Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Frau Kadletz, Czech Serial Baby Killer - 1906


FULL TEXT: Prague, Feb. 8 – Frau Kadletz, in Smichow, has confessed to some fifty child murders – more she cannot remember. This wholesale murderess was somewhat of a mechanic and constructed for her business a stove wherein little babies might be burned without giving out suspicious odors. She advertised her baby farm extensively, and sometimes killed the children because the parents paid her for the deed, at other times because she would enjoy the income for board without service on her part.

[“Killed Children By Wholesale,” Courier Journal (St. Louis, Mo.), Feb. 18, 1906, p. A1]

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Smíchov (German: Smichow) is (since 1909) a district of Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, and is part of Prague 5. It is located on the west bank of the Vltava (Moldau) river.

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For more cases of “Baby Farmers,” professional child care providers who murdered children see The Forgotten Serial Killers.

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