Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Prison-Break Female Serial Killers

1875 – Julia Fortmeyer  St. Louis, Missouri

On October 6, 1877, about midnight Mme. Fortmeyer, sentenced to ten years imprisonment, made her escape from prison in Jefferson City, by forcing her body through over the transom of her cell.

1877 – Lydia Sherman – New Brunswick, New Jersey

Lydia Sherman escaped from Weathersfield State Prison, Connecticut, on Tuesday May 29, 1877. She was apprehended the following Tuesday, June 5.

1894 – Ann Miniver Davis – Melbourne, Australia (supspected of murdering 2 husbands)

It is a singular fact that the female convict [Ann Miniver Davis] in the Melbourne Goal, who has to look after condemned women, is a "lifer" tor poisoning her husband. She was sentenced to death, but her sex saved her. After serving twelve years of her sentence, she escaped from the Melbourne Gaol.

1905 – “Dubovo Vivisection Ogresses” – Dubovo, Ukraine

Two women kidnapped and murdered seven children for the purpose of dissecting them for scientific research. “A village council was called, and was decided to lynch the disciples of human vivisection at noon today. The women were stripped and fastened by strong chains to an iron bar in tha wall of their cell. At daybreak this morning it was found that they escaped in the clothes of their jailers, both of whom, though powerful peasants, had had their heads battered in and their throats cut and were dead.”

1910 – Mattie Troy – Argentine, Kansas

Mattie Troy, alias Mary Thomas, wanted for the murder in the first degree in connection with the death of a child here shells alleged to have murdered in order to collect insurance carried on his life, escaped from the Parsons State Hospital on January 2, 1911, about 7 o’clock, an although she was hunted high and low all day yesterday, scarcely any trace of her could be found.

1917 – Leopoldine Kasparek – Vienna, Austria

A struggle which seems an attempt to escape.

1921 – Lyda Trueblood Southard – Twin Falls, Idaho

May 4, 1931 – She escaped from prison
Mar. 1932 – marries Harry Whitlock
Jul. 2, 1932 – captured in Denver, Colorado
Jul. 31, 1932 – arrested in Topeka, Kansas
Aug. 1932 –  She returned to the penitentiary

1925 – Clara Carl – Indianapolis, Indiana

Mrs. Clara Carl, 50, who escaped from the Indiana Womans’ prison On October 3, 1925,  while serving a life sentence for the murders of her husband and father-in-law was back in her cell on October 12. She was caught in Columbus, Ohio, Saturday night (October 11) and reentered the prison last night.

1941 – Anna Louise Sullivan – Milwaukee, Wisconsin

After less than five hours of constricted liberty, Mrs. Anna Louise Sullivan, Milwaukee poison murderess, was back in confinement Friday at the state prison for women at Taycheedah, from which she had attempted to escape Thursday. Mrs. Sullivan, who had been assigned to outside tasks because of her health, was reported missing at a checkup at 11 a. m. it was believed at that time that she had walked out the unguarded gates of the honor institution. Several hours later, however, she was discovered hiding in a copse on the 244 acre prison grounds. Because of her escape attempt, Mrs. Sullivan’s privilege of working outside has been revoked. Mrs. Sullivan was sentenced to a life term for murder here in May, 1929. She had confessed that she killed her 17 year old stepson and her second husband with poison and had poisoned her third husband and stepdaughter, although not fatally. She was convicted of the killing of her stepson.

1954 – Winnie Ola Freeman (Winona Green) – USA

Two jailbreaks at least: on Apr. 12, 1925 and Jun. 15, 1926.

1960 Sharon Kinne – Independence, Missouri & Mexico

On Dec. 7, 1969, Sharon Kinne escaped from Federal Women’s Penitentiary, Mexico City and was thereafter never found.

1966 Margo Freshwater (with Glenn Nash; couple) – Tennessee, Mississippi, Florida

She escaped from prison in 1970 and lived as a fugitive for 32 years.

1968 Mary Flora Bell (age 11) – Scotswood, England

In December 1968, Mary, who had murdered two children and had attempted to murder two othjers, was found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to life imprisonment. After spending eight years in young offenders institutes, Mary Bell was transferred to Moore Court open prison from where she escaped, with two boys, in 1977. They were at large for only two days.

1979 – Audrey Marie Frazier Hilley – Anniston (Blue Mountain), Alabama

Audrey Marie Hilley (Alias: “Lindsay Robbi Hannon,” “Teri Martin”), born June 4, 1933, was suspected of two murders: husband Frank Hilley and mother Lucille Frazier and the attempted murder of  daughter Carol Marie Hilley, which took place between 1975 and 1979 in Anniston, Alabama.

The stories of Audrey Hilley’s  two escapes from the court and from prison are among the most bizarre and dramatic in the entire history of female serial killers.

1983 – Dorothy Jean Matajke – Nevada (town), Iowa & Little Rock, Arkansas

Nurse; 3 or more victims. Ms. Matajke was convicted of forgery Sept. 5, 1973, at Nevada, Iowa, and was sentenced to seven years in prison. She escaped in 1974, was caught Oct. 7, 1980, and was paroled in December 1983.

2001 – Brookey Lee West – Las Vegas, Nevada

2011 – “La Perris” – Meddelin, Colombia

On August 1, 2011, the commander of the Metropolitan Police of Valle de Aburrá, General Yesid Vásquez confirmed the recapture of the accused under the age of multiple crimes that link to Colombian criminal organization Tablazo. “La Perris” had escaped from prison under Medellin on Friday, July 29, 2011.

2012 – Joanna Dennehy – Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England

Serial killer Joanna Dennehy plotted to cut off guard's finger to escape jail.  She hoped to use the finger to beat the prison’s biometric security, a source claimed. But the plot – detailed in a written plan by Dennehy – was thwarted when two fellow inmates got in touch with the authorities. Dennehy plotted the prison break while in segregation at Britain’s most secure women-only jail – HMP Bronzefield, in Ashford, Surrey. The source said: “With the help of another lifer, she was planning an escape. What came to light was how she was going to do it, which was extremely vicious.

Dorothy Matajke, Arkansas Serial Killer Nurse - 1983

Murder victims:

1970s – Several patients in Iowa, possibly murders, Nevada, Iowa
Feb. 20, 1985 – Paul Kinsey, 72, survived, Little Rock, Arkansas
Apr. 5, 1985 – Opal Kinsey, 71, died, Little Rock, Arkansas
Sep. 18, 1986 – Marion Doyle, died, Little Rock, Arkansas


A resident of Nevada, Iowa, Dorothy Matajke began working as a nurse’s aide and professional companion for the elderly and ailing in the 1970s. It came as no surprise to anyone when several of her patients died, and there were no suggestions of foul play except where money was concerned. In 1973, Matajke was convicted of fraud and sentenced to five years in prison. She escaped in February 1974 and remained at large until 1980, when she was recaptured and returned to finish out her sentence. Despite the prison break, she won parole in 1983, serving less than the original five years.

Upon release, Matajke moved to Little Rock and picked up with her old profession as a live-in nurse. On March 24, 1985, she moved in with Paul Kinsey, 72, and his wife Opal, age 71. When Opal died on April 5, the cause was listed as a recently-discovered cancer.

Paul Kinsey’s health began deteriorating rapidly after his wife’s death, but relatives attributed his lapse to grief and loneliness.

On September 9, 1986, Matajke acquired a new client, elderly Marion Doyle. Another cancer patient, Doyle survived nine days of nursing by Matajke, but her death was not ascribed to cancer. Rather, a police report suggested that the woman had committed suicide. A routine inventory, made by the executor of Doyle’s estate, discovered several checks made out to Dorothy Matajke, totaling almost $4,000. There was something curious about Doyle’s signature, and on a hunch, her body was exhumed for reexamination. Tissue samples showed sufficient drugs to cause a fatal overdose.

Meanwhile, Paul Kinsey’s health continued to decline. The old man stubbornly refused to eat or take his medication, telling relatives that every meal or dose prepared by his “companion” left him deathly ill. Kinsey ordered Matajke out of his house on October 28, and three days later he was hospitalized in critical condition. Dorothy Matajke bullied her way past relatives and doctors to visit her ex-patient in the emergency room, and she was still by his side when detectives arrived to arrest her.

Initially, the “nurse” was charged with forgery and theft for looting Marion Doyle’s bank account. Subsequent charges included felony possession of a firearm, and additional counts of forgery relating to checks written on Paul Kinsey’s account. A search of Matajke’s home yielded mislabeled bottles of drugs and tranquilizers, along with three bottles of arsenic-based ant poison, and more serious charges were added.

On November 24, 1986 she was accused of first-degree murder in the death of Marion Doyle and first-degree battery in the non-fatal poisoning of Paul Kinsey. Opal Kinsey’s body was exhumed December 5, with the results of laboratory tests kept secret pending disposition of the standing charges. After Paul Kinsey died, on February 10, 1987, assault charges were replaced with another count of first-degree murder.

In June 1987, Matajke was convicted of Paul Kinsey’s murder and sentenced to life. Two months later, in a negotiated plea bargain, she received another term of 60 years for killing Marion Doyle. Charges are pending [as of 1991] in the case of Opal Kinsey, and new investigations are expected in the deaths of several patients “cared for” by Matajke in Iowa.

[from: Michael Newton, Hunting Humans, 1991, Breakout Productions]



For more cases, see Sicko Nurses


Audrey Marie Hilley, Alabama Escape Artist & Serial Killer - 1979

Audrey Marie Hilley (Alias: “Lindsay Robbi Hannon,” “Teri Martin”), born June 4, 1933, was suspected of two murders: husband Frank Hilley and mother Lucille Frazier and the attempted murder of  daughter Carol Marie Hilley, which took place between 1975 and 1979 in Anniston, Alabama. There has also suspicion that she had been slow poisoning the children of her neighbors and police investigators who had inspected sites of arson fires suspected to be set by Hilley.

The stories of Audrey Hilley’s two escapes from the court and from prison are among the most bizarre and dramatic in the entire history of female serial killers.

The account of the case published by CrimeLibrary.com, authored by Marlee Macleod, is an excellent overview. Below is a skeletal chronology of this remarkable case.


Brief Chronology:

May 25, 1975 – Frank Hilley, husband, dies.
1977 – Lucille Frazier, Marie’s mother, dies.
1979 – Daughter Carol Marie Hilley, 20, survived
Nov. 1979 – Carrie Hilley, mother-in-law, dies. Suspected murder.
Neighbor children; poisoned, survived
Police & fire investigators – illness, suspicion of poisoning

2 arson fires

Nov. 12 or 13, 1979 – on the lam until Jan. 13 or 14, 1983
Feb. 22?, 1987 – on the lam for four days, causing her death.


FULL TEXT: Birmingham, Ala. – Audrey Marie Hilley – charged with using arsenic to poison her daughter, who lived, and suspected of doing the same to several other relatives, who didn’t – has been missing without a trace almost one year.

The 19-state search for the woman is complicated by investigators’ growing suspicion that the Audrey Marie Hilley who disappeared from a Birmingham motel last November may be quite a different person today.

The only thing Mrs. Hilley left behind at the motel was a note. Investigators won’t release its contents, but say the scribbled message makes them believe Mrs. Hilley is living a life where she “changes her personality to fit her surroundings.”

“She can be kind, laughing, considerate and then brutal and hateful,” said the FBI agent who is coordinating the coast-to-coast search for Mrs. Hilley.

“We believe she is living in a world with make-believe friends and enemies. ... When she reads this, if it’s the real Marie Hilley. she will probably change her personality when she realizes what she is accused of doing.”

The 47-year-old Anniston woman – charged with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution for murder and attempted poisoning – is being hunted coast-to-coast by the FBI and 28 other federal divisions.

The FBI warrant against Mrs. Hilley stems from a Calhoun County indictment of Oct. 25. 1979, charging her with trying to poison her 20- year-old daughter, Carol Marie Hilley, with arsenic.

On Nov. 16. Mrs. Hiliey disappeared from the suburban motel where she was living while awaiting trial, free on $14,000 bond.

On Jan. 11, a Calhoun County grand jury indicted her on murder charges for the 1975 arsenic poisoning of her husband. Frank. She has also been indicted for check fraud.

The FBI agent, who asked not to be identified, has followed several hundred leads since the search began in January, all in vain.

“It’s not likely I’ll arrest Marie Hilley. An agent in another state will most likely arrest her,” he said. “But if the real Marie Hilley reads this she will likely change her personality or relocate or get careless and hopefully we’ll find her.”

The agent said that interviews with Mrs. Hilley’s friends and relatives, whom Cheese and watches are Switzerland’s best-known exports. However, the manufacture of machinery is its major industry. Switzerland’s industrial output is so extensive that it holds an annual fair — well-attended by industrialists all over the world – at Basel. she hasn’t contacted since disappearing, have led him to believe she may be exhibiting separate personalities.

He said she has used many aliases, among them Mandy Hilley, Julie Hilley, M.F. Hilley and Margaret Key, the real name of her aunt.

It was about a year ago that Carol Hilley almost died in an Alabama hospital. Her illness went undiagnosed for months until doctors discovered higher than usual amounts of arsenic in her blood.

The diagnosis led forensic experts to exhume the bodies of Frank Hilley, who died in 1975, and Mrs. Hilley’s mother, Lucille Frazier. who died in 1977.

Death certificates indicated both died of cancer, but pathologists found enough arsenic in Hilley’s remains to investigate. Arsenic was also found in Mrs. Frazier’s body but in amounts below the toxic range. Officials then ordered autopsies on other relatives.

Carrie Hilley, the fugitive’s mother-in-law, was ill for sev- «ral weeks before dying last November. Her autopsy report has not been released, but investigators have given evidence about her death and that of Mrs. Frazier to a Calhoun County grand jury. No indictments have been returned from that investigation.

The tests were made only on relatives who had died since Carol Hilley’s birth. Psychiatrists think the birth may have touched off Mrs. Hilley’s behavior.

Wed at age 18, she was having marital troubles when Carol, her second child, was born. Psychiatrists and investigators alike believe she resented her daughter’s birth, and that her resentment began surfacing long before they had evidence of arsenic poisonings.

As examples, the FBI agent noted two arson fires at the Hilley house, one when Frank Hilley was still alive, the second when Carol and her grandmother were in the house alone.

Urine tests to detect any arsenic were also ordered for people known to have visited the Hilley residence, including police who investigated the fires.

“One time some investigators went to that house and afterwards they became sick,” the agent said. “It’s possible they had been given some type of poison.

“There was a family that lived next to her for years,” he added. “The children were sick all the time, but doctors could never find out why. ... ‘This family eventually moves and the kids get well in no time at all.”

Investigators say they’ve determined the victims were given small doses of arsenic over an extended period.

“It eventually breaks down your nervous system, you loose control of your senses and you become unable to control your body movements,” the agent said, describing Carol Hilley’s ordeal.

On the day Mrs. Hilley disappeared, Mrs. Key reported her car missing. It was found at a Marietta, Ga., bus depot, but the FBI hasn’t yet determined whether the fugitive boarded a bus there.

The FBI agent said Mrs. Hilley is likely working in “a respectable job. She will be in secretarial work — she is a perfectionist and wouldn’t take a job that low-rates her.”

“She’ll be living a good life,” he added. “She will be in a beauty shop at least twice a week. She always dressed nice and her appearance was pleasant... always.”

Hilley is 5-foot-l and weighs 110 pounds. Her eyes are green, her hair brown. Her only identifying mark is a scar on a knuckle.

The FBI’s search has been conducted in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, Maryland, New York, Connecticut, Nebraska, Missouri, Arkansas, Texas, New Mexico, Utah and Washington.

[Kim M. Price, “Has anyone ssen this woman; Authorities searching in 19 states for missing suspected arsenic killer,” The Kingman Daily Mirror (Az.), Oct. 26, 1980, p. 8]


►Extended Chronology:

May 1951 – Marie Frazier marries Frank Hilley.

1960 – daughter Carol “Carrie” Hilley born.

May 19, 1975 – Frank Hilley presents with nausea and pain in his stomach area. After entering the hospital he passes away on May 25, 1975. The cause of death at the time is listed as hepatitis. Audrey Marie Hilley then collects over $30,000 in life insurance. She spends the insurance money rapidly.

May 25, 1975 – Frank Hilley, husband, dies.

1977 – Lucille Frazier, Marie’s mother, dies.

Jul. 1978 – Marie Hilley takes out an insurance policy on her daughter Carol Hilley in the amount of $25,000. Carol’s daughter is just a teen at the time.

1979 – Daughter Carol Marie Hilley, 20, suffers from numbness, nausea, and severe stomach pains. Her health declines over the next several months. Her mother continues to give her injections. She tells Carol not to tell anyone. Finally at the UAB Hospital in Birmingham, a doctor named Dr. Brian Thompson states that Carol Hilley tested positive for arsenic poisoning. After treatment she eventually begins to recuperate.

1979 – During this time Marie Hilley is arrested for writing bad checks, and she is incarcerated for about 8 weeks. While she is incarcerated the police start to gather evidence against Marie Hilley.

Oct. 3, 1979 – Her husband Frank Hilley’s body is exhumed and tested for arsenic poisoning. The results come back positive.

Oct. 3, 1979 – Forensic tests on Carol’s hair conducted October 3, 1979, by the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences revealed arsenic levels ranging from over 100 times the normal level close to the scalp to zero times the normal level at the end of the hair shaft. This indicated that Carol had been given increasingly larger doses of arsenic over a period of four to eight months.

Oct. 9, 1979 – Audrey Hilley was still incarcerated on her bad check charges when she was arrested on October 9, 1979, for the attempted murder of her daughter.

Oct. 25, 1979 – Indicted for poisoning of daughter Carol.

Nov. 9?, 1979 – Marie Hilley is released on bond.

Nov. 11, 1979 – Wilford Lane, her attorney, took her to Birmingham to stay at a motel. In the coming days she claimed she was afraid of reprisals from Frank’s sisters and asked to be moved to another motel, from which she made numerous phone calls to Mike and other relatives asking for money.

Nov. 12 or 13, 1979 – after changing her hair color and losing weight, she returned to New Hampshire and met John Homan, posing as Teri Martin, his “deceased” wife’s sister.

Nov. 18, 1979 – When Wilford Lane and his wife came to the motel to visit Marie, they discovered she was missing.

Nov. 19, 1979 – There was a break-in at the home of Audrey Hilley’s aunt. A car, some women’s clothing and an overnight bag were missing from the home. Investigators found a note in the house reading, “Do not call police. We will burn you out if you do. We found what we wanted and will not bother you again.”

Jan. 11, 1980 – she was indicted in absentia for her husband's murder. Subsequently, investigators found that both her mother and her mother-in-law had significant, but not fatal, traces of arsenic in their systems when they died.

Feb. 1980 – According to both Marie and John Homan, they met in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in February of 1980.

Mar. 1980 – By March Marie Jilley and John Homan had moved in together. Using a fictitious resume, Marie got a job as a secretary at an accounting firm in West Palm Beach.

Oct. 1980 – In October she and John left Florida for New Hampshire, where John’s brother Peter lived.

1982 – Hilley fakes the death of nonixtent twin sister (Teri Hannon) of the alias character (Robbi Hannon) she created.

Jan. 13 or 14, 1983 – Vermont police capture Audrey Marie Hilley. By now she has completely changed her appearance. She is a slim blonde woman. She is arrested for unlawful flight, extradited, and quickly convicted for the murder of her husband and attempted murder of her daughter Carol. She is sentenced to life plus 20 years. While incarcerated she admits to another inmate that she poisoned her husband and daughter.

Jan. 19, 1983. – Authorities brought Marie back to Anniston on January 19, 1983. By now another charge had been added -- the murder of Frank Hilley -- and Marie’s bond was set at $320,000. This time no one stepped forward to pay it.

Jun. 8, 1983 – Marie Hilley is convicted and Sentenced to life in prison for her husband’s murder and 20 years for attempting to kill her daughter in June 1983. She spends her time in prison quietly and is considered a model prisoner.

Jun. 9, 1983 – Marie entered Tutwiler State Women’s Prison in Wetumpka, Alabama. She was assigned a job as a data processor and was classified as a medium security prisoner.

1985 – Despite reports that she talked constantly of escape and had reportedly made plans for a break out, she was reclassified in 1985 as a minimum security prisoner, which made her eligible for passes and leaves from the prison.

1986 – In late 1986 her first eight-hour pass was approved. That pass and three others came and went with no trouble; Marie returned to Tutwiler promptly each time.

Feb. 19, 1987 – she left Tutwiler Prison for the last time after qualifying for a three-day furlough.

1987 –  John Homan had relocated to Anniston, and he and Marie spent the weekend in a hotel room there. On Sunday morning she told John that she wanted to visit her parents’ graves and would meet him at 10:00 a.m. at a local restaurant. She wasn’t there. Returning to the hotel room, John found a note. “I hope you will be able to forgive me,” it read. “I’m getting ready to leave. It will be best for everybody. We’ll be together again. Please give me an hour to get out of town.” Marie wrote that a man named Walter was taking her out of town and that she would fly to Canada and contact John later. John called the sheriff. Given Marie’s history, authorities assumed she had a well-crafted plan of escape and had left the state quickly. No one expected what happened next.

Feb. 22?, 1987 –  While on a one day pass for good behavior, Hilley escapes. She spends 4 days in the freezing rain in a wooded area.

Feb. 26, 1987 – The police respond to a suspicious person call. Marie Hilley is found freezing, numb, and suffering from hypothermia. Hilley dies at the local hospital from hypothermia.

Feb. 28, 1987 – Marie Hilley’s children buried her beside Frank Hilley, the husband she’d murdered.


[Based on sources: “Timeline in the Audrey Marie Hilley Case,” Aug. 22, 2013;  Marlee Macleod,Marie Hilley:Inscrutable,” CrimeLibrary.com]










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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Female Serial Killer Nicknames

NOTE: Many female serial killers have multiple nicknames, and a number of nicknames have been used for more than one female serial killer. (Latest update Aug. 15, 2016)


Agatha Christie Serial Killer – Mahin Qadiri (Iran)
American Borgia – Lydia Sherman (USA)
American Delilah – Belle Gunness (USA)
Angel of Bremen – Gesche Margarethe Gottfried (Germany)
Angel of Death – Jane Toppan (USA), Beverly Allitt (England)
Angelmakers of Nagyrev –  Suzanna Fazaekas (Hungary)
Angel-Maker of St. Pauli – Elizabeth Weise (Germany)
Arsenic Witch – Julianne Nagy (Hungary)
Aunt Suzie – Suzie Olah (Hungary)
Aunt Thally – Caroline Grills (Australia)
Baby Burner – Dagmar Overbye (Denmark)
Baby burner – Julia Fortmeyer (USA)
Baby Butcher – Amelia Dyer (England)
Banat Witch – Anujka de Poshonja (AKA: Anna Pistova, AKA Anyuka Dee) (Serbia; Jugoslavia)
Barbie Killer – “The Ken and Barbie Killers” Karla Homolka (USA)
Beautiful Beast – Irma Grese (Germany)
Beautiful Blonde Killer – Anna Marie Hahn (USA)
Belgian Borgia – Marie Becker (Belgium)
Belle of Indiana – Belle Gunness (USA)
Beast of Belsen – Irma Grese (Germany)
Black Angel – Timea Faludi (Hungary)
Black Eyed Borgia – Mary Frances Creighton (USA)
Black Widow – Judias Anna Lou Buenoano (Mexico)
Black Widows of Liverpool – Catherine Flanagan & Margaret Higgins (England)
Black Widow of Sacramento – Dorothy Puente (USA)
Blond Borgia – Anna Marie Hahn (USA)
Blood Countess – Elizabeth Bathory (Hungary)
Bloody Benders – Kate Bender and family (USA)
Bluebeard Poisoners – Tillie Klimek (USA)
Blueberry Marie (Blaubeer-Mariechen) – Maria Velten (Germany)
Borgia of America – Martha Hasel Wise (USA)
Borgia of the Century – Martha Grinder (USA)
Borgia of Somerville – Sarah Jane Robinson (USA)
Borgia of the Stade – Wilhelmine Woltmann (Germany)
Borgias of the Slums – Catherine Flanagan & Margaret Higgins (England)
Brick Top – Mary Jane Jackson (USA)
Cat Woman – Winnie Olah Freeman (USA)
Catherine the Terrible –Ekaterina Pishianova, (or, Catherine Planovsky) (Russia)
Catnip Slayer – Moulay Hassen (Morocco)
Chittenango Borgia – Frances Shrouder (USA)
Cyanide Mallika – K. D. Kempamma (India)
Damsel of Death – Aileen Wuornos (USA)
Deadly Magnolia – Partricia Allanson (USA)
Death Rose – Rose Carina; also Kiss of Death Widow, Kiss of Death Killer (USA)
Death Row Granny – Velma Barfield (USA)
Devil – Martha Wise (USA)
Devil with an Angel’s Face – Jaroslava Fabiánová (Czech Republic)
Devil Woman – Belle Gunness (USA), Elfriede Blauenstiner (Austria)
Doña Conchita – María Concepción Ladino Gutiérrez (Colombia)
Dragon Lady – Sante Kimes
Duchess of Death – Louise Peete (USA)
English Lucretia Borgia – Mary Ann Cotton (England)
Fearsome Bejarano, The (“La Temible Bejarano”) – Guadalupe Martinez de Bejarano (Mexico)
Female Bluebeard – Antoinette Scierri (France), Carina Favato (USA), Frau Manko (Germany), Belle Gunness (USA)
Female Executioner, The ( “La Mujer Verdugo”) Guadalupe Martinez de Bejarano (Mexico)
Feminine Bluebeard – Clara Carl (USA)
Finchley Baby Farmers – Amelia Sach & Annie Walters (England)
Firecracker – Sheila LaBarre (USA)
Fly Paper Lyda – Lyda Southard (USA)
Giggling Granny – Nancy “Nanny” Doss (USA)
Goddess of Death – Miyuki Uete (Japan)
Good Me – Maria Catherina Swanenburg  (Dutch: Goeie Mie, or Goede Mie) (Netherlands)
Grandma Serial Killer – Dorothy Puente (USA)
Granny Ripper – Tamara Samsonova (Russia)
Hand-Grenade Moll – Yoke Ying (Singapore)
“Heart Controller Murderer” – Miyoko Sumida (Japan)
Hell’s Belle – Belle Gunness (USA)
High Priestess of Blood – Magdalena Solis (Mexico)
Hollywood Slasher – Carol Bundy & Doug Clark USA)
Hyena of Auschwitz – Irma Grese (“Die Hyäne von Auschwitz”) (Germany)
Ice Mother (Eismutter) – Susanne F. (Germany)
Internet Black Widow – Melissa Friedrich (Weeks) (Canada)
Jack the Ripper of the Urals – Ekaterina Pishianova (Russia)
Kabab Killer – Shirin Gul (Afghanistan)
Killer Granny – Betty J. Neumar (USA)
Killer Siren – Jaroslava Fabiánová (Czech Republic)
Killer Witch, The (La Bruja Asesina”) María Concepción Ladino Gutiérrez (Colombia)
Kiss of Death Killer – Rose Carina (USA)
Kiss of Death Widow – Rose Carina; also Death Rose, Kiss of Death Killer (USA)
Konkatsu Killer – Kanae Kijima (Japan) (Konkatsu = marriage hunting)
La Bruja Asesina (The Killer Witch) María Concepción Ladino Gutiérrez (Colombia)
La Emperatriz de Los Ántrax – Claudia Ochoa Felix (Mexico)
La Hermana María (“Sister Mary”) – María Concepción Ladino Gutiérrez (Colombia)
La Madrina – Griselda Blanco “The Godmother” (USA); also Sara Marina Aldrete (Mexico)
La Matataxistas (Taxi Driver Killer) – Cristina Soledad Sánchez Esquivel (Mexico)
La Mataviejitas (the old-lady killer) – Juana Barraza, also “The Silent Lady” (stage name as wrestler) (Mexico)
La Peque Sicaria (“Little Sin”) – Juana (Mexico)
La Pistolera – Sharon Kinne (US/Mexico)
La Plomera (The Plumber) – Cristina Soledad Sánchez Esquivel (Mexico)
La Tosca – Maria Jimenez (Mexico)
La Voisin – Catherine Deshayes (France)
Lady Bluebeard – Belle Gunness  (USA); Marie Krueger (Germany)
Lady Death – Daisy de Melker (South Africa)
Lady Rotten – Mary Ann Cotton (England)
Lady Sundance – “The Night Rider and Lady Sundance,” Judith & Alvin Neelley (USA)
Las Poquianchis – Delfina & María de Jesús González (Mexico)
Lethal Lovers, The – Gwendolyn Graham & Martha Wood (USA)
Lethal Lyda – Lyda Southard (USA)
Lonely Hearts Killer – Belle Gunness (USA); Martha Beck (with Raymond Fernandez) (USA)
Long Island Borgia – Mary Creighton (USA)
Madame Werewolf – Carmen Matamoros de Tejeda (Mexico)
Madonna of Euthenasia – Christine Malèvre (France)
Magic Medicine Woman – Nagy (“Hagy”)
Mama Coca – Griselda Blanco – (USA)
Man-Woman Devil of Pista – Viktoria Foedi Rieger (Hungary)
“Maria Bonita” (“Pretty Mary”) – Maria Gomes de Oliveira (Brazil)
Married Woman’s Best Friend – Thekla Popov (Hungary)
Merry Widow of Windy Nook – Mary Elizabeth Wilson (England)
Modern Lucretia Borgia – Jane Toppan (USA)
Monster of Portoglio – Vitaline Morandini (Italy)
Monstermutter – (“Monster Mother”), Sabine Hilschenz (Germany)
Mother Abbott – Evelyn Abbott (USA)
Mother Makin – Sarah Jane Makin (Australia)
Munhall Insurance Ring – Allas, Calfa? Young (USA)
Mysterious Huntress – Vera Renczi (Yugoslavia)
Needle Woman “femme aux aiguilles” – Sophie Gautié (Bouyou) (France)
Nurse Killer – Sonia Caleffi (Italy)
Obese Ogress – Martha Beck (USA)
Ogress – Madame Kusnevova (Russia)
Ogress – Jeanne Weber (France)
Ogress of Fez – Moulay Hassen (Hassan) (Morocco) Oum-el-Hassen, Umm-el-Hassan, alias Léonie Vallon.
Ogress of Montauban – Delpech (France)
Ogress of Reading – Amelia Dyer (England)
Ogress of Saint Saveur - Camille Tounie (France)
Old Gray Witch of Medina Street – Rose Veres (Veras) (USA)
Old Lady Killer (La Mataviejitas) – Juana Barraza (Mexico)
Old Shoebox Annie – Mary Eleanor Smith, also: “Shoebox Annie Mayer” (USA)
Paris Cat-Eater – Dinorah Galou (France)
Piranha FamilyMiyoko Sumida (Japan)
Piranha Granny Miyoko Sumida (Japan)
Pittsburgh Poisoner – Martha Grinder (USA)
Poisonous Flirt – Marie Leanbracq (France)
Poison Mixer – Martha Petromany (Hungary)
Poison Widow of Hardscrabble – Martha Wise (USA)
Poison Witch – Maria Jager (Hungary)
Poison Witch from the Lower Rhine (Gifthexe vom Niederrhein) – Maria Velten (Germany)
Poisoner of Leiden – Maria Catherina Swanenburg (“de Leidse Gifmengster”) (Netherlands)
Poisoner of Monserrat – Yiya Murano (Argentina)
Polish Borgia – Tillie Klimek (with Nellie Koulik”) (USA)
Potton Poisoner – Sarah Chesham (England)
Predator – Esneda Cataño Ruiz (Colombia)
Programmer, The – Credonia Mwerinde (Uganda)
Pub Harpie – Jaroslava Fabiánová (Czech Republic)
Queen of the Cangaços (“Reina del Cangaço”)Maria Gomes de Oliveira, “Maria Bonita” (Brazil)
Queen of Scopamine – Yadira Narváez Marin, La Reina de la escopolamina (Colombia)
Queen of Stranglers – Marie Rets, also “Terror of the Fortifications” (France)
Queen Poisoner – Lydia Sherman (USA)
Sally Arsenic – Sarah Chesham (England)
San Francisco Witch Killers – Suzan & Michael Carson (USA)
Satan in a Skirt – Irina Gaidamachuk (Russia)
Sex Slave Killer – Charlene Gallego (USA)
She-Wolf – Josepha Perez (Spain)
Sheila the Peeler – Sheila LaBarre (USA) “peeler” is slang for stripper or burlesque dancer
Shoebox Annie Mayer – Mary Eleanor Smith, also “Old Shoebox Annie”  (USA)
Silent Lady, The – Juana Barraza (stage name as wrestler), also “La Mataviejitas,” the old-lady killer. (Mexico)
Silesian Lucretia Borgia – Ernestine Feige (Germany)
Siren Widow – Belle Gunness (Indiana)
Sister Amy – Amy Archer-Gilligan (USA)
Sister Godfrida – Cecile Bombeek (Belgium)
Smoking Peter – Viktoria Foedi Rieger (Hungary)
Soap Maker – Leonarda Cianciulli, also “Witch of Correggio” (Italy)
Soup Killer – Louise Sullivan (USA)
Stomping Mare – Hermine Braunsteiner (Polish, “Kobyła;” German, “Stute von Majdanek”) (Germany)
Sunset Slayer – Carol Bundy & Doug Clark, also “Hollywood Slasher” (USA)
Terror of the Fortifications – Marie Rets, also “Queen of Stranglers” (France)
Tiger Woman – Louise Peete (USA)
Tigress of Cordoba – Augustina Mora (Mexico)
Tigress of Hazel Green, The – Elizabeth Routt (Tennessee)
Triple Murderess – Lizzie Halliday (USA)
Tyneside Strangler – Mary Bell (aged 11) (England)
Vampiress of Barcelona – Enriqueta Martí (Spain)
Vinegar Crone – Giovanna Bonanno (Italy) “Veccia al acceto”
White Devil – Julia Fazekas (Hungary)
Wisconsin Borgia – Charlotte Lamb (USA)
Witch of Correggio – Leonarda Cianciulli, also “The Soap Maker” (Italy)
Witch of Vladimirovac – Anujka de Poshonja (AKA: Anna Pistova, AKA Anyuka Dee) (Serbia; Jugoslavia)
White Devil of Nagyrev – Fazekas (Hungary)
White Widow – Samantha Lewthwaite (England)
Widow-Maker of Nagyrev – Fazekas (Hungary)
Witch of Delray – Rose Veres (USA)
Witch of Vladimirovac – Anujka de Poshonja (AKA: Anna Pistova, AKA Anyuka Dee) (Serbia; Jugoslavia)
Woman Landru of Morocco – Moulay Hassan (Morocco) (Henri Désiré Landru: 12 Apr 1869 – 25 Feb 1922)
Woman Rasputin – Miriam Soulakiotis (Greece)
Wuppertal Angel of Death –Michaela Roeder (Röder) “Todesengel von Wuppertal” (Germany)
Yorkshire Witch, The – Mary Bateman (England)


The Nicknames Myth (a recent “gender theory” concoction)

The failure of historians of crime to provide thoroughly researched scholarship digging deep into the topic of female criminality has set the stage for a great deal of understanding. Scholars of crime who rely upon the work of those who have written the account of the past fall into the trap of accepting that the published historical references in their professional field give a reasonably accurate and complete account of female criminality in the past – which they decidedly are not – and thus their overview of the topic becomes distorted.

Here is an example of what is currently believed to be a clear “gendering” of public perception of female serial killers throughout history – in accord with the frequently inaccurate ideological claims of marxist feminist theorists. The belief expressed below in a 1998 article is, as our research demonstrates, patently false.

“An indication of the perception of female serial killers can be found in the nicknames given to these women. Whereas males have been given monikers such as the “Monster of Dusseldorf,” the “Hillside Strangler, “The Killer Clown,” females are given softer, even more complimentary, nicknames. Consider “Grandma,” the “Giggling Grandma,” and the “Beautiful Blonde Killer,” who collectively killed an estimated victims. “Old Shoebox Annie,” and “Mrs. Bluebeard” [note: “Bluebeard” is hardly a “soft” term once one knows the gruesome story from which the name is taken] were killers from the early 1900s, and “Belle of Indiana” [this case, Belle Gunness, likewise inspired names such as “Devil Woman” and “Hell’s Bell,” which are not mentioned by the article] killed between 16 and 20 victims during this period as well.”

[Robert Hale & Andrew Bolin, “The Female Serial Killer,” pp. 33-58, in: ed. by Ronald M. Holmes, Stephen T. Contemporary Perspectives on Serial Murder, 1998, Sage, p. 56; italics added]

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Female Serial Killers: Recidivism, “Beating the Rap” & Multiple Trials

1847 – Sarah Chesham – Chelmsford, England

3 trials in rapid succession in 1847 for murdering children, each ending in acquittal. 1851 trial for murdering husband. Found guilty of attempted murder (based on presence of arsenic in body, yet possible death due to unrelated illness) and hanged March 25, 1851.

1857 – Polly Frisch (Hoag) – Alabama, New York, USA

5 trials before securing conviction.

1896 – Amelia Dyer – Reading, England

Baby FarmerConvicted of homicidal neglect, circa 1880 (?), served six months hard labor. Prosecuted in 1896 for murdering a child in her care. She is credited with murdering hundreds of babies.

1897 – Azalai Maria Jager – Hodmezovassarhely, Hungary

Released from prison after having served 12 years, she is arrested on suspicion of two murders.

1908 – Belle Gunness – LaPorte, Indiana, USA

In Indiana, she brought a small farm at a place called La Porte, a pretty little shack perched on a hill. Here, with her three children – she was a most devoted mother – she settled and soon married again, choosing Mr. Gunness whose name she was to make resound through time, who was shortly afterwards killed by a hatchet. As the widow explained to the sympathetic police, he was in the cellar when the hatchet slid from a high shelf., blade outermost, and stuck in the head. The kindly jury took her word for it and Mrs. Gunness collected the insurance money. [Philip Lindsay, The Mainspring of Murder, 1958; reprinted in Richard Glyn Jones, The Mammoth Book of Women Who Kill, Robinson, London, 2002, p. 233]

1908 – Jeanne Weber – Paris, France

Acquitted of murder, continued to murder; acquitted again, continued to murder; finally found insane and incarcerated.

1911 – Elizabeth Ashmead – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Arrested 1904, 1909, 1911; served time on non-homicide charges. She was a midwife and baby farmer credited of murdering hundreds of children, sometimes burying or burning them alive.

1911 – Agnes Orner – El Paso, Texas, USA

She was arrested in 1908 for poisoning children, but as there was no prosecutable evidence she was released. The following year her husband died and she was arrested on a charge of “lunacy,” since there was insufficient evidence for a homicide charge. She was acquitted. At the funeral of her 11-year-old daughter in 1911 she was arrested on suspicion of murdering the child. It took six trials  (due to either mistrial on a technicality after conviction, or hung juries) to finally successfully convict her and for the verdict to be upheld on appeal.

1911 – Jane Taylor Quinn – Chicago, Illinois, USA

Husband #1 mysterious death; husband #2 killed by “burglar”; tried and acquitted; husband #3 killed by “burglar”; tried and acquitted.

1917 – Annie Monahan – New Haven, Connecticut, USA

Tried 1913 for death of niece, a death which brought about suspicion of two earlier murders, of husbands. not convicted -- Mrs. Monahan is held without bail as a result of the death, apparently by poison, of her third husband, John T. Monahan, in the New Haven hospital yesterday. He is the fourth person in her immediate family circle to die under perplexing circumstances.

1923 – Mary Creighton – Newark, New Jersey, USA

She was acquitted of two different murders in separate trials in 1923. But in 1936 she was convicted and executed for another murder.

1925 – Helen Geisen-Volk – New York, New York, USA 

This baby farmer (child care provider) was charged with murder in 1917, but got off. In 1922 she was charged with kidnapping of a baby yet also went unprosecuted. In 1925 following a substitution of a baby she was investigated for that crime as well as a large number of suspected murders yet was convicted only of substitution of a child. Standards of evidence prevented her from being prosecuted successfully for child murders and child abuse.

1929 – “Brazil Black Widow” – Brazil & Fernando Noronha Island

She tortured and murdered two husbands in the most cruel manner. Sent to Brazil’s “devil’s island” she married a fellow prisoner there. When he failed to meet her expectations she invented yet another excruciatingly painful method of murder for his benefit.

1939 – Bertie Wrather – Nashville, Tennessee, USA

Bertie Wrather was tried four times for one of three murders publicly investigated (other possible murders were also investigated; plus there was one attempted murder). She was convicted at the third trial. A retrial about two years following gave her an acquittal. The husband she poisoned immediately divorced her when she won acquittal.

1944 – Louise Peete – Pacific Palisades, California, USA

Having committed at least 2 murders, she was arrested in 1920. She served 19 years in prison, 1921-1939, for murder; committed another murder in 1944.

1947 – Lillie Winter – Fairfield, Illinois, USA

Acquitted poisoning her 3-year-old grandson, and suspected of a 1921 murder, Mrs. Winter was back in jail just seven months later after arsenic was found in the milk that poisoned her daughter and granddaughter and Marjorie. She was tried for attempted murder and, again, was acquitted.

1949 – Marie Besnard – Loudon, France

Technically one trial beginning in 1952, yet with several adjournments lasting 9 years and in 1961 resulting in no conviction.

1954 – Winnie Ola Freeman (Winona Green) – Little Rock, Arkansas, USA

Winnie Green (as she was called then) confessed to murdering her parents-in-law and she had tried to murder her husband. In 1925 she was sentenced to life for one of the murders. She was paroled in 1931, and arrested in 1935 for check forgery. She may have committed another murder in 1946. She was sent back to prison for check forgery in 1948. Out of prison again she committed another murder in 1953 and convicted for the crime in 1954.

1964 – Sharon Kinne – Independence, Missouri, USA

Murdered her husband but convinced investigators her toddler daughter accidentally shot him. She jumped bail before 5th trial for the murder of a woman. While on the run she killed a man in Mexico. Convicted in Mexico, she was to have returned to the US on trial after release. She escaped from the Mexican prison and was never heard from again.

1980 – Laverne O’Bryan – Louisville, Kentucky, USA

Convicted of murdering third husband and his sister. She was sentenced to death. Due to trial error the conviction was overturned. At that time an indictment for the murder of her second husband was pending. It was apparently dropped (as no later news reports have yet been found).

2001 – Josephine Gray – Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Witnesses disappeared during prep for prosecution of first 2 murders

2003 – Jaroslava Fabiánová – Decin, Czech Republic

Recidivist. The “Czech Aileen Wuornos. A prostitute who, between 1981 and 2003, murdered four men, two of them elderly, aged aged 84 and 78. She was convicted and served time for murder twice, but was allowed parole, allowing to continue her criminal career.

2004 – Van Le Thanh (Le Thanh Van) – Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

She is credited with 11 murders. She was first arrested in 1993 and jailed for four years for fraud after poisoning her first victim the year before, but police were unable to find sufficient evidence to try her. Van was again arrested in July 2000 after police suspected her of poisoning a married couple to steal their minivan.

2009 – Karina Rybalkina – Siberia (Russia)

2012 – Melissa Friedrich (Weeks) – Nova Scotia, Canada; Florida, USA

Recidivist jailed numerous times for various crimes. Served time for murder in the US, was deported and married an elderly man and attempted to murder him in Nova Scotia.

2012 Pamela Moss – Bibb Cty. & Jones Cty. Georgia, USA

2013 – Audrey C. – Ain, Lyon, Ambérieu, France

Recidivist. Murdered one newborn; served time; later murdered another two newborns.

Mary Bateman, “The Yorkshire Witch”: British Serial Killer - 1808

Wikipedia: Mary Bateman (1768 – 20 March 1809) was an English criminal and alleged witch, known as the "Yorkshire Witch", who was tried and executed for murder during the early 19th century.

Born to a farmer in Asenby, North Yorkshire, she became a servant girl in Thirsk, North Yorkshire but was eventually released due to petty theft. During the 1780s, she became a minor thief and con artist who often convinced many of her victims she possessed supernatural powers. By the end of the century, she had become a prominent fortuneteller in Leeds who prescribed potions which she claimed would ward off evil spirits as well as acting as medicine.

In 1806, Bateman was approached by William and Rebecca Perigo who believed they had been put under a spell after Rebecca had complained of chest pains and asked for her help in lifting the curse. However, over the next several months, Bateman began feeding them pudding which was laced with poison. While Rebecca regularly ate the pudding, her husband was unable to eat more than a spoonful. Rebecca's condition worsened however and she finally died in May 1806. William Perigo continued to pay her for more than two years until he discovered one of the "charms" which he and his wife had received from Bateman was worthless paper; he went to the authorities who arrested Bateman the following day after William lured her to a meeting.

Although she proclaimed her innocence, a search of her home turned up poison as well as many personal belongings of her victims including the Perigo couple. In March 1809, she was tried in York and found guilty by a jury of fraud and murder. Sentenced to death, Bateman attempted to avoid her execution by claiming she was pregnant, but a physical examination disproved this. She was finally hanged alongside two men on 20 March 1809. After her execution, her body was put on public display with strips of her skin being sold as magic charm to ward off evil spirits.

Bateman's skeleton is on display to the public at Thackray Museum in Leeds.


In 1806 Mary Bateman concocted the hoax known as The Prophet Hen of Leeds, in which eggs laid by a hen were purported to predict the Biblical end times. Villagers believed doomsday had come when a hen began laying eggs with the phrase "Christ is coming" on each one, but it was later found to be a scam. Mrs. Bateman had herself inscribed the eggs using acid and reinserted them into the hen's oviduct.

Poison Victims:

Early Sep. 1803 – Miss Kitchin (sister # 1) – died, poison
1803 – Miss Kitchin (sister # 2) – died, poison
1803 – Mrs. Kitchin – died, poison
1803 – Female friend of Kitchin family, died, poison
Joseph Gosling family – poisoned, arsenic in cake, survived
May 24, 1807 – Rebecca Preigo – (Bramley) died, poison
1807 – William Perigo – (Bramley) poisoned, survived

Other victims of fraud, hoaxes and theft:

Mrs. Greenwood
Rebecca Fisher – victim of theft
Judith Cryer
Young woman (un-named)
Mrs. James Snowden
Mrs. Harker (sister-in-Law)

Mary Bateman Chronology:

1768 – Mary Bateman was born Mary Harker in at Arsenby, Topcliffe Parish, near Thirsk
1792 – marries John Bateman
1799 – took up her residence in Marsh Lane, near Timble Bridge, Leeds, and proceeded to deal in fortune-telling and the sale of charms.
Oct. 21, 1808 – arrested
Mar. 18, 1809 – indicted at York
Mar. 20, 1809 – hanged


EXCERPT from 1809 book – dealing with the Kitchen murders:

But all those artifices, frauds, and impositions, however flagrant in themselves, bear little proportion to the larger scale of crimes on which she now advanced. The wicked subject of this narrative contrived to ingratiate herself, as she well knew how, into the good graces of a family of the name of Kitchin, two maiden-ladies of the quaker persuasion, who kept a small linen-draper’s shop, near St. Peter’s square, in Leeds; there is every reason to suppose that she had deluded these unfortunate young women with some idea of her skill in looking into futurity, or at least, that some of her friends, a Mrs. Moore, or a Miss Blythe perhaps, could read their destiny in the stars! Miserable delusion! How many harmless people have been its sacrifices, is only known to him from whom no secrets are hid. For some time Mary was the confident of the Miss Kitchins. She was frequently at their house; she assisted in their shop; and even to their domestic concerns her interference extended. In the early part of September, 1803, one of the young women became ill; Mary Bateman procured her medicines, as she said, from a country doctor; these medicines, like those administered to Perigo and his unfortunate wife, were of powerful efficacy, and in the course of less than one week, Miss Kitchin died. In the mean time, her mother hearing of her dangerous situation, came over from Wakefield, and though in good health when she left home, the mother as well as her other daughter took the same illness, and a few days placed them in the chambers of the grave, at the side of their ill-fated relation.

Previous to the death of one of the sisters, a female friend; of the family was sent for, and when she arrived, the poor sufferer seemed oppressed with some secret that she wished to communicate, but her strength failing her, she expired, and with her the cruel history of her fate.

Only ten days elapsed from the time this family became sick, to the time of the death of the mother and two sisters; the complaint of which they died was said to be the cholera morbus; a complaint, let it be remembered, attended by symptoms resembling those produced by poison. It did not, however, suit the purposes of Mary Bateman to give the disorder so mild a name, she represented it to be the plague, and the whole neighbourhood shunned the place, and would as soon have entered into the most infectious wards of a pesthouse, as into this dwelling. Mary alone, in the face of all danger, was ready to afford her friendly offices; and when the persons composing this unfortunate family were buried, the door was closed, and a padlock placed upon it.

It ought to have been observed, that a physician of eminence in the town, on being called in to visit the last surviving sister, was so strongly impressed with the opinion that her sickness and sudden death proceeded from poison; that he examined, with much care many of the vessels in the house, inquired if any water for poisoning flies had been used, and expressed a wish to open the body; but the family being all dead, and no person at hand who thought themselves authorised to give that permission, the corpse was interred unopened, and with it the opportunity of detection. It ought to be remarked, that during the time of the fatal illness in Miss Kitchen’s house, Mary Bateman was unremitting in her attention.— she administered their food, and from her hands the medicine was conveyed to their lips. Some time after the death of these ladies, their creditors looked over their effects, when it was found their house and shop had been plundered of almost every thing they contained; and to add to the embarrassment of their affairs, the shop books were missing; in fact, their property had dwindled down to nothing; so nearly so, at least, that the creditors only divided eight-pence in the pound!

[pp. 15-17 – Extraordinary Life and Character of Mary Bateman, the Yorkshire the Yorkshire Witch; Traced from The Earliest Thefts Of Her Infancy,Through A most Awful Course Of Crimes And Murders.Till Her Execution At The Hew Drop, Near The Castle Of York, On Monday the twentieth of March, 1809.Twelfth Edition.Entered At Stationers’ Hall. Leeds: Printed By Davies And Co. At The Stanhope Press, Vicar-Lane.1811.] Full text of the book available on Google Books.


SEE article about victim Rebecca Perigo: Victim of the Yorkshire Witch












For more cases of this type, see: Occult Female Serial Killers


More cases: Female Serial Killers Executed