Thursday, September 22, 2011

Sarah J. Dockery, Suspected Kentucky Serial Killer - 1886

FULL TEXT: New Orleans, May 12.—A day or two ago the municipal authorities received notice from the city marshal of Fulton, Ky., to look out for Mrs. Sarah J. Dockery, who, last Friday, brutally murdered her stepmother, Mrs. Jane Dockery, near that town, by beating out her brains with a hoe. It was thought that she would attempt to go to Texas, but the trains were watched without effect. Finally, the woman was located here and arrested. She denied at first that she was the woman wanted, but the marshal of Fulton had just reached here, and identified her. She has confessed. It is also believed that the woman murdered her own mother, and Dockery, her husband, but these crimes could never be fastened upon her. Mrs. Dockery is about twenty-six years old, and evidently has Indian blood in her veins. She claims that she was ill treated by her father at the instigation of her stepmother, and compelled to work in the field, although he is a man of means. It is believed that the woman is insane.

[“An Alleged Murderess. - A Kentucky Woman Arrested for Braining Her Stepmother.” The Galveston Daily News (Tx.), May 13, 1886, 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)


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