Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Mrs. Gossau's Novel Husband-Killing Tactic - 1881


FULL TEXT: A FIENDISH WIFE.—St. Gall papers tell a strange story of a married couple, of the name of Gossau, who lately left the canton for New York, viá Havre. During the voyage the wife poisoned her husband, and tried to throw his body overboard. This led to her arrest, and the discovery of the crime. At New York she was handed over to the police, tried, convicted, and sentenced to death. She then confessed to having also poisoned her first husband in St. Gall, her second husband being her accomplice.

[“A Fiendish Wife.” Brief: The Week’s News (London, England), Feb. 18, 1881, p. 160]

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For links to other cases of woman who murdered 2 or more husbands (or paramours), see Black Widow Serial Killers.

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