Thursday, September 22, 2011

Rosa Holybe, Accused Hungarian Double Black Widow - 1929



FULL TEXT (Article 1 of 2): Skolnok, Hungary, Dec. 14. – Husband murders on an extensive scale, by middle-aged and older Hungarian woman, are being investigated by the government here. Bodies of more than 30 persons have been exhumed for examination.

Szolnok has only 40,000 inhabitants, but a surprising number have been charged with participation in the murders, which have not only husbands, but other relatives.  Officials have received anonymous letters saying the murders will continue.

One of the accused who already has testified is Juliene Lippka. She is alleged to have murdered seven relatives, including her mother, her husband and an uncle. She charged another woman, Lydia Ola, aided her.

A woman named Rosa Holbye is accused of killing two of her husbands. One of the accused women is 81 years old. Several others admitted administering poison in food.

[“Hungary Sifts Murder Series By Aged Women – Husband Killings on Extensive Scale Reported; Many of Female Sex Implicated,” syndicated (AP), Dec. 14, 1929, p. 2]

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EXCERPT: Budapest, 14th December. – Rosa Holyba, 44 years, pleaded not guilty. She said she had not known there was arsenic in soup which a neighbor gave her husband, an elderly man. She had only been one year at school, and did not know the Ten Commandments.

[“Husband Poisoners. – Women Charged With Murder. – ‘Life’ In Hungary. – Astounding Revelations.” The Age (Melbourne, Australia), Dec. 16, 1929, p. 11]

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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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