Saturday, October 22, 2011

Ivanova Tamarin, Murder-Coaching Mom Serial Killer - 1912

FULL TEXT: St. Petersburg, July 20. – A real live ogress with a desperate desire for flesh and blood, having a daughter similarly depraved and numerous cannibal retainers, has just been seized at Kurdla [place not located, see note].

People remarked that numerous men and women, decoyed to the house of Ivanova Tamarin and her 17 year old daughter, Olga, were never seen returning. The discovery in a neighboring wood of corpses, mutilated beyond recognition, led to the house being surrounded by a force of gendarmes under Colonel Vassiteff.


Ivanova and her daughter were secured after violent resistance, and a search of the premises resulted in the discovery of 27 corpses in a storehouse, as well as a great number of watches, purses and other articles of value, and a quantity of male and female garments.

The eating room of the house was furnished with a trap door, through which the victims were precipitated into the cellar. In the cellar murderous instruments and fetters of all sorts were found.

The women confessed to being at the head of a band which, during recent months, had robbed and murdered 40 people who had been decoyed to the house by Olga, and mentioned thirty other peasants belonging to the band, who were also arrested, while nine others escaped.

[George Fraser, “Woman And Her Daughter Slay Twenty-Seven - Horrible Discovery in Forest Is Clew to Bloody Carnival of Murder Fiendish Trap Laid by Ogresses; Victims Mutilated Past All Recognition,” The San Francisco Call (Ca.), Jul. 21, 1912, p. 49]



NOTE: “Kurdio” as a place name has not been identified. The word could be a reference to Kurdish ethnicity.

Previously, we considered the place name to identify a location in Estonia. The Russian names may or may not be good evidence of the proper location. They may be English transliterations of Russian transliterations from a different language.

Here is our original note arguing for an Estonian location: "Kurdio" is given as the place in this version in the San Francisco Call. The Los Angeles Times prints the same article, but with “Kurdla” instead of ”Kurdio.” “Kurla” presumably identifies one of these two Estonian villages: Mägi-Kurdla, a village in Laimjala Parish, Saare County in western Estonia; or Paju-Kurdla, a village in Laimjala Parish, Saare County in western Estonia. A similar place name in Estonia is: Kärdla, the largest town on the Estonian island of Hiiumaa and the capital of Hiiu County.



For similar cases, see: Female Serial Killer Bandits


For similar cases, see Murder-Coaching Moms


For more cases see: Cannibal Murderesses


  1. Probably lost in translation, those are not common estonian names, those are russian names(as is russian city ST. Petersburg in that article): Olga, Ivanova(fathers name Ivan) and Tamarin(most likely Tamara).
    So Estonia is soo far-fetched that it's probably false and this has happend in Russia.

    1. Thanks. "St. P" mentioned would indicates the news office location, as an international communication center. ---- Yes, I think you are quite right in saying Estonia is not likely. I now suspect the location names (beginning with "Kurd-") is a descriptive of Kurdish refugee settlement in the Russia-controlled Caucasus region (Armenia). I've been holding off changing the note (the guess) and your comments influence me to do so now.