Sunday, September 25, 2011

“Exterminating Husbands": Marie Gerzan's Business - 1911


FULL TEXT: Some suspicion was caused at Szegedin, a town in Southern Hungary, recently, by the number of deaths resulting from a mysterious wasting disease, which medical men failed to diagnose. It was noted as a singular circumstance that all the victims were married men, and post-mortem examinations ordered in eight cases showed that death had resulted from poisoning. Further investigation resulted in the arrest of Marie Gerzan, a professional nurse; on a charge of wholesale poisoning. A young woman named Levai was also arrested as Gerzan’s accomplice. It is alleged that Gerzan undertook to rid wives of burden some husbands, hence all her victims were married men. Her arrest was brought about by the suspicion excited on the death of Levai’s husband from the “wasting disease” that so puzzled the doctors. A quantity of poison was found by the police in Gerzan’s house, which she stated she used to destroy vegetable parasites.

["Exterminating Husbands," Sunday Times (Perth, Australia), Aug. 6, 1911, p. 16]

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For more than two dozen similar cases, dating from 1658 to 2011, see the summary list with links see: The Husband-Killing Syndicates

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For more cases, see Sicko Nurses

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