Thursday, September 22, 2011

Madame Stanke, Slovakian Serial Killer - 1931


FULL TEXT: Prague, Czechoslovakia, Sept. 14 – A mass poisoning affair, recalling that of the thirty-six peasant women poisoners of Szolnok, Hungary, is reported from Levice, Slovakia.

A farmer named Repisky was arrested on suspicion of having poisoned his 74-year-old father in 1928 in order to obtain his property. It is believed he received poison from Mme. Stanke of Levice, who recently was arrested on suspicion of having poisoned her 18-year-old daughter, whom she had insured for $1,000; a 72-year-old woman, Julie Talinik, whom she was obliged to support by contract; the latter’s husband and her own husband.

Victoria Szensi also was arrested in the same village. She was suspected of having killed her husband with poison obtained from Mme. Stanke. The authorities believe other poisoning cases are likely to be discovered.

[“Suspect Mass Poisoning. – Levice (Czechoslovakia) Police Arrest Three in Six Deaths in Village.” New York Times (N.Y.), Sep. 15, 1931, p. 8]

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