Wednesday, December 30, 2015

The “Rouge” Husband-Poisoners – Hungary, 1900


FULL TEXT: Vienna, March 24. – Six peasant woman at Zlifet [sic], 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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FULL TEXT (translated from German): In the southern Hungarian village of Liget, six women were arrested, against which the condition is imposed that they have slaughtered their men by poison from the world. This chain of crimes was revealed by the confession of a widow named Eva Kovacs, that she had “freed herself from her husband” in this manner. The injured woman called several Liget farmwomen, who had also evacuated their men with poison. These crimes are facilitated by the fact that the poison is made available to everyone because the Serbian and Romanian women of this Laudsgegend use a make-up under the name “Szeretsika,” which is extracted from the fruit of the datura [flower: “Angel’s Trumpet”] and is of extremely poisonous nature.

[“Six women as murderers.” (Sechs Frauen als Mörderinnen.), Voralberger Tagblatt. (Voralberg, Austria), April 6, 1900. p. 3]

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FULL TEXT: In der südungarischen Ortschaft Liget wurden 6 Frauen verhaftet, gegen welche die Auflage erhoben wird, dass sie ihre Männer durch Gift aus der Welt geschlaefft haben. Ausgedeckt wurde diese Kette von Verbrechen durch das Geständnis einer Wittwe, namens Eva Kovacs, dass sie sich aus diese Weife “von ihrem Mann befreit habe.” Die Verhastete nannte mehrere Ligeter Bauerenfrauen, welche ebenfalls mit Gift ihre Männer aus dem Wege geräumt hätter. Erleichtest werden diese Verbrechen dadurch, dass der Bezug von Gift Jedermann zugänglich gemacht wird, weil die serblichen und rumänischen Frauen sener Laudesgegend eine Schminke unter der ärtlichen Bezeichnung “Szeretsika” benützen, welche aus der Frucht des Stechapfels gewonnen wird und ungemein giftiger Natur ist.

[Sechs Frauen als Mörderinnen. Voralberger Tagblatt. (Voralberg, Austria), 6. April 1900. p. 3]

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Four other cases involving poisonous flowers:
1895 – Gaetani Stimoli ("Stomoli") – Aderno, Catania, Sicily – carramuni
1897 – Azalai Maria Jager – Hodmezovassarhely, Hungary – belladonna
1905 – Malvina Roester – Kristyor, Romania (“Hungary) – rose bay leaves
1909 – Frau Szari Grosskanizsalich, Vorhahre, Somogy Cty, Hungary – black henbane


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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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