Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Female Serial Killers: Weapons, Poisons & Methods

This checklist is still in progress. The study of female aggression is still in its infancy. Criminologists largely overlooked violence by women as a serious subject of study until the 1950s. Yet the subject was quickly deemed “politically correct” and was deemed an “inappropriate” topic for scientific research.

Finally we are beginning to see the beginnings of an honest academic approach to this still largely taboo, subject emerging among the braver among the new young generation of criminologists, sociologists, and psychologists.

As of yet, women’s studies specialists have not expressed any interest in exploring the fact that female serial killers are far more common and far more diverse in ethnicity and in methods employed than is claimed by the experts.


From a review of the new academic book, Helen Gavin, Theresa Porter, Female Aggression, December 2014, Wiley-Blackwell: The authors “challenge our most cherished feminist beliefs about women as the more compassionate, cooperative, “maternal,” and non-violent of the genders.”


Asphixia variants

  • Asphyxia – Michele Kalina
  • Choke with Stone – Margaret Messenger (FSK girl)
  • Choke with potato – Jeanne Bonnaud
  • Choke with stone – Jeanne Bonnaud
  • Choke with Washcloth – Gwendolyn Graham
  • Hanging by noose – Viktoria Rieger
  • Smother – Mary Cowan, Gwendolyn Graham,Marie Doiselet (handkerchief, FSK girl, 2 v), “La Flèche Serial Killer Girl,” Sieske Hoekstra, Barbara Wilkinson
  • Smother with blanket – Christine Falling (“smotheration”)
  • Smother with pillow – Claudette Kibble, Marybeth Roe Tinning, Debra Sue Tuggle,
  • Stethoscope – Juana Barraza, strangle with stethoscope
  • Strangle – Juana Barraza, Martha Beck, Mary Bell, Carol May Bundy, Amelia Dyer, Leontine Kasparek, Diane Lumbrera, Celine Lesage, Junko Ogata, Maria Reyes, Kathleen Riefer, Mary Runkle, “Shanghai Female Jack the Ripper,” Jeanne Weber, Rosemary West
  • Strangle with edging tape (millinery) – Amelia Dyer
  • Strangle with handkerchief – Ane Nielsdatter
  • Strangle with hands – Agnes Norman, Jeanne Weber
  • Strangle with ligature – Stella Williamson
  • Strangle with silk cord – Rachel Lynn
  • Strangle with silk scarf – Myra Hindley
  • Strangle with string – Myra Hindley
  • Strangle & drown in tank – “Kakoorgachi Serial Murderess”
  • Suffocate – Marie Bouriant, Dominique Cottrez, Anne Gaillard Delpech, Christine Falling, Waneta Hoyt, Elizabeth Kirkbride, Celine Lesage, Diane Lumbrera,  Marie Noe, Agnes Norman, Fru Olsen, Johannsen and Andrasen baby farmers; Mahin Qadiri, Debra Sue Toggle, Rosemary West, Stella Williamson, Gwendolyn Graham & Catherine May Wood, Martha Woods
  • Suffocate by stuffing mouth with toilet paper – Myriam Marlein


  • Boat (push into water) – Judias Buenoano
  • Drown – Henrietta Bamberger, Dagmar Overbye, Debra Sue Tuggle
  • Drown in Bathtub – Claudette Kibble
  • Drown in Ditch – Ane Cathrine Andersdatter
  • Drown in Icy Water – Ane Cathrine Andersdatter
  • Drown in pail of water – Anne Gaillard Delpech
  • Drown in Reservoir – “Black widow gang”
  • Drown in River – María Concepción Ladino Gutiérrez, K. D. Kempamma, Ane Nielsdatter
  • Drown in “sink” (open sewer) – Pamela Myers
  • Drown in Tank – “Kakoorgachi Serial Murderess” (strangle under water)
  • Drown in Well – Ane Cathrine Andersdatter, Jeanne Bonnaud (FSK girl), Margaret Messenger (FSK girl)


  •  Anafranil – Elfriede Blauensteiner
  • Antimony – Martha Grinder, Marie Jeanneret, Mary Meyer
  • Antifreeze (ethylene glycol) – Shirley Elizabeth Allen, Stacey Castor, Diane & Rachel Staudte, Julia Lynn Turner
  • Arsenic – (incomplete list ) Amy Archer-Gilligan, Mary Ann Armagost, Velma Barfield, Mary Bateman, Marie Besnard, Frances "Fanny" Billing & Catherine Frary, Edith Agnes Bingham, Giovanna Bonanno, Frau Buchmann, Mary Emily Cage, Clara Carl, Emily Stone Conyers, Mary Ann Cotton, Mary Cowan, Anna Cunningham, Persa Czirin, Alice Danbrough, Nannie Doss, Elizabeth Dalzey, Mary Demmer, Virginia Doyle, Roberta Elder, Ellen Etheridge, Nancy Ferrer, Sarah Freeman, Polly Frisch (Hoag), Marie Gagey, Nellie Mary Anne Geering, Janie Lou Gibbs, Bertha Gifford, Betty Jo Green, Anna Marie Hahn, Emma Heppermann, Bertha Gossett Hill, Marie Hilley, Susannah Holroyd, Margarete Jäger, Helene Jegado, Eliza Joyce, Monsieur Joye, Karoline Kieper, Tillie Klimek, Ida Leckwold, Anjette Donovan Lyles, Louise Mabre, Rhonda Belle Martin, Alice Mason, Daisy de Melker, Blanche Taylor Moore, Martha Needle, Katherine Nolan, Milka Pavlovich, Mary Pimlett, Madame Popova, Anujka de Poshtonja, Eliza Potegian, Anna Przygodda, Esther Sarac, Jane Scott, Della Sorenson, Caroline Sorgenfrie, Carrie Bodie Sparling, Harriet Ann Stevens, Anna Louise Sullivan, Maria Catherina Swanenburg, Rose Theyre, Anna Tomaskiewicz, Louise Vermilya, Annie Wagner (Rough on Rats), Mrs. Wahle, Nellie Webb, Phebe Westlake, Sarah Jane Whiteling, Hattie Whitten, Martha Wise, Eliza Wood, Annie Zachoegner
  • Arsenic (“mouse butter”; arsenic mixed with fat) – Gesche Gottfried
  • Arsenic in castor oil – Hattie Whitten
  • Arsenic pills – Elizabeth Dalzey
  • Atropine – Jane Toppan
  • Belladonna – Marie Jeanneret, Mari Azalai Jager
  • Bichloride of mercury – Mattie Shann
  • Black hellebore (hollebore niger) – Julia St. Joseph
  • Bleach (intravenous) – Kimberly Clark Saenz
  • Bromazepam Francesca Ballesteros
  • Carbon monoxide – Kanae Kijima; Rose Veres
  • Carramuni flower - Gaetana Stimoli
  • Chlorodyne – Amelia Sach & Annie Walters
  • Chlororoform – Nellie Haven & Hattie Graham, Belle Gunness
  • Colchacine (colohioum, colchion) – Catherine Wilson
  • Colme (anti-alcoholism drug) – Francesca Ballesteros
  • Corrosive Sublimate (mercuric chloride) – Clothida Cravana
  • Creosote & Sulphuric acid – Elizabeth Berry
  • Cyanide – Chisako Kakehi, H. D. Kempamma, Bernardina Maria de las Mercedes Bolla Aponte “Yiya Murano,” Chen Kao Lien-yen, Galya Tannenbaum, Le Thanh Van
  • Digitalis – Marie Becker, Marie Jeannebraq (digitaline), Mary Tene Steiner, Rodica Negroiu
  • “Drug overdose” – Dorothea Puente
  • Dushuqiang rat poison (tetramethylene: TETS) – Wang Fang
  • E605 insecticide (parathion) – Christa Lehmann
  • Epinephrine – Kirsten Gilbert
  • Ether – Mrs. David Drake
  • Euglucon – Elfriede Blauensteiner
  • Feces as poison - Marie-Françoise Bougaran
  • Fly poison – Ida Leckwold
  • Furadan (carbofuran) –Yadira Narvaez Marin
  • Gramoxone (herbicide) – Noh
  • Horse tonic (containing arsenic) – LaVerne O’Bryan
  • Hostetter's Stomach Bitters – Lydia Sherman
  • Hydrochloric acid – Martha Rendell
  • Insulin – Beverly Allitt, Cecile Bombeek, Bobbie Sue Tyrell
  • Laudanum – Rosa Bronzo, Alice Danbrough, Minnie Dean, Eliza Joyce, Mrs. Reignolds, Mrs. Fred West (Clara West)
  • Liquid Fly Poison – Ida Leckwold
  • Liquor – Margaret Waldegrave
  • Luminol – Dr. Margarethe Heubsch, Dr. Marianne Tuerk
  • Lye – Ellen Etheridge
  • Matches (source for white phosphorous and arsenic) – Anne Dupin (“Lucifer matches” containing white phosphorous), Marguerite Léris Grieumard
  • Mercury – Lottie Lockman
  • Mivacuriam chloride (Mivacrom) – Vickie Dawn Jackson
  • Morphine – Annie Crawford, Caroline Finity, Dr. Margarethe Heubsch, Marie Jeanneret, Christine Malvere, Leticia Page, Jane Toppan, Dr. Marianne Tuerk, Jane Toppan, Waltrud Wagner (& 3 other nurses), Elisabeth Wiese
  • Nitric acid – Francois Trenque (nitric acid & arsenic)
  • Ointment, poisoned – Anna Allas & Mary Chalfa & Giselle Young 
  • Opiates – Margaret Waters
  • Opium – Nellie Campbell (“opium gum soaked in milk”), Belinda Laphame
  • “Pain Killers” (Lethal injections) – Timea Faludi
  • Paraffin oil – Jeanne Bonnaud
  • Paregoric – Anna Allas & Mary Chalfa & Giselle Young 
  • Parathion – Besse Reese
  • Paris green – Mattie Shann, Caroline Sorgenfrie, Anna Sullivan, Anna Snoots, Anna Tomaskiewicz
  • Phosphorous – Mary Elizabeth Wilson
  • Phosphorous paste – Brigitte Burckel
  • Porformaldehyde – Judias Buenoano
  • Potassium – Christine Malvere
  • Potassium chloride – Daniela Poggiali
  • Potassium cyanide – Mrs. H. D. Zarin
  • Pyralion and ether (mix containing acetate of lead used for killing weeds) – Antoinette Sierri
  • Rat Poison (very incomplete list) – Shirley Elizabeth Allen, Ella Holdridge
  • Rose Bay Leaves – Malvina Roester
  • Sleeping pills and morphine concoction – Irmgard Swinka
  • Spider poison – Anna Allas & Mary Chalfa & Giselle Young
  • Spirits of salt – Martha Rendell
  • Stannous chloride (tin salt) – Anna Allas & Mary Chalfa & Giselle Young
  • Strychnine – Amy Archer-Gilligan, Catherine Batchelor, Velma Barfield, Mary Ann Britland, Alice Danbrough, Belle Gunness, Mae Hamilton, Rae Anderman Krauss, Charlotte Lamb, Victoria Lefebre, Frau Manko, Mary McKnight, Nettie Hoxan, Isabella Newman, Kate Painter, Alice Platt, Hattie Stone, Birdie Strome, Sally Story, Margaret Waldegrave, Harriet Ann Stevens, Jane Toppan, Hattie Whitten
  • Strychnine in castor oil – Hattie Whitten
  • Succinylcholine (powerful muscle relaxant) – Genene Jones
  • Sulfuric acid – Catherine Wilson, Alsa Thompson
  • Tartar emetic – Elizabeth Wharton
  • Tetramethylene (TETS; Dushuqiang rat poison) – Wang Fang
  • Thallium – Caroline Grills (Thall-Rat), Tamara Ivanyutina (liquid Clerici, highly toxic thallium-based solution), Martha Marek
  • Tin chloride – Anna Allas & Mary Chalfa
  • “Tranquilizers” (Lethal injections) – Timea Faludi
  • Truxal – Marianne Nölle
  • Typhoid germs – Julia Shepherd
  • Valium Patricia Dagorn
  • Variety of poisons – Anna Marie Hahn (“each victim was administered a different poison,” Kelleher)
  • Veronal – Dr. Marianne Tuerk, Dr. Margarethe Heubsch
  • Vitriol and sugar – Madame Delpech (“pouring vitriol and sugar down its [baby’s] throat”)
  • White mercury – Elizabeth Ridgway
  • Zolpidem – Francesca Ballesteros

Poison Carriers (Poisoners’ Cookbook)

  • Almond milk – Gesche Gottfried (“Almond milk with arsenic”)
  • Apple pie and cheese – Elizabeth Berry
  • Baked Apple – Virginia Doyle
  • Bananas and Eggs – Roberta Elder
  • Barley soup – Sophie Johannesdatter
  • Beans – Victoria Lefebre
  • Beef tea – Amelia Winters
  • Beef steak – Edith Agnes Bingham
  • Beer – Shirley Elizabeth Allen, Mrs. Camfield, Daisy de Melker, Ellen Wharton, Anna Marie Zwanziger
  • Biscuits, buttered – Jessie Bigbee
  • Bread and Butter – Anna Cunningham 
  • Bread and milk – Charlotte Lamb
  • Blueberry Pudding – Maria Velten
  • Brandy – “Kisoda, Hungary Serial Killers,” Pètronillo Schimonska, Lydia Sherman, Amelia Winters
  • Broth – Marie de Brinvilliers, Elizabeth Ridgway
  • Buttermilk – Anjette Lyles
  • Cakes –  Mary Bateman, Brigitte Burckel, Gesche Gottfried (“funeral cake”), Kathi Lyukas
  • Candy – Bridget Carey, Christa Lehmann, Eliza Potegian
  • Castor oil – Hattie Whitten (with arsenic, strychnine)
  • Christening cakes – Makrena Stankovic
  • Cheese – Jeanne Gilbert
  • Cheese and eggs – Roberta Elder
  • Chicken meat – Jeanne Gilbert, Catalina de Los Rios y Lisperguer
  • Chicken sandwich – Blanche Taylor Moore
  • Chicken soup – Pauline Rogers
  • Chocolate – Marie de Brinvilliers
  • Chocolate pudding – Mary Creighton
  • Cigarettes poisoned – Irmgard Swinka
  • Clam Chowder – Lydia Sherman
  • Cocoa – Mary Frances Creighton, Ella Holdridge (FSK girl)
  • Coffee – Anna Carlson, Mrs. Elmer Conyers, Daisy de Melker, Ekaterini Dimetrea, Marie Gagey, Betty Jo Green, Agnes Orner, Thekla Popov, Anna Pryzgodda, Antoinette Scierri, Annora Yeoman
  • Cookies – Della Sorenson
  • Corn and Beans – Phebe Westlake
  • Cottage cheese (smear case) – Celia Rose
  • Cream – Dora Bullock Frost
  • Croton oil – Anna Marie Hahn
  • Dumplings – Fanny Billings & Mrs. Frary
  • Egg nog – Sarah Whiteling, Mary Creighton
  • Epsom salts – Daisy De Melker
  • Fried Potatoes – Nancy Farrer
  • Grape juice – Eliza Potegian
  • Gruel – Fanny Billings & Mrs. Frary, Virginia Doyle, Sussanah Holroyd, Anna Zwanziger
  • Ham and eggs – Louise Vermilya
  • Holy water – H. D. Kempamma
  • Ice Cream – Blanche Taylor Moore
  • Kebab – Shirin Gul
  • Lemonade – Amy Archer-Gilligan, Mattie Shann, Mrs. H. D. Zarin
  • Milk – Elfriede Blauensteiner, Nellie Campbell, Ellen Etheridge, Suzi Olah, Florence Peters, Maria Swanenburg  (Van Der Linden)
  • Milk of Magnesia – Roberta Elder
  • Mince pie – Sarah Chesham
  • Molasses syrup – Nancy Farrer
  • Okra stew – Eliza Potegian
  • Onion syrup – Nancy Farrer
  • Pastry (masa finas) –Yiya Murano
  • Peaches and Cream – Martha Grinder
  • Peach pie – Martha Grinder
  • Pepper – Louise Vermilya
  • Pie – Sarah Chesham
  • Pigeon Pie – Marie de Brinvilliers
  • Plum tart – Jeanne Gilbert
  • Pork – Caroline Sorgenfrie (“fresh pork”)
  • Porridge – Jane Scott
  • Potato soup – Emma Heppermann
  • Prasad – H. D. Kempamma
  • Prune Juice – Nannie Doss
  • Prunes – Sophie Ursinus
  • Pudding – Mary Frances Creighton, Virginia Doyle, Blanche Taylor Moore
  • Pumkin pie – Nancy Hufford
  • Rice – Sophie Ursinus
  • Rice with milk – Martha Grinder
  • Rice pudding – Mary Ann Milner
  • Sake – Ineigo Kaneiko
  • Salt – Anna Marie Zwanziger
  • Sandwich – Mary T. Hartman
  • Soup – Marie de Brinvilliers, Renette C. Bussey, Martha Grinder, Madame Mizard & Anne Dupin, Anna Louise Sullivan, Frau Zivacky
  • Spinach – Anna Marie Hahn
  • Strawberry Ice Cream – Pauline Rogers
  • Sweet Tea – Julia Lynn Turner (antifreeze)
  • Sweetcakes – Eliza Potegian
  • Tea – Marie Becker, Lizzie Brennan, Bridgett Carey, Caroline Grills, Shirin Gul, Sophie Johannesdatter, Charlotte Lamb, Mary May, Martha Needle, Florence Peters, Sarah Jane Robinson, Lydia Sherman, Birdie Strome
  • Toast – Phebe Westlake
  • Veal soup – Gesche Gottfried
  • Water – Mae Hamilton, Elsie Bible Malinsky, Sally Story, Martha Wise
  • Whiskey – Nellie Webb, Rhonda Bell Martin
  • Wine – Virginia Doyle, Ineigo Kaneiko, Eliza Potegian, Gaetana Stimoli ("Stomoli")
  • Yogurt – Christa Lehmann, Aino Nykopp-Koski
  • Zwiebak and meat soup – Gesche Gottfried (Zwieback is a type of crisp, sweetened bread, made with eggs and baked twice.)

► Weapon: Blade

  • Axe – Raya Aly Hammam, Clementine Barnabet, Belle Gunness, Irina Gaidamachuk, La Gizzi, Lizzie Halliday, Estis Liberis, Maria Oliviero, Ekaterina Pishianova, Emma Stillwell, Lala Wanh
  • Blade (cutting throat) – Myra Hindley, Elizabeth Kirkbride
  • Box cutter – Elena Lobacheva
  • Hatchet – Ane Nielsdatter, Anastasia Permiakova (to neck)
  • Knife – Raya Aly Hammam (throat), Marie-Françoise Bougaran, Carol May Bundy, Johanna Dennehy, Jaroslava Fabianova, Mary Jane Jackson, Kimberly McCarthy, Doretta Kirksey, La Gizzi (or sword?), Elena Lobacheva, Sylvia Meraz (Knife?: Ritual sacrifice), “PK,” “Sao Paulo Girl,” “White-Necked Crow,” Dorothy Williams
  • Machete – Sara Maria Aldrete
  • Meat Cleaver – Jaroslava Fabianova
  • Razor blade – Marie Krueger
  • Scissors – Lizzie Halliday
► Weapon: Blunt

  • Drum Sticks – Sachiko Eto
  • Hammer – Martha Beck, Bender Family, Mademoiselle Bouhours, Jaroslava Fabianova, Irina Gaidamachuk
  • Hoe – Sarah Dockery (beat brains out with hoe)
  • Iron Bar – Mahin Qadiri
Weapon: Pins & Needles

  • Darning Needle – Pauline Middlestedt
  • Hatpin – Nannie Doss (in head of baby)
  • Hairpin – Ida Schnell (into brain)
  • Knitting Needle – Sophie Gautié Bouyou
  • Needle – Sarah Jane Makin (into heart)
  • Pin – Catherine Miller
► Weapon: Pistol, Rifle, Explosive

  • Bomb – Judias Buenoano (in car), Marjorie Diel-Armstrong
  • Grenade – Yoke Ying
  • Gas Gun – Mary Eleanor Smith
  • Musket – Maria Oliviero
  • Pistol – Sara Maria Aldrete, Putli Bai, Mary Lou Beets, Grete Beier, Anna Bergmann, Carol M. Bundy, Verónica Mireya Moreno Carreon, Suzan Carson, Faye Della Copeland, May Curtis, Charlene Gallego, Mary Ganole, Molly Foxwater, Mary T. Godau, Winnie Ola Freeman (Winola Green), Josephine Gray,  Angenette Haight, Shauntay Henderson, Maria Jiminez, Sharon Kinne, Michelle Knotek, Bertha Lankford, Frau (Ziesig) Manko, Leonarda Martinez, Alma McClavey (Theede), Carolyn Elizabeth McCrary, Euphemia Mondich, Kusuma Nain, Judith Neelley, Betty Neumar, Lillie Louise Peete, Caroline Peoples, Charmaine Phillips, Jane Taylor Quinn, Nancy Manriquez Quintanar, Amastaa Rubio de Pascadera, Diane Spencer, Minnie Wallace Walkup, Brookey Lee West, Blanche Wright, Angel Wright-Ford, Aileen Wuornos
  • Rifle – Inessa Tarvdiyeva
  • Shotgun – Inez Brennan

  • Abandonment – Sabine Hilschenz
  • Automobile (run over victim) – Betty Lou Beets, Henen Golay & Olga Ruttsrschmidt, Melissa Friedrich Weeks
  • Battery – Anjanapaia (sp?), Helen Geisen-Volk, Marie Bouriant, Barbara Wilkinson, Magdalena Solis, Miyoko Sumida
  • Beat to death with wine bottle – Lisa Karl
  • Bomb Judias Buenoano
  • Bludgeoning – Belle Gunness
  • Burning alive – Patty Cannon, Mme. Couturier, Julia Fortmyer, Kanae Kijma, Dagmar Overbye, Marianne Skoublinska, Lillian Thornman, Mrs. Fred West (Clara West), Henrietta Weibel, Martha Wiese
  • Bury alive – Elizabeth Ashmead
  • “Death Acceleration” (Nazi term) – Sister Liesel Bachor, Valentine Bilien, Margarethe Heubsch, Anna Katschenka,  Kathe Pisters, Matron Ella Schmidt, Marianne Tuerk
  • Dismember while alive – Felicitas Sanchez Aguillon
  • Drop child on head – Eunice Brillhart
  • Exposure to cold – Elizabeth Bathory, Helen Geisen-Volk (freeze to death)
  • Exposure to sun – Georgia Tann
  • Neglect – Miyuki Ishikawa, Coleen Thompson, Michele Kalina, Georgia Tann, Margaret McCloskey
  • Push out window – Rose Veres
  • Shake to death – Virginia Jaspers
  • Starvation – Ellen Batts, Guadalupe Martinez de Bejarano, Madge Clayton, Maude Dieden, Seema Mohan Gavit, Moulay Hassen, Linda Burfield Hazzard, Mme. Julien, Miriam Soulakiotis
  • Smash head against telephone pole – Seema Mohan Gavit
  • Starvation – Anna Allas & Mary Chalfa & Giselle Young, Mme. Barthian, Nellie Campbell, Linda Burfield Hazzard, Madame Julien, Margaret McClosky, Cynthia McDonald, Junko Ogata, Elizabeth Reed, Mrs. Tanaka
  • Stomp with heavy boots – Helene Braunsteiner
  • Torture – Elizabeth Bathory, Guadalupe Martinez de Bejarano, “Romanian Female Bandit,” Dianorah Galou, Moulay Hassen, Josepha Perez, Darya Saltykova, Mariam Soulakiotis, Georgia Tann
  • Twist neck – Wilhelmena Eckhardt
  • Whipping – Mariam Soulakiotis, Darya Saltykova
Miscellaneous (cause of death or following death)

  • Decaptiation – La Gizzi, “Druse Lebanese Serial Killer,” Esteis Liberis
  • Electrocution Junko Ogata
Special cases

Anna Allas & Gizella Young – “Gizella told the police that Mrs. Allas has pushed her husband, Mantyo, downstairs; that Andrew and Steven had been killed by slow starvation, paregoric, and poinson ointment; and that Richard Duyava had been starved, fed paregoric, and his body massaged with an ointment which congealed his blood and hampered its flow. Oh, yes, and he’d been given chopped spiders in his food!”

Elizabeth Bathory – The methods would include whipping, cutting with shears, burning with fire irons, beating with a cudgel, and sticking needles under their fingernails. When a girl would attempt to pull out the needle her fingers would be sliced off. Efforts were made by commoners to stop the crimes but to no avail. Eventually she would take into her household teenaged girls from noble families in decline. They were eventually treated the same as the peasant girls.

Marie-Françoise Bougaran – “When interrogated she confessed that she had killed all the children by forcing them to swallow excrements, and then cutting the veins of the neck with a knife, which she inserted in the mouth. The post-mortem examination of the poor children has fully proved this statement to be true.”

Raya & Sekina Aly Hammam – “They enumerated the methods by which various women were put to death, explaining that some were strangled, some stabbed, some attacked from behind with bludgeons and still others slain by choloroform or arsenic.”

Marie Jeanneret – “Bodies of her deceased clients were examined with several types of poison were found. Maried had used atropine (a derivative of belladonna), morphine, and antimony, a mineral.” [Robert Nash, Look for the Woman, 1981, p. 211]

Rachel Lynn – “Mrs. Rachel Lynn used fiendish cunning in killing the babes by strangling them to death with cords, by piercing their heads with sharp iron instruments and burning them alive in red hot stoves and grates.”

Rebecca Smith – “She confessed that she had poisoned eight of her children, by applying arsenic to her own breast when she suckled them.” [“School For Criminals.”  The Spectator (London, England), Aug. 25, 1849, p. 802]


Harold Schechter: – Partly, no doubt, because it was the favorite murder method of Victorian woman, most people tend to think of poisoning as a comparatively genteel way to commit serial homicide, not nearly as savage, say, slitting a victim’s throat and tearing out his entrails. And it is certainly true that mutilation-murder is far more sensationally grisly. Whether it is also crueler than poisoning is an open question. Though a significant number of male serial killers engage in hideous torture, many others – including some of the most notorious ones – have dispatched their victims in a fairly quick manner. This is true, for example, of most rippers. The atrocities perpetrated by Jack the Ripper seem nearly inhuman in their ferocity. But at least they were inflicted on his victims after death, which came with merciful swiftness.

By contrast, poisoners often subject the people closest to them – friends, family members, and coworkers – to excruciatingly slow and painful deaths, and derive pleasure from observing the torments of their victims.

[Harold Schechter, The Serial Killer Files: The Who, What, Where, How, and Why of the World's Most Terrifying Murderers, Ballantine, 2003, 306-7]



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1 comment:

  1. Axe – Clementine Barnabet, Belle Gunness, Irina Gaidamachuk, La Gizzi, Lizzie Halliday, Estis Liberis, Raya Aly Hammam, Maria Oliviero, Ekaterina Pishianova, Emma Stillwell, Lala Wanh