Eight corpses of newborns were discovered in the home of Johann (55) and Andrea (45) Göppner, in Wallenfels, Germany on November 13, 2015. Andrea had been thrown out of the house the previous September when her husband discovered she was cheating on him. The couple had three living children and Andrea had four additional children with various other men.
The search began after Andrea, intoxicated, disclosed to her husband that she had hidden babies’ bodies in their home. She had previously told him that her pregnancies had resulted in miscarriages. Her admission was overheard by a female neighbor. She discovered several and notified police whose search turned up more corpses, “wrapped in hand towels and placed in plastic bags locked in a disused sauna-turned that had been used as a cupboard.”
Andrea made a confession through her lawyer that “she had given birth to each of her babies at home, unaccompanied, and had wrapped each of them in a towel. As soon as a baby moved or cried, she suffocated it before placing its corpse in a plastic bag or box and hiding it in the flat. But she could not remember how many she had killed.” The births occurred from 2003 to 2013.
She was tried for four homicides, since one was determined to be a stillbirth and autopsies were unable to determine whether three of the other babies had been born alive.
Johann Göppner was acquitted on charges of being an accessory. Andrea was given leniency by the judge because premeditation could not be proved and she was sentenced to 14 years in prison. [Robert St. Estephe]
[Sources: Zoie O'Brien, “Mum jailed after eight baby corpses found hidden in home; A MOTHER who killed four of her children and kept their corpses has been jailed.” Express, Jul. 21, 2016; Kate Connolly, “German police arrest woman after discovery of eight dead babies,” The Guardian (London, England), Nov. 13, 2015]
Andrea Göppner, 45.
Nov. 13, 2015 – corpses discovered (born 2003-2013)
Jul. 21, 2016 – 14 years in prison
Method – suffocation.
8 deaths – 4 homicides, 3 indeterminate, 1 stillbirth.
[Andrea Goeppner; Angrea G.]
For more cases of this type, see Serial Baby-Killer Moms.