Thursday, July 30, 2015

Tamara Samsonova, Russian Serial Killer Who Dismembered Her Victims - 2015


Tamara Samsonova, 68, was arrested in St. Petersburg, Russia July 27, 2015 after her image was captured on a closed circuit security camera dragging a bag suspected of containing human body parts. The remains were presumed to be those of 79-year-old Valentina Ulanova, a paralytic  who Samsanova was the caretaker for. Ulanova’s headless body was found near a pond on Dimitrova Street in St. Petersburg.

In one of the clips from the CCTV footage, Samsonova is seen carrying a saucepan downstairs and exiting the building where the victim lived, located a few blocks from her fiend, and killer. The saucepan contained the head of Valentina.

RT News reports that: “First the upper torso, missing the head and one hand, was found wrapped in a shower curtain. Shortly afterwards a plastic bag with hips and thighs was discovered. The body had been cut into eight pieces.

Samsonova, who had recently been in a hospital receiving mental health treatment, confessed, telling police she had gotten tired of her companion. The 79-year-old had offended her, Samsonova said, for having failed to wash out the tea cups.

Police discovered diaries written by Samsonova which included entries in three languages (Russian, German English) detailing eleven dismemberment murders that took place over a span of then years. These volumes were among books on black magic and astrology. The press dubbed her the “Granny Ripper.” Others have given her the moniker of the ogress of Russian, folklore, Babushka Yaga (“Baba Yaga”).

A ‘book of spells’ with missing pages belonging to Samsonova was found by the police. Pages from the same book were found in packages containing the dismembered the remains of the 2003 murder victim.

A number of unsolved murder cases – in which victims had been dismembered, with body parts in bags found across the city – are being reinvestigated by police. The diaries are being used in attempt to match the detailed descriptions to the evidence on file. The total number of possible murders, based on the diary plus the evidence, is 13.

~ Other Murders ~

2003 – Male tenant, 44-year-old native of  Norilsk; his headless, armless and legless was found on Dimitrova Street.

2005 – Samsonova reported her husband missing in 2005. He was never found. It is suspected she murdered him. A neighbor named Maria, interviewed by reporters, told how she once asked Samsonova about the absence of her husband and was answered with: “Oh, it's very sad - he just left and disappeared.”

Samsonova confessed to murdering and dismembering another tenant (English language news reports don’t mention the year). Bags of remains were found around Frunzensky district of the city. Police say that Samsonova would drug her victims to immobilize them before murdering them.

~ Her Soviet Past ~

After the arrest, police found blood spots in her bathroom, a saw and a knife they suspect she used to cut up the corpses of her victims.

Samsonova lied to police about her background, claiming she was a retired actress and a graduate of the Vaganov Ballet Academy, when in fact she was a former Soviet “monitor” who surveilled hotel guests at the Grand Hotel Europe, which was once regarded the most luxurious hotels in the world.

The description of Samsonova’s job “monitoring” hotel guests describes what in the Soviet era was a KGB-employed prostitute. Prostitution was illegal in the Soviet era, yet prostitutes were used by the KGB as informants, assigned to hotels to collect information on foreign guests.

~ Continuing Investigation ~

On August 5, 2015 the sensational news that Samsonova may cannibalized her victims appeared in the international media. Police are giving out little about their ongoing investigation, but reports are that the woman had cut out the lungs of those she murdered and consumed the organs.

The information was given by unidentified sources in Russia’s Investigative Committee (equivalent of USA’s FBI). Forensic reports indicate that internal organs, in particular lungs, were removed from victims’ bodies.

Another sensational piece of the story is the allegation that her final victim, 79-year-old Valentina Ulanova, was still living (but drugged) when her friend and caretaker began to use a hacksaw to cut her to pieces.

Several quotations from the diaries were given to the press. Referring to a tenant to whom she had rented a spare room, she wrote: “I killed my tenant Volodya, cut him to pieces in the bathroom with a knife, put the pieces of his body in plastic bags and threw them away.”

~ Before the Court ~

When Samsonova appeared in court in the opening week of August, 2015 to face the first charges to be made against her, the murder of her friend Ulanova, the prisoner declared to Judge Roman Chebotaryov:

“I was getting ready for this court action for dozens of years. It was all done deliberately. With this last murder I closed the chapter.”

He replied: “I am asked to arrest you. What do you think?”

Her answer was: “You decide, your honor. I am guilty and I deserve a punishment.”


~ Updates ~

Investigators are now considering the number of Samsonova’s possible victims to be as many as 24.

Officials have stated that Samsonova whas been obsessed with the history of Russian male serial killer “Chikalito,” a cannibal who, over a period of 12 years murdered at least 52, mostl;y (or all?) woman. Marina Krivenko, a neighbor who has known Samonova for 15 years told news reporters that her friend was “very interested in maniac Chikatilo” and had “gathered information about him and how he committed his murders.”

[This article will continue to be updated as new information comes in.]

[Robert St. Estephe; based on facts found in: Will Stewart, “Secret confession of the 'Granny Ripper,’” Daily Mail (London, England), “Granny the Ripper of St Pete? Body parts & book of spells expose pensioner. RT, Jul. 29, 2015; Pensioner nicknamed the Granny-Ripper ‘murdered and dismembered 10 people,’” Metro (UK), Adam Justice, “Granny from hell: Russian pensioner ‘killed and chopped up 13 people,’” International Business Times,” July 31, 2015; “RT explores bloody path of ‘head in a saucepan’ serial killer granny,” RT, Aug 1, 2015; RT, "’An extraordinary psychopath’: Bloody path of Russian 'head in a saucepan' serial killer granny,” Sott.net (from RT), Aug. 1, 2015; Jeff Farrell, “Grannyball Lecter: Woman ripper, 68, murdered, chopped up and ate 14 victims,” Daily Star (London, England), Aug. 5, 2015; [Will Stewart, “Granny Ripper who killed and 'ate' 11 victims was 'obsessed' by Russian 'vampire' maniac who raped and mutilated at least 52 women in 12 year reign of terror, Daily Mail (London, England),

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Chronology & Suspected Victims (out of 14 estimated victims):

Sep. 6, 2003 –  Tenant, 44 year old native of Norilsk
2005 – husband, reported missing
Year? – Volodya, tenant, remains found in Frunzensky district; confessed
July 25, 2015 – Valentina Ulanova (79), murdered
July 27, 2015 – Valentina Ulanova (79), body parts discovered
Jul. 29 (28?), 2015 – Samsonova arrested
Aug. 5, 2015 – court hearing before Judge Roman Chebotaryov

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Chronology & Suspected Victims (out of 14 estimated victims):

Sep. 6, 2003 –  Tenant, 44 year old native of Norilsk
2005 – husband, reported missing
Year? – Volodya, tenant, remains found in Frunzensky district; confessed
July 27, 2015 – Valentina Ulanova (79), body parts discovered
Jul. 29, 2015 – Samsonova arrested
Aug. 5, 2015 – court hearing before Judge Roman Chebotaryov

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http://unknownmisandry.blogspot.com/2016/08/elderly-female-serial-killers.html

MORE: Elderly Female Serial Killers

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Saturday, July 25, 2015

“Critical Gender Theory” Comix (a collection of memes)


This is a collection of memes created for the Unknown History of Misandry that use Comix. Below the memes you will find a discussion of the term “critical gender theory.”

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What is “critical gender theory?” It is the dominant philosophy of feminism; the one that is used (in the US) by the American Bar Association to shape laws, by government agencies, and by private foundations and universities to shape policy and protocols (in order to engage in social engineering). It derives from “critical theory” a philosophical position shaped by Frankfurt School philosophers. Adherents of the “critical theory” philosophy often refer to their belief system simply (and quite cryptically)  as “theory,” as in “I’m studying theory.”

Some of these philosophers, such as Frederick Jameson, use the term “Cultural Marxism” to describe a more general political approach that includes both Frankfurt School Marxism and other “post-structuralist” and “post-modernist” ideas and philosophies.

Critics of the top-down agendas of institutions that have shaped themselves after the “critical gender theory” formula sometimes call the agenda and its results “feminist governance.”

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Here is a an example of the use of the term “critical gender theory” in its professional (philosophical) context:

“So it is that deconstruction and critical gender theory both seek to unveil capitalism’s ‘other’ and disrupt the ‘ontological totality’ which Marx proffers.”

[Chris Lloyd, “Heirs of Marx, Critical Legal Thinking,” Oct. 24, 2011; a discussion of the 1996 book The End of Capitalism (as we knew it): A Feminist Critique of Political Economy by of Katherine Gibson and Julie Graham]

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The term “critical theory” has become so dominant in academe that it has been allowed to, in essence “colonize” language and usage in some cases.  Notable example is “critical thinking,” a non-political term describing “the objective analysis and evaluation of an issue in order to form a judgment.”

Yet more and more we see the term “critical thinking” used in a radically different sense, one that denotes adherence to a particular a priori political stance. The trend apparently flows from another “critical” term, Critical Literacy ( a term “usually traced to Paolo Freire, the Brazilian lawyer turned educator”).

Today “critical thinking” is often a term used to denote a specifically political approach to pedagogy that is based on Friere-type politicized “critical literacy.”

[Charles Temple, Ph.D, “Critical Thinking and Critical Literacy,” Critical Thinking International, undated]

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Another instance of the “critical” term as applied to political ideology labelled in such a way that the terms resembles the objective, rational approach of authentic critical thinking is the term “critical pedagogy.”

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“The idea of Critical Pedagogy begins with the neo-Marxian literature on Critical Theory (Stanley 1992). The early Critical Theorists (most of whom were associated with the Frankfurt School) believed that Marxism had underemphasized the importance of cultural and media influences for the persistence of capitalism; that maintaining conditions of ideological hegemony were important for (in fact inseparable from) the legitimacy and smooth working of capitalist economic relations.

[Nicholas C. Burbules and Rupert Berk, Department of Educational Policy Studies, “Critical Thinking and Critical Pedagogy: Relations, Differences, and Limits,” published in Critical Theories in Education, Thomas S. Popkewitz and Lynn Fendler, eds. (NY: Routledge, 1999).]

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Dominique Cottrez, French Mother Who Killed 8 Newborns - 2010


VILLIERS-AU-TERRE, FRANCE: On July 2, 2015, Dominique Cottrez, a 51, French former health worker, was, after years of legal delays, convicted of murdering 8 newborns. Despite prosecutors’ request for an 18 year sentence the jury recommended only 9 years of prison for the killer mom.

It was on July 24, 2010 that new buyers of the former home of Dominique’s parents in Villers-au-Tertre in the north of France near the Belgian border, discovered the skeletons of two babies in the garden. Mme. Cottrez was arrested and confessed. She agreed to show police the location of 6 more tiny corpses of babies she had smothered to death. They were stored in a fuel storage tank, in plastic bags, in the garage of her own home in the same village. The killings occurred from 1989 through 2000 in the village with a population of 655. In most of the killings she suffocated the baby in the bathroom.

Daughter Virginie, 21, told reporters at  La Voix du Nord (on July 29, 2010): “It’s incomprehensible.” We never noticed anything. She had moments of fatigue, it's true, but she was working almost 24 hours a day. She would wake up early for her work as a nurse's home aid, and when she would return home, she had her housework.”

~ Blame “The Patriarchy” ~

After her arrest, Dominique confessed and told police she was the victim of rape, by her own father, who died three years earlier in 2007. In her tale she said the first rape occurred when she was only 8 year old and continued into her teens. She claimed that as an adult she the entered a voluntary incestuous with her father that continued after her marriage. She “she was in love with her father more than with her husband.”

Five years later, on June 29, 2015 while in court she admitted that the incest story was a fabrication. DNA evidence confirmed that her husband was the father of each of the deceased children.

~ Blame another woman ~

She was already obese when, in 2000, she gave birth for the first time. Her weight when pregnan was given as around 130 kg (286 lbs). It was a difficult delivery. Lawyers attempted to blame Ms. Cottrez’s murderous proclivities by arguing that the midwife who attended her at that first birth had hurt her feelings by pointing out her unhealthy condition of obesity.

~ Husband: Two Different Stories ~

At first she asserted her husband had no knowledge of the pregnancies. Years later, as the process dragged on she changed her story on this point and claimed her husband had been aware, despite the obesity that succeeded in hiding the pregnancy from the two daughters whom she had allowed to live as well as, neighbors, nurse colleagues and the doctors at a nearby hospital.

Associated Press in Paris reported that a spokesman for prosecutors reported that Mme. Cottrez “did not want any more children and that she did not want to see a doctor about methods of contraception.”

~ Trial, Conviction ~

Trial at the Douai Assize court opened June 25, 2015, closing on July 2. After five hours of deliberation the jury found her guilty of all counts, but recommended a reduced sentence based on the view that the defendant had “impaired judgment.” Prosecutors requested an 18-year sentence but the jury set the sentence at 9 years.

[Robert St. Estephe; Based on facts in multiple sources, including: “French woman accused of killing 8 newborns ‘very distressed,’” CNN.com July 30, 2010; “French woman jailed for nine years for killing eight of her newborn babies,” Guardian, Jul. 2, 2015; Associated Press in Paris, “Trial opens of French woman accused of killing eight of her newborn babies,” The Guardian, Jun. 25, 2015; Agence France-Presse in Douai, “French woman jailed for nine years for killing eight of her newborn babies.” The Guardian, Jul. 2, 2015]

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Chronology:

1989 – 2000 – 8 babies murdered
Jul. 24, 2010 – 2 bodies found at parents’ home at Villers-au-Tertre, Nord, France pop. 655; discovered by new owners
Jul. 28?, 2010 – arrested (aged 45)
Jul. 29, 2010 – Charged with 8 counts of voluntary homicide
Jun. 1, 2013 – Cottrez freed under supervision
Jun. 25, 2015 – trial begins, Assize Court, Douai
Jul. 2, 2015 – sentenced to 9 years in prison; prosecutors requested 18 years sentence

Husband – Pierre-Marie Cottrez
Surviving Cottrez daughters: Virginie (aged 21 in 2010) and Emeline

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“Oulu Serial Killer Mother” – Finland, 2014


They died in a bucket. That’s where their mother tossed them soon after they came into the world. Year after year. Five of them. Some would call it murder. Some would call it empowerment.

And some professional medical ethicists would call it “after birth abortion”: Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva).

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In Oulu, Finland between 2005 and 2013 a 35-year-old woman (whose name is being withheld by the government) was found to have killed five of her own newborn children and hid their corpses in a freezer. The crimes were discovered on June 4, 2014. The mother claimed they had all been stillborn. It was a lie. It was determined, using dental evidence, that some of the victims had lived up to four days before they were dumped into a bucket where they perished from exposure and starvation.

The first two infant victims were fathered by different, unidentified, men. The Oulu mother married a man in 2010, gave birth to another baby and killed it, reporting to the father that their child had miscarried. The couple conceived two more children and, as as is seen in so many cases of maternal filicide, the mother seems to have convinced that father that the signs of pregnancy were the result of ordinary weight gain. The father of the three murdered children filed for divorce immediately after the bodies were discovered. All of the babies were born full-term or nearly full-term, according to the statements of the prosecutor.

On December 16, 2014 the Oulu District Prosecutor Sari Kemppaine demanded that the Oulu District Court reduce the gravity of the charges against the mother, from murder to aggravated assaults and aggravated manslaughter. The prosecutor used the terms “gross negligence” to describe the cause of all five deaths.

On June 15, 2015 at the District Court of Oulu, the mother was convicted of killing the five infants and was sentenced to a nominal “life” sentence, which in Finland means she will likely serve only 12 years for the deaths.

[Based on facts reported in: “Finnish mum gets life for killing five newborns,” Agence France-Presse, Helsinki June 15, 2015; “Viiden lapsen ruumiit löytyivät kellarikomerosta Oulussa,” (“Five bodies were found the child's basement in Oulu”), Ilta-Sanomat, Kotimaa (Finland), Jun. 4, 2014; Heidi Hietala, “Oulun vauvasurmat: Äiti oli raskaana tutkintavankeudessa viime kesänä” (“Oulu babies were killed: The prosecutor is demanding alternative charges”), Ilta-Sanomat, Kotimaa, Dec. 16, 2014]

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Carolyn Gloria Blanton (AKA Jane Lynn Woodry), Colorado Boyfriend-Eating Cannibal - 1994


In January 1994 pieces of the body of Peter Michael Green, 51, who had been reported missing in late 1993, were found in cookware, in other containers pickled body parts were found, were found in the Alamosa, Colorado, apartment of his 41-year-old girlfriend, Carolyn Gloria Blanton (AKA Jane Lynn Woodry). Other body parts were in other locations: the head was found in “a remote area.” Mr. Green’s torso was discovered in his own home. Outside, a trash bin contained his legs.

Sheriff’s Captain Les Sharff testified later in court that: “The flesh and the meat were off the legs. They had been totally cut away from the bones themselves, from the ankle up.”

Among the the evidence exhibits accepted into evidence during the the trial were a pot, a bowl and a spoon, each which had been found in Ms. Blanton’s home containing bite-size chunks from the boyfriend’s corpse. Plus a .25 caliber pistol. It was determined she had shot him four times before starting in on the carving and cooking.

She was found not guilty by reason of insanity and committed to the Colorado Mental Health Institute in Pueblo, an institute for the criminally insane, where she remained until 2005.

“I want people to know that the community is safe,” Woodry said to a reporter. “I am not a danger to the community.”

Woodry’s attorney, Bill Martinez, quoted Woodry as saying, “I’m deeply ashamed. The person who killed Peter Green is not me.”

At the end of a two-hour hearing which took place at Alamosa on April 9, 2005, Carolyn Gloria Blanton / Jane Lynn Woodry, the court decided to release her on conditional release. Her treating psychiatrist Elissa Ball, who had worked with the patient for ten years, testified that the cannibal killer could now tell right from wrong and was unlikely to do anything violent if she accepts semi-monthly injections of twice-monthly injections of Risperdal Consta.

Other conditions for release included a requirement for employment, attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, and keeping a diary which would be monitored. Any romantic interests would also, by order of the court, be closely watched.

[Robert St. Estephe; based on: Nelda Curtiss, “Cannibal asks judge for more freedoms,” CNN, Jan. 5, 2009; Charlie Brennan, “Court frees woman who cooked her boyfriend,” Rocky Mountain News (Denver, Co.), Apr. 10, 2005; “Woman ‘deeply ashamed’ for crime; Jane Lynn Woodry seeks conditional release after 15 years,” Durango Herald (Co.), Jan. 6, 2009]

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Laurina Marie Aune, Canadian Child-Killing Cannibal Mom - 2002

 

NANAIMO, B.C., Canada –

“I don’t know. I felt compelled to do it. I didn’t want to forget her ever.”

These are the words said by Laurina Marie Aune, 26, to Justice James Taylor of the British Columbia Supreme Court on July 20, 2003. Ms. Aune was telling the court why, 8 months earlier, on November 1, 2002 in the B. C. town of Nanaimo, she slit two-year-old daughter’s throat, dismembered the child’s corpse and, with other ingredients, made Kyla’s remains, most of them, into a soup – which the mother consumed.

Ms. Aune did not cook Kylas’s head; she kept that in her bedroom. She did cook the heart and ate a portion of it because, as she told police, “because she felt that’s where her child’s spirit was.”

Few news reports on this case are currently available online and the few that are available are scanty.

Laurina was a “single mom.” Since, in recent decades journalists, seldom bother to mention fathers in reports on children involved in crime stories (unless that father is a perpetrator) it is unclear whether the man Sandra McCulloch of CamWest News describes as Laurina Aune’s “former boyfriend, Scott May” was little Kyla’s father.

In any case, it was Mr. May who had reported the girl missing, leading to the investigation which revealed the crime. At some point (news reports are vague) Mr. May told social workers that Ms. Aune was “unstable,” describing the bizarre assertions thew woman made regarding Kyla’s parentage, claiming that the little girl had “three different fathers and they kept changing bodies.”

Six weeks before her death, Scott had taken Kyla out for Halloween. That was the last time he saw her.

In June 2003, the court remanded Ms. Aune to the Forensic Psychiatric Institute in Port Coquitlam. A disposition hearing was scheduled to take place no later than September 2013.

According to journalist Sandra McCulloch Laurine Aune “suffers from schizophrenia,” yet the news article relating this does not indicate what party may have made such an assessment. In Justice James Taylor’s July 20, 2003 ruling he found that Ms. Aune was not “criminally responsible” for her deed and was unaware that the act was “morally wrong” due to mental illness. Testimony revealed she began having delusions (“hearing voices”) beginning at the age of 12.

Family members, in the course of the investigation were asked why they never suspected that Ms. Aune was insane. They responded to such questions by saying: “That’s Laurina.”

[Robert St. Estephe, based on: Sandra McCulloch (CanWest News Service), “Mother Who Cannibalized Daughter Spared From Prison,” The Ottawa Citizen (Canada), July 21, 2003]

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Saturday, July 11, 2015

Madame Roger, French Serial Child-Killing Mom – New Caledonia, 1883


FULL TEXT: A crime has been brought to light in New Caledonia which furnishes a ghastly illustration of the class of malefactors sent out to that island by the French Government. The perpetrator of it, we learn from the Neo-Caledonien of the 23rd of January, was what we should call a ticket-of-leave-holder a woman named Roger. She and her husband had received a grant of land on the banks of the Foa, and one day in August last, while the head of the household was out at work, she took her little daughter, who was only two years old, into a neighbouring wood, and, as it is believed, seized the child by one of her legs, and shattered her skull by dashing it either against a stone or the trunk of a tree. Some months elapsed the corpse was discovered; and the skull, from which the flesh had disappeared, was found to be fractured in front and still to exhibit a red stain on the spot where the poor little creature’s life-blood had oozed out. It was ascertained at the trial that this was the third crime of the kind the murderess had committed; the first having been perpetrated in 1869, and the second in 1878. For the latter she was sentenced to imprisonment for life with hard labour, but obtained her liberation on being sent out to New Caledonia. No other motive was assigned for her unnatural atrocities than that she disliked the expense and trouble entailed upon her by having a child to look after.

[“A French Murderess in New Caledonia,” The Singleton Argus (NSW, Australia), Feb. 9, 1884, p. 4]

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

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

CHEKA Women – Bolshevik Secret Police: Sadism, Torture, Summary Executions & Massacres as “Social Justice” - 1918-1920s


No information about the woman given by English newspapers the name of “Jacobleva” has yet been located. “Jacobleva” (transliterated) may be a nom de guerre rather than a proper name.

The other three figures appear briefly in some studies of the Red Guard. Further research is needed. Perhaps visitors who have studied Bolshevism in detail can assist.

This post will be augmented after consulting the book: Barbara Evans Clements, Bolshevik Women (Cambridge University Press, 1997).

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1) “Jacobleva” – Petrograd

EXCERPT: The real dictator of Petrograd is a woman of the name of Jacobleva, aged 22, who, in her capacity, of the head of the famous Commission (the Extraordinary Committee for Fighting the Counter-Revolution, Speculation, and Sabotage), surpasses all existing legends of cruelty. [“Woman Dictator - Chaos In Petrograd.” (Kalgoorie, Australia), Feb. 26, 1919, p. 6]

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2) Vera Grebeniukova (aka Dora) – Odessa, Ukraine

“A large share of the torturers were of non-Russian nationalities, selected in Lenin’s assessment Russians seemed ‘too mushy,’ unable to cope with the ‘tough measures.’ Among the torturers there were also women. “Vera Grebennikova, one in Odessa, in just two months have killed 700 people.” (autostranslate revised by RStE)
[“Ideologias e ideias,” 06 de Abril de 2010, Boletim (newsletter) – 708]

“Women were also not exempt from the perpetration of sadistic violence. Vera Grebennikova, for example, was alleged to have killed over 700 people, many of them with her bare hands, during two months in Odessa..”
[Читать онлайн "A People's Tragedy: The Russian Revolution, 1891-1924" автора Figes Orlando - RuLit - Страница 239]

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3) Rozalia Zemliachka (Rozalia Samuilovna Zalkind) – Ukraine

“Rozalia Zemliachka and her lover Bela Kun murdered 50,000 White officers (with Lenin's approval). They were tied in pairs to planks and burned alive in furnaces; or drowned in barges that she sank offshore.” [Crimes of the Century, C. J. Griffin, on 20 July 2005, Amazon book review]

Wikipedia: Rozalia Samuilovna Zalkind (Russian: Залкинд Розалия Самуиловна) known under nicknames Devil (for personal participation in mass executions) and Zemlyachka (20 March 1876 – 21 January 1947) was a Russian revolutionary, Soviet politician and statesman. She is best known for her involvement in the organization of the First Russian revolution, and along with Bela Kun, as one of the organizers of the Red Terror in the Crimea in 1920-1921, against former soldiers of the White Army.

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4) Rebecca Platinina-Maisel – Arkhangelsk

“In Arkhangel, Rebecca Platinina snuffed out the lives of more than a hundred, including the entire family of her husband, who was executed by crucifixion, in a an act of wanton revenge. “ The agents who committed these brutalities ended their days immersed in insanity. According to Gippius, a major female poet of Petrograd during the period of the red terror observed that “there was literally a single family in which someone had not been arrested, taken and then disappeared without a trace.” (autostranslate revised by RStE) [“Ideologias e ideias,” 06 de Abril de 2010, Boletim (newsletter) – 708]

“Rebecca Platinina-Maisel in Arkhangelsk killed over a hundred, including the whole family of her ex-husband whom she crucified in an act of savage revenge. Such was the brutalizing effect of this relentless violence that not a few Chekists ended up insane. Bukharin said that psychopathic disorders were an occupational hazard of the Chekist profession. Many Chekists hardened themselves to the killings by heavy drinking or drug abuse.” [Читать онлайн "A People's Tragedy: The Russian Revolution, 1891-1924" автора Figes Orlando - RuLit - Страница 239]

“Rebecca Platinina-Maisel” cited in: Orlando Figes, Tragedie van een volk: de Russische revolutie 1891-1924, p. 794

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Wikipedia excerpt:

Cheka (ЧК – чрезвыча́йная коми́ссия chrezvychaynaya komissiya, Emergency Committee, Russian pronunciation: [tɕɪˈka]) was the first of a succession of Soviet state security organizations. It was created on December 20, 1917, after a decree issued by Vladimir Lenin, and was subsequently led by Felix Dzerzhinsky, a Polish aristocrat turned communist. By late 1918, hundreds of Cheka committees had been created in various cities, at multiple levels including: oblast, guberniya ("Gubcheks"), raion, uyezd, and volost Chekas, with Raion and Volost Extraordinary Commissioners. Many thousands of dissidents, deserters, or other people were arrested, tortured or executed by various Cheka groups. After 1922, Cheka groups underwent a series of reorganizations, with the NKVD, into bodies whose members continued to be referred to as "Chekisty" (Chekists) into the late 1980s.

From its founding, being the military and security arm of the Bolshevik communist party, the Cheka was instrumental in the Red Terror. In 1921 the Troops for the Internal Defense of the Republic (a branch of the Cheka) numbered at least 200,000. These troops policed labor camps; ran the Gulag system; conducted requisitions of food; subjected political opponents to torture and summary execution; and put down rebellions and riots by workers or peasants, and mutinies in the desertion-plagued Red Army.

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For more cases, see: Women Who Like to Torture

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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Julia Brystiger, “Bloody Luna” – Professional Sadist – Poland 1939-1956


Excerpt from Wikipedia: Julia Brystiger (née Prajs, born November 25, 1902, in Stryj – died November 9, 1975, in Warsaw) was a Polish Communist activist and member of the security apparatus in Stalinist Poland. She was also known as Julia Brystygier, Bristiger, Brustiger, Briestiger, Brystygierowa, Bristigierowa, and by her nicknames – given by the victims of torture: Luna, Bloody Luna, Daria, Ksenia, and Maria. The nickname Bloody Luna was a direct reference of her Gestapo-like methods during interrogations. Her pen name was Julia Preiss.

In the Polish official archives, there is an instruction written by Brystygier to her subordinates, about the purpose of torture:

“In fact, the Polish intelligentsia as such is against the Communist system and basically, it is impossible to re-educate it. All that remains is to liquidate it. However, since we must not repeat the mistake of the Russians after the 1917 revolution, when all intelligentsia members were exterminated, and the country did not develop correctly afterwards, we have to create such a system of terror and pressure that the members of the intelligentsia would not dare to be politically active.” [Czeslaw Leopold and Krzysztof Lechicki, Political Prisoners in Poland 1945-1956, Mloda Polska, Gdańsk, page 20.]

Brystiger personally oversaw the first stages of each UB investigation at her place of employment. She would torture the captured persons using her own methods such as whipping male victims’ genitals.

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Monday, July 6, 2015

A Woman named Pulolo, nicknamed "Kahuna of Lanai," Sadistic Triple Murderess – Hawaii, 1892


FULL TEXT: After serving nearly twenty-three years in the Territorial prison in Honolulu for her part in three brutal murders, Pulolo, an aged Hawaiian woman, now nearly sixty years of age, was released on Christmas day on pardon from Governor Pinkham. The woman was known as a kahuna, and was greatly feared, it is said, on the Island of Lanai, where her crimes were committed early in the year 1892. At the time of her release, she had been in prison probably longer than any other prisoner in the institution.

Pulolo’s crimes were among the most notorious ever committed in these islands, and her brutality in their commission so stirred the citizens of Maui and Lanai that after the first trial, when she was convicted by a native jury, the second trial was transferred from Wailuku to Kauai, to obtain a more impartial jury. During her many later years in prison it is said Pulolo has reformed and repented of her early evil deeds. She comes forth now an aged, broken and deeply chastened woman.

The story of her crimes and their motive, as related by the newspaper files of 22 years ago, is briefly that she claimed the powers of a kahuna, or sorceress, and, falling in love with her sister’s husband, set out to kill the sister and her own husband, that she might be free to many the brother-in-law.

In order to accomplish this without arousing suspicion of her real motives, she began by punishing a 6-year-old boy, the son of her elder brother. Assisted by her retinue of “soldiers” she first assaulted her husband, cowed him and then literally beat the child to death.

Aided actively by the sweetheart she wished to marry she then assaulted her sister. The murderous couple bound the sister and buried her head in hot sand until she was suffocated. Placing that body beside the corpse of the boy in the little family house Pulolo called upon two of her servitors and seized Kaholokai, her sweet heart and former aide, caused him to be bound and then beat him to death with her own hands. It was understood that her sudden change of tactics, in turning on her sweetheart and killing him, was through fear that he would reveal the true details of the affair.

On the morning following the triple murder, still exercising her influence over her retinue, she had the house and all three bodies burned, to hide the evidence of the crime, and prepared a plausible story which her friends were instructed to tell in explanation of the deaths.

Some old-time Hawaiians placed great faith in her alleged power as a kahuna, and a story is even told of her use of the baleful occult influence some years ago, during her incarceration. This is to the effect that she told another female prisoner who had incurred her enmity:

“You will not live 24 hours after you leave prison.” The tale is that her prophecy came true, the woman taking ill immediately after her release and dying within the time prescribed by Pulolo.

[“’Kahuna of Lanai’ Gets Full Pardon Pulolo, Aged Hawaiian Woman Murder Released By Executive Clemency After 23 Years Murdered Nephew, Sister and Lover.” Mani News (Wailuku, Territory of Hawaii), Jan. 2, 1915, p. 5]

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For more cases, see: Women Who Like to Torture

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Sunday, July 5, 2015

The Unlucky Would-Be Repeat Murderess, Milica Virkobrankovice – Austria 1923


This is a “wife in the way” type case, in which the perpetrator plunders an other women’s property, the property being the husband the perpetrator wishes to acquire for her own use. For more “wife in the way cases,” involving female serial killers who were successful in pulling off their murder plans see: Wife in the Way: Female Serial Killers Who Eliminate a Wife to Marry a Husband.

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FULL TEXT: Vienna, December 17. – Intense interest was shown in the trial of Milica Virkobrankovice, a beautiful ex-school teacher, 22 years of age, who was sentenced to three and a-half years’ imprisonment for attempting to murder a rich bookseller’s wife and two sons. Milica was the bookseller’s mistress and desired to marry him. She mixed white lead in the household’s flour and sugar, resulting in all being taken ill. Five years ago Milica was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment for attempting to murder with arsenic phosphorus the wife of a school inspector whom she desired to marry. — Sun.

[“A Fiendish Woman. - Family Murder Attempted.” The Northern Advocate (Whangarei, N. Z.), Dec. 19, 1923, p. 7]

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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Husband-Poisoning – to Keep the Man in Line – 1953


FULL TEXT: Foolish women have used poisons designed merely to make their husbands ill, but any of them could be fatal.

We doubt husbands have their defects, but they are not to be remedied by giving them doses of disinfectant, was the judicial warning given wives in Britain recently by Sir Gerald Dodson, Recorder, of London.

He was being quite serious. During the 15 years he has sat as a judge at London’s famous Old Bailey courthouse, he has learnt that there are plenty of women who imagine that they can buy a cure for marital troubles at drug-stores.

Far too many worried wives tend to reach for the poison bottle when they think about their husbands’ misdemeanors. One who did so was the 49-year-old English housewife, from respectable suburban Harrow, who stood nervously before Sir Gerald. She had admitted at the previous session that, after being “driven beyond endurance” by her husband’s conduct, she had put linament in his tea “to give him a sharp lesson.”

It was not a very long lesson. Her husband spat out the first mouthful, and took a sample of the liquid to the police station.

The police know that women who perpetrate this stupid act are not potential murderesses; although, in the eyes of the law, if their victim dies it is possible for them to be adjudged guilty of murder. These foolish wives do not want to kill their husbands.

Our law regards dosing one’s spouse’s food as being intended to injure, aggrieve or annoy him. Yet a woman who does so often wants only to stop her husband from aggrieving or annoying her.

A 30-year-old waitress, who was sent to jail for 18 months last year for pouring powder from a “home perm” set into her husband’s tea, had no desire to cause him real harm. All she hoped was that the poison would make him feel sufficiently off-color to stay indoors, so that she might go out with another man and enjoy herself.

Even if they do not want to go out for the day on their own, some of these women seem to look upon a “dosed” husband as being as good as a holiday.

“I only wanted to get a spell from his nagging,” was the explanation Antonina Mastropacqua offered a West Australian court at Perth a few years ago, when she was accused of “unlawfully annoying” her spouse. She admitted giving him an overdose of sleeping tablets!

In most cases, exasperation makes these women overlook the risk of giving a fatal dose.

Mrs. Yvonne Fletcher — her two husbands died from thallium poisoning.

“Rat poison doesn’t kill rats—it just makes them sick!” a Pennsylvanian housewife, Margaret Kearns, confidently assured a judge at Pittsburgh in 1951. With this belief, she had spiced her husband’s gravy with rat poison after he had returned home with lipstick smeared on his shirt front.

Fortunately for husbands, bottles of poison do not state the dose needed to reform erring spouses and consequently the dosage their wives select may be harmless. When Jeanne Lacquier was accused by her husband at Nancy in France of putting washing-soda in his coffee three years ago, he claimed that the first dose was so weak that he did not even taste it.

A famous English Judge, Mr. Justice Croom-Johnson, stopped counsel at the, Ipswich Assizes from giving details of how one poison could be administered to husbands be cause he thought it “very undesirable” that women should “get this mad idea into their heads”. But in at least one country dissatisfied wives can obtain expert advice on “dosing” husbands into a better frame of mind.


Known as the Yilede, a women’s organisation in the Sudan, it supplies wives with poisons designed to quell the most troublesome husbands.

The most popular drug, administered in gravy, causes the man’s stomach to swell and drives him nearly mad with thirst Another, mixed with millet flour, produces prolonged sickness.

To avoid arousing suspicion, none of these poisons are fast-acting. But any of them could be fatal.

The wife, however, is told the antidote so that she can restore her man to health once he has yielded to her demands. That is, if she isn’t tempted to try life as a widow!

There was the famous case in Sydney last year of Mrs. Yvonne Gladys Fletcher, who was charged with the murder of two men to whom she had been married, and, after a spectacular trial, sentenced to death for the murder of her first husband, Desmond George Butler, by administering thallium poison,

If a dose of thallium is not fatal, the effects are usually insanity, blindness and muscular wasting of the limbs. Death from this metallic poison is very slow and agonising, usually taking several weeks, or, in some cases, months. Of 45 proven thallium poisonings in Australia, only few fully recovered, and many are still in mental institutions!

When Mrs. Fletcher’s second husband was admitted to hospital, a doctor who examined him advised hospital authorities of the possibility of  poisoning. Later, detectives exhumed the body of her first husband, who had died three years earlier in a mental institution, and it was found he had died from thallium poisoning. This discovery led to Mrs. Fletcher’s arrest. Her second husband suffered the same symptoms as the first man.

Mrs. Fletcher denied any knowledge of thallium, but the facts were too strong against her.

[Brenda Dawson, “Some Wives Have Used A Deadly Cure for Erring Husbands.” World’s News (Sydney, MSW, Australia), Jun. 27, 1953, p. 3]

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Women’s Clubs Devoted to Murdering Husbands


“Women’s Clubs Devoted to Murdering Husbands,” by Robert St. Estephe, July 1, 2015

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It is amazing what college professors manage to “forget” to tell their customers about. In a modest effort to offer a corrective, we offer here is a bit of “gender studies” reality that does not fit well with the standard indoctrination fare – promoting fundamentalist dogmas of “social constructionism” and “critical theory” over facts – that makes up the typical distorted history lesson that passes for education these days. Facts and theories often do not mix well.

Here are some overlooked facts about the relations between the sexes in Eastern Europe (Bohemia, Croatia, Romania, Russia, Serbia) – from the past which are worth knowing about – and, we suggest, also worth thinking about. Compare them to the so-called  theory you’ve been sold (“theories” which actually are more wish-lists, scapegoat myths, and magic words than anything resembling a legitimate theory of any kind).

Sometimes old news ends up becoming new news.

~ A Bohemian Death Soirée ~

A tantalizing snippet of crime news from far away turned up in a few American newspapers back in the early Spring of 1871. The story was only two sentences in length describes the outcome of a trial in a region (proper Czech spelling: Podbrdský) close to Prague.

“Four married woman of Podbizka, in Bohemia, were convicted of having poisoned their husbands at a party which one of them had given for that purpose. They were sentenced to penal servitude for life.” [1]

So far, no other report of these crimes have been located in English language sources. Czech sources are inaccessible to this writer.

Our apologies for offering up such an intriguing tease with no prospect for filling out the picture any time soon. But this little item prompts a discussion of a little known phenomenon for which, in other instances, there is a bit of detailed information available: Eastern European “clubs” formed by wives for the express purpose of killing off husbands. There are dozens of historical instances of professional poisoners located  in eastern Europe, who specialized in assisting wives in murdering husbands [2]. Most, of course, used poison, but some used other methods. Here we will look at only five of these conspiracies, those involving particularly organized activities: killing “clubs,” killing “parties” and a “marry for the purpose of killing scheme” that was organized for the benefit of unmarried young women who wished to gain quick inheritances.

~ The Croatian Matchmaker from Hell ~

In eastern Croatia in the town of Aingula, Syrmia district, in October1887 newspapers reported what was perhaps the most cynical scheme conceived by one of these professional “widow-makers.”

“Young married farmers have been dying off with dreadful suddenness in villages of Syrmia in Eastern Croatia. These young farmers were all brand new husbands, and at last their deaths, all coming so soon after their marriage, excited suspicion, and the matter was investigated. It was found that an old woman had conceived the idea of getting pretty young girls to marry farmers and then poison them and divide the spoils. The old woman is now in gaol, and so far seven young widows to whom she had furnished poison with which to kill their husbands. These arrests have all been made in a single village, and a lot of other arrests are anticipated.” [3]

~ An Exclusive Romanian Wives “Club” ~

In 1903 Romania (then part of the Austo-Hungarian Empire) in the town of Veresmacht near Arad, a coroner formed what English language newspapers called a “club.”

“A sensation has been caused by the arrest of five women on the charge of poisoning their husbands. It is charged by the authorities that the women were members of a club which was formed among the married women of Veresmacht [or, Beresmait], near Arad, Hungary [currently in Romania]. None but women who were dissatisfied with their husbands could become members of this organization. Whenever a woman was heard to say that she wished she was never married, or that she would like to have her husband out of the way, she was immediately visited by one of the agents the club. Once in the toils of the club the women had no alternative but to go on with the plot of murder. The members of the club were supplied with poison, which, it is charged, was obtained from the coroner of the district, who then put it on the record that the men had died of heart disease. The coroner, whose name is Hansuch, is under arrest, accused of being accessory to the murders that are charged against the women.” [4]

It would seem that after assisting the women by selling them poison the opportunistic coroner would – after the husband was successfully been rendered a corpse – blackmail the self-made widow. This must have been quite a disappointment since in the majority of cases of this sort in eastern Europe the primary motive was to possession of the assets of the deceased.

~ The Serbian “Saint Lucretia Club” ~

While the husband-killing club in Veresmacht was, it goes without saying, a secret sort of thing, in one town in Serbia, Nagy Kikinda it is called, a group of women were so bold as to form a public club and to register it as an official charity (if the news clipping is accurate in this detail). Here is the extraordinary story of the “kill your husband club” (as one American newspaper called it) that burst into the headlines internationally in 1926:

“Everybody in the little Jugoslavian town of Nagy Kikinda thought the women’s club of Saint Lucretia was a very respectable society and above suspicion, until the number of deaths among the male population showed a striking increase which nobody could explain. Rumors arose. It was found that many of the men who died had been married to or were friends of women who were members of the Saint Lucretia club, that their deaths had been more or less unexpected and that there was a striking resemblance of the circumstances under which they took place.

“Every one of the dead men had been wealthy and respected in the little community. Some of the widows spent more money than they had ever done before, purchased costly clothes, automobiles, and led the lives of grandes dames. When things had developed so far, somebody remembered that Saint Lucretia had a namesake who was one of the worst poisoners in history, namely Lucretia Borgia, the daughter of Pope Alexander VI [note: the name “Lucretia Borgia” had been synonymous with “female serial killer” until research in the mid-20th century showed that her homicidal reputation was based on legend, not fact] This stirred the suspicion that the women’s club was not named after the saint, but after Lucretia Borgia, and that it really was a league of poisoners.

“At first there was no absolute proof of these dreadful suspicions, but the police considered them sufficiently grave to arrest several of the members of the club, among them the ringleader, who disappeared when she smelled danger, but was so imprudent as to return to Nagy Kikinda because she believed her social position and that of her friends would be sufficient protection. Her husband was among the persons who died recently from a sudden illness.

“The police had meanwhile found out that one of the women made frequent excursions abroad and supplied the necessary poison, which she obtained from chemists under some pretext or other. Naturally, the little town is in seething excitement and the scandal is great.

“The unprecedented criminal affair had a tragic-comical result. The men of Nagy Kikinda have been caught by a general panic. None of them had ever thought of  the faint possibility of an organization for the purpose of their removal by poison. Certainly not in their social circles. Who could still trust his wife or fiancée in such a depraved milieu? Thus it happened that numerous men left their families because they were not certain whether their wives were secret members of the Lucretia club. Engagements were dissolved, and new arrests are hourly expected. It will take women in Nagy Kikinda a long time to win back the confidence of the male part of the population.” [5]

Only today (July 1, 2015) has a source been uploaded in a newspaper archive that states that name of the club’s founder – Maria Vukitch – and gives the details of the scheme’s origin and its judicial denouement. Maria Vukitch murdered two husbands and aided seven other women in becoming poison widows. Nine men in total were killed by the blessed Society of Saint Lucretia. Two of there were spouses of Maria Vukitch. She and her acolytes are, it is reported, hanged for their crimes.

It was following the murder of her first husband, Dusan, that she began to perform services for her young lady friends. Two became her beneficiaries – through willed widowhood – in short order. The poison was a mixture of arsenic and opium. Maria started a worship group in her home, where young women visitors, were seen entering, Bible in hand, and remained for hours on end. They made it known their patron saint was Lucretia. Their piety became so famous in the town that others clamored to be allowed into Maria’s inner sanctum, her “day room.” But these woman were rejected, adjudged as insufficiently pious for her exclusive club.

Finally the body count of healthy men dropping like flies grew so large that masculine members of the community demanded an investigation. It did not take long for the gendarmes to find the evidence of murder: a mix of arsenic and opium in each and every corpse.

~ Sophie, the Russian Party Monster ~

For our final story, dating from 1927 – the year of the hangings of the Kikinda women –   we shall return to the “party” theme. But we’re talking husband-killing party on a grand scale here. It took place in a tiny village to be sure, yet the effect was grand nevertheless. According to the few and scanty reports available at present, every single husband was ‘whacked” in the course of a single festival.

“The Russian authorities have been surprised to discover the village of Navoia is inhabited only by widows. After investigations they discovered that all the husbands in the village, numbering 58, had been murdered. The women confessed to poisoning them when they were intoxicated during a village festival, after the War, when the men returned and disturbed their wives’ untroubled lives.

The ring-leader, Sophie Safarine, stated that she committed thirty murders. She says she developed androphobia owing to the brutality of her first husband whom she killed in addition to the second and third husbands.” [6]

The phrase “party till you drop” takes on an entirely new meaning when there is a proactive “androphobe” around on a crusade to rid the world of representatives of the condemned sex, personal sacrifices in military service notwithstanding.

Among the dozens of other cases of “husband-killing syndicates” – mostly in Eastern Europe, but some in Italy, Sicily and France – there are stories as remarkable as these – with large conspiracies that operated sometimes over a period of decades. These party-killers and killing clubs are but a quaint subcategory of a widespread phenomenon that has been with us many centuries. Gangs that lure men into marriage only to be killed off by their wives for their assets – and life insurance pay-outs – are still operating, the most recent of which to be discovered was in Medellin, Colombia in 2011.

Husband-Killing Syndicates

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NOTES / SOURCES:

[1] “Podbizka,” Bohemia – [Untitled, The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (N.Y.), Mar. 11, 1871, p. 3; Same text:  Pittsburg Post-Gazette, Mar. 4, 1871, p. 1]
[2] See: “Husband Killing Syndicates” on blog “The Unknown History of Misandry”
[3] Aingula, Croatia – [“Poisoning Manias.” The Maitland Mercury & Hunter River General Advertiser (NSW, Australia), Dec. 27, 1887, p. 3]; quotation from [From column “Town Talk.” The Record (Melbourne, Australia), Dec. 24, 1887, p. 5]; [“Our Cable Dispatches – Remarkable Murders in Southern Europe,” The Oldensburg Journal (N.Y.), Oct. 31, 1887, p. 1]
[4] quotation from [“Women Formed Club To Murder Husbands – A Strange Conspiracy Is Unearthed at Arad, in Hungary.” The Pittsburgh Press (Pa.), Nov. 29, 1903, p. 1]; [“Coroner Advises Poisoning Of Men - Woman Administers Potion Because the Official Was Her Lover.” The San Francisco Call (Ca.), Jan. 3, 1904, p. 17]
[5] Some reports use the obsolete term “Velika Kikinda”]; source for name of founder: [“Arsenic Poisoners - Past and Present.” The Wellington Times (Australia), May 8, 1930, p. 5]; [“Club Of Women Poisoners Is Unearthed In Belgrade,” syndicated (AP), The Galveston Daily News (Tx.), Oct. 20, 1926, p. 1]; long quotation from: [“Woman’s Murder Society Forces Husbands From Town in Terror – Police in Jugoslavian Village Hold Modern Borgias on Charge of poisoning Rich Mates; News Causes Men to Break Engagements and Leave Families,” New York Herald-Tribune (N. Y.), Oct. 17, 1926, part III, p. 2]; [“A Poison Your Husband Club.” Springfield Republican (Mo.), Dec, 15, 1926, Editorial Page (p. 8)]
[6] Regarding the identification of the place: there are over 50 different locations with the name Navoija in Russia. An Italian book on serial killers, published in 2011, identifies the village as Novaja Laloga. [“Husbands Slain - Russian Women Confess - Fifty-eight Murders,” The News (Adelaide, Australia), Sep. 29, 1927, p. 7]; quotation from: [“Women With A Grievance. - 58 Husbands Killed.” The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser, Oct. 15, 1927, p. 6]
http://unknownmisandry.blogspot.com/2014/01/sophie-safarine-triple-black-widow-and.html

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http://unknownmisandry.blogspot.com/2017/04/husband-killing-syndicates.html

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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