Thursday, October 12, 2017

Franziska Tyka, Polish Bandit Queen - 1927


FULL TEXT: Berlin. – American women gangsters might well take lessons from Franziska Tyka, notorious Polish bandit.

The Bobbed Hair Bandit was a piker compared to her. But ambitious American women criminals who might like to receive instruction will have to wait. She has just been sentenced by the Criminal court Rybnkik, in Polish Upper Silesia, to seven years’ hard labor. It was proved that in the last five years she and her gang of about 20 men committed 31 robberies, and they are suspected of countless more.

Franziska was no ordinary robber chieftain. For her life was a pleasantly varied but pleasantly interwoven of love and loot, or, rather, loot and love. Franziska’s motto was “business first, pleasure afterward.” During the last ten years she and her gang were the terror of Upper Silesia, and she was both the terror and idol of her gang.

~ A False Halo. ~

A false halo of romance surrounds her crimes, which outshine the most imaginative efforts of the writers of the most lurid fiction. When Franziska stood before the judge in Rybnik she lifted her small soft hands – an alluring figure for all of her forty-one years – and begged for mercy for those of her band who were captured with her. Coquettishly throwing back her golden blond bobbed hair, she told him: “I committed all these robberies in the full confidence of the unshakable love of my men and in the belief that they were loyal to me to their death.”

Her life of crime began 22 years ago, when she was nineteen. She said she was driven to commit her first breach of the law. She conceived an intense hatred of society, which she indulged by her crimes. She led a life in which no demoralization was strange to her. Yet still she retains her feminine charm. No judge would have suspected, without the evidence submitted, that with these small and soft hands she had herself thrown the torch into peaceful farmhouses to start the fire which preceded the pillage.

Twenty men, between the ages of twenty and fifty, followed her command in the forests around Pless and Rybnik. A word from her and they would sally forth to attack and plunder peaceful settlements. The terror done, they would hasten back to their encampment. For ten years they worshiped her – her courage, her criminal brain and her sex. For Franziska had been mistress of them all in turn. That was her ultimate power over them.

~ Led Band in Person. ~

The fact was fully established at before she and her gang started on their raids, after all preparations were complete, she undressed completely and thus led her band to battle. Jealousy between the members of the band she kept down by feminine tact and kindness.

But fate at last overtook Franziska through one of her latest lovers, one of her gang who was fifty. For some time he believed he was unduly neglected by her. At last his jealousy drove him to betray her to the Polish police. Surrounded by a cordon of police and soldiers in their forest retreat, she and most of her band were starved into surrender.

With this capture the robberies around Pless and Rybnik have ceased. Those few of the band who have escaped have scattered to the four winds. Without their sweetheart and captain they are helpless. They are waiting impatiently the end of the weary seven years to come when she will be restored to liberty and to them. But will she be able to charm them seven years hence?

[“Woman Bandit Rules Her Band By Lure of Sex – Polish Woman and Gang Starved Into Capture After Many Crimes.” The Woodville Republican (Mississippi), Feb. 25, 1927, p. 1]

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Catherine Muthoni, Accused Cannibal Spree Killer – 2015, Kenya


February 17, 2015, Korogocho, Nairobi, Kenya – Murder victims: Muthoni’s baby boy (1 week); neighbor’s children: Nyambura Gatei (4), Peter Gatei (10 days).

No news reports dating from after the arraignment of the suspect in early July 2015 have been found.

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FULL TEXT (Jul. 9, 2015) – A woman accused of murdering and eating her son has denied the charges in a city court. Catherine Muthoni, 20, has been undergoing psychiatric evaluation for more than two months after she was accused of killing her son and two other children belonging. The court heard that Muthoni had attempted to strangle her aunt in their house following disagreements with her husband.She reportedly had just delivered the baby boy and had lived with her aunt for a few days. Police said that the Muthoni turned her anger on her son who was asleep after her aunt sneaked out of the house. She allegedly slit the toddler’s belly with a kitchen knife, ate his intestines and part of his heart before drinking his blood.

The accused is said to have gone to her friend Nelius Muthoni’s house where she killed her two children. Police arrived in time to save the Muthoni from an angry mob that was baying for her blood. She was arraigned in court on February 19, but was taken to Mama Lucy Kibaki Hospital in Kayole after she appeared weak and unable to talk or walk without support.

The accused, according to doctors at the Mama Lucy Kibaki Hospital, used strange terms to communicate and recommended further psychiatric evaluation. Muthoni denied the charges and was remanded in custody until November 2, as she is also facing murder charges at another court.

“I didn’t kill and eat my son — Korogocho woman,” SDE Entertainment News, Jul. 9, 2015]

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[Another source: Stella Cherono, “Police detain woman in gruesome Korogocho triple murder,” Daily Nation (Nairobi, Kenya), Feb. 17, 2015]

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Natalia Baksheeva, Russian Confessed Serial Killer – 2017


News reports appeared September 25, 2017 about the arrest of a cannibalistic serial killer couple in Krasnodar, Russia, Natalia Baksheeva, 42, a nurse at a military academy, and Dmitry Baksheev, 35. Neighbors reported that both were frequently seen in public in an intoxicated state.

Investigation of the pair began on September 11 when a discarded phone was discovered by road construction worker Roman Khomyakov containing gruesome photos of severed human body parts, including “photos of a man with different parts of a dismembered human body in his mouth,” according to the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs. Police were able to identify the phone’s owner.A day after the phone’s discovery a bag containing dismembered, female believed to be Elena Vashrusheva, was discovered a military aviation school dormitory near the couple’s home located within a military base.

A Police raid on the couple's apartment building turned up over half-a-dozen body parts, canned flesh, body parts in saline solution, frozen meat (possibly human, and 'recipes' for cooking a human. In the courtyard and basement were additional body fragments.

“Dmitry Baksheev has reportedly confessed to two murders – that of the woman photographed on the phone and an additional 2012 killing.” Yet Natalia “has reportedly confessed to being involved in preying on, kidnapping, killing and eating at least 30 victims since 1999.”

Natalia had apparently cooked remains of victims into meat pies which she sold around the military academy.

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Sources:
[“Kuban Cannibals: Russian Couple Accused of Killing, Eating 30 People Detained,” Sputnik,  Sep. 25, 2017]
[“Selfies with human remains: Russian ‘cannibal couple’ detained after gruesome find,” RT, Sep. 25, 2017]
 [Will Stewart, “’Cannibal couple made human meat PIES and supplied them to local restaurants after luring female victims on Russian dating sites',” Daily Mail, Sep. 27, 2017]
[, “Russian ‘cannibal couple’ may have drugged, killed and eaten as many as 30 people, police say,” Washington Post, Sep. 26, 2017]

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