Wednesday, June 12, 2013
La Gizzi, Italian Female Serial Killer Bandit - 1867
FULL TEXT: The “Italia” of Naples announces the death of the famous “brigandess” La Gizzi, who was for some time the terror of the Volturara district. La Gizzi was a tall, muscular woman with beetling brows, covered with a thick mass of black shaggy hair that fell over her shoulders and breast, and was so bloodthirsty that she voluntarily performed the office of executioner on every captive doomed to death by her hand. It is related that on one occasion, after stabbing three of her captives, she collected the blood that flowed from their wounds in a jar and then poured it over the head of her lover, telling him that that should be his baptism of blood. Being sharply pursued by the troops, her consort and herself took refuge in the cottage of a peasant at Petrosa, and compelled him with frightful threats to give them food. The peasant laid some provisions before them; but while they were busied with their meal, he seized an axe, and attacked them with such fury that he struck both La Gizzi and her companion to the ground before they could defend themselves. He then ran to the neighboring village of Ricigliano, collected the national guard of the district, and returned with them to his cottage. Here they found the two dead bodies, and after decapitating them carried the heads of La Gizzi and her lover, together with their conqueror, in triumph through the district.
[From “Foreign Miscellenea.” The Oamaru Times and Waitaki Reporter (Oamaru, New Zealand), May 3, 1867, p. 4]