Less Mobility in the 1970s ~

In 1974, she said, 60.7 per cent of the population between 35 to 44 lived in the same house as in 1970. Studies of 18th and 19th century households showed a higher rate of mobility, she said.

“For example, only 32 per cent of the population of Philadelphia remained in the city from 1850 to 1860; 44 per cent of the 1880 population of Omaha were still there in 1890,” Dr. Bane said.

“If mobility is destroying community and social life in America,” she concluded, “it has been doing so for a long time.”

As for divorce, Dr. Bane said she sees it as a “safety valve” for families. “It makes for better family life,” she said.

“There's no merit in holding families together just for the sake of it. For this reason, divorce improves the quality of marriages.”

And most divorced people remarry, she said. “In general, the remarriage rate has kept pace with the divorce rate, suggesting that it is not marriage itself but the specific marital partner that is rejected.”

[Dolores Barclay, The Family: College Professors Discuss the American Family,” syndicated (AP), Florence Morning News (S.C.), Aug. 21, 1977, p. 85]

“The International Child of the Future” – Charles M. Pierce

The progressive philosophy of a utopian international totalitarian state is the orthodox position of the Department of Education in the United States, and indeed the very reason the department was created was for its promulgation. Widespread family makes it possible for children to be indoctrinated from an early age with collectivist ideals and to be conditioned to have compliant behavioral traits rendering them submissive to authority and responsive to peer pressure.


Chester M. Pierce, Professor of Education and Psychiatry, Harvard University:

“Every child in America entering school at the age of five is mentally ill because he comes to school with certain allegiances to our founding fathers, toward our elected officials, toward his parents, toward a belief in a supernatural being, and toward the sovereignty of this nation as a separate entity. It is up to you as teachers to make all of  these sick children well -- by creating the international child of the future.”

(addressing the Association for Childhood Education International in April, 1972, Denver, Colorado)


Professor Pierce served as president of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, president of the American Orthopsychiatric Association and was a founding chairman of the Black Psychiatrists of America.

Quote Sources: None Dare Call It Education, by John A. Stormer, 1998, pages 70 and 155. Also: Bill Clinton: Friend or Foe? by Ann Wilson, 1993, 1994, page 174. Also: Brave New Schools, by Berit Kjos, 1973, 1980, 1982, page 160. Also: Set Up and Sold Out, by Holly Swanson, 1995, page 130.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Mary Yusta, 17-Year-Old Murderess – South Dakota, 1893

FULL TEXT: It is learned that Eustie Trevis, the young girl who shot and killed the McDermot [sic] girl at Deadwood last Sunday night in a quarrel over the affections of a gambler, is the daughter of a well-known and wealthy Bohemian farmer living in Saline county. Her name is Mary Yusta. Three years ago she lived with her parents on a farm about half way between Wilber and Crete and was looked upon as a good and pretty girl. But her character belied her looks, for she left home under circumstances which were, to say the least, painful to her doting parents. She was brought to Lincoln by a young man well known in this city and maintained for a time. The young man finally became tired of her and cast her off. Naturally she drifted farther along in a life of shame and finally became an inmate of Lydia Stewart’s place. Afterwards she went to Georgia Wade's place, and in both houses she was a general favorite. Leaving Lincoln for a time she went to the Hills, and after a while returned. She returned to Deadwood some time since. She went by the name of Birdie Bailey here.

[“Her Identity Known. - The Former Lincoln Girl Who Is a Murderess at Deadwood.” The Evening News (Lincoln, Ne.), Dec. 21, 1893, p. 1]


FULL TEXT: Deadwood, S. D., March 7. – Mary Yusta, who murdered Maggie McDermott [sic] December 17 while in a jealous rage was found guilty of manslaughter in the second degree. The maximum penalty is four years’ imprisonment. The prisoner is 17 years of age and the daughter of a farmer near Lincoln, Neb.

[“Youthful Murderess Found Guilty.” Osawatomie Graphic (Ks.), Mar. 10, 1894, p. 1]

Juliet Marion Hulme & Pauline Yvonne Parker, Youthful Murdereses – New Zealand, 1954

Juliet Hulme: born Nov. 28, 1938; 15 y. 7 mo. at time of murder.
Pauline Yvonne Parker: born May 26, 1938; 15 y. 11 mo. at time of murder.


FULL TEXT: Wellington. — Amazing extracts from the alleged diary of a girl, charged with murdering her mother, were read in Christchurch Magistrate’s Court on Friday.

The diary formed part of a story of passionately affectionate friendship between two teen-age girls.

The girls are Pauline Yvonne Parker and Juliet Marion Hulme, both aged 16 [sic].

They were charged with murdering Pauline’s mother, Honora Mary Parker, in a Christchurch park on June 22 a few minutes after having afternoon tea with her in the park kiosk.

~ Committed ~

They were committed for trial by the Supreme Court after a day-long hearing. A man who said he had lived for 23 years with the dead woman told the court their daughter had formed an intense friendship for the other girl, who, with her father, was to have sailed for England a few weeks after the alleged murder.

Detective MacDonald Brown told the court that after Pauline Parker was arrested at Dr. Hulme’s residence, he went to the Parker residence and took possession of a diary in her bedroom.

Detective Brown read extracts from a diary entry dated 13/2/1954: — “Why could not mother die? Dozens, thousands of people are dying, why could not mother and father, too.”

Entry dated 28/6, read: — “Anger against mother boiling inside me, as she is the main obstacle in my path.”

Entry dated 30/4 read:— I did not tell Deborah my plans for removing mother. The last fate I should wish to meet is years in Borstal — I wish to make it appear accidental.”

Entry dated 19/6 referred to a plan “to murder mother” and added, “naturally we are a trifle nervous, but elation is great.”

Entry 20/6 was: — “Afterward we discussed our plans for murdering mother and made them clear, but peculiarly enough I have no qualms of conscience — or is it peculiar.”

The last entry, dated 21/6 was: — “Deborah rang and we discussed a brick in a stocking, instead of a sandbag. Mother has fallen in with the plans beautifully. Feel quite keyed up.”

Entry 22/6 (date of alleged murder) was: — “I felt very excited last night and sort of nightbeforeChristmassy, but I did not have pleasant dreams.”

~ “Happy Event” ~

Detective Brown said the diary of that day was headed “The happy event.” In earlier evidence, Mrs. Hilda Hulme said her daughter was known to Pauline as “Deborah” and Pauline became “Gina.” Police gave evidence that Juliet Hulme made two statements when inter viewed after the death of Mrs. Parker. In the first statement Juliet detailed events lead ing to the visit to the park. “Pauline and I had been writing novels for some time,” Juliet said.

“In our plots we often discussed murders and might well have done so at Pauline”s place before we left home.”

~ “Suitable Place” ~

In her second statement Juliet Hulme said she had wanted Pauline to go to South Africa with her. They both decided to go with Mrs. Parker to the park as it would be a suitable place to discuss the matter and “have it out.” She gave a brick to Pauline, who put it in a stocking.

Juliet said that in the park she had been walking ahead, expecting Mrs. Parker to be attacked. According to her state ment she saw Pauline hit Mrs. Parker with the brick in the stocking. “I took the stocking and hit her too — I was terrified,” she said in the statement. “After the first blow I knew it would be necessary for us to kill her.

~ “Could Not Stop” ~

Senior Detective Mac Donald Brown said Pauline Parker in a statement, had said that she hit her mother with a half -brick inside the foot of a stocking. “I took them with me for that purpose,” the girl said. “As soon as I had started to strike my mother, I regretted it, but I could not stop then.”

Herbert Reiper, company manager told the court that he had lived with the dead woman for 23 years. She had been known as Mrs. Reiper. Three children had been born to them. The accused, Pauline, was the second child. She became intensely friendly with Juliet Hulme at Christchurch Girls’ High School. He had discussed with Juliet’s father. Dr. Hulme, the girls’ intense affection for each other, and as a result Pauline had been taken to a doctor by her mother.

~ Girls’ “Plan” ~

Mrs. Hilda Marion Hulme said her daughter Juliet and Pauline had planned to go to America together to have their books published. When the girls’ plan was discovered, it was decided to take Juliet to South Africa. Dr. Colin Thomas Busby Pearson, pathologist, said he had examined the body of Mrs. Parker and found 45 injuries, some minor, but many serious.

Showing no sign of emotion, both girls left the dock smiling and chatting. Neither was asked to make a plea.

[“Amazing Diary At Murder Charge Against Two Girls,” The Chronicle (Adelaide, Australia), Jul. 22, 1954, p. 2]