Wednesday, December 30, 2015

“Rouge Husband-Poisoners” – Austro-Hungarian Empire 1900


The village that is here spelled “Zlifet” has not yet been identified on any map. Although the article gives the nation as “Hungary,” it was common during the period in question to refer to any region in the Austro-Hungarian Empire outside Austria proper as “Hungary.”

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FULL TEXT: Vienna, March 24. – Six peasant woman at Zlifet, Hungary, banded themselves together to free themselves from their husbands. They put poison concocted from face rouge in their  husbands’ drink. The affair might have been undiscovered had not one of the conspirators, happily for the husbands, boasted of what what was to be done. All the women have been arrested.

[“Poisoned Their Husbands. – Six Peasant Women Conspired to Murder, One Boasted and All Were Caught.” The Pittsburg Post (Pa.), Mar. 25, 1900, p. 8]

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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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