Wednesday, April 1, 2015

“Beira Black Widow” Imprisoned in Mozambique - 1914


The following text refers to a prisoner held an old castle at Beira, Mozambique, built about 1510 that was, at the time of the author’s visit in 1914, used as a prison.

EXCERPT: These convicts were of all races but mostly from India. One had been the mayor of some town there. One a white woman who was kept behind bars, of about 50 years of age, had murdered two husbands, in Portugal and on the west coast respectively, the second way too shocking to mention. Yet she seemed to retain some refinement as she had flowers and a canary bird in her window. Mad probably. She most politely asked me to come up to see her but I declined the honour.

[H. Rider Haggard (Author), Stephen Coan (Editor), Diary of an African Journey: The Return of H.Rider Haggard, 2001, p. 256]

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

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Bridget Malhony: Arson Violence by Women – Kentucky, 1875


FULL TEXT: Some weeks ago, says the Paducah Kentuckian, a woman calling herself Bridget Malhony, applied to Dr. Jackson, of Columbus, Ky., for the place of cook. Employment was given her and for a short while she gave satisfaction. A few days ago the doctor noticed irregularities in her life, and notified her that she must look out for another home.

This appeared to infuriate her beyond control – the pent up devil in her nature burst forth in a fury of passion that sent the doctor scampering for the police and the family for an asylum of safety. When he returned, Bridget had departed leaving his mirrors and furniture a wreck. It appears that, from a mistaken kindness, she was not prosecuted, but allowed to depart unmolested. From his residence she went to a boarding house kept by an estimable German Catholic named Switzher, near the M. and O. Railroad.

She easily imposed herself upon the good nature of this lady, and was permitted to stop with her, paying her board in work. She behaved badly again, and Mrs S--- discharged her. Instead of going off, however, she went up into Mrs S---‘s room (it was immediately after breakfast) and sent for this lady from the dining-room. When she got into her presence she commenced to abuse her in a most shameful manner. Mrs Switzher tried to quiet her, and expressed sympathy for her. Bridget told be that she had better sympathise with herself, and made at her. Mrs S.--- rushed down stairs leaving her three children, consisting of a little boy four years old, and two daughters aged respectively six and ten, in the room.

The eldest says that the two children were in the bed with the mosquito bar fastened down around it, and, that Bridget deliberately took the lamp and saturated the bed and children with coal oil and fired it. Before assistance could reach them the passage was a solid sheet of flame, and the two children were burned with the house and most of.the furniture. The fiend is in prison, and the poor mother nearly distracted with grief at her terrible loss.

[“A Female Fiend.” The Gippsland Rimes (Australia), Jan. 26, 1875, p. 4]

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Mrs. Bernard of Detroit, Female-on-Female Violence - 1881


The subject of female-on-female violence has been almost completely ignored by criminologists, even more so than the more general phenomenon of VbW (Violence by Women), which, in itself has gotten scant attention from objective scholars of crime.

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FULL TEXT: Detroit  (Mich.), January 17. – A shocking tragedy was enacted, at Lapeer Village 70 miles north of Detroit, last evening. While the people were at church Mrs Bernard went to the house of Rev. E. Curtis, the Baptist pastor, attacked his wife, an old lady about 65, threw her down, poured gasoline over her clothing, and set it on fire. The poor woman was shockingly burned, and, she lived but a few hours. Curtis until last year was pastor at Greenville in this State for several years. Mrs Bernard came to Lapeer a few weeks ago from Greenville, where she lives, being the wife of quite a prominent lumber man, and a woman about 40 years old. She has been busy meantime attending meetings, mingling in general society, but giving no intimation of any ill will towards her victim. It is believed by many she is insane from religious excitement, but others think the case is one of down right wickedness. She is under arrest.

[“Shocking Tragedy—A Fiendish Woman.” The Geelong Advertiser (Australia), Feb. 21, 1881, p. 4]

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Mrs. Swarthout, Michigan Child Torturer - 1888


FULL TEXT: Detroit, Dec. 27. – A revolting case of brutality is reported at Reed City, Mich. Mrs. Swarthout, a photographer, has been arrested for maltreating her niece. She is charged with having tied the girl’s legs a stout cord, and then putting in a stick and turning the chord, and then putting in a stick and turning the chord until the child would became almost unconscious with pain. She would also cord her tongue in the same manner until the skin burst. Mrs. Swarthout has been bound over to the next term of court, and in default of $1,000 bail languishes in jail.

[“A Woman’s Brutality.” The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Ky.), Dec. 28, 1888, p. 1]

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For more cases, see: Women Who Like to Torture

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Female Serial Killers of the 21st Century: A Photo Gallery


This is collection includes only those perpetrators for which a photo is available. Several dozen cases from this time period are therefore not included here. This selection nevertheless offers a quick way to get an idea of what a female serial killer "looks like" these days.

Count: Total 133 (105 with photo + 28 without) from Afghanistan, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, England, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Iran, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Netherlands, Nigeria, Panama, Poland, Russia, Spain, Taiwan, USA, Vietnam, Zimbabwe. (30 countries) [updated: Mar. 1, 2015]
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2001 – Spain
 Oiane Errazqun Galdos (“Zapa”) (4 victims)
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2001 – USA
Brookey Lee West  (3 or more suspected)
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2002 - Hungary
 Timea Faludi (40 victims; nurse)
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2002 - USA
Josephine Gray (3 victims, husbands; occult)
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 2002 - USA
Gloria Jean Greenfield (3 victims, babies)
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2002 - USA
Vickie Dawn Jackson (10 victims)
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2002 - Japan
Junko Ogata (7+ victims)
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2002 - USA
Erika Sifrik (3 victims; couple)
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2002 - USA
Julia Lynn Turner (3 victims)
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2003 - Brazil
Valentine de Andrade (cult)
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2003 – USA
Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong (2 boyfriends & 1 other)
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2003 – Czech Republic
Jaroslava Fabiánová (4 victims?)
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2003 - Australia
Kathleen Folbigg (4 victims, babies)
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2003 – England
Anne Grigg-Booth (23 victims suspected)
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2003 - USA
Diane O'Dell (4 victims, own children)
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2003 - Belgium
Monique Olivier (9 victims; couple)
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2003 – Czech Republic
Dana Stodolová (8 vicrims; husband as accomplice)
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2003 - USA
Coleen Thompson (211 suspected; nurse)
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2003 - Vietnam
Van Le Thanh (13 victims)
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2003 - Spain
Francisca Ballesteros (5 victims)
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2004 - Italy
Sonia Caleffi (up to 18 victims; nurse)
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2004 - USA
Michele Knotek (7 victims suspected; nurse)
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2004 – USA
Caroline Peoples (4 or more victims)
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2004 – England
Maxine Robinson (3 of her own babies)
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2004 – USA
Angela Ford-Wright (4 or more victims)
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2005 – Afghanistan
Shirin Guhl (27 men)
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2005 - Germany
Sabine Hilschenz (9 newborns)
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2005 - USA
Jeannine Miata (3 victims, 1 survived; nurse)
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2005 – China
Wang Fang (8 victims)
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2006 - Austria
Gertrude Arzberger (4 children)
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2006 - Mexico
Juana Barraza (29-49 victims; all female)
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2006 – Poland
Jolanta K. (5 newborns)
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 2006 - USA
Sheila LaBarre (3 victims)
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2006 – Spain
Remedios Sanchez (3 dead; 6 survived: all elderly)
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2007 - Germany
Irene Becker (15 victims; nurse)
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2007 - Germany
Susann F. (3 victims, babies)
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2007 – USA
Shauntay Henderson (6 murders suspected)
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 2007 – Germany
Monika Halbe (3 victims, babies)
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2007 - India
H. D. Kempamma (AKA Malllika; Yashodama) (6 female victims)
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2007 – Germany
Lydia L. (4 men: either husband or boyfriend)
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2007 – France
Virginie Labrosse (3 victims, babies)
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2007 – France
Celine Lesage (6 newborns of 2 fathers)
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2007 - Czech Republic
Antonie Stašková (3 of own children)
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2007 – USA
Shirley Winters (7 child victims suspected)
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2008 – USA
Ulisa Chavers (3 victims suspected)
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2008 – England
Rachel Baker (convicted for 1 homicide; multiple suspected)
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2008 – Belgium
Françoise Navez (2 murders & 1 attempt; nurse)
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2008 - USA
Helen Golay (3 victims, 1 survived)
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2008 - USA
Olga Rutterschmidt (3 victims, 1 survived)
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 2008 - Japan
Kanae Kijima (7 victims, all male)
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2008 - USA
Betty Neumar (5 victims, husbands)
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2008 - USA
Kimberly Clark Saenz (10 victims, 5 survived but injured; nurse)
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 2009 - USA
Stacey Castor (3 victims, 1 survived)
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2009 - France
Veronique Courjault (3 victims, babies)
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2009 - Iran
Mahin Qadiri (5 victims, all female)
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2009 - Finland
Aino Nykopp-Koski (5 victims + 5 attempts ; nurse)
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2009 – Japan
Miyuki Ueti (6 suspected)
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2009 - Taiwan
Lin Yuru (3 victims)
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 2010 - France
Dominique Cottrez (8 victims, babies)
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 2010 - Russia
Irina Gaidamachuk (61-86 victims, all female)
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 2010 - USA
Michele Kalina (5 victims, babies)
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2010 - Netherlands
Sietske Hoekstra (4 victims, babies)
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2010 – England
Bernadette Quirk (4 babies; claimed “stillborn” 1985-1995)
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2010 – Panama
Laura Michelle Reese (5; with male accomplice)
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2010 – Kenya
Elizabeth Wambui (Proxy murders through male cultist: 19 women)
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 2011 - Colombia
“La Perris” (5 suspected victims, others injured)
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2011 – Colombia
Emilsen Yulima Nataly Rojas (multiple husbands)
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2011 - Brazil
“Sao Paulo Girl” (30 victims, all male)
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2011 – Germany
Beate Zschäpe (10 murders)
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2012 – USA
Carel June Cody (4 men)
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2012 - USA
Holly Grigsby (4 victims)
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2012 – Germany
Annika H. (5 newborns)
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 2012 - Mexico
Maria Jiminez (20 victims; salaried assassin)
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2012 - Mexico
Silvia Meraz (3 victims; occult)
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 2012 - Brazil
Bruna Oliveira da Silveira (multiple female victims; cannibalism, cult)
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2012 - Brazil
Isabel Cristina Pires da Silveira (multiple female victims; cannibalism, cult)
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2012 – Mexico
Cristina Soledad Sánchez (4 male taxi drivers)
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2012 - USA
Dr Hsiu-Ying Tseng (3 victims)
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2012 - Canada
Melissa Friedrich (Weeks) (2 victims suspected + 2 attempts)
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2012 - Japan
Miyoko Sumida (8 victims)
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2012 - Poland
Beata Z. (5 victims, babies)
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2013 - France
Audrey C. (3 newborns)
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2013 – Colombia
 Yadira Narváez Marin (5 men)
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2013 – Colombia
Esneda Ruiz Cataño (3 husbands)
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 2013 – Poland
Lucyna D. (3 newborns)
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2013 - England
Samantha Lewthwaite (7 murders)
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2013 – Russia
Anastasia Sinelnik (30+ victims – with accomplices)
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2013 – Brazil
Dr. Virginia Helena Soares de Sousa (7 charged; 300 suspected)
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2013 – Russia
Inessa Tarverdiyeva (30+ victims – with accomplices)
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2013 – Russia
Viktoria Tarverdiyeva (30+ victims – with accomplices)
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2013 – USA
Diane Staudte (3 victims; 1 survived)
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2013 - USA
Rachel Staudte (3 victims; 1 survived)
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2013 – England
Joanna Dennehy (5 victims, 32 survived)
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2013 – Japan
Chiemi Tonuma (3 babies; husband accomplice)
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2013 – Mexico
Evelyn López García (3 victims)
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2013 – Mexico
Mónica Belén Martínez Morales (3 victims)
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2014 – USA
Megan Huntsman (6 newborns)
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2014 – Zimbabwe
Angeline Mabhiza (4 own babies; cousin; suicide)
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2014 – Czech Republic
Věra Marešová (6 murders; nurse)
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2014 – USA
Erika Murray (3 newborns)
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2014 – Canada
Andrea Giesbrecht (6 babies)
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2014 – Japan
Chisako Kakehi (7 husbands & paramours; suspected)
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2014 – Italy
 Daniela Poggiali (96 suspected victims)
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2015 – Russia
Elena Lobacheva (12 victims, all males; SK couple)
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Female Serial Killers of the 21st Century – no photo available

2001    Hassan, Jummai – Maiduguri, Nigeria, cult, 48 vics (confess), since age of 7 participated in sacrifice, arrested at age 13
2001    Li Huijie & Tian Xueqin - Henan province, China
2001    “Melbourne Serial Killer Nurse” Melbourne, Aust; nurse, more than 2 victims (80 others invest’d)
2001    Nicolai, Anne M. – Waterford township, Mi., 2001, 3 vics, nurse (96-97 crimes)
2001    Wells, Angela & Ronald – Peoria, Il., 2001, 3 vics susp.
2002    Johnson, Alison – Doncaster, Eng, 3 own chn
2002    Mulholland, Noreen– Leeds, England – 19 victims suspected, nurse
2002    “Toda Serial Killer Mother” - Toda, Japan, 6 newborns, 80s-90s, no charges
2002    “Zhtomyr Serial Killer Couple” - Zhtomyr, Ukraine, 6 vic, hus/wife, cannibal, torture
2003    Patel, Trupti - Reading, England, 3 own chn (ACQUITTED)
2003    Zhiqun, Duan – Shenzhen, China, w Ma Yong (male), death sent: Nov. 25, 2003
2004    “Anambra, Nigeria Cult Female Serial Killer”- Anambra state, Nigeria, 50+ vics.
2004    Brunfaut, Francine– Brussels, Belgium – 7-19 victims suspected, nurse
2004    Crouse, Peggy S. - Marion, In. – 2004 – 4 victims suspected, nurse
2004    “Haborocho Serial Killer Physician” – Haborocho, Hokkaido, Japan; physician; 4 vics alleged
2004    “Hemel Nurse” - Hemel Hempstead, England – 4 victims susp. (3 surv.), nurse
2005    “Doris B” – Straubing, Germany – 7 victims suspected, nurse
2005    “Tullingen Nurse” – Tullingen, Germany – 10 victims, nurse
2006    Budo, Lori L.– Louisiana (Katrina Hurr), (w Pou & Landry) 4 patients
2006    Landry, Cheri – Louisiana (Katrina Hurr), (w Budo & Pou) 4 patients
2006    Okamoto, Chizuko – Japan, 4 children, infant to 19
2006    Pou, Dr. Anna – Louisiana (Katrina Hurr), (w Budo & Landry) 4 patients
2006    Zongqin, Zhang – Fuling, Chongking, China
2008    Babita – Tigra Village, Gurgaon, India ; 4 chn, nieces, nephew
2009    “Ota Ward Tokyo Serial Killer Mother” – Ota Ward, Tokyo, Japan, 4 chn, found after suicide
2010    “Geleen Serial Killer Mother” – Geleen Netherlands, 3 newborns
2011    Leighton, Rebecca – Stockton, England; Nurse, 5?; not tried; conv later of theft; insulin


2015 – “Břeclavsko Baby-Killer Mom” - Břeclavsko, Dolni Dunajovice, Czech R. – 3 newborns

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What does a serial killer look like?
Answer: Like this.
(It's time to wake up.)
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