Monday, November 30, 2015

Retta McCabe, 4-Year-Old Murderess & Serial Child-Torturer – New York, 1897

FULL TEXT: Troy, Oct. 21.- The extraordinary case of Retta McCabe, a beautiful blue-eyed, golden-haired child of four years, who has pronounced suicidal and homicidal tendencies, has puzzled the medical fraternity of Troy and vicinity.

The child is a female Jekyll and Hyde. From a pretty, smiling child with laughing eyes and dancing dimples she is transformed in an instant into an uncontrollable little demon. An amazing look of demonical malevolence creeps into her straining orbs, her mouth grows tense and white, her little forehead corrugates itself into a mass of ugly wrinkles and her face is thrust forward with a most repulsive leer. Her clinched hands impotently beat the air and her entire manner resembles that of a wild beast about to spring upon its prey.

While in this mood she fatally injured her infant brother several weeks ago. She seized the helpless babe and hurled it to the floor with stunning force. Then this wicked little creature sprang upon the babe and beat it with all her might. The infant died a week later. And when Retta heard that her baby brother was asleep to wake no more she chuckled.

Yesterday afternoon this strange child was found at the Union Station, many blocks from her home. She insisted upon sitting upon the railroad tracks in front of approaching trains. Passengers waiting in the station saw her peril and several women nearly fainted. The child was dragged from the track. She screamed, bit and fought. The policeman who held her in his arms had to put her down more than once for fear she would seriously disfigure his face.

At the Second Precinct Station-House it was found necessary to place the child in a cell. Behind the massive iron bars she raved and tore madly at her beautiful blond locks.

In a short time the paroxysm of rage passed away and she became a sunny little creature, although, it must be confessed, rather dirty and dishevelled. But her blue eyes beamed with good-nature, a sweet smile curved, her red lips and she was a cooing, joyous creature. A brawny policeman started to take her to the headquarters of the Humane Society, on Fourth street. No sooner was she in the street again than she burst into another violent passion. Whenever she saw a burnt match-stick lying on the sidewalk she darted toward it with strange eagerness. When she reached the society her little hands were full of match-sticks.

She had not been in the custody of the society very long before she manifested remarkable acrobatic abilities. She climbed upon a chair and threw herself to the floor, alighting upon her hands. She turned handsprings all about the floor with amazing rapidity and skill. Her performances astonished the matron and other officials of the society. They could not understand her. She was the greatest freak of a child that had ever come to their notice.

When the child regained her feet after turning a second series of flip-flaps she ran against a door with a force that knocked her down. When the matron went to the child’s assistance and tried to quiet her little Retta turned upon the well-meaning woman and bit her arm savagely. The child broke away from the matron’s grasp and rushed at several children who stood near by and who were too astonished to move. Had not the matron seized the McCabe girl it is almost certain that the children would have suffered injury.

To-day the McCabe child was taken to her home, at Madison and Fifth avenues, in the southern portion of the city. It is not likely that her parents will be able to keep her as she has terrorized all the children in that locality.

One of little Retta’s favorite amusements is to catch children of her own age and stuff buttons and beans into their ears and nostrils.

What to do with the child is a difficult problem for the Humane Society, as Retta is too young to be sent to the Syracuse Institution for Feeble-Minded Children. No children younger than seven years are received there.

[“Child Jekyll And Hyde. – Beautiful Little Retta McCabe Is an Uncontrollabe Demon at Times. – Murdered Her Baby Brother – Possessed with a Suicidal Mania, She Sat Down Before a Railroad Train. – Kicks, Bites and Scratches. – She Stuffs Beans Into children’s Noses and Ears – A strange, Wild, Acrobatic Monster.” The World (New York, N. Y.), Oct. 25, 1897, p. 9]





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Anna Peters, 9-Year-Old Murderess - Virginia, 1902

FULL TEXT: Staunton, Va., Oct 24. – Anna Peters, a negro girl about nine years old was before Magistrate N. L. Wehn this morning charged with killing her infant sister on Monday last and was sent to the house or correction, she being too young to be held for the grand jury.

It seems that the baby who was not more than a year old was crying. Anna did not like the noise and she threw the child down the steps two or three times times and not being satisfied with this she took a bed slat and struck the little tot over the head killing it almost instantly.

The baby was buried the same night near the home or Susan Dudley a sister of the girl's mother where they had all been staying. Yesterday the jailer Magistrate Wehn and Dr. J. Catlett exhumed exhumed the body and brought the guilty parties before the magistrate.

[“Killed Infant Sister To Silence Her Cries – Anna Peters, Nine-Year-Old Negress Throws Baby Down Steps Several Times to Hush Its Wails Wails.” The Evening Times (Washington, D. C.), Oct. 24, 1902, p. 4]

Minnie Demorse, 18-Year-Old Murderess and Serial Arsonist (Would-Be Mass Murderess) – Michigan, 1887

Note: some sources spell the name as “Demore.”

FULL TEXT: Manistee, Mich., October 13. – This place is terribly excited over disclosures made public to-day by the authorities, the facts for some reason having been suppressed. The family of James Henderson are well-known and respected people. There have been whisperings for some time past about the singular conduct of Miss Minnie Demorse, the adopted daughter of the Hendersons, but on account of the prominence of the family actions which in others would excite attention have been passed by with only a shrug of the shoulders. A mild sensation was caused last Tuesday by the arrest of Miss Demorse on the ostensible charge of larceny.

The real sensation did not come to light until to-day, when it was stated that she was charged with cruelty not much less than that of Jesse Pomeroy. It is asserted that she tortured the infant child of Mr. Henderson because she did not want to wait upon it, and she has confessed to smothering the baby because it cried when she tortured it. She has also confessed to setting the house on fire five different times lately in the hopes of burning up the family. To this end not long ago she poisoned the cow, thinking the milk would kill the family before the cow died, and thus two birds would be slain, for she says she hated the bovine. Miss Demorse 18 years old, and was adopted 13 years ago.

[“A Female Fiend. – An Adopted Daughter Who Seems to Have Been Totally Depraved.” Punxsutawney Spirit (Pa.), Oct. 19, 1887, p. 1]

Adeline Hamilton, 14-Year-Old Murderess – Delaware, 1883

FULL TEXT: Adeline Hamilton, a colored girl aged fourteen years, was arrested and locked up at Wilmington, Del., yesterday morning, on the charge of deliberately burning the feet of Solomon Adams, a colored baby about a year old. The injuries inflicted by the colored girl resulted in the child’s death. The burning took place about two weeks ago, during the absence of the child’s mother, when the girl was left in charge of the infant. The baby becoming cross and fretful, the girl held its bare feet against a red hot stove, burning the flesh to a cinder clear to the bone. Mortification set in, and the child died Saturday. A warrant was obtained for the fiendish girl’s arrest and she was taken into custody this morning, and will be given a hearing this evening. It is thought that the girl is slightly demented.

[“A Nurse Girl’s Barbarity. – She Holds an Infant’s Bare Feet Against a Red Hot Stove.” Harrisburg Independent (Pa.), Feb. 12, 1883, p. 1]


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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Ziapasa Daughter, 3-Year-Old Murderess – West Virginia, 1906

FULL TEXT: Wheeling W. Va., April 11. – The youngest murderess in the history of this state is the 3-year-old daughter of Michael Ziapasa, of Benwood, who so badly wounded a 2-months-old baby of a neighbor, Edward Schepech, that it died.

In the absence of the baby’s mother, the Ziapasa child attacked it with a butcher knife, cutting off its nose, stabbing it in the breast in many places and almost severing its arm.

[“Baby Murders Baby – Three-Year-Old Cuts Infant to Pieces With Butcher Knife.” Daily Press (Newport News, Va.), Apr. 12, 1906, p. 1]

Note: The spelling “Schepoch” is given in a different source. [“Baby Kills Baby – Three-Year-Old Girl Hacked and Stabbed Infant with Butcher Knife.” The Charlotte News (N. C.), Apr. 13, 1906, p. 3]


Valentine Dilly, 8-Year-Old Murderess – 1900, France

FULL TEXT: Lille, France, Dec. 3. – A great sensation has been caused at Armentieres, a town nine miles north of here, by an awful crime committed by one child eight years old upon another of two years. Valentine Dilly, daughter of a poverty-stricken peasant, saw a baby girl in the street with a piece of cake in hand. She tried to take it away.  The baby resisted, so the Dilly girl dragged the little tot into the house, put her in a trunk and then stabbed her a dozen times with a shoemaker’s knife, making fearful wounds in her stomach.

[“A Fiendish Child.” The Portsmouth Herald (N. H.), Dec. 4, 1900, p. 1]

Sharon Carr, 12-Year-Old Sadistic Murderess – England, 1992

On Jun 7, 1992, in Camberlry, Surrey, England, 12-year-old Sharon Louis Carr stabbed an 18-year-old girl named Katie Ratcliff 32 (some accounts state 29) times, killing her. Carr’s diary revealed a sexual aspect to the murder. Carr mutilated her victim’s genitals.

Carr's ongoing diary has included entries such as these:

“If only I could kill you again, I promise I’d make you suffer more this time. … Your terrified screams turn me on.”

• “I am a killer. Killing is my business - and business is good.”

• “ I was born to be a murderer. Killing for me is a mass turn-on and it just makes me so high I never want to come down. Every night I see the Devil in my dreams - sometimes even in my mirror, but I realise it was just me.”

• In 1996 Carr wrote: “I bring the knife into her chest. Her eyes are closing. She is pleading with me so I bring the knife to her again and again. I don’t want to hurt her but I need to do violence to her ... I need to overcome her beauty, her serenity, her security. There I see her face when she died. I know she feels her life being slowly drawn from her and I hear her gasp. I guess she was trying to breathe. The air stops in the back of her throat. I know all her life her breathing has worked, but it does not now. And I am joyful.”

While in prison Carr attacked other prisoners and staff on multiple occasions.

On March 25, 1997, Carr was sentenced to life imprisonment. On December 10, 2003, the sentence was reduced to 12 years.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Marie Schneider, 12-Year-Old Murderess – 1886, Germany

FULL TEXT: Berlin, July 9. [. . . ] An atrocious murder was committed here today by a girl of about 12 years. The child coaxed another little girl of about 4 years to the fourth story of a house, robbed the little one of her earrings, and then threw her out of the window. The poor creature was killed by the terrible fall. The youthful murderess confessed her guilt, giving us the reason for the deed that she wanted to possess the little girl’s earrings.

[“A Horrible Murder Committed by a Child of 12. …” The Chicago Tribune (Il.), Jul. 10, 1886, p. 5]


FULL TEXT: The trial has just concluded at Berlin of a little girl of 12, named Schneider, who was sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment for deliberately and knowingly causing the death of an infant playmate, aged three and a half. The details of the trial were most revolting, and bore out the opinion of an expert in medical jurisprudence that be had never heard of such an instance of human depravity m any criminal so young. Coveting the earrings of her playmate, which she meant to sell for sweetmeats, this little girl Schneider decoyed her victim up several flights of stairs, secured the trinkets, and then pushed their owner out of an open window. Schneider’s answer to the judge on questions of religion, law, morality, death, and life showed that she was perfectly conscious of the nature and consequences of her deliberate crime.

[“A Young Murderess.” Aberdale Times (Wales), Oct. 9, 1886, p. 3]


FROM: Havelock Ellis, The Criminal, Scribner & Welford, 1890, pp. 7-12

EXCERPT: I will now give, in some detail, the history of a more decisive and significant example of this same moral insensibility. It is in a child, and I take it from German records. Marie Schneider, a school-girl, twelve years of age, was brought before the Berlin Criminal Court in 1886. She was well developed for her age, of ordinary facial expression, not pretty, nor yet ugly. Her head was round, the forehead receding slightly, the nose rather small, the eyes brown and lively, the smooth, rather fair hair combed back.

With an intellectual clearness and precision very remarkable for her age, she answered all the searching questions put by the President of the Court without hesitation or shrinking. There was not the slightest trace of any inner emotion or deep excitement. She spoke in the same quiet equable tone in which a school-girl speaks to her teacher or repeats her lesson. And when the questions put to her became of so serious a character that the judge himself involuntarily altered his voice and tone, the little girl still remained self-possessed, lucid, childlike. She was by no means bold, but she knew that she had to answer as when her teacher spoke to her, and what she said bore the impress of perfect truth, and agreed at every point with the evidence already placed before the court. Her statement was substantially as follows:—

“My name is Marie Schneider. I was born on the 1st of May 1874, in Berlin. My father died long ago, I do not know when; I never knew him. My mother is still living; she is a machinist. I also have a younger brother. I lost a sister a year ago. I did not much like her, because she was better than I, and my mother treated her better. My mother has several times whipped me for naughtiness, and it is right that I should take away the stick with which she beat me, and to beat her. I have gone to school since I was six years old. I have been in the third class for two years. I stayed there from idleness. I have been taught reading, writing, arithmetic, geography, and history, and also religion. I know the ten commandments. I know the sixth: it is, ‘Thou shalt not kill.’ I have some playfellows at school and in the neighbourhood, and I am often with a young lady [believed to be of immoral life] who is twenty years old and lives in the same house. She has told me about her childhood, and that she was just as naughty as I am, and that she struck the teacher who was going to punish her. Some time ago, in playing in the yard, I came behind a child, held his eyes, and asked him who I was. I pressed my thumbs deep in his eyes, so that he cried out and had inflamed eyes. I knew that I hurt him, and, in spite of his crying, I did not let go until I was made to. It did not give me special pleasure, but I have not felt sorry. When I was a little child I have stuck forks in the eyes of rabbits, and afterwards slit open the belly. At least so my mother has often said; I do not remember it. I know that Conrad murdered his wife and children, and that his head was cut off. I have heard my aunt read the newspapers. I am very fond of sweets, and have several times tried to get money to buy myself sweets. I told people the money was for some one else who had no small change. I know that that was deceit. I know too what theft is. Any one who kills is a murderer, and I am a murderess. Murder is punished with death; the murderer is executed; his head is cut off. My head will not be cut off, because I am still too young. On the 7th of July my mother sent me on an errand. Then I met little Margarete Dietrich, who was three and a half years old, and whom I had known since March. I said to her that she must come with me, and I took her hand. I wanted to take away her ear-rings. They were little gold ear-rings with a coloured stone. I did not want the ear-rings for myself, but to sell at a second-hand shop in the neighbourhood, to get money to buy some cakes. When I reached the yard I wanted to go somewhere, and I called to my mother to throw me down the key. She did so, and threw me down some money too, for the errand that I was to go on. I left little Margarete on the stairs, and there I found her again. From the yard I saw that the second-floor window was half open. I went with her up the stairs to the second floor to take away the ear-rings, and then to throw her out of the window. I wanted to kill her, because I was afraid that she would betray me. She could not talk very well, but she could point to me; and if it came out, my mother would have beaten me. I went with her to the window, opened it wide, and set her on the ledge. Then I heard some one coming down. I quickly put the child on the ground and shut the window. The man went by without noticing us. Then I opened the window and put the child on the ledge, with her feet hanging out, and her face turned away from me. I did that because I did not want to look in her face, and because I could push her easier. I pulled the ear-rings out. Grete began to cry because I hurt her. When I threatened to throw her out of the window she became quiet. I took the ear-rings and put them in my pocket. Then I gave the child a shove, and heard her strike the lamp and then the pavement. Then I quickly ran downstairs to go on the errand my mother had sent me. I knew that I should kill the child. I did not reflect that little Grete’s parents would be sorry. It did not hurt me; I was not sorry; I was not sorry all the time I was in prison; I am not sorry now. The next day a policeman came to us and asked if I had thrown the child out of the window. I said no, I knew nothing about it. Then I threw away the ear-rings that I had kept hid; I was afraid they would search my pockets and find them. Then there came another policeman, and I told him the truth, because he said he would box my ears if I did not tell the truth. Then I was taken away, and had to tell people how it happened. I was taken in a cab to the mortuary. I ate a piece of bread they gave me with a good appetite. I saw little Grete’s body, undressed, on a bed. I did not feel any pain and was not sorry. They put me with four women, and I told them the story. I laughed while I was telling it because they asked me such curious questions. I wrote to my mother from prison, and asked her to send me some money to buy some dripping, for we had dry bread.”

That was what little Marie Schneider told the judge, without either hesitation or impudence, in a completely childlike manner, like a school-girl at examination; and she seemed to find a certain satisfaction in being able to answer long questions so nicely. Only once her eyes gleamed, and that was when she told how in the prison they had given her dry bread to eat. The medical officer of the prison, who had watched her carefully, declared that he could find nothing intellectually wrong in her. She was intelligent beyond her years, but had no sense of what she had done, and was morally an idiot. And this was the opinion of the other medical men who were called to examine her. The Court, bearing in mind that she was perfectly able to understand the nature of the action she had committed, condemned Marie Schneider to imprisonment for eight years. The question of heredity was not raised. Nothing is known of the father except that he is dead.

Marie Schneider differs from the previous cases, not merely by her apparent freedom from pathological elements, but by her rational motives and her intelligence. The young French woman intended nothing very serious by her brutal and unfeeling practical jokes. Marie Schneider was as thorough and as relentless in the satisfaction of her personal desires as the Marquise de Brinvilliers. But she was a child, and she would very generally be described as an example of “moral insanity.” It is still necessary to take a further step, although a very slight one, to reach what every one would be willing to accept as an instinctive criminal.

[Havelock Ellis, The Criminal, Scribner & Welford, 1890, pp. 7-12]



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Erna Janoschek, 17-Year-Old Murderess, California, 1928

Note: Reference to Hickman in article: William Edward Hickman, 19, kidnapped 12-year-ols Marian Parker in Los Angeles and ransomed her dismembered body to the parents. He was hanged on December 15, 1927.


FULL TEXT: Oakland, Calif., July 6. – “The girl Hickman” is the title police here have bestowed on Miss Erna Janoschek, 17-year old high school girl who is being held on charges of first degree murder.

Erna, a rather pretty, intelligent young flapper, strangled to death a year-old baby, Diana Liliencrentz, for whose parents Erna worked as a maid and nurse. She told about it with flip unconcern.

“I strangled the baby because I felt her mother wasn’t supporting me in managing her other child, and because I felt they were working me too hard —

At this point the girl interrupted her explanation to laugh.

“I have to laugh when the impulse comes over me,” she said. “When things like this happen I have to laugh.”

Which remarks help to explain why the police call her “the girl Hickman.”

Some criminologists here see an amazing similarity between, Erna and the young Los Angeles murderer.

Neither in looks nor psychological makeup does either one bear, any outward sign of abnormality or degeneracy. Both were bright students in school, apparently desiring to do creative things. – Erna’s room contained scraps of poetry she had scribbled. Each surrendered abruptly to the impulse to kill, and displayed no remorse or grief afterward.

Dr. and Mrs. Guy Liliencrentz, for whom Erna worked, had gone to San Francisco, where the young doctor, a recent medical college graduate, is a hospital interne. While they were gone Erna calmly called up the police to tell them she had killed the baby.

“I’d rather face the police than Mrs Liliencrentz,” she explained.

She told how she brooded, alone in the house with baby Diana and little Francora, aged 3, over her supposed overwork. Suddenly came the impulse to kill. She did not harm Francora; she was fond of the child. Instead she seized the smaller child from the crib, wrapped a towel about its neck and killed it. Then she summoned the police.

At the police station she told of having had the impulse to kill other children who had been left in her care. Always before, she said, she had overcome it. She insists, however, that a desire to be revenged on Mrs. Liliencrentz was her sole motive in this crime.

[“’Girl Hickman,’ 17, Shows No Grief  After Killing Year Old Baby,” (By NEA Service), The Havre Daily News-Promoter (Mt.), Jul. 6, 1928, p. 1]


FULL TEXT: Oakland, Sept. 24. – Erna Janoschek, 17-year-old strangler of Baby Diana Liliencrantz heard her crime fixed as first degree murder today and was sentenced to life imprisonment in San Quentin prison. The girl, smartly dressed and apparently unconcerned, smiled when she heard the sentence pronounced. She was tried last week to determine her sanity when she withdrew a plea of not guilty and stood on another plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.

“This was willful premediated murder,” said Superior Judge Fred V.. Wood, “done after reflection, and I do not see how any judge could fix it at second degree murder.

“Even though a jury found her sane,” he continued, “her cold blooded composure while on the witness stand while telling details of the crime showed she is abnormal.”

Baby Diana, year old daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Eric Liliencrantz was strangled by the Janoschek girl June 26 because, she said, “I wanted to get even with the baby’s mother for having been mean to me.”

[“Girl Strangler Sent To Prison For Life,” Santa Cruz News (Ca.), Sep. 24, 1928, p. 1]


Sep. 12, 1938 – parole denied.






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Dorothy Ellingson, 16-Year-Old Murderess – San Francisco, 1925

FULL TEXT: San Francisco, Jan. 16. – The jazz age was too much for sixteen-year-old Dorothy Ellingson. Sobbing in her cell today, the girl gave further details of a remarkable confession, telling how she shot and killed her mother.

“She scolded me.” Over and over the youngest murderess in San Francisco history repeated her only excuse, rocking to and fro in her despair.

Tuesday morning she had taken her brother’s revolver, killed her mother as the latter lay in bed, packed a bag with some gay dresses and gone off to dance and play with “boy friends.”

Having murdered the kindly grey-haired mother who remonstrated with her for living at too fast a pace, Dorothy Ellingson sought refuge in a mad whirl of jazz.

Erotic verse scrawled in the cold hall bedroom where she she spent Tuesday night while the police began their search for her mother’s slayer, should the girl had become, from a simple Minnesota county girl, a product of environment that included public dance halls and “speak easies” in place of a home.

Ellingson, the father, was a Swedish tailor. “I never want to see Dorothy again,” he moans.

A brother, Earl, is equally bitter, “I hope she hangs,” he cried today.

[“‘She Scolded Me,’ Girl Sobs In Cell, Confessing Crime – Jazz Age Proved Too Much for Dorothy Ellingson, 16 – Shot Mother as She Lay in Bed.” The News-Herald (Franklin and Oil City, Pa.), Jan. 16, 1925, p. 1]


Jan. 12, 1925 – DE murders her mother.
Jan. 14, 1925 – DE arrested.
Jan. 21, 1925 – DE pleads not guilty.
Mar. 29, 1925 – DE ordered to stand trial in her mother's death.
Apr. 6?, 1925 – DE declared insane (her lawyer’s strategy).
Aug. 22, 1925 – DE is found guilty of manslaughter.
Aug. 27, 1925 – She is sentenced to 1-10 years in San Quentin Prison.
1932 – DE leaves prison after serving six years.
1936 – DE weds Robert Stafford Sr.; div.(?)/separ.(?) in 1956. 2 children from marriage.
Jan. 10, 1955 – DE arrested for larceny.
1967 – DE dies (rather than1962), according to a descendant.


FULL TEXT (from 1955): A murderess and her 16-year-old son stare at each other from opposite sides of Marin County Jail today—the mother awaiting sentencing for a clothing and jewelry theft, the boy jailed on a burglary charge.

The bitter past of Mrs. Robert Stafford caught up with her yesterday in a fashion reminiscent of a Hollywood melodrama.

A routine Sacramento finger: print check revealed that the 46-year-old woman, arrested last month for stealing belongings worth $2,000 from her former Mill Valley employers, is also Dorothy Ellingson, convicted in 1925 of killing her mother with a pistol.

The sensational murder trial of that year made headlines for Dorothy Ellingson, the "jazz girl” who killed because she could not attend a party.

It was this story that young Robert Stafford Jr. heard for the first time yesterday from his mother’s lips.

"He took it like a man,” she told reporters later.

Like many released convicts, Dorothy Ellingson ran into more troubles after her six and one-half years in San Quentin Prison.

One year after her release she was arrested for stealing clothing from a roommate but charges were dropped after she tried to kill herself by inhaling gas.

She changed jobs and her name several times after that “because they were always recognizing me.”

From 1936 to 1952 she lived as the wife of Robert Stafford Sr., a construction worker whom she bore two children, the boy now in jail and a girl who now is married and has a child.

After leaving Stafford she retained the name of Diane Stafford and worked as a stenographer and domestic servant. She was performing domestic work for Mrs. Kathryn Symonds of 7 Plymouth avenue. Mill Valley, when she took jewelry and clothing from the home. She has pleaded guilty to grand theft.

On Monday she appears before Judge Thomas Keating for sentencing.

She was arrested Jan. 10 by Mill Valley police on charges she took clothes and jewelry including three diamond rings worth $500. $400 and $200 from the home of Symonds last November. She had quit the job there on Jan. 1 and was working in a San Anselmo home when arrested.

Her son is a ward of the Marin Juvenile Court. He has been in trouble – first on charges of car stealing and now on suspicion of burglary.

[Jerry Adams, “Both In Jail Cells – Son Told Secret of Slayer Mom,” Daily Independent Journal (San Rafael, Ca.), Feb. 9, 1955, p. 1]













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Frances Sulinski, 13-Year-Old Murderess, Brooklyn, 1919

FULL TEXT: Frances Sulinski, the 13-year-old servant girl, arrested late Friday by Detective Francis A. Dougherty on suspicion of having poisoned Solomon Kramer, the 14-months-old child of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Kramer of 580 Shefield ave., confessed today that she had deliberately murdered the child.

She did so, she told Detective Dougherty, to get revenge on Brandel Nusshaum, the 70-year-old nurse maid. She thought the happening would be laid at the door of the old nurse. She also admitted that she poured lysol into the elderly servant’s favorite teapot with the hope that the woman would drink it.

The girl, probably the youngest of her sex ever arraigned in the Children’s Court on a charge of destroying human life, was taken before justice Cornelius F. Collins this afternoon in the juvenile tribunal. She faced the Court with a few sobs but no tears.

She is tall and spare, greatly overgrown for her years. Her eyes are blue and honest-looking. Her hair is blonde and straggly. She has none of the marks that would indicate a degenerate type.

~ District Attorney Gets Case. ~

Justice Collins, seeing that the charge was homicide and in the first degree, announced that he would sit as a magistrate. He remanded the girl to the Children’s Society without bail and instructed Detective Dougherty to take the matter to the District Attorney. The only words the girl uttered were in answer to a question from Court as to her age.

“I will be 14 in September.” she said.

Details or the poisoning of the little v stamp the girl as a juvenile I.u- eretia lloigia. Her murderous act s planned with devilish cunning and perpetrated with nicety.

She went to work for the Kramers a week ago last Wednesday. She had been slaying at her cousin’s following her departure from home. It developed today that she left home not because she was abused, as she told officers of the Children’s Society, but because she had been caught by her father. John Sulinski, a Park Department employe, stealing $20.

At the Kramers she began work at $1.80 a day. After a few days she nt to Mrs. Kramer and told her, Mrs. Kramer says, that she thought so much of the Kramer children, there were five of them, and liked the surrounding so much that she preferred to work for nothing.

“I asked her if she would work for board and lodging, and she said she would,” Mrs. Kramer said today. “She immediately seemed pleased with the proposition, and began the task.”

She attended school at No 173, and did her housework before and after school hours.

But quarrels between her and the the two they made “I wanted to get even with the nurse,” the girl told Detective Dougherty in her confession. “I knew that she was charged with the care of the children. I knew that the lysol was poison and the very day that Mr. Kramer warned me to be careful of it the thought entered my head.

“I waited my chance. Thursday afternoon Mrs Kramer went out into the yard to fix some clothes. A moment before she had been in the kitchen, where the nurse and I were, and had told us she was going to the market with some eggs. I thought she had gone. I went upstairs. The child. Solomon – oh, yes; I loved him – was asleep.

~ Woke Baby to Give Poison. ~

“I waked him up. I took down the bottle of lysol. I said to the little fellow. “Here! Take some cough medicine.’ Then I poured it in his mouth.

“When he screamed I became frightened am! knew I had done wrong. I ran out of the room. But as I ran out I met Mrs. Kramer who had heard the child cry. She ran in and returned a moment later declaring the child had been poisoned.

“It was my idea that it would appear that the boy got the poison by mistake. Then the nurse would have been blamed. When I saw that this might not work I poured some of the lysol in the teapot. You know they have a habit in that house of making tea and letting it stand and then adding hot water to the strong tea.”

The confession was made today at the Children’s Society, where she had completely fooled officials since her entry. The evidence of the teapot broke down her story. Detective Dougherty interviewed her and she repeated the old story tending to show the probability of an accident.

“How about this. Why did you put the stug in the teapot. Smell it!” said Dougherty, pushing the pot under her nose.

Then she broke down and confessed.

There are four other Kramer children, Sam, 7; Louis, 6; Isidor, 5, and Rebecca, 4. Their father is a neckwear presser. They live in an old farmhouse and they have a small income additional to his wage through a flock of 90 chickens they keep.

~ “Always a Good Girl” Father Says. ~

John Sulinski, father of the girl, was in court. He said:

“I cannot understand it.” The girl was always a good girl. She loved her three brothers and was verv good to Peter, four years old. my baby.”

“Did she leave you because you beat her”“ he was asked.

“I did beat her when she stole. When it was stolen I accused her. She admitted it. I punished her and she ran away I had been looking for her when I learned of her arrest “

“Was she always a rational child?”

“Yes And only recently she developed the trait of stealing.”

[“Girl, 13, Confesses She Poisoned Baby; Tried To Kill Nurse 70-Year-Old Woman Prompted Murder, Frances Sulinski Says.” The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (New York, N. Y.), Aug. 4, 1919, p. 1]







More cases: Youthful Borgias: Girls Who Commit Murder


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The Anti-Family Agenda as Explained in 1977 - Mary Jo Bane, Washington D.C. Bureaucrat

Mary Jo Bane became Commissioner of the New York State Department of Social Services prior to her appointment with the Clinton administration. In 1993, President Clinton appointed her Assistant secretary of Health and Human Services (HSS) for Families and Children.


FULL TEXT: Wellsley, Mass. (AP) - Once upon a time, the American family was a vibrant collage of love, care and nurturing. Then technology hit. Families moved more often, losing touch with relatives and friends. More mothers joined the labor force. More marriages dissolved, single parents became more common. And juvenile crime increased.

The American family was dying, many of the experts declared.

Many, but not Mary Jo Bane. To her, the notion of the family falling apart was fairy tale.

Dr. Bane, 34, an assistant professor of education at Wellsley College and associate director of the school’s Center for Research on Women, concluded after careful statistical analysis the family was far from dead - surviving and, in fact, healthy. She stated her case in a book, “Here to Stay: American Families in the Twentieth Century.” Dr Bane, after consideration, took issue with a number of widely held beliefs, like the notion Americans in the past drew strength from the extended family – two or more generations living happily and productively under one roof.

~ Contentions Disputed ~

In the 18th and 19th Centuries, she said, only six per cent of the country's households contained more than one generation. In 1970 about 7.5 per cent of America's families included relatives other than parents and children in the same home. She opposed, too, the suggestion that a declining birth rate indicates disintegration of the family.

“Some people aren’t going to have any children,” she said. “Some put it off. Some aren't having as many I don't really see any widespread childlessness. People are having their
first child later.”

“Yes. we're just coming out of a period of low birth rate, she said. "But we're comparing it to the so-called baby boom of the previous period.”

“Baby boom babies were contraceptive mistakes, when people have the first baby later, they're more effective users of birth control, because they used it so well before having the Dr Bane was interviewed recently in her office on the Wellsley campus. There, in the renovated country estate that is home for the Center for Research on Women, she discussed her findings and offered more support for her conclusion that today's family is a healthy one.

“Families are among our most conservative institutions,” she said. “But when people begin talking about the Family, that’s obviously changing.”

~ People Still Have Children ~

“I tried to separate out and think more specifically about family relationships in my work,” she said. “I looked at the data that illuminated bonds between people. People are continuing to have children and keep children with them after a disruption.”

Years ago, she said, mothers probably did not spend as much time with their children as today's working mother. In the past, she reasoned, women had more work to do around the house with more children and fewer time-saving devices. Working mothers today, Dr. Bane said, often are criticized as bad parents because they are not home with their children. Working fathers, on the other hand, aren't subject to the same rebuke.

“What happens to children depends not only on what happens in the homes, but what happens in the outside world,” she said. "We really don't know how to raise children. If we want to talk about equality of opportunity for children, then the fact that children are raised in families means there's no equality.

~ Working Mothers Not Harmful ~

“It’s a dilemma. In order to raise children with equality, we must take them away from families and communally raise them.”

“There is no evidence.” Dr. Bane said, “that having a working mother per se has harmful effects on children.” Citing studies in Syracuse and Boston in 1968 and 1973, she said there is evidence many working mothers set aside time exclusively for their children.

“They probably read more to their children and spend more time in planned activities with them than nonworking mothers,” she said.

Those who contend the family is breaking apart also maintain increased mobility has caused fragmentation and isolation. Government statistics, she said in rejecting that notion, show about 20 per cent of the population moved each year in the 1970s. Only four per cent moved to other states. And most of those who moved, she said, were the young and the unmarried.

~ Less Mobility in the 1970s ~

In 1974, she said, 60.7 per cent of the population between 35 to 44 lived in the same house as in 1970. Studies of 18th and 19th century households showed a higher rate of mobility, she said.

“For example, only 32 per cent of the population of Philadelphia remained in the city from 1850 to 1860; 44 per cent of the 1880 population of Omaha were still there in 1890,” Dr. Bane said.

“If mobility is destroying community and social life in America,” she concluded, “it has been doing so for a long time.”

As for divorce, Dr. Bane said she sees it as a “safety valve” for families. “It makes for better family life,” she said.

“There's no merit in holding families together just for the sake of it. For this reason, divorce improves the quality of marriages.”

And most divorced people remarry, she said. “In general, the remarriage rate has kept pace with the divorce rate, suggesting that it is not marriage itself but the specific marital partner that is rejected.”

[Dolores Barclay, The Family: College Professors Discuss the American Family,” syndicated (AP), Florence Morning News (S.C.), Aug. 21, 1977, p. 85]