Friday, September 23, 2011

Mila, The Serbian Female Serial Killer Bandit & Her 14 Murders - 1891


FULL TEXT (Article 1 of 2): Vienna, Oct. 23.—A female brigand named Mila is being tried for some of her crimes at Posezarez [Požarevac], Servia. She has been for a number of years a terror to the people of that region, and her crimes and cruelties far exceed those of ordinary brigands in Turkey and Servia. Mila is accused of fourteen murders and numerous robberies, and a peculiarly unfeminine feature of her deeds of blood was that she horribly mutilated her victims. In audacity and cruelty she had no equal among outlaws. She is not good-looking and has a nose like a hawk.

[“A Female Fiend. - As a Brigand Chief, a Woman Was Devilishly Cruel.” St. Paul Daily Globe (Mn.), Oct. 24, 1891, p. 8]

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FULL TEXT (Article 2 of 2): A very romantic story is to hand from Bosnia regarding the career of a woman named Mila, who has been sentenced to death by the district court of Pazarevac, in Servia. This woman, it appears, has for ten years been the terror of North-eastern Servia. In 1881 a reward of 200 ducats was offered for her capture, two years later 500 was offered, and in 1890 the promised reward was increased to a thousand ducats. She had a band of devoted Haiducks with whom she committed her robberies. She never went about otherwise than in man's dress, with all her weapons in her belt and a rifle over her shoulder. Young, handsome, and a perfect markswoman, she was the idol of her band. She had a lover named Petrovitch, who fell ill some time ago, and whom she nursed with devotion in a cave on the Roumanian frontier. Her people told her in good time that she was watched and must fly for safety; but she refused to abandon her sick lover. After a fight with the gendarmes, two of whom she killed, she was captured. In the court she spoke for over an hour in her defence, and when sentence was pronounced listened to it with indifference.

[“A Female Brigand.” (from London Daily News), The New Zealand Herald (Auckland, N.Z.), Jan. 30, 1892, p. 2]

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For similar cases, see: Female Serial Killer Bandits

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For more cases, see: Women Who Like to Torture

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