1875 – Julia Fortmeyer – St. Louis, Missouri
On October 6, 1877, about midnight Mme. Fortmeyer, sentenced to ten years imprisonment, made her escape from prison in Jefferson City, by forcing her body through over the transom of her cell.
1877 – Lydia Sherman – New Brunswick, New Jersey
Lydia Sherman escaped from Weathersfield State Prison, Connecticut, on Tuesday May 29, 1877. She was apprehended the following Tuesday, June 5.
1894 – Ann Miniver Davis – Melbourne, Australia (supspected of murdering 2 husbands)
It is a singular fact that the female convict [Ann Miniver Davis] in the Melbourne Goal, who has to look after condemned women, is a "lifer" tor poisoning her husband. She was sentenced to death, but her sex saved her. After serving twelve years of her sentence, she escaped from the Melbourne Gaol.
1910 – Mattie Troy – Argentine, Kansas
Mattie Troy, alias Mary Thomas, wanted for the murder in the first degree in connection with the death of a child here shells alleged to have murdered in order to collect insurance carried on his life, escaped from the Parsons State Hospital on January 2, 1911, about 7 o’clock, an although she was hunted high and low all day yesterday, scarcely any trace of her could be found.
1917 – Leopoldine Kasparek – Vienna, Austria
A struggle which seems an attempt to escape.
1921 – Lyda Trueblood Southard – Twin Falls, Idaho
May 4, 1931 – She escaped from prison
Mar. 1932 – marries Harry Whitlock
Jul. 2, 1932 – captured in Denver, Colorado
Jul. 31, 1932 – arrested in Topeka, Kansas
Aug. 1932 – She returned to the penitentiary
1925 – Clara Carl – Indianapolis, Indiana
Mrs. Clara Carl, 50, who escaped from the Indiana Womans’ prison On October 3, 1925, while serving a life sentence for the murders of her husband and father-in-law was back in her cell on October 12. She was caught in Columbus, Ohio, Saturday night (October 11) and reentered the prison last night.
1941 – Anna Louise Sullivan – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
After less than five hours of constricted liberty, Mrs. Anna Louise Sullivan, Milwaukee poison murderess, was back in confinement Friday at the state prison for women at Taycheedah, from which she had attempted to escape Thursday. Mrs. Sullivan, who had been assigned to outside tasks because of her health, was reported missing at a checkup at 11 a. m. it was believed at that time that she had walked out the unguarded gates of the honor institution. Several hours later, however, she was discovered hiding in a copse on the 244 acre prison grounds. Because of her escape attempt, Mrs. Sullivan’s privilege of working outside has been revoked. Mrs. Sullivan was sentenced to a life term for murder here in May, 1929. She had confessed that she killed her 17 year old stepson and her second husband with poison and had poisoned her third husband and stepdaughter, although not fatally. She was convicted of the killing of her stepson.
1960 – Sharon Kinne – Independence, Missouri & Mexico
On Dec. 7, 1969, Sharon Kinne escaped from Federal Women’s Penitentiary, Mexico City and was thereafter never found.
1966 – Margo Freshwater (with Glenn Nash; couple) – Tennessee, Mississippi, Florida
She escaped from prison in 1970 and lived as a fugitive for 32 years.
1968 – Mary Flora Bell (age 11) – Scotswood, England
In December 1968, Mary, who had murdered two children and had attempted to murder two othjers, was found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to life imprisonment. After spending eight years in young offenders institutes, Mary Bell was transferred to Moore Court open prison from where she escaped, with two boys, in 1977. They were at large for only two days.
1979 – Audrey Marie Frazier Hilley – Aniston (Blue Mountain), Alabama
Audrey Marie Hilley (Alias: “Lindsay Robbi Hannon,” “Teri Martin”), born June 4, 1933, was suspected of two murders: husband Frank Hilley and mother Lucille Frazier and the attempted murder of daughter Carol Marie Hilley, which took place between 1975 and 1979 in Aniston, Alabama.
The stories of Audrey Hilley’s two escapes from the court and from prison are among the most bizarre and dramatic in the entire history of female serial killers.
1983 – Dorothy Jean Matajke – Nevada (town), Iowa & Little Rock, Arkansas
Nurse; 3 or more victims. Ms. Matajke was convicted of forgery Sept. 5, 1973, at Nevada, Iowa, and was sentenced to seven years in prison. She escaped in 1974, was caught Oct. 7, 1980, and was paroled in December 1983.
2012 – Joanna Dennehy – Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England
Serial killer Joanna Dennehy plotted to cut off guard's finger to escape jail. She hoped to use the finger to beat the prison’s biometric security, a source claimed. But the plot – detailed in a written plan by Dennehy – was thwarted when two fellow inmates got in touch with the authorities. Dennehy plotted the prison break while in segregation at Britain’s most secure women-only jail – HMP Bronzefield, in Ashford, Surrey. The source said: “With the help of another lifer, she was planning an escape. What came to light was how she was going to do it, which was extremely vicious.
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