FULL TEXT: Feb. 12.—T. S. Malony, of Leonardsburg, has written Coroner Schaefer making some very sensational charges against Mrs. C. M. Powers, who left here some time ago for parts unknown. She kept a boarding house and Malony claims she poisoned two of his children and attempted to kill his wife. He also claims she killed two of John Failby’s children, living in Trumansburg, N. Y. Some suspicion was caused at the time of Prof. Van Sickle's death, a few months ago, on account of its suddenness. He boarded with the Powers woman, and she attempted to poison herself about two months before Van Sickle's death. The day he died, Dr. Berry was called and pronounced him cured of slight ailments. Three hour afterwards the professor was dead and a week later Mrs. Powers disappeared.
[“Terrible Charges. - Several Murders Laid at the Door of a Springfield Woman,” Daily gazette, (Xenia, Oh.), Feb. 13 1896, p. 2]
For more cases of this category, see: Female Serial Killers of 19th Century America (as of January 20, 2014, the collection contains 61 cases)***