Thursday, September 22, 2011

Ellen Etheridge, Texas Serial Killer Who Murdered 4 Children - 1913

FULL TEXT (Article 1 of 3): Waco, Tex., Oct 16. – Mrs. Ellen Etheridge, second wife of J. D. Etheridge, a farmer, of Bosque county, confessed she murdered two of her stepchildren last June and two on Oct. 2 by administering poison, according to a statement given out by H. K. Dillard, prosecuting attorney of Bosque.

Jealousy because her husband showered all his affections upon his eight children was assigned by the assigned as the reason for her act.

Mrs. Etheridge was married to her present husband last Spring. She is a daughter of the Rev. John Walker of Matagorda County.

[“Slew Four Step-Children. – Woman Says Jealousy of Her Husband’s Affection Prompted Her to Act.” New York Times (N.Y.), Oc. 16, 1913, p. ?]


FULL TEXT (Article 2 of 3):: Meridian, Texas, Dec. 23. – Mrs. Ellen Etheridge today was convicted of poisoning her step-child and sentenced to life imprisonment. She still awaits a trial on the charge of killing three other step-children by the poison route.

[“Woman Gets Life - Sentence Mrs. Ellen Etheridge Convicted Of Poisoning One Of Her Children Today.” Syndicated (AP), Corsicana Daily Sun (Tx.), Dec. 23, 1913, p. 1]


FULL TEXT (Article 3 of 3):: Huntsville, Tex., Feb. 21 – A-64-year-old woman, Mrs. Ellen Etheridge, has a longer sentence than any other convict in the Texas prison system.

Seventeen years ago Mrs. Etheridge was found guilty in Bosque county of murder of four of her stepchildren and attempted murder of a fifth and assessed four life sentences and one of five years.

The woman allegedly poured lye down the children’s throat. The fifth child, a boy of 13, ran for medical treatment and later was the state’s leading witness.

When she arrived at the Goree state farm for women, four miles south of here, Mrs. Etheridge’s complexion was fair and her hair was dark. Today her hair is streaked with silver and her shoulders are stooped.

A model prisoner during the long confinement, Mrs. Etheridge still hopes for a pardon that she may die a free woman. She is given the privilege of roaming the woods and farm without a guard. She returns to be locked behind the bars. In her spare time she makes lace and sells it to the public, acquiring in this way enough money to have her body sent home if she should die in prison.

[“Aged Woman Faces Longest Sentence of Any Convict Now in Penitentiary of Texas; Entered Pen 17 Years Ago,” Denton Record-Chronicle (Tx.), Feb. 21, 1930, sec. 2, p. 1]


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    1. Seriously?? I just saw this on Investigation ID. You have any pictures of her that you can post?

      My mom worked with the great great great(?) niece of John Wilkes Booth. I guess she hadn't seen a picture of him in a long while because when I pulled it up for her online (because I asked if she looked anything like him) she looked like she'd seen a ghost! I asked her what was wrong and she said that this woman was basically a female clone of him! She said it was shocking how much they looked alike. It really creeped her out. It still!

  2. My great aunt was Blanche Taylor Moore. She had even come to my grandma's house for family reunions, and bring homemade cookies-at least that's what my dad says, that he used to eat her cookies. We were family on the Taylor side.

  3. Wow! That's crazy! But I guess if you think about it, everybody is related to somebody. I mean, when we see these stories, we somehow think that they are pod people or! The majority of them do have families that they belong to.