Sunday, February 7, 2016

Anne-Marie Boeglin, 17-Year-Old Serial Killer – 1838, Alsace, France


Note: A reader has been kind enough to offer some details of this case gleaned from the 2011 book shown below. We are told that the girl's motive was actually of a mitigating nature, she having been the victim of incestuous rape by the  her brothers and perhaps her father. For the moment this not will stand as a corrective elaboration to the texts below that do not mention this aspect of the case. [Robert St. Estephe, Aug. 20, 2016]

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FULL TEXT: A horrible case of parricide and double fratricide, has occurred in Stetten, a small village in the department of the upper Rhine. The murderess is a daughter and sister! – her name is Anne Marie Boeglin, a young girl of very attractive appearance, of less than 18 years of age. It seems this unnatural monster has been addicted to intoxicating drinks from childhood, and availed herself of every opportunity, even by theft, to procure liquor. Her father was weak enough to suffer her to go unpunished, until her conduct became so outrageous he besought his eldest son to confine her occasionally to her room. This brother was her first victim. The second undertook the unpleasant charge, and he suddenly sickened and died. The old man was then compelled, too late to restrain her, and was speedily taken ill; and suspicion being now awakened, it was found he had been poisoned with arsenic. He died in a few hours, and upon disinterment of the bodies of the sons, it was found they had perished from the same cause. She had been condemned to the awful death prescribed by the law for the parricide.

[Untitled, The North American (Philadelphia, Pa.), Nov. 23, 1839, p. 2]

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Victims:

Father, 46
Jacques, brother, 21
Joseph, brother, 23

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01 septembre 1839; Anne-Marie Boeglin; Colmar; PARRICIDE, 17 ans. A Stetten, en 1838, empoisonne à l'arsenic blanc son père, 46 ans, adjoint au maire, et ses frères, Jacques, 21 ans, et Joseph, 23 ans. Ivrogne et voleuse, Anne-Marie était punie physiquement par son père à chaque récidive, et à sa mort, ses fils avaient été "chargés" d'assurer les châtiments de leur soeur. – Arrêt cassé, acquittée à Strasbourg le 16 février 1840.

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Case is featured in the book: Serge Janouin Beranti, Les empoisonneurs: 13 Affaires Criminelles, 2011, Bout de la Rue

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More cases: Serial Killer Girls

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http://unknownmisandry.blogspot.com/2015/11/youthful-borgias-girls-who-murder.html

More cases: Youthful Borgias: Girls Who Commit Murder

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13 comments:

  1. I'd like to point out a correct, in the translated it said she was pardoned and the rest of her sentence payed off in Strausborg? While an intriguing case, it would be nice if this were more clear.

    You can't even find an English wikipedia article about her. I guess it's only interested if they're guillotined.

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    1. Hold on a minute, had been. It is subtle but important.

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    2. In doing some of my own research by a friend that translated some documents, the murder of Jacques was actually most likely accidental and she merely intended to make him really sick.

      My reasoning is the amount of time it took for Jacques to die was two days. On the other hand the other murders were ... interesting.

      For one her father and brother were in a fight with a fighter in another town and she wanted two make sure at least her father died so he wouldn't continue raping her.

      So the evidence strongly points in the direction that she only intended double murder. It's still not super great.

      But it's not "serial murder" in the traditional sens of the word.

      I think I will check out the rest of thirteen poisoned cases when I can financially afford. If you can ... support the book.

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    3. Deaths from poisoning (arsenic) that take multiple days are -- among the hundreds of cases I have studied -- the rule rather than the exception. You mention "rape." Please cite your exact source(s) on this aspect of the case. I will study the source(s).

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    4. Specifically it is in the 13 poisoned cases when translated to English by a French friend of the Serge Jenouin book.

      Still trying to determined if the case is fictional or true. Not entirely clear.

      With English how it is, it is hard to find things in French.

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    5. Same person, gmail giving me problems on phone.

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    6. Here we go. Mobile site is weird.

      Are you asking for link to book or source for the poison thing?

      I can't help with the poison thing. I only have the times I poisoned myself to go by there. Not real helpful.

      With comet actually, not around at time, its actually really hard to kill yourself on it. You mostly get sick.

      Please dont ask how I know this. Ashamed by it.

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    7. Granted attemoted suicide only situations are purely a different thing anyway.

      But English seems a bit less subtle than French in determining if cases are true or fictional.

      Sorry for all the messages, I wish there was an edit button.

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    8. Life very similar to Boeglin's. Except not French, transgendered, and attempted suicide.

      If you ever need help with information let me know.

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    9. And yes it goes into a lot more detail about Jacques and Joseph drugging Anna with wine before gang raping her.

      According to Serge, there was also insinuation her father was perhaps raping her.

      Obviously I just cant help wonder what Ursula and Mariannne are thinking when shit starts hitting the fan.

      Fascinating tragic case if a true story in any way.

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    10. I'm going to ask for an English version of that book just to make sure translator translated it right.

      You got ti dig deep when finding kinship.

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  2. If studio producers know about this case, please do a documentary at the very least. This case is deeply tragic and fascinating.

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  3. OK I will be siting your website as a source for my blog novel, although feel free to request me to remove it if better sources become available!

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