Sunday, January 27, 2013

Serial Baby-Killing Moms


This list is restricted to those female serial killers who focused their homicidal attention on the murdering of their own babies. Many serial killer mothers murdered older children (as well as step-children and child relatives), but these cases are not included here.

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1st c BC  Laodice of Cappadocia – Kingdom of Pontus, Anatolia; 5 sons poisoned
1609    Jane Hattersley – East Grinstead, Sussex, England

1638 – Linda Downes – Colchester, Essex, England
1750    (Finland:10 cases, 1750-1896) (names yet to be collected and added)
1780s   Queen Ideah – Kingdom of Tahiti –3 babies
1816    Susannah Holroyd – England – 5 infants (plus husband) murdered
1819    Ane Nielsdatter – Copenhagen, Denmark 5 or 6 children
1842    Frances Bennett – Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, England – 6 newborns
1848    Mary MayColchester, England – 14 children
1849    Rebecca Smith – Devizes, England – 8 newborns
1850s   Allie Belchie – Lintlaw, Buncle Parish, Scotland
1854    Marie GageyArnay-sous-Vitteaux, France; 2 children (& 3-4 adults)
1854    Pamela Myers (alias Snyder) – Nicetown, Philadelphia, Pa., USA
1861    Ane Cathrine Andersdatter – Rødovre Mark, Denmark – 3
1869    Mrs. Wahle – Jacksonville, Illinois - 3
1871    Ann Burns – Wigan, Lancashire, England –3: step-f & 2 babies
1875    Marie Bouriant Ainay-le-Vieil, France; 5 babies murdered
1875    Sophie Gautié Bouyou – Cahors, France – 7 murders suspected
1877    Elizabeth Kirkbride – Liverpool, England – 8 babies
1878   Anne-Marie Guemuchot – Chapelle-Saint-Saveur, France – 3 babies
1879    Marie Bleirs – Vienna, Austria
1883    Madame Roger – France; New Caledonia – 3 babies
1886    Mary Hart – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – 13 babies suspected
1887    Miss Ross – Caraquet, New Brunswick, Canada – 3 babies
1888    Eva Micsik – Csoka, Hungary 8 babies
1889    Sophie Von Mesko – “Lipes,” Hungary – 5 children & 1 husband?
1893    Lady Blanche Diarne – near Bucharest, Romania
1894    Martha Needle – Richmond, Australia3 babies, husband, fiancee’s brother
1906    Bridget Carey – Centralia, Pa. husband, 2 babies, 2 boarders
1908    Grete Beyer – Brand, Saxony (Germany) 4: husband & 3 babies
1908    Elizabeth Goehlenau (& husband John) – Friedland, Silesia – 8 babies
1908    Francesca Herrera (& husband Molina) – Seville, Spain – 18 babies
1912    Mme. Couturier Le May-Sur-Èvre, France –3 babies
1914    “Edinburgh Serial Baby-Killing Mom” – Edinburgh, Scotland – 3 babies
1923    Albertina Blomqvist – Stockholm, Sweden – 6 children
1929    Ethel Lewis & Okal Gorham – Eau Claire, Michigan – 7 babies
1931    Camille Tournie – Saint Sauveur, France – (unmarried) 7 newborns
1932    Pauline Yatchuk – Angusville, Manitoba, Canada
1942    Dorothy Hahn – Adelaide, Australia – 3 babies
1943    Bernice Williams – Denver, Co. – 3 newborns
1950    Juanita Louise Carr – Fossil, Oregon, USA – 3 victims
1950    Mrs. Schaub – Baltimore, Md. – 3 babies
1953    Eunice Brillart  – Asmara, Eritrea / USA – 3 children
1953    Josephine Ellen Molloy – Maryborough, Queensland, Australia – 3 babies
1954    Elsie RodgersBurton-On-Trent, England – 3 babies
1958    Line Schaeffer – Rotterdam, Netherlands – 4 newborns
1963    Virginia Hill – Falmouth, Kentucky – 3 babies (and possibly 2 others)
1969    Yvette LelièvreSaint-Pierre-lès-Nemours, France – with husb. André – 7 newborns
1969    Barbara Wilkinson – Wahroonga, Australia – 6 newborns
1969    Martha Woods – Baltimore, Md. – 3 babies, neph, nce, neighbor’s ch, adopt. son
1980    Stella Williamson – Gallitzin, Pa. – 5 infants
1984    Debra Sue Tuggle – Little Rock, Ark. – 4 victims
1984    Lisa Jane Turner – Christchurch, N. Zealand – 2 babies, 1 other baby, 4 other attempts
1986    Marybeth Tinning – Schenectady, NY – 8 victims suspected
1987    Debbie Fornuto (Deborah Gedzius) – Chicago, Il. – 6 babies, 3 different fathers
1988    Myriam Marlein – Ostend, Belgium – 8 newborns (including twins)
1992    Diane Spencer – Wayland, Michigan & Clearfield, Pa – 3 babies
1993    Kazuko Hatayama – Honjo, Japan – 8 newborns
1989    Tammy (Eveans) Corbett – Brighton, Illinois – son (3) & 2 babies
1989    Martha Ann JohnsonClayton County, Ga. – 4 chn (infant, 2 toddlers, 11-yo)
1990    Diane Lumbrera Garden City, Ks. – 6 babies
1991    Shavonda Charleston – Louisville, Ky. – 4 babies
1993    Denise Dianna Buchanan – Washoe County, Nevada – 3 babies
1993    Gail Lynn Savage – Waukegan, Il. – 3 children
1995    Filita Mashilipa – Zambia – cannibal, witchcraft; 7 babies
1995    Miyko Mikami – Kashiwa, Japan – 10 babies died
1995    Maxine Robinson – Chester-le-Street, England – 3 babies
1995    Claudette Kibble - Houston, Tx – 3 babies
1995    Elizabeth K. Shankin – Buffalo, Indiana 3
1996    Waneta Hoyt – Newark Valley, NY – 5 victims
1999    Darcie Jo Baum – Orem, Utah – 4 newborns
1999    Marie Noe – Philadelphia, Pa. – 8 victims
2002    Gloria JeanGreenfield – Warren, Ohio – 3 babies
2002    “Toda Serial Killer Mother” – Toda, Japan – 6 newborns
2003    Kathleen Folbigg – Mayfield, Australia – 6 victims: 4 babies
2003    Jolanta K. – Lublin, Poland – 5 newborns
2003    Diane Odell – Rome, Pa. & NY – 4 babies
2006    Chizuko Okamoto – Hiratsuka, Japan – 4 children, 3 infants & daughter (19)
2006    Marinette Pezin – Contres, Loir-et-Cher, France
2005    Sabine Hilschenz – trial: Frankfurt an der Oder, Germany – 9 babies, flower pots
2006    Gertraud Arzberger – Graz, Austria – 4 babies
2007    Susann F. – Plauen, Germany – 3 children
2007    Monika HalbeWenden-Möllmicke, Germany – 3 babies, freezer
2007    Céline Lesage – Valognes, France – 6 newborns

2007    Antonie Stašková (Staskova) – Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic – 1 toddler, 2 babies
2007    Shirley Winters – Syracuse, NY – 2 babies + 5 other babies suspected 
2009    Veronique Courjault – Tours, France – 3 babies
2009    Harsimrat “Simmi” Kahlon – Calgary, Canada – 3 babies

2009    Rachel Lynette New – Tarrant County, Texas, USA – 3
2009    “Ota Ward Tokyo Serial Killer Mother” – Ota Ward, Tokyo, Japan –  4 babies
2010    Meredith Katharine Borowiec – Calgary, Canada; 3 newborns, 1 survived
2010    Dominique CottrezVillers-au-Tertre, France – 8 babies
2010    “Geleen Serial Killer Mother” – Geleen, Netherlands – 3 newborns
2010    Michele Kalina – Reading, Pa. – 5 newborns
2010    Sietske Hoekstra – Nij Beets, Friesland, Netherlands – 4 newborns
2010    Bernadette Quirk – St. Helens, Merseyside, Eng. – 4 babies, claimed “stillborn”
2012    Annika H. – Husum (greater Flensburg), Germany – 5 babies
2012    Beata Z. – Hipolitowo, Poland – 5 babies
2012    Veeramma – Rajendra Nagar, Delhi, India – 4 babies
2013    Audrey C. – Ain, Lyon, Ambérieu, France – 3 newborns
2013    Lucyna D. – Lubawa, Poland – 3 newborns
2013    Chiemi Tonuma – Ota Ward, Tokyo, Japan – 3 babies
2013    “Vlasatice Mother” – Vlasatice, Czech Rep. – 3 newborns (twins +1)
2014    Andrea Giesbrecht – Winnipeg, Canada – 6 babies
2014    Megan Huntsman – Pleasant Grove, Utah – 6 newborns
2014    Angeline Mabhiza – Zimbabwe – 2 newborns, 2 children; 1 other child
2014    Erika Murray – Blackstone, Ma. – 3 newborns
2014   “Oulu Serial Killer Mother” – Oulu, Finland – 5 newborns
2015   “Břeclavsko Baby-Killer Mom” - Břeclavsko, Dolni Dunajovice, Czech Rep. – 3 newborns
2015 – Andrea Göppner – Wallenfels, Bavaria, Germany
2015   “Louchats Serial Baby-Killing Mom” – Louchats, Gironde, France
2015    Brittany Pilkington – Bellefontaine, Ohio, USA – 3 children

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Disposal of the Murdered Babies’ Corpses

Arsenic – Rebecca Smith
Attic – Sietske Hoekstra
Buckets filled with Concrete – Gertraud Arzberger
Bury in garden – Yvette Lelièvre
Cardboard Boxes – Chizuko Okamoto (with plastic bags)
Cooler – Michele Kalina (storage closet)
“Containers” – Michele Kalina (storage closet; plastic bags, one encased in concrete)
Dumpster – Meredith Katharine Borowiec
Fireplace – Mrs. Schaub
Flower pots – Sabine Hilschenz
Freezer – Monika Halbe; Veronique Courjault; Gertraud Arzberger, Lucyna D., Audrey C.
Incinerate – Yvette Lelièvre
Paper packages – Elizabeth Kirkbride
Plastic Bags – Céline Lesage (stored in basement); Dominique Cottrez (black trash bags); “Toda Serial Killer Mother (5 in plastic bag and one in a plastic case); Myiam Marlein (dispose of bags at supermarket)
Plastic case – “Toda Serial Killer Mother”
Shed – “Geleen Serial Killer Mother”
Shoe Boxes  – Megan Huntsman
Steamer trunk – Stella Williamson
Storage Boxes – “Husum Baby-Killing Mother”
Storage shed – Diane O’Dell
Stable, cellar & attic – Beata Z.
Suitcases – “Geleen Serial Killer Mother” (in attic); Susann F. (in attic)
Wardrobe (with air freshener) – Bernadette Quirk

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Classification: (“SIDS” (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), “Crib Death”)

1969    Martha Woods (Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy)
1984    Debra Sue Tuggle
1984    Lisa Jane Turner
1986    Marybeth Tinning
1987    Debbie Fornuto
1989    Martha Ann Johnson
1991    Shavonda Charleston
1993    Denise Dianna Buchanan
1993    Gail Lynn Savage
1996    Waneta Hoyt (Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy)
1999    Marie Noe
2002    Gloria Jean Greenfield
2003    Kathleen Folbigg (Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy)
2007    Shirley Winters

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Classification: Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy

1969    Martha Woods (Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy)
1990    Diane Lumbrera – Garden City, Ks. – 6 babies
1996    Waneta Hoyt (Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy)
2003    Kathleen Folbigg (Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy)

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Accused but Cleared of Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy

1998    Sally Clark – Manchester, England – conviction overturned; 2 children died
2002 – Trupti Patel – Berkshire, England – acquitted in 2003; 3 children died
2002 – Angela Cannings – England – conviction overturned 2003; 3 children died

Kept Diary Describing the Murders

1889    Sophie Von Mesko – “Lipes,” Hungary – 5 children & 1 husband?
2003    Kathleen Folbigg – Mayfield, Australia – 6 victims: 4 babies

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