Thursday, June 16, 2022

Rose Marie Bobillier, Double Black Widow – France, 1908

FULL TEXT: Vesoul. - Mme Barbe-Bleue, that's how we nicknamed Rose-Marie Bobillier, a peasant woman from Montigny-les-Vesoul, who appeared today before the Hautè-Saône Assize Court. The nickname exaggerates. However, the accused is not an ordinary woman: she killed, during their sleep (which rather reminds the ogre of Little Thumb than the cruel husband who murdered seven wives the other tale), she killed her husband in 1905, and her lover, her farmhand, in 1907. It was this second crime that led to the discovery of the first.

On May 18, she informed the police that Monigoz, her valet and lover, had just injured himself in his barn. The police ran there and found him moaning, a gun beside him, a large wound on his head.

The unfortunate man died the same evening. When questioned, the widow Bobilier declared that he had committed suicide. But after the autopsy she had to make a confession.

She had killed him while he was sleeping drunk in the barn. She had stabbed him three times in the temple with the ax and, in the hope of diverting suspicion, had placed a revolver near him. She had killed him because he was constantly quarreling with her and beating her.

Witnesses confirmed the reality of these quarrels. But they put forward the idea that for such a motive, in 1905, the husband must have died in such a manner.

She had told that he had died from a horse kick and we had believed him. The examining magistrate had the corpse exhumed. It was found that the skull was fractured on the right and on the left as well as the two jaws were broken. It was proof that the head had been hit while resting on the ground. Bobillier was dead as his servant was to die later. His widow had to confess this first crime, after the second.

Information established that the household was the most disunited. The man was drinking, the woman behaving badly. One day she was boasting to her husband that she was pregnant with the child of another man. He had beaten her, kicked her out and then picked her up.

Examined by alienists, the Bobillier woman was declared responsible for her actions, but the alienist doctor, Doctor Lalanno; concluded a serious psychic debility. After indictment from the prosecutor Blondeau, the widow Bobillier, very skillfully defended by Me Morel, of the bar of Vesoul, was sentenced to fifteen years of forced labor and ten years ban on residence.

[“Mrs. Bluebeard.” (“Mme Barbe-Bleue.”), Le Figaro (Paris, France), Feb. 4, 1908, p. 3]


Rose Marie Bobillier, Montigny-les-Vesoul - Montigny-lès-Vesoul is a commune in the Haute-Saône department in the region of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté in eastern France.


FULL TEXT: Vesoul. – Mme Barbe-Bleue, c'est ainsi qu'on a surnommé Rose-Marie Bobillier, une paysanne de Montigny-les-Vesoul, qui a comparu aujourd'hui devant la Cour d'assises de la Hautè-Saône. Le surnom exagère. Pourtant, l'accusée n'est poin tune femme ordinaire: elle a tué, pendant leur sommeil (ce qui rappelle plutôt l'ogre du Petit Poucet quele cruel époux sept fois meurtrier de l'autre conte), elle a tué son mari en 1905, et son amant, son valet de ferme, en 1907. C'est ce second crime qui a fait découvrir le premier.

Le 18 mai dernier, elle informait le garde champêtre que Monigoz – son valet amant venait – de se blesser dans sa grange. Le garde y courut et le trouva râlant, un revolver auprès de lui, une large blessure à la tète.

Le malheureux mourait le soir même. Interrogée, la veuve Bobilier déclara qu'il s'était suicidé. Mais après l'autopsie elle dut faire des aveux.

Elle l'avait tué pendant qu'il dormait, ivre, dans la grange. Elle'lui avait porté trois coups de hache à la tempe et, dans l'espoir de détourner les soupçons, avait, près de lui, places on revolver. Elle l'avait tué parce qu'il la querellait et la battait sans cesse.

Des témoins confirmèrent la réalité de ces querelles. Mais ils émirent l'idée que pour un motif pareil, en 1905, de pareille façon avait dû mourir le mari.

Elle avait conte qu'il était mort d'un coup de pied de cheval et on l'avait cru. Le juge d'instruction fit exhumer le cadavre. On constata que le crâne était fracturé à droite et à gauche de même les deux mâchoires étaient brisées. C'était la preuve que la tête avait été frappée posant sur le sol. Bobillier était mort comme devait plus tard mourir son domestique. Sa veuve dut avouer ce premier crime, après le second. L'information a établi que le ménage était des plus désunis. L'homme buvait, la femme se conduisait fort mal. Un jour elles'était vantée à son mari d'être enceinte des œuvres d'un autre homme. Il l'avait battue, mise à la porte et puis reprise.

Examinée par des aliénistes, la femme Bobillier a été déclarée responsible deses actes, mais le médecin aliéniste, le docteur Lalanno, concluta une grave débilité psychique. Après réquisitoire de M. le procureur Blondeau, la veuve Bobillier, très habiliment défendue par Me Morel, du barreau de Vesoul, a été condamnée à quinze ans de travaux forcés et dix ans d'interdiction de séjour.

[“Mme Barbe-Bleue.” Le Figaro (Paris, France), Feb. 4, 1908, p. 3]




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


Saturday, May 28, 2022

The Torak Husband-Killing Syndicate – Serbia, 1934

The existence of a coordination through a source of the poison used by the village is not stated, but rather implied. The series of cases fits the pattern seen in many other Serbian and Romanian villages where a poisoning expert sells concoctions and counsels in their proper use.


FULL TEXT (Translated from German): Not far from the Romanian border is the village of Torak, which has the terrible reputation of being the village of poisoners. Men who are uncomfortable with their wives die quickly and mysteriously. That is why this village has a special place in criminal history. Even if the investigation is initiated immediately in each individual case, it is very seldom possible to convict the murderers. There have been four cases recently that have attracted attention. The cases are interesting enough to be shown here.

Katitza Subu, a beautiful and passionate Romanian, the richest girl in town, proud and bossy, married a few years ago. The husband Peter Subu was hardworking, young and handsome. But it wasn't long before Katitza fell in love with the local Don Juan, Peter Gilesana. The love between the two passionate people hardly began to develop, Katitza had hardly approached the boy and Subu was already eager.

Soon Gilesana became tired of the woman. One day she shouted bitterly in his face: “You weren't worth killing my husband because of you.” Neighbors heard her. Subus's corpse was exhumed. Arsenic was found in the remains. Enough to kill three people. Before police were able to arrest Katitza, Gilesana fell ill with symptoms of poisoning, but was saved at the last moment in order to be able to bring him to justice as an accomplice in the murder. Katitza was sentenced to death, Gilesana was imprisoned for ten years.

The second case concerned Draga Bukovan, Subu's neighbor. She too had married very young and one day adopted a lover. But here the man came up with it. The next day he died suddenly. Draga lived with her lover for some time. When she found out about the fate of the beautiful Katitza, she fled and has not yet been found. A significant amount of arsenic was found in her husband's body.

The third case involved Saveta Damjan. As a rich farmer, her husband had numerous friends. One of these friends approached Saveta. The man did not find out that his wife was cheating on him. One day he fell and from then on remained a cripple who could not move at all. He was a burden to his wife and very soon died. Soon after he died, the authorities received a complaint. The body was exhumed and arsenic was found here too. Saveta received a life sentence; her lover 10-year prison sentence.

The last case, which happened recently, caused the greatest stir. A noble lady from Torak sat on the prosecution bank. Mrs. Magdalena Wester, who was accused of poisoning her husband, the merchant Nikolaus Wester, with arsenic. In this case, too, the poison was found in the corpse. Mrs. Wester defended herself very skillfully. On the basis of circumstantial evidence, she was sentenced to life imprisonment. It was proven that she had a relationship with her husband's chauffeur, Leopold Bukovan. The chauffeur has fled.

The excitement in the village of the poisoners has not yet subsided when another notice came in. A few days ago, the wealthy owner Dushon Popov died after a short period of mysterious suffering. The body was dug out and examined. The result was: arsenic.

There is a ghost in the village of Torak on the Romanian border and the men look the women in the face: “Are you a murderer?” But the faces remain impenetrable and mysterious. They don't reveal anything. Least of all, where the poison comes from.

[“The village of the poisoners. Illustrierte Kronen Zeitung (Vienna, Austria), May 31, 1934, p. 6]


FULL TEXT: Unweit der rumänischen Grenze befindet sich das Dorf Torak, welches denschrecklichen Ruf genießt, das Dorf der Giftmischerinnen zu sein. Männer, die ihren Frauen unbequem sind, sterben rasch und auf geheimnisvolle Weise dahin. In der Kriminalgeschichte nimmt dieses Dorf darum auch einen besonderen Platz ein. Wenn auch in jedem einzelnen Fall sofort die Untersuchung ein geleitet wird, gelingt es nur höchst selten, die Mörderinnen zu überführen. In der letzten Zeit waren es vier Fälle, die die Aufmerksamkeit erweckten. Die Fälle sind interessant genug, hier ausgezeigt zu werden.

Katitza Subu, eine schöne und leiden schaftliche Rumänin, das reichste Mädchen des Ortes, stolz und herrisch, heiratete vor einigen Jahren. Der Ehemann Peter Subu war fleißig, jung und schön. Aber es dauerte nicht lange und Katitza verliebte sich in den Don Juan des Ortes, Peter Gilesana. Die Liebez wischen den beiden leiden schaftlichen Menschen began sich kaum zu entwickeln, Katitza hatte sich dem Burschen kaum genähert und schon starv Subu.

Bald wurde Gilesana der Frau überdrüssig. Verbittert darüber schrie sie ihm eines Tages ins Gesicht: “Du warst nicht wert, daß ich deinetwegen meinen Mann ermordet habe." Das hörten Nachbarn. Die Leiche Subus wurde exhumiert. In den Ueberresten fand man Arsenik. Genug, um drei Menschen zu töten. Noch eheman Katitza verhaften konnte, erkrankte Gilesana an Vergiftungs erscheinungen, im letzten Augenblick wurde ergerettet, um ebenfalls als-Teilnehmer am Mord vor Gericht gestellt zu werden. Katitza wurde zum Tod verurteilt, Gilesana bekam zehn Jahre schweren Kerkers.

Der zweite Fall betraf Draga Bukovan, die Nach barinder Subu. Auch sie hatte sehr jungge heiratet und eines Tages einen Geliebt engenommen. Hier kam der Mann aber darauf. Am anderen Tag starb er plötzlich. Draga lebte einige Zeit mit ihrem Geliebten. Als sie vomSchicksal der schönen Katitza erfuhr, flüchtete sie und konnte bisher nicht aufgefundenen. In der Leiche ihres Mannes wurde ein größeres Quantum Arsenik gefunden.

Der dritte Fallbe traf Savetä Damjan. Ihr Mann hatte als reicher Bauer zahlreiche Freunde. Einer dieser Freunde machte sich an Saveta heran. Der Mann erfuhr nichts davon, daß ihn seine Frau betrog. Eines Tages stürzte er und blieb fortan ein Krüppel, der sich überhaupt nicht bewegen konnte. Er war seiner Frau eine Last und starb sehr bald. Bald nachdem er gestorben war, erhielt die Behörde eine Anzeige. Die Leiche wurde exhumiert, und auch hierstellte man Arsenik fest. Saveta bekam lebenslänglichen Kerker, ihr Geliebter 10 Jahre schweren Kerker.

Der letzte Fall, der sich erst kürzlich ereignete, rief das größte Aufsehenhervor. Auf der Anklage bank saß eine vor nehme Dame aus Torak. Frau Magdalena Wester, die angeklagt war, ihren Mann, den Kaufmann Nikolaus Wester, mit Arsenik vergiftet zu haben. Auch in diesem Fall wurde das Gift in der Leiche festgestellt. Frau Wester verteidigte sich jedoch sehr geschickt. Auf Grund von Indizien wurde sie zu lebenslänglichem Kerker verurteilt. Es wurde ihr nach gewiesen, daß sie mit dem Chauffeur ihres Mannes, Leopold Bukovan, ein Verhältnis hatte. Der Chauffeur ist geflüchtet.

Die Wester saß bereits im Gefängnis, das Urteil war rechtsgültig, als sich eines Tage Set was Sensationelles ereignete. Die Mutter der Westerer hängte sich in ihrer Wohnung und hinterließ ein Schreiben, in welchem sie alle Schuldan der Vergiftung des Schwieger sohnes auf sich nahm. Auf Grund dessen wurde der Prozeß gegen Magdalena Westerer neuert. Dieser Prozeß dauerte über ein Monat, aber erkonnte die Unschuld der Angeklagten nicht erbringen. DieWester wurde neuerdings zu 20 Jahren Kerkers verurteilt.

Noch hat sich die Erregung im Dorf der Giftmischerinnen nicht gelegt, als schon wieder eine neue Anzeige eingelaufen ist.Vor einigen Tagen ist der reiche Besitzer  Duschon Popow nach kurzem geheimnis vollen Leiden gestorben. Die Leiche wurde aus gegraben und untersucht. Das Ergebnis war: Arsenik.

Es geht ein Gespenstum im Dorf Torak ander rumänischen Grenze und die Männer sehen den Frauen in das Gesicht: “Bist du eine Mörderin?" Aber die Gesichter bleiben undurchdringlich und geheimnisvoll. Sie verraten nichts. Am wenigsten, wo her das viele Gift stammt.

[“Das Dorf der Giftmörderrinen. Illustrierte Kronen Zeitung (Vienna, Austria), May 31, 1934, p. 6]


Torak (Serbian Cyrillic: Торак; Romanian: Torac), formerly known as Begejci (Serbian Cyrillic: Бегејци; Romanian: Begheiți), is a village in Serbia. It is situated in the Žitište municipality, in the Central Banat District, Vojvodina province. The village has a Romanian ethnic majority (62.45%) and its population numbering 2,850 people (2002 census).




For more than two dozen similar cases, dating from 1658 to 2011, see the summary list with links see: The Husband-Killing Syndicates


Wednesday, April 13, 2022

The Widow Noh: South Korean Black Widow Serial Killer - 2015

A woman named Noh, living in Uijeongbu, Gyeonggi, South Korea is suspected of poisoning five persons over a period of several years, killing three of them. Her daughter and mother-in-law Kim survived but two husbands and mother-in-law Lee met their death. Although Noh’s daughter survived three separate poisoning incidents, the mother still received insurance profits (USD $6,300) from the child’s illnesses. She was arrested for questioning on March 4 [?], 2015 for questioning. Noh received “huge” sums from life insurance payouts after each death.

Noh is suspected of poisoning ex-husband Kim “by putting a beverage in the refrigerator that had been spiked with a poisonous herbicide Gramoxone, which was used so frequently for suicides that it was taken off the market in 2012.” At the time, Kim’s death was, unsurprisingly, ruled a suicide. The widow was holding three insurance policies on the life of her beloved spouse. From these policies Noh raked in $410,000.

Noh married Lee in March 2012. He and died soon after and his mother died in January 2013. Both deaths had been attributed to pneumonia.

Noh’s insurance “earnings” gave her a comfortable lifestyle. She bought gold bullion, an $18,000 bicycle and went on skiing trips.

Police report that are looking into other possible crimes and for possible accomplices.

[Robert St. Estephe; based on information from Kim Bong-Moon, “Woman held for killing husbands, mother-in-law,” Korea JoongAng Daily, Mar. 4, 2015]



4 victims: 3 deaths; 1 injury

Dec. 1991 - Noh marries Mr. Kim (45).

May 9, 2011 - ex-husband Mr. Kim dies;  herbicide Gramoxone (Paraquat). [Crime #1]

2011 - shortly after May 9 - mother-in-law Chae Moo-gae (91) dies; natural death.

2012 - Noh marries Mr. Lee, 43. Lee's mother, Mr. Hong, 79, was vehemently opposed to her bachelor's son marrying a divorced woman with two children.

2012 - Mr. Hong (79) dies. Poisoned. Mother of Lee (husband #2). Autopsy discovered poison.

Mid-August 2013 - Lee (husband #2) dies. Kimchi poisoned staring in April.

Summer 2014 - Noh’s daughter (20) poisoned, survives [Crime #5]. pesticide-mixed wheat flour added to food. Her daughter collapsed three times with abdominal pain and went to the hospital. Noh received 7 million won for his daughter's hospitalization insurance.

Feb. 28, 2015 - Noh arrested. At 7 am on February 28, 2015, the police arrested Mr. Noh on charges of murder, personal injury, and insurance fraud.

Aug. 20, 2015 - Noh convicted, sentenced to 10 years imprisonment and was required to wear an electronic bracelet.

Jan. 15, 2016 -- In her appeal trial, she was resentenced to life imprisonment.


= Noh

FULL TEXT (translated from Korean): Murdered two husbands and mother-in-law, daughter tried... Legal dispute over inheritance of deceased husband's property.

Mrs. Noh (46), who lives in Pocheon, Gyeonggi-do, was an ordinary housewife. In December 1991, she married Mr. Kim (45), a businessman, and had one son and one daughter. At one time, as her husband's business boomed, her husband lived a prosperous life, listening to his 'wife'.

But that was only for a while. As her husband's business went downhill, the relationship between  husband and wife began to crack. Mrs. Noh was always dissatisfied with her husband's poor income. Unable to satisfy his luxuries and vanity, he was under a lot of stress. Her husband's business showed no signs of improving. Eventually, his estate was in danger of foreclosure due to debt.

Her husband, Kim, decided to 'fake a divorce' to protect his property. The real estate in Sinbuk-myeon, Pocheon was transferred to Mrs. Noh in the name of alimony. After that, her real estate was disposed of, and 350 million Won of this was to be given to her mother-in-law Chae Moo-gae (91). Mr. Noh agreed to this, but he did not keep his promise after the sale was made.

Her ex-husband, Kim, insisted, “Give me the money,” but Noh had from the beginning no intention of giving it. Mrs. Noh even forged documents in order to steal money owed to his mother-in-law. Her mother-in-law had forged her Fact Sheet as a gift to her daughter and her son between herself and her ex. Kim continued to ask for money, saying, “This is a fake.”

In the end, Noh planned to murder her husband and mother-in-law. On May 2, 2011, Noh went to visit her ex-husband (Kim). She said, “I bought you something to drink,” and he kept his drink (aloe) in the refrigerator. This was not an ordinary drink. Mrs. Noh mixed the herbicide Gramoxone (Paraquat), a highly toxic pesticide. [Meaning?: She was so dense that she picked up a drink of the same color to disguise himself.]

~ Pesticides added to drinks and food ~

After a while, her mother-in-law, Chae, inadvertently took out a drink from the refrigerator and put some of it in her mouth. It had a disgusting taste, so she didn't swallow but instead spit it out, avoiding anger. However, her ex-husband, Mr. Kim, could not escape Mrs. Noh's trap. At dawn on May 9, Mr. Kim was thirsty from the alcohol he had drank the day before. He opened the refrigerator, saw there was a drink, and drank it. He soon developed abdominal pain and was taken to the hospital, where he eventually died. His cause of death was pneumonia.

The police launched an investigation. A 500mL beverage containing pesticides was found in the room at the time. Family members stated that Kim was “stressed due to sluggish business”. In fact, Mr. Kim used 70 million Won in loans to fund his business, but he was struggling because he could not repay the debt. The police closed the case as pessimistic about the new recruit and committed suicide when there were no suspicions of murder.

On behalf of her underage son (17), Noh received 450 million Won from nine life insurance policies held on Kim. Insurers did not have any suspicions because the policies had been held for a long time. Her mother-in-law, Chae, also died shortly thereafter, and Noh was able to take over the proceeds of her husband's real estate sale. Mrs. Noh's first murder succeeded so easily.

Her murders did not stop there. A year after the murder of her first husband, she married to Mr. Lee, 43, whom he met through an acquaintance. The marriage process was not smooth. Lee's mother, Mrs. Hong, 79, was vehemently opposed to her bachelor's son marrying a divorced woman with two children. But when Noh became pregnant, she could no longer prevent the marriage. In March 2012, the two registered their marriage and became an official couple. At the end of November of the same year, the Noh and his wife moved to live with Hong. Mr. Noh had a grudge against his mother-in-law who opposed her marriage. She thought she was being ignored and she had this in her mind.

About a month later, Mr. Noh handed the Bacchus [poisoned drink?] saying, "Mother, this is good for your body, so please eat it." Hong, who drank what her daughter-in-law gave her, complained of abdominal pain, but Noh did not immediately contact the hospital. In the end, Hong died of acute pneumonia. The herbicide Gramoxone was mixed in the Bacchus that Mrs. Noh gave him. Lee's family accepted it as a natural death because of his age. Mr. Noh also succeeded in her second murder.

It is said that crime learns and evolves on its own. Murder that starts once is so addictive that it tends to happen twice or three times. When Mr. Noh aroused no suspicions until her second murder, she became even more confident. He devised a meticulous plan to murder even her then-current husband.

This time, she mixed Gramoxone with flour, kneaded it, dried it, and ground it into a powder. In April 2013, Mr. Noh added pesticide flour as a seasoning while making kimchi stew. Gramoxone is characterized by a musty smell like rotting fish and a dark green color. Noh chose kimchi as a food that could hide the smell and color.

She made her husband die slowly to avoid suspicion. Gramoxone is toxic enough to burn the esophagus if consumed at once. If you eat a small amount several times, your organs will be damaged little by little. Mr. Noh cumulatively poisoned made her husband with Gramoxone by not adding a large amount at once, but by mixing it in small portions several times.

In mid-August 2013, about seven months after the death of her mother-in-law, her husband Lee passed away. His cause of death was pneumonia. On behalf of her one-year-old son, Noh received 530 million Won in death insurance on his behalf. It was Mr. Noh's fourth crime, and it was her third murder. Lee had been adjudged as dead from a chronic disease in the course of being treated at the hospital, therefore the investigation agency was not notified at all.

Her fifth victim was her own daughter (20). In the summer of 2014, Noh added pesticide-mixed wheat flour to food and then fed her daughter. Her daughter collapsed three times with abdominal pain and went to the hospital. Noh received 7 million won for his daughter's hospitalization insurance.

She killed her two husbands and mother-in-law and injured her daughter, resulting in over $1 billion in money.

But if the tail is long, it is bound to be caught. There were people who had doubts about the successive deaths of family members. She was the sister of her second husband, Mr. Lee. Noh was suspicious of Olke, who spends her money without any sign of mourning over the death of her husband. When she thought about it, the details of her brother's death were murky and did not make sense. She was concerned about the sudden death of her brother, who was still in good health, and about the same 'pneumonia' as her mother. She was even told that she had been hospitalized and that she was suspected of poisoning with pesticides. At that time, Mr. Lee did not farm by himself, and there was no reason to commit suicide by drinking pesticides on his own with his young son.

His sister Lee went to her insurance company to see if she had received the insurance money, and it turned out that she was visited by Olke. An insurance company employee who consulted with his sister Lee was also suspicious of the news that his family died one after another. She carefully looked at the insurance products that Noh had signed up for and the details of insurance payments. Two of her husbands died in just two years, and it was not unusual for her to receive a large amount of insurance money. Olke reported to the police that he suspected a crime aimed at insurance money. The police also reviewed the relevant documents and started an internal investigation.

~ Pesticides found in buried mother-in-law's body ~

The police secured and analyzed the medical records of the deceased's ex-husband, second husband, and mother-in-law. The suspicion of the police deepened that the cause of death was 'pneumonia'. The police went to Soonchunhyang University College of Medicine Professor Hong Se-yong, an authority in the field of poison poisoning treatment, with medical records and death certificates. He made the observation that "there is a high probability that he died from the component of gramoxone." Professor Hong advised, “An autopsy of the body will detect pesticides.”

However, of the three deceased, two husbands had already been cremated, and only the mother-in-law, Hong, was buried. The police went to the bereaved family, talked about the situation, and obtained consent for an autopsy. Now, an autopsy on Hong's body can determine whether she was poisoned. Police mobilized tomb specialists to remove Hong's body from the coffin, and the National Forensic Service conducted an autopsy on it. The result was exactly what Professor Hong said. Gramoxone was detected in Mother-in-law Hong's body, and it was confirmed that he had been poisoned.

At 7 am on February 28, 2015, the police arrested Mr. Noh on charges of murder, personal injury, and insurance fraud. They seized and searched his house, found Gramoxson on the refrigerator, and also found pesticide-infused wheat flour behind a shelf. When evidence came out of the house, Mr. Noh confessed all the crimes as if she had resigned. She also said, "I'm rather fortunate to be able to stop the crime after being caught."

The terrible 'Pesticide Serial Murders' that almost would have turned into a perfect crime were revealed to the world in the following manner: The motive for the crime was 'money'. Prosecutors demanded the death penalty for Noh, who was handed over to trial, but the first and second trial courts sentenced him to life imprisonment and ordered him to attach an electronic anklet for 10 years. Her daughter, whom Noh was trying to kill, even filed a petition with her court, saying, "I forgive her mother." As Noh abandoned the appeal, life imprisonment was confirmed.

The legal judgment against Mr. Noh is over, but this is not the end. Her two-year-old son from her remarried husband was placed in a child care facility after Noh was stripped of parental authority. A legal battle ensued over the inheritance of her deceased husband's estate. Noh could not give up her greed for money and appointed her ex-husband's 20-something son as the heir custodian of her young son. In response to this, the bereaved family claimed that "Her ex-husband's son and her remarried husband's son are both children of the murderer, so please do not let them live together." 

[Jeong Rak- in, “ A housewife who poisoned three family members because she was blinded by greed for insurance money” ([한국의 연쇄살인범 그후] 보험금에 눈멀어 가족 3 독살한 주부), Sisa Journal, Jan. 23, 2020 ]


Wikipedia: The Pocheon Poisonings were a series of murders committed in Pocheon, South Korea between 2011 and 2014. An unidentified woman, known only as Noh, killed three family members using herbicides and left one in critical condition. She was sentenced to life imprisonment for her crimes.

In 2011, Noh's ex-husband was poisoned with a lethal amount of herbicide. It was initially deemed a suicide, with an eyewitness statement claiming that he killed himself after drinking a poisoned glass of water. Three years later, both the mother-in-law and husband, who suffered from lung diseases, died.

Herbicides had been added to a fatigue-relieving drink for the mother-in-law, while the husband died after being slowly poisoned over a long period of time. Then, in February 2015, Noh was arrested. Even more shockingly, she tried to also poison her daughter, who suffered from lung fibrosis.

Noh, who killed her relatives for money, was indicted by the court in 2015, with the prosecutors asking that she be given the maximum penalty available. At her first trial, she was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment and was required to wear an electronic bracelet. In her appeal trial, she was resentenced to life imprisonment.










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

[1913-4/13/22; 2992-6/16/22]