FULL TEXT (Article 1 of 2) :A German mother of six, Maria Velten, has admitted killing two husbands, one lover, her father, and an aunt by feeding them poisoned puddings laced with herbicide.
The 69-year-old woman killed her second husband because he was obsessed with cleanliness.
Her lover, whom she met her husband’s death, had many had habits and would not move out of her flat when asked to. He, too, was served a poisoned pudding.
Husband No. 3 was too religious, she said. He was served his pudding because he got on her nerves.
The women told the court in Krefeld, West Germany, she had also poisoned her father and her, aunt because they were old, ill, and a brother.
Police were asserted to the string of poisonings after the woman’s daughter-in-law became suspicious.
[“The Poisoned Pudding Massacre,” Evening Times (Glasgow, Scotland), Sep. 14, 1984, p. 3]
FULL TEXT (Article 2 of 2): Krefeld, West Germany – Maria Velten, a 68-year-old great-grandmother, received three life sentences here Thursday after having been found guilty of the murder of three of her four husbands [the last being a “common law husband].
She was also sentenced to 15 years in jail for six attempted murders.
Velten admitted in court having killed her husbands with poisoned blueberry husband.
[“Killer of 3 Husbands Sentenced,” syndicated (Deutsche Press-Agentyr), Lewiston Morning Tribune (Id.), Sep. 21, 1984, p. 2A]
For links to other cases of woman who murdered 2 or more husbands (or paramours), see Black Widow Serial Killers.