FULL TEXT: The Hungarian papers report the following : —A peasant woman from Csoka [Eva Micsik], being desirous of joining the religious sect of the Nazarenes, went to see one of the priests residing at Zenta. Proselytes have to make a full confession of their past sins extending over their whole lives.
That of the new convert ran thus:— “I have had eight children and have killed them all. My first, a boy named Victor, born in 1874, was four months old when he died. Another was born in 1879. I forget what we called him; but he did not live more than a few days. On the 29th of February, 1880, I had twins, Peter and Rosa. I killed them a week after their birth. My daughter Juliana was born on the 11th of April, 1881, and was dead two days later. Agnes, of whom I was confined on the 29th of March, 1882, also lived only a few days. On the 6th of May, 1883, I again had twins; one was stillborn, and I killed the other a month afterwards. My last child came in May, 1884. I disposed of it in two days.
I poisoned all my children with a decoction of poppies. They were all previously baptised. I did not want any children. My husband knew nothing of what I had done. I lived on bad terms with him, and wanted to vex him.” The woman was at once handed over to the authorities, before whom she renewed her confession.
[Untitled, The Queenslander (Brisbane, Queensland, Australia), March 31, 1888, p. 488]
NOTE: Other versions of this same article, while abridged, contain the woman’s name, Eva Micsik. (Untitled, The Argus (Melbourne, Australia), Feb. 25, 1888, p. 4)
For more cases of this type, see Serial Baby-Killer Moms.