Thursday, September 22, 2011

Erna Yarz, Berlin Black Widow - 1924


FULL TEXT: London, March 26. – The Berlin correspondent of the “Daily Telegraph” wires that the wife of a superior official of the Law Courts was arrested on suspicion of murdering two husbands, a mother-in-law and a brother-in-law.

It is alleged that as a result of the death of the first husband, his mother and the accused woman inherited the family’s wealth. She was only 32 when she first entered the family as a nurse. A doctor gave certificates of death on her testimony from natural, causes or suicide.

[“Murdered Husbands - Case Against Berlin Law Official’s Wife.” The Cairns Post (Cairns, Queensland, Australia), Mar. 27, 1924, p. 7]

NOTE: Many articles on the arrest fail to name the woman, but she is identified as Erna Yarz in the New York Times of Mar. 25, 1924 on page 23 of the sports section (“Accused Of Four Murders; Berlin Nurse Said to Have Disposed of Two Husbands.”).

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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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