Thursday, September 22, 2011

“Paris Midwife,” Serial Killer of 62 Infants - 1673


Here is a long 17th century pamphlet title that summarized the entire story (the archaic spelling has been preserved):

Pamphlet title: The murderous midwife, with her roasted punishment: being a true and full relation of a midwife that was put into an iron cage with sixteen wild-cats, and so roasted to death, by hanging over a fire, for having found in her house-of-office no less than sixty two children, at Paris in France. (London, 1673, pamphlet, 6 pages)

Note: A “house-of-office” is what we today call an “outhouse.”

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