Thursday, September 22, 2011

Nikola Bettuz, Professional Husband-Poisoner & Seeress - Chisoda, Romania, 1900

FULL TEXT: Buda-pesth -- The most shocking condition of human depravity, it has just been discovered, reigns in the towns of Kissoda [presently: Chisoda, Romania], not far from this the most progressive city of the Austro-Hungarian empire.

The police have only now chanced to find the cause of a series of mysterious deaths, covering a period of more than three years. During this time a number of men apparently in robust health were suddenly precipitated to their deathbeds and despite the best efforts of the local physicians their lives could not be Heart disease was in most of these cases given as the cause of death the symptoms closely resembling that malady.

The fact is that the men were murdered by their own wives or sweet hearts. The instigator of all these heinous crimes is Nikola Bettuz, the seer of the town, who sold the subtle poison with which the murders were committed. So far the police have exhumed forty bodies of the victims and the government chemist has found ion each a marvelously specific poison, the nature of which he has not yet been able to define. Nikola Bettuz, though menaced with the direst punishments refuses to divulge the name of the poison or how it was concocted. I was usually administered by the wives in the beer, coffee or tea of the husbands and death ensued within twelve hours.


A quarrel which took place between a man named Mundjam and young widow led to the unearthing of the wholesale slaughter of superfluous husbands. The widow's lover threatened her that he would cause her arrest for murdering her husband if she would not do his will, though he himself was the agent through whom the poison was procured. The widow persisted in keeping up a union with his rival, and out of revenge he denounced her to the authorities. An arrest followed and as a result forty married and unmarried widows were arrested.

The Hungarian press is bitter in its denunciation of the immoral conditions which exist in the provincial towns. It demands a rigid investigation and the speedy execution of all the murderesses of Kissoda. In some instances it was found that the object of the women was to obtain the insurance on the lives of their husbands.

[“Slay Their Husbands - In Hungary Wives Tired of  Their Spouses Kill Them by Using a Mysterious Poison.” (Buda-Pesth Cor. Chicago Chronicle.) Fort Wayne Sentinel (In.), Oct. 20, 1900, p. 1]


Chisoda (German Alt-Kischoda, Altkischoda, Kischoda, Hungarian Tesöld, Kisoda) is a village in the county Timiş, Banat, Romania. Chisoda is located in the center of the circle Timiş, south of the district capital Timişoara. East of Chisoda is the community Giroc, and west borders the town on the VI. District of Timişoara Fratelia, the former New Kischoda.



For more than two dozen similar cases, dating from 1658 to 2011, see the summary list with links see: The Husband-Killing Syndicates


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