FULL TEXT: Reis and Rovyet, a native Indian paper, says :— A horrible story of a series of most diabolical murders in cold blood appears in Prabhakar, and is reprinted in the Bharat Darpan. A prima-facie case appears to have been made out, and the facts are under investigation by the Court of Sessions. It appears that a public woman of Calcutta, living in Amratolla lane has hitherto with impunity been trading on the simplicity and superstition of women of her class, and inveighling them to their destruction.
She bethought herself to the common device of giving out that she was the repository of charms which had wonderful power of benefitting those who would have them. In this case she succeeded in getting her dupes to believe that by using her charms they would be able to enthral Circerlike their sweethearts to their will. Her credit spread, and many unfortunate women besieged her doors. She chose her victims, however, with shrewd discrimination from those who had profusion of jewels on their limbs, but a meagre allowance of brains within.
It appears she used to take these to a secluded place called Kakoorgachi, at a distance from town, which she pretended, was her guru’s garden, and tell them to immerse themselves in the tank for purification, antecedent to the wearing of the charms. When they dipped their heads she violently caught hold of them by their tresses, and by sheer force strangled them under water.
The place was so well sequestered that no cries they might make availed to bring any relief. In the present instance, however, some fishermen were engaged in the neighboring pond and they were attracted to the spot by the cries, and seeing what the matter was about, handed her ever to the police.
The police say there had been on five different occasions corpses seen floating on the water of the tank to which they had failed to obtain any clue, and not unnaturally were disposed to connect her with these cases. Further particulars are promised on the conclusion of the proceedings in the Sessions Court.
[“A Wholesale Murderess.” The Daily Telegraph (Napier, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand), Nov. 8, 1883, p. 6]
For a remarkably similar case from a century later, see: K.D. Kempamma, alias “Cyanide Malllika” Female Serial Killer, India – 2007