Friday, January 10, 2014

Mrs. Wahle, Illinois Serial Killer - 1869



FULL TEXT (Article 1 of 4): Jacksonville, Ill., Jun. 15 – Another dark affair is creating a good deal of excitement in our city. Some time since three of the children of a Mrs. Wahle, residing in this city, suddenly died, and at periods not far apart. Mrs. W. has since taken a trip to Europe, and during her absence suspicion was aroused, and the body of one of the children was taken up, and the contents of the stomach chemically examined. There was found in it a large quantity of poison. Mrs. Wahle has lately returned from Europe, and on yesterday she was arrested, to be held until the affair can be investigated.

[Untitled, Chicago Tribune (Il.), Jun. 17, 1869, p. 1]

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FULL TEXT (Article 2 of 4): A horrible case of child-murder is about being developed in Jacksonville, Mass. It appears that about one year ago a child of one Wahle, 11 months old, was suddenly taken sick and died. It was buried, no suspicious circumstances being at that time discovered. Since, however, the parents of the child have separated, in consequence of the alleged intimacy of the wife with the family physician, who attended the child. Recently a letter directed to the wife from her sister in Germany, fell into the hands of Wahle, and from that letter he gets the startling information that the child came to his death by poison administered by the mother. The sister speaks of the poison which the mother used to kill her last child, and from this comes another inference that four other children, the fruits of their marriage, who suddenly died before, may have been poisoned. Wahle had the child exhumed, and its stomach subjected to a chemical analysis, which revealed the fact that arsenic had caused the death of the child. Suspicion points strongly to the complicity of the physician with the mother.

[“A Mother Suspected Of Poisoning Five Children.” The Evening Star (Washington, D. C.), Jun. 22, 1869, p. 1]

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FULL TEXT (Article 3 of 4): A telegram from Jacksonville, Illinois, says our city has been treated to another sensation, and another murder trial is possible. A warrant has been issued for the arrest of the wife of W. W. Wahle, dyer and scourer, of this city. She is suspected of having poisoned one, if not more of her children. The body of the last one of the five who are buried his been disinterred and examined by an analytical chemist of St. Louis, who reports the finding of metallic poison in the entrails, and says it is obvious that the child came to its death by the administration of arsenic. A letter from Germany, intercepted by Mr. Wahle, and the finding of three parcels of poison in the house aroused his suspicion, and caused him to have the warrant issued, though no arrest has yet been made. The child died last July, and during the next month Mrs. Wahle went to Germany. She returned in March, and has not lived with her husband since, and, it is said, has sued tor a divorce.

[“Terrible Crime.” Cambria Freeman (Ebensburg, Pa.), Jun. 24, 1869, p. 2]

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FULL TEXT (Article 4 of 4): The coroner’s jury at Jacksonville, Ill., who have been investigating the Wahle poisoning case for two or three days, on Saturday returned the following verdict: That the child Benny Wahle, who died July 12, 1868, came to “his death, we believe, by arsenic administered by some person or persons to the jury unknown.” It seems that three or four of Mrs. Wahle’s children have died mysteriously, but investigation has been held only in regard to one. No steps have yet been taken to arraign Mrs. Wahle. [Untitled (from “Chicago” column), Louisville Evening Express (Ky.), Jun. 28, 1869, p. 4]

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For more cases of this type, see Serial Baby-Killer Moms.

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For more cases of this category, see: Female Serial Killers of 19th Century America (as of January 20, 2014, the collection contains 61 cases)

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