Saturday, March 12, 2016

Elka Cansfried, New York City Vamp – 1897


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Elka Canzfried, “The Woman Bluebeard.”

The New York woman is said to have been married to eleven men, and it is asserted that she has never procured a divorce from any of them, though none of the eleven husbands is dead. She is reported to have made a practice of marrying men who had money, and it is charged that, after getting all they had, she would treat them so badly that they were glad to leaver her at any cost. The story goes that she would then seek a fresh victim.

[“Eliza Canzfried, ‘The Woman Bluebeard.’” St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Mo.), Apr. 19, 1897, p. 1]

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For more cases like this one, see: Vamps – Femmes Fatales – Predatory Women

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