Sunday, September 25, 2011

"Women Formed Club To Murder Husbands" - 1903

FULL TEXT (Article 1 of 2): Budapest, November 25. — A sensation has been caused by the arrest of five women on the charge of poisoning their husbands. It is charged by the authorities that the women were members of a club which was formed among the married women of Veresmacht [or, Beresmait], near Arad, Hungary [currently in Romania]. None but women who were dissatisfied with their husbands could become members of this organization. Whenever a woman was heard to say that she wished she was never married, or that she would like to have her husband out of the way, she was immediately visited by one of the agents the club. Once in the toils of the club the women had no alternative but to go on with the plot of murder. The members of the club were supplied with poison, which, it is charged, was obtained from the coroner of the district, who then put it on the record that the men had died of heart disease.

The coroner, whose name is Hansuch, is under arrest, accused of being accessory to the murders that are charged against the women.

[“Women Formed Club To Murder Husbands – A Strange Conspiracy Is Unearthed at Arad, in Hungary.” The Pittsburgh Press (Pa.), Nov. 29, 1903, p. 1]


FULL TEXT (Article 2 of 2): Vienna, Jan. 2. — A sensational poisoning case has occurred at Beresmait, in Hungary.

Owing to suspicion having fallen upon a widow named Plazczak. The body of her husband was disinterred, and he was found to have died from the effects of poison. According to Coroner Hanusch’s certificate, the man died from heart disease.

When arrested, the widow confessed that the Coroner, who was her lover, sold her the poison and advised her to put it in her husband's wine. She stated that many other widows had done the same.

Five other women were arrested and confessed that they had bought poison, to remove their husbands, from the Coroner, who had then blackmailed them. The Coroner has confessed his guilt.

[“Coroner Advises Poisoning Of Men - Woman Administers Potion Because the Official Was Her Lover.” The San Francisco Call (Ca.), Jan. 3, 1904, p. 17]


FULL TEXT (translated from German): From Budapest we are telegraphed a report that in Hodmezö-Vasarhely several more women have been arrested on suspicion of poisoning husbands whom they had become tired of. The name of the city Hodmezö-Vasarhely was named many years ago on the occasion of a similar affair. Even then, the scandal was mass poisoning that had been committed by young women on their aging spouses. The trial of the murderers and the poison suppliers has caused disgust and dissatisfaction far beyond the country's borders.

The hope that this process would be cleansing and deterrent does not seem to have been fulfilled. Again, inhuman women are said to have poisoned their husbands to enjoy the freedom of the victims after death, or even to cash in the sums awarded insurance companies. Once again, the police have come to the rescue in a major poisoning scandal. Six women were found to have killed their spouse with poison they acquired from an old woman named Balapa.

In addition, various women in Hodmezö-Vasarhely are said to have been responsible for about twenty child murders. These murders are said to have been carried out with poison that the women received from the Balapa.

The police wanted to arrest Mrs. Balapa. However, this was informed and attempted suicide by taking poison itself. However, she managed to live and she confessed and compromised the six wives in the affair who had administered poison.

[The Husband-Killers. Recent poisoning in Hodmezö-Vasarhely.” (Die Morderinnen ihrer Gatten. Neuerliche Giftmorde in Hodmezö-Vasarhely.) Illustrated Kronen Zeitung (Vienna, Austria), Jun. 2, 1905, p. 9]


The village called Veresmacht or  Beresmait, does not appear on any map consulted this far. Arad is currently in present Romania, near the western border with Hungary.


FULL TEXT: Aus Budapest wird uns telegraphich berichtet, dass in Hodmezö- Vasarhely neuerlich mehrere Fauen under dem Verdachte verhaftet wurden, ihre Gatten, deren sie überdrüssig geworden waren, durch Gift bei Seite geschasst zu haben. Der Name der Stadt Hodmezö-Vasarhely ist vor Jahren anlässlich einer gleichen Affäre viel gennant worden. Auch damals handelte es sich um Massenvergiftungen, die von jungen Frauen an ihren alternden Ehegatten verübt worden waren. Der Prozess, der damals gegen die Mörderinnen und die Giftlieferanten geführt wurde, hat weit über die Grenzen des Landes Abscheu und Entsegen hervorgerufen.

Die Hoffnung, dass jener Prozess reinigend und abschreckend wirken würde, scheint sich nicht erfüllt zu haben. Wieder sollen entmenschte Weiber ihren Männern Gift in die Speisen getan haben, um nach dem Tode der der Opfer die Freiheit zu geniessen oder gar die Versicherungsfummen von den Assekuranzgesellschaften einzukassieren. Wieder ist die Polizei einer grossen Giftmischeraffäre auf die Spur gekommen. Sechs Frauen wurde nachgeweisen, dass sie ihre Gatten mit Gift, das sie sich von einer alten Frau namens Balapa verschafft haben, getötet haben.

Ausserdem sollen verschiedenen Frauen in Hodmezö-Vasarhely etwa zwanzig Kindermorde zur Last fallen.Auch diese Morde sollen mit Gift vollzogen worden sein, das die Frauen von der Balapa bezogen.

Die Gendarmerie wollte Frau Balapa verhaften. Diese erhielt jedoch Kenntnis davon und beging einen Selbstmordversuch, indem sie selbst Gift nahm. Es gelang jedoch, sie am Leben zu erhalten, und sie hat hereits das Geständnis abgelegt, dass sie den in der Angelegenheit kompromittierten sechs Frauen Gift verabfolgt hat.

[Die Morderinnen ihrer Gatten. Neuerliche Giftmorde in Hodmezö-Vasarhely. Illustrierte Kronen Zeitung (Vienna, Austria), 2. Juni 1905, p. 9]




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


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