Thursday, September 22, 2011

Mary Glynn, Pennsylvania Serial Killer - 1889

FULL TEXT: Wilkesbarre, Pa., July 19. – The Coroner’s jury investigating the Pittston wholesale poisoning case returned a verdict to-night that Mary Craighen and Bridget Glynn were poisoned for the insurance on their lives, and that Edward Glynn and his wife were the persons who administered the poison. Bridget Glynn was Edward’s mother, and Mrs. Craighten was his mother-in-law.

[“Verdict Against The Glynns. – The Coroner’s Jury Declares That They Poisoned Two Persons.” The Philadelphia Record (Pa.), Jul. 20, 1889, p. 7]


FULL TEXT: Wilkesbarre, Pa., Sept. 16.— The case of Mary Glynn of Pittston was called in the criminal court to-day. She is accused of poisoning her mother, Mrs. Mary Crenghan [sic] of Seranton, and also being implicated in poisoning her father-in-law and mother-in-law some months ago. It is alleged that the three victims were murdered by Mrs. Glynn and her husband Edward in order that they might obtain the insurance placed upon their lives. The prisoner pleaded “not guilty.” The court assigned counsel to defend her.

[“A Female Poisoner. - She Is Arraigned on a Charge of Wholesale Poisoning.” The Galveston Daily News (Tx.), Sep. 17, 1889, p. 1]


FULL TEXT: Wilkesbarre, Pa., Nov. 16. – Edward and Mary Glynn, of Pittston, who have been in jail here for four months awaiting trial on a charge of poisoning Glynn’s mother and also Mrs. Glynn’s mother for the sake of insurance money, were called into Court today. District Attorney Dart said that he had examined all the testimony obtainable, and was of the opinion that there was not sufficient evidence against them to warrant him in placing them on trial. On this statement they were discharged, and left the Court-room in company with their friends.

[“Glynn and Wife Discharged. The District Attorney Abandons the Charge of Poisoning.” The Philadelphia Record (Pa.), Nov. 17, 1889, p. 1]


For more cases of this category, see: Female Serial Killers of 19th Century America (as of January 20, 2014, the collection contains 61 cases)


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