Thursday, September 22, 2011

Ida Leckwold, Minneapolis Serial Killer & Family Annihilator - 1913


FULL TEXT (Article 1 of 4): Minneapolis, Oct. 1. – According to the police, Mrs. Ida Leckwold, 32 years old, arrested last night, confessed to having murdered six of her children by poison. Mrs. Leckwold was arrested on a charge of having caused the death of her daughter, Viola, aged 9, who died September 8 and Laura, 11 months old who died July 8.

The police declare that she not only admitted the slaying of these children but also confessed that she had caused the death of four others all under one year at different times between 1905 and 1911.

According to the police, Mrs. Leckwold declared she had poisoned the children by giving them a large quantities of liquid fly poison. She refused to say how she succeeded in getting them to swallow the liquid.

Ole Leckwold, her husband, declared that all six children died under almost identical conditions. The physician who treated the last two declared that when called in each case he did not consider the child he attended seriously ill and when they died he believed they had succumbed to natural causes.

He named cholera morous as the cause of death in each instance. The police are looking for a man whom they believe to have been implicated with Mrs Leckwold in the deaths of the children. They refuse to disclose his name. [Godfrey Norman, her boarder and lover]

[“Woman Admits To Killing Six Children – Liquid Fly Poison Used, She Says; Police Seek Man. – Revolting Details of Crime in Hands of Minneapolis Officers.” Oakland Tribune (Ca.), Oct. 1, 1913, p. 7]

[She also poisoned Willie, 12, and her husband, both of whom survived.]

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FULL TEXT (Article 2 of 4): Minneapolis, Oct. 2. – County Attorney Robertson announced that Mrs. Ida Leckwold had confessed to her husband that she had poisoned four of her six children.

Leckwold said that his wife awoke him at midnight Thursday and related the story.

He said he was so stunned that he said nothing until the next evening, when he called the family pastor to the house and repeated his wife’s story to the minister. The wife, according to Leckwold, refused to tell the preacher the story. The police are now questioning the minister. The wife, according to Leckwold, refused to tell the preacher the story. The police are now questioning the minister as to why he had not notified them of Leckwold’s statement.

~ Son and Husband Recover. ~

Mrs. Leckwold, 32 years old, already had confessed to poisoning her son and husband, who recovered.

She says she was obeying a man-admirer, who commanded her to exterminate the family.

Of the six children who died Mrs. Leckwold claims that two deaths were due to natural causes.

The police have thrown out a dragnet for William Norman, who, according to the woman’s confession, was her admirer, and who suggested the murder of Viola, the children now living, and her husband. The children and husband were ill at the time of the girl’s death, but have recovered.

~ Woman Hated Her Offspring. ~

Viola died Sept. 24 from the effects of arsenic poisoning. The woman, the police say, confessed she mixed fly paper in a cup of water and gave it to the child. A neighbor said that Mrs. Leckwold declared she “hated the children and wished they were all dead.”

It is believed the bodies of the other five children will be exhumed and an analysis made of the viscera of each. The last two children who died were said to have died of cholera morbus.

[“Mother Poisons 4 of 6 Children – Says Admirer Had Commanded Her To Exterminate Entire Family. – Confesses To Her Husband – Confession is Repeated to Family Pastor, Who Is Being Questioned for Not Notifying the Authorities – Affinity is Sought.” The Daily Republican (Cape Girardieu, Mo.), Oct. 2, 1913, p. 1]

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FULL TEXT (Article 3 of 4): Minneapolis, Oct. 2. – County Attorney Robertson announced that Mrs. Ida Leckwold had confessed to her husband that she had poisoned four of her six children.

Leckwold said that his wife awoke him at midnight Thursday and related the story.

He said he was so stunned that he said nothing until the next evening, when he called the family pastor to the house and repeated his wife’s story to the minister. The wife, according to Leckwold, refused to tell the preacher the story. The police are now questioning the minister. The wife, according to Leckwold, refused to tell the preacher the story. The police are now questioning the minister as to why he had not notified them of Leckwold’s statement.

~ Son and Husband Recover. ~

Mrs. Leckwold, 32 years old, already had confessed to poisoning her son and husband, who recovered.

She says she was obeying a man-admirer, who commanded her to exterminate the family.

Of the six children who died Mrs. Leckwold claims that two deaths were due to natural causes.

The police have thrown out a dragnet for William Norman, who, according to the woman’s confession, was her admirer, and who suggested the murder of Viola, the children now living, and her husband. The children and husband were ill at the time of the girl’s death, but have recovered.

~ Woman Hated Her Offspring. ~

Viola died Sept. 24 from the effects of arsenic poisoning. The woman, the police say, confessed she mixed fly paper in a cup of water and gave it to the child. A neighbor said that Mrs. Leckwold declared she “hated the children and wished they were all dead.”

It is believed the bodies of the other five children will be exhumed and an analysis made of the viscera of each. The last two children who died were said to have died of cholera morbus.

[“Mother Poisons 4 of 6 Children – Says Admirer Had Commanded Her To Exterminate Entire Family. – Confesses To Her Husband – Confession is Repeated to Family Pastor, Who Is Being Questioned for Not Notifying the Authorities – Affinity is Sought.” The Daily Republican (Cape Girardieu, Mo.), Oct. 2, 1913, p. 1]

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FULL TEXT (Article 4 of 4): Minneapolis, Nov. 7.—Mrs. Ida Leckwold was tonight found not guilty of murdering her nine year old daughter, Viola.. Mrs. Leckwold was declared to have been insane at the time of the murder and at the time of her confession.

Mrs. Leckwold, was arrested September 30, soon after the death of her daughter and subsequently made a confession of the crime. She blamed her husband’s alleged cruelty for her acts.

[“Mrs. Leckwold Not Guilty.” The Waterloo Times-Tribune (Io.), Nov. 8, 1913, p. 3]

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VICTIMS:

Viola Leckwold, daughter, aged 9 (died Sep. 8, 1913)
Laura Leckwold, daughter, aged 11 months (died Jul. 8, 1913)
4 of Ida Leckwold’s babies aged under 1 year (between 1905-1911)

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