Monday, July 28, 2014

Female Serial Killers Who Committed Suicide

1809 – Anna Zwanziger – Bavaria, Germany (attempts)

Attempted suicide twice [Vickie Jensen, Women Criminals: An Encyclopedia of People and Issues, 2011]

1847 – Mary Ann Milner – Lincoln, England

The unfortunate woman hung herself in her cell a few hours before the appointed time.

1858 – Phebe Westlake – Goshen, New York

Mrs. Phebe Westlake, formerly of Ulster county, whose maiden name was Irwin, aged about 45 years, died at Chester, in Orange county, N. Y., on the 7th inst., no doubt from the effect of poison taken for the purpose of self destruction.

1891 – Rosalie Schneider – Vienna, Austria (attempt)

The woman Schneider, who was arrested with her husband for decoying and murdering servant girls, attempted to commit suicide. Her recovery is hopeless. [Note: She did, in fact, recover, and go on trial.]

1895 – Mrs. Julian Butler – Hamburg, Michigan

Mrs. Butler attempted suicide by taking laudanum, and, failing in her purpose, another poison was brought into play, which concluded the job.

1896 – Amelia Dyer – Reading, England (attempt)

In November 1891, she was admitted to Gloucester Asylum following a bungled suicide attempt.

1908 – Jeanne Weber – Paris, France

Credited with at least ten murders, she survived two years in captivity before manually strangling herself in 1910.

1911 – Louise Vermilya – Chicago, Illinois (attempt)

Discovery was made Nov. 4, 1911, that Mrs. Louise Vermilya, who is under police guard at her home charged with poisoning Policeman Arthur Bissonnette, had attempted to take her own life with arsenic. A quantity of the poison was found in her bedroom in a pepper shaker.

1913 – Isabella Newman – Melbourne, Australia

Sensational developments occurred this afternoon in connection with the investigations by detectives into the mysterious disappearances of several babies adopted by the woman Isabella Newman, who committed suicide at her house in Mordialloc, after detectives had placed her under arrest.

1923 – Maria Torosian – Fresno, California (mother of  Potegian)

Mrs. Maria Torosian committed suicide by hanging at the Torosian ranch home west of Fresno.

1923 – Elize Potegian – Fresno, California (attempt) (daughter of  Torosian)

A close guard is being maintained today [Nov. 5, 1923] over Mrs. Eliza Patigian [error, “Potegian” in most sources], charged with poisoning her step-daughter, following an attempt to commit suicide by strangulation in the county jail here yesterday afternoon. The attempt by Mrs. Patigian to end her life followed receipt of word that her mother, Mrs. Maria Torosian had committed suicide by hanging at the Torosian ranch home west of Fresno.

1924 – Annie Hauptrief – San Marco, Texas

Mrs. Hauptrief’s body was found in the morning shortly after 7 o’clock suspended from a narrow band from her cell door in the Hayes County jail, where she had been during the last five months on a charge of poisoning her four stepchildren and attempting to poison her husband.

1925 – Anna Cunningham – Chicago, Illinois (attempt)

Mrs. Cunningham, recovering in a hospital from an attempt to strangle herself, has admitted the poisoning of three children.

1929 – Julia Fazekas – Nagyrev, Hungary

A number of bodies were exhumed and arsenic was found in them. Police inquiries quickly broke down the wall of fear which had so strangely protected the guilty, and several people confessed. The evidence against Madame Fazekas piled up so quickly broke down that she was on the point of being arrested when she took her own life.

1929 – Suzi Olah – Nagyrev, Hungary

Susi [Suzi] refused to talk and was released. She made her way to her home village and visited several of her women friends. She told them to keep their mouths shut. Unknown to Susi, the police had let her go, hoping she would lead them to the other conspirators. The scheme worked. All the women were taken into custody. All except Susi. When the police called at her home, there was no answer. They found the mass murderer in a closet. She had hanged herself. Thirty-one women were placed on trial in Szolnok for the arsenic poisonings.

1929 – Christine Czordas (Chordas) – Nagyrev, Hungary

The confessions showed that the widow [of] Balint Czordas [Christine] was the second in command, a sort of vice-president of the murder syndicate. She confessed to having helped poison twenty husbands and, also, during the hungry years, just after the war, a few children who were hard to feed. The morning after her confession the authorities wished to ask one or two more questions, but she had committed suicide during the night. Three other widows, sharing her cell, had watched Balint make a rope from bedding and hang herself, without interfering.

1950 – Mrs. Schaub – Baltimore, Maryland

Charles Schaub, 43, who lived in the house from 1912 until May of last year told police his step-mother, Anna, killed herself by gas in 1928.

1957 – Mary Perkins – Selma, Alabama (attempt)

At the start of the probe, Mrs. Perkins shot herself in the chest in a suicide attempt, but was hospitalized and recovered.

1984 – Alma Wittenmyer – Dickson, Tennessee

While awaiting trial, she hanged herself with a prison bedsheet on Aug. 8, 1984, and left a note saying “at last I have found peace.”

2002 – Anne Grigg-Booth – Keighley, West Yorkshire, England

Aug. 31?, 2005, died at home of an overdose of anti-depressants before trial scheduled for April 2006 on 13 charges

2002 – Julia Lynn Turner – Marietta, Georgia

Autopsy results on Julia Lynn Womack Turner showed she died from the "toxic effects of the prescription medication propranolol, a blood pressure medication that Ms. Turner had been prescribed," according to Georgia's chief medical examiner.

2009 – “Ota Ward Tokyo Serial Killer Mother” – Ota Ward, Tokyo, Japan

After the unnamed woman’s suicide, the skeletal remains of four newbors were found in her home.

2012 – Miyoko Sumida “The Pirhana Family” – Amagasaki, Hyogo prefecture, Japan

Arrested on Dec. 5, 2012; choked herself in her cell despite being on suicide watch Dec. 12, 2012.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Female Serial Killers Who Were Prostitutes

1761 – Dorcas "Darkey" Kelly – Dublin, Ireland

1861 – Ruddah – India

1896 – Amelia Dyer – England

She did not have any need to beg since her double work as a procurer and prostitute gave her sufficient money to live well.

1912 – Enriqueta Marti – Barcelona, Spain

1927 – Alma Tweede – Memphis, Tennessee

1938 – Moulay Hassen – Fez, Morocco

1944 – Louise Peete – USA

1964 – Maria, Carmen & Maria Luisa deJesús GonzálezRancho El Ángel, Mexico

“The Bordello from Hell”

1985 – Griselda Blanco – USA & Colombia

Blanco resorted to prostitution for a few years in Medellín, until age 20.

1991 – Aileen Wuornos – Florida

1994 – Rosemary West – Gloucestershire, England

2000 – Credonia Mwerinde – Uganda

2003 – Jaroslava Fabiánová – Czech Republic

Female Serial Killers of Latin America

1650 – Catalina de Erauso – Spain & New Spain
1852 – Margaret Waldgrave – USA & Cuba
1884 – Leonarda Martinez – Mexico
1887 – Anastaa Rubio de Pascadera – Mexico
1892 – Guadalupe Martinez de Bejarano – Mexico
1909 – Augustina Mora – Mexico
1912 – Maria Reyes – Mexico
1929 – “Brazilian Black Widow” – Brazil
1941 – Felícitas Sánchez Aguillón (or Sánchez Neyra) – Mexico
1960 – Magdalena Solis – Mexico
1989 – Sara María Aldrete – Mexico
1989 – Maria Teresa Quintana Matamoros, Mexico; cult, (with Aldrete)
2000 – Priscila Souza Ferreira – Brazil
2003 – Valentina de Andrade – Brazil
2009 – “Sao Paulo Girl” – Brazil
2006 – Juana Barraza – Mexico
2010 – Laura Michelle Reese – Panama
2011– “La Perris” – Colombia
2011 – Sandra Nataly Giraldo – Colombia
2011 – Nancy Manriquez Quintanar – Mexico
2011 – Emilsen Yulima Nataly Rojas – Colombia
2012 – Maria Jiminez Mexico
2012 – Silvia Meraz – Mexico
2013 – Esneda Ruiz Cataño – Colombia
2013 – Dr. Virginia Helena Soares de Sousa – Brazil

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Agnes Parr, Philadelphia Professional Baby-Killer - 1877

Note: As with all other known baby farmer prosecutions in the United States for infanticide it was impossible for the prosecution to meet the evidentuary standard.


FULL TEXT: Agnes Parr, the alleged “baby farmer,” was put upon trial in Judge Thayer’s Court, yesterday, for infanticide, in causing, through neglect, the death of a small babe, which had been intrusted to her keeping by an unknown mother. The Commonwealth alleged that Mrs. Parr, who lived in Rementer court, back of 932 Arch street, had several small children, all in a sickly condition, in her care for rearing. The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children attention was brought to her institution and their agenty paid her a visit. Two small children were taken from her and placed in the Almshouse, where they subsequently died – one of them supposedly by reason of her neglect and ill-treatment. At the trial, yesterday, these facts were testified to. The defense, which was represented by Thomas B. Price and Maxwell Stevenson, showed, upon cross-examination of the nurse in the Almshouse who had charge of Mrs. Parr’s babies, that almost invariably all infants brought to that institution would, afer a few days, die. It was also testified by the supposed baby farmer’s neighbors that she was kind to her young charges and respected by all who knew her. Judge Thayer, in charging the jury, said that the prosecution had failed to connect the child’s death with Mrs. Parr’s alleged ill-treatment, and therefore the evidence was not strong enough to warrant a conviction. The Judge then inquired of her counsel whether she was still carrying on the same business, and being told no, he ordered her discharge, with the remark that he otherwise would have held her to bail to keep the peace.

[“Agnes Parr’s Troubles. – She is Tried For ‘Baby Farming’ and Acquitted.” The Philadelphia Times (Pa.), Nov. 22, 1877, p. 1]


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


Judith Hawkey, Murder-Coaching Mom – Ohio, 2003

FULL TEXT: Defiance, Ohio – Defiance County Judge Joseph Schmenk handed down the highest sentence possible in the case of Judith Hawkey, life without the possibility or parole.

On November 3, 2003, Hawkey's step-son, Corey Breninger shot and killed his father Robert Breninger at his Mark Center, Ohio, home. At the time, it was ruled an accident.

The son revealed years later to a teacher after Hawkey had collected hundreds of thousands in life insurance from Robert. He said Hawkey had manipulated him to pull the trigger, and then lie about what happened.

Corey, now 20, addressed Hawkey in court.

"The pain you have put me through should send you straight to hell," said Corey Breninger.

During sentencing, the judge took long pauses trying to find the right words, calling the case unique to him.

He made scathing remarks describing Hawkey, including manipulative, and "evil beyond description."

Hawkey, who court witnesses said showed no remorse for her actions, denies her guilt.

Hawkey said, "He [Corey] shot his father purposely, and made up this whole story."

Evidence convinced the jury that she was entirely to blame.

After the sentencing, Corey spoke with reporters about the his feelings saying, "Relief. I feel like she got what she deserved. I was ready to get it off my chest. I was bearing that burden for so many years."

Corey says now he can get on with his life.

"[I can] stop living in the shadows. I don't have to worry about anything now. My biggest fear... she's gone," said Breninger.

Corey plans to use his difficult experience to help others, who may have endured similar abuses.

[Chris Delcamp, Woman who manipulated 10-year-old to kill his father gets life without parole,” Dec. 19, 2013]



For similar cases, see Murder-Coaching Moms


Friday, July 25, 2014

Astini (aka Bu Lakri), Indonesian Female Serial Killer Executed - 1996

FULL TEXT: Indonesia on Sunday [Mar 20, 2005] executed a 51-year-old housewife found guilty of murdering and mutilating three women within four years. Astini, also known as Bu Lakri, was shot by a 12-member East Java Police firing squad at 1:20 a.m. local time, said A.F. Darmawan, chief of the special crime unit at the area’s High Prosecution Office. Astini’s lawyer, Ida Sampit Karo Karo, and a police doctor were among those present at the execution.

A district court convicted Astini in Surabaya, the capital of East Java province, in 1996 - the same year the murders were discovered after the head of the third victim, Puji Astutik, was found in a river near Astutik’s house in Surabaya about 800 kilometers (500 miles) east of the capital, Jakarta. Astini’s first victim, Rahayu, was killed in 1992 and the second, Sri Astuti Wijaya, in 1993. Astini mutilated their bodies and dumped them in separate places.

Astini, who pleaded guilty to the murders, told the court she had been angry with the victims because they frequently came to her house collecting debts. Like many Indonesians, Astini goes by a single name. Her final attempt to avoid execution failed last year, when then-President Megawati Sukarnoputri turned down her appeal for clemency.

“The execution was carried out at 1:20 WIB (1820 GMT Saturday), but I cannot disclose the location of the execution,” Darmawan said on Sunday at a news conference. “The late Astini was shot by 12 members of firing squad of police, with only six of them using live bullets aimed at her heart from a distance of five meters (16 feet),” Darmawan said, adding that she was executed “in sitting position.” At Surabaya’s Dr. Sutomo Hospital where Astini’s body was taken for an autopsy. Relatives of the last victim, Astutik, said they had come to make sure Astini was dead.

“You’re dead, Astini! We are satisfied even though we have been waiting for nine years,” shouted Astutik’s brother, Agus Purwanto.

Indonesia routinely uses execution to punish murder and drug trafficking, and about 65 people are on now death row. Many come from other Asian countries or Africa, and have been sentenced to die for drug offenses. Astini’s execution was Indonesia’s fourth since August, when an Indian citizen, Ayodhay Prasad Chaubey, faced a firing squad for smuggling heroin into the country.

A month later, two Thai citizens - Saelow Praseart, a 58-year-old man, and Namsong Sirilak, a 32-year-old woman - were executed for similar offenses.

[“Indonesia executes 51-year-old woman for murder, mutilation,” The China Post, March 20, 2005]


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Female Serial Killers of Asia

Before 1600 BC – Queen Ji Xia – China §
316 BC – Queen Olympias – Macedonia §
42 BCAnula of AnuradhapuraSri Lanka §
705 – Empress Wi Zetian – China §
940 – “White-necked Crow” – China §
1200 – Ta-Ki – China §
1300s – Sultana Khadeejah – Maldives §
1613 – Dona Catherina – Ceylon §
1807 – Ching Shih – China §
1861 – Rudduah – India §
1880s – Sultana Pangyan Inchi Jamela – Philippines §
1902 – “Osaka Baby Farmers” – Japan §
1906 – “Osaka ‘Devil Woman’” – Japan §
1908 – Dowager Empress Cixi (Tsi Si) – China §
1921 – Ineigo Kaneiko – Japan §
1924 – Mrs. Tanaka – Japan §
1948 – Miyuki Ishikawa – Japan §
1951 – Lala Wanh – India §
1953 – Yoke Ying – Singapore §
1987 – Chen Kao Lien-yen – Taiwan §
1993 Kazuko Hatayama – Japan §
1995 – Sachiko Eto – Japan §
1996 – Anjanabai & Shinde, Renuka KiranIndia §
1996 – Astini (aka Bu Lakri) – Indonesia §
1999 – Dao Ruiying – China §
2001 – Li Huijie & Tian Xueqin – China §
2002 – Junko Ogata – Japan §
2002 – “Toda Serial Killer Mother” – Japan
2004 – Le Thanh Van – Vietnam §
2005 – Wang Fang – China §
2007 – K. D. Kempamma – India §
2008 – Babita – India §
2009 – Kanae Kijima – Japan §
2009 – Lin Yuru – Taiwan §
2009 – Miyuki Ueta – Japan §
2012 – “Indonesian Cannibal Female Serial Killer” – Indonesia § (discredited, apparently a hoax)
2012 – Miyoko Sumida – Japan §
2013 – Chiemi Tonuma – Japan §