Sunday, November 15, 2015

Mary Stewart, 16-Year-Old Murderess, Pennsylvania, 1890


FULL TEXT: Pittsburg, April 21. – Mary Stewart, a girl 16 years of age, is under arrest at McKeesport, on a charge of poisoning her mother, two sisters and a 4-year-old brother, James, from the effects of which the little boy died yesterday. The Stewart family lived in the most wretched of poverty-stricken quarters in McKeesport.

The doctor on arrival suspected that they had taken arsenic, and administered the proper remedies. He in the meantime instituted an inquiry and found that the family had been taken ill on partaking of some soup prepared by the daughter, Mary, strongly impregnated with arsenic. Mary Stewart, who is in jail, denies having put the arsenic in the soup.

[“Family Poisoned. – The Daughter Arrested, Charged With the Crime.” The Evening Bulletin (Maysville, Ky.), Apr. 21, 1890, p. 1]

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