Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Elizabeth Wettlaufer, Serial Killer Nurse – Canada, 2016

Elizabeth Tracy Mae Wettlaufer (née Elizabeth Mae Parker; born June 10, 1967) is a convicted Canadian serial killer and former registered nurse who confessed to murdering eight senior citizens and attempting to murder six others in Southwestern Ontario between 2007 and 2016.

~ Murders and assaults

While she was a nurse at Caressant Care, a long-term care home in Woodstock, Wettlaufer began injecting some of the patients with insulin. In some cases, the amount was not enough to kill the patient; Wettlaufer was charged with, and confessed to, aggravated assault or attempted murder for those cases.

Wettlaufer's first assaults occurred sometime between June 25 and December 31, 2007. She confessed that she injected sisters Clotilde Adriano (age 87) and Albina Demedeiros (88) with insulin. While they later died, neither of their deaths was attributed to Wettlaufer. She confessed to two counts of aggravated assault in these matters.

The first case in which Wettlaufer injected a patient with enough insulin to cause their death was on August 11, 2007, when she murdered James Silcox (84), a World War II veteran and father of six. Through March 2014, Wettlaufer also murdered the following patients at Caressant Care: Maurice "Moe" Granat (84), Gladys Millard (87), Helen Matheson (95), Mary Zurawinski (96), Helen Young (90), Maureen Pickering (79).

While at Caressant Care, Wettlaufer also injected Michael Priddle (63) and Wayne Hedges (57) "with intent to murder". She confessed to two counts of attempted murder in these cases. She left employment at Caressant Care in 2014, but in part-time work at other facilities and at patients' homes, she injected three more people with insulin:

• Killed Arpad Horvath (75) at Meadow Park facility in London, Ontario
• Injected Sandra Towler (77) "with intent to murder" at a retirement home in Paris, Ontario
• Injected Beverly Bertram (68) "with intent to murder" at a private residence in Ingersoll, Ontario.

Wettlaufer entered an inpatient drug rehabilitation program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), a psychiatric hospital in Toronto, on September 16, 2016. She confessed to staff about killing and attempting to kill her patients, and CAMH staff notified the College of Nurses of Ontario and the Toronto Police Service of her confession. She then personally emailed the College of Nurses to resign as a registered nurse because she had "deliberately harmed patients in [her] care and [was] now being investigated by the police for same", personally called an investigator from the College, and had CAMH staff fax a four-page handwritten confession. Wettlaufer had confessed to killing patients several times prior to her confession at CAMH, including to a lawyer who advised her to keep it a secret, and was not reported to police.

After providing police with a 2-hour-long confession, Wettlaufer was formally charged with the eight murders on October 25. After further investigation, she was also charged with four counts of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated assault on January 13, 2017. She waived her right to a preliminary hearing, and confessed to all charges in court on June 1, 2017. On June 26, 2017, Wettlaufer was sentenced to eight concurrent life terms in prison, with no possibility of parole for 25 years.

In her confession, she admitted that she "knew the difference between right and wrong" but she was visited by "surges" she could not control. She said, "God or the devil or whatever, wanted me to do it." After one murder, she felt "the surging ... And then [heard her own] laughter afterwards, which was really, it was like a cackling from the pit of hell." She told police she had tried to stop killing, and she had told friends, a former partner and her pastor about the killings, but no one took her seriously.

She was held at the Grand Valley Institution for Women in Kitchener, Ontario.

[Excerpted from Wikipedia]



Elizabeth Tracey Mae Wettlaufer

Aug. 17, 2007 – James Silcox (84), died.
Dec. 23, 2007 – Maurice (Moe) Granat (84), died.
Oct. 27, 2011 – Helen Matheson (95), died.
Oct. 14, 2011 – Gladys Millard (87), died.
Nov. 7, 2011 – Mary Zurawinski (96), died.
Jul. 14, 2013 – Helen Young (90), died.
Mar. 28, 2014 – Maureen Pickering (79), Woodstock Ontario, died.
Aug. 31, 2014 – Arpad Horvath (75), Meadow Park, London, Ontario, Can., died..
Sep. 20, 2016 – “Toronto's Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) alerted Toronto police in September about information provided by the former nurse about the deaths of the patients”
Sep. 29, 2016 – OPP investigation began.
2016 – Elizabeth Wettlaufer arrested.
Oct. 6, 2016 – Wettlaufer, 49, entered into a peace bond.
Oct. 25, 2016 – Wettlaufer was charged in connection with the deaths that occurred between August 2007 and August 2014.


Poem by Elizabeth Tracey Mae Wettlaufer

Inevitable (circa 2011)

She watches some life drain from the notch in his neck vein.
As it soothingly pools it smothers her pain.
Sweet stiletto so sharp craves another cut.
Obeying a call she moves to his gut.
Blade traces a line from navel to spine
grating on rib bones slicing intestine.



For more cases, see Sicko Nurses


Brenda Jacobs, Double Black Widow – New Orleans, 2015

In September 1990 Brenda shot her 39-year old husband Darrell Williams to death in their home on the 2300 block of Dumaine Street. She was sentenced to five years in prison for manslaughter. The victim’s sister, Patricia Jones, told The Times-Picayune in November 2015 that her brother was shot in his sleep by a wife. Brenda had learned that he had gotten another woman pregnant. She was booked for second-degree murder but was offered a plea deal for manslaughter that would allow her to serve only five years in prison.

Brenda remarried to a man named Billie Ray Jacobs It was in late October 2015 that, in the same home, Brenda murdered husband number twwo. This time the murder weapon was a knife. She stabbed Billie Ray’s dogs two, but they did not die. Brenda wrote a note in a spiral notebook found near the body. The note said that she killed her husband and tried to kill their dogs and herself "so that they could be at peace." They had been arguing about money and had been worried about tax debt, fearing the loss of the house.

Again, Brenda, charged with second-degree murder was offered a manslaughter plea, which she accepted. Yet this time she was sebntenced to 30 years in prison.

At the sentencing hearing on July 14, 2017, Brenda Wheeler, sister of Billie Jay Jacobs, said, "We accepted Brenda into our family because Billie loved her and that's what family do. You took your first husband's life, and now you took Billie's, too. It's hard waking up knowing we can't see or talk to him again. His dogs were his everything, and you tried to take their lives, too. My hope is for you to spend all your last days in solitude, thinking about all the lives you've taken."

[Robert St. Estephe, Unknown History of Misandry, Dec. 12, 2018]


Sep. 1990 – Husband #1, Darrell (Clarence) Williams, 39, murdered, gunshots.
Sep. 16, 1991 – Brenda pleaded guilty to manslaughter.
Jan. 1992 – sentenced to five years in prison.
Oct. 28 (circa), 2015 – Husband #2, Billie Ray Jacobs, 64, stabbed to death.
Oct. 30, 2015 – body found, Brenda (62) arrested.
Jul. 14, 2017 – pleaded guilty to a reduced count of manslaughter;sentenced to 30 years in state prison.
Brenda (AKA Brenda Washington)

Danny Monteverde, Eyewitness News, “Police: Woman has killed two husbands in same Treme house - 25 years apart,” USA Today, Nov. 2, 2015
Ken Daley, “'The hole in me will never close,' says Treme woman convicted of killing 2 husbands “ The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, La.),




For links to other cases of woman who murdered 2 or more husbands (or paramours), see Black Widow Serial Killers.


Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Rodica Negroiu, Black Widow Serial Killer – 1990, France

Rodica Negroiu, a widowed Romanian nurse, born in 1940 (?), arrived in France in 1985.

Husband # 1 –  Her Romanian first husband, Hermann Golstein, aged 50, had died mysteriously in 1982.
Husband # 2 – Soon after moving to France in 1985 Rodica, then 45, married 65-year old Gérard Helluy, meanwhile, married Rodica in 1985. He died in 1988, at age 68 after changing his will in favor of his wife with whom he did not live.
Husband # 3 – Then, at the age of 50, Rodica married 82-year-old Raymond Jactel. He died of a heart attack in 1990. Just two months before his death he sold his house and put 700,000 franks in the bank.

This time an autopsy was performed and two medications were found in the remains: phénobarbital, a barbiturate, and digoxine, at a dosage level three times normal. An investigation ensued and the two first husbands corpses were exhumed. In each digitalis was found.

Iw would be years before she was tried for murder. There was not enough evidence to charge for the first suspected murder, so she was tried for the two other deaths. Rodica Negroiu came to be called "the poisoner of Maxéville" by the press.

In June 1999 Negriou was found guilty of the murders of Gerard Helluy and Raymond Jactel, and sentenced in 1999 to 20 years of criminal imprisonment. She continued to proclaim her innocence after her release from prison in January 24, 2015.

1982 – Husband #1, Hermann Golstein, 50, died; digoxine (class of digitalis).
1988 – Husband #2, Gérard Helluy – died, 68; married in 1985; digoxine.
Dec. 14, 1990 – Raymond Jactel, 82, died; digoxine.
Jun. 9, 1992 – Rodica Negroiu est placée en garde à vue et inculpée d’homicide volontaire.
Jun. 21, 1999 – trial begins; convicted of 2 murders; sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Jan. 24, 2015 – released from prison.



For links to other cases of woman who murdered 2 or more husbands (or paramours), see Black Widow Serial Killers.


Saturday, December 8, 2018

Frau Wimmer, Serial Baby-Killer - Austria, 1908

FULL TEXT (translated from German): In Achdorf near Landshut, criminal proceedings were initiated against the child care provider Wimmer for “Angel-making.” All twelve of the woman’s children of the have died, as have almost all the children she has adopted.

[Bregenzer Tagblatt (Bregen, Austria), 21. November 1908. p. 3]


FULL TEXT (translated from German): The foster mother Wimmer in Achdorf near Landshut was arrested for Angel-making. She also poisoned twelve of her own children.

[Engelmacherei. Salzburger Volksblatt. (Salzburg, Austria), 18. November 1908. p. 4]


FULL TEXT: Gegen die Kinderpflegerin Wimmer in Achdorf bei Landshut wurde das Strafverfahren wegen Engelmacherei eingeleitet. Sämliche zwölf einegen Kinder der Frau sind gestorben, ebenso fast alle von ihr angenommenen Kostkinder.

[Bregenzer Tagblatt (Bregen, Austria), 21. November 1908. p. 3]


FULL TEXT: Die Pflegemutter Wimmer in Achdorf bei Landshut wurde wegen Engelmacherei verhaftet. Sie hatte auch zwölf eigene Kinder vergiftet.

[Engelmacherei. Salzburger Volksblatt. (Salzburg, Austria), 18. November 1908. p. 4]




For more cases of “Baby Farmers,” professional child care providers who murdered children see The Forgotten Serial Killers.


The Good Grief Project

The infamous website, The Good Men Project, whose ironic name really means -- “guide for making the politically incorrect sex into a socially engineered corrected 'gender' along neo-Marxist biology-denialist gynocentric ideological lines" -- has just put out one of its most drearily misandrist posts in its entire nine-year male-bashing history.

Here is the title of this polemical gem (this is not a parody):

And how 'bout that picture of political bio-bot Alexa Occasional-Cortex as a selling point? Top of the trend, n'est pas?

The author is one Tod Evans, a regular GMP contributor who promotes “spiritual ambiguity” (squishy post-modernist New Agey stuff, it would seem) in his dismal columns.

Mr. Evans condescends to explain to his humble (or humiliation-addicted) readers that: “Male toxicity drips from the support beams of our society like soggy mold on a rainy day. Securing any return to a reasonable, balanced civilization while maintaining a male dominant mindset is impossible. There is no road that will lead us to a more evolved planet without some revolutionary changes in our worldview. We need a new map.”

The Rape of Libya – which ended women’s rights and turned the country over to rule by terror, the re-institution of slave markets, and which involved multiple stand-down orders resulting the massacre of US citizens (all of them members of the disposable gender) – was accomplished by Hillary Rodham Clinton (Secretary of State), Susan Rice (Ambassador to the United Nations), Samantha Power (National Security Council). The atrocious story conjures up visions of  the "Three Weird Sisters," the doom-spelling witches of Macbeth.

Or how about the great gynocratic leaders Angela Merkel and Theresa May, whose brilliant leadership achievements include importing rapists who are put on the dole. And then the Lady Leaders spend gobs of citizens’ hard earned money trying to cover up the crimes of the anti-Western (real) rape culture they have initiated.

Yet The Good Man Project remains focused on promoting the dogmas of the Post-Modernist / Frankfurt School Neo-Marxist theories of the condescending authoritarian professors of the new smugocracy. “Good Man” = Good Doggy. Its progressive, you see.

What are females in power like when unchecked by the crippling presence of toxic masculinity? Take a look at Women in Power: Aristocratic Female Serial Killers if you want something eye-opening.

Unlike Tod Evans, we at UhoM believe it is time to be ruled by logic, facts and courage, not by sappy post-modernism or simpleminded “critical theory.”


The wisdom of Empress Taitu:

  • If you would gain a throne and hold it, fear not to make of human skulls thy stepping stones.
  • As a woman dealing with men, let dissimulation be thy watch-word. Let no man know thy secret thoughts and ambitions.
  • If another woman stand in thy way, take her to thy bosom; if a man, beguile and marry him.
  • Harden thy heart to all pity, all remorse; then shall thy mind and heart be free, without scruple, to gain high aims.
  • A heart that is without tenderness of mercy alone can inhabit a body able to endure and to suffer all.



The Stranglers : Female Serial Killers

1819 – Ane Nielsdatter – Copenhagen, Denmark – str. w. handkerchief
1847 – Mary Runkle – Whitesboro, Oneida County, New York, USA
1871 – Agnes Norman – London, England – str. w. hands
1883 – “Kakoorgachi Serial Murderess” – Kakoorgachi, India
1896 – Amelia Dyer – Caversham, England – str. w. edging tape (millinery)
1908 – Jeanne Weber – Paris, France – strangle w. hands
1911 – Rachel Lynn – Atlanta, Georgia, USA – str. w. silk cord.
1912 – Maria Reyes – Mexico City, Mexico
1917 – Leopoldine Kasparek – Vienna, Austria – str. w. hands
1930 – Katharina Riefer – Saarbrucken, Rhenish Prussia, Germany
1930 – “Shanghai Female Jack the Ripper” – Shanghai, China (2 victims)
1949 – Martha Beck – Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
1954 – Elsie Rodgers – Burton-on-Kent, Statfordshire, England
1965 – Myra Hindley – Hattersley, England  – str. wr. silk scarf, or ligature
1968 – Mary Bell – Scottswood, England
1980 – Carol M. Bundy – Los Angeles, California, USA
1980 – Stella Williamson – Gallitzin, Pennsylvania, USA
1985 – Rosemary West – Gloucester, England 
1990 – Diana Lumbrera – Garden City, Kansas, USA
2002 – Junko Ogata – Kurume, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan
2006 – Juana Barraza – Mexico City, Mexico – str. w. stethoscope.
2007 – Celine Lesage – Valognes, France



Frau Feddern, Professional Baby-Killer - 1898, Germany

FULL TEXT (translated from German): In Hamburg, the carpenter's wife Feddern, née Wondra, from Vienna, was arrested on suspicion of being an Angel-maker. In the last few years the woman took care of forty children for a one-off payment, of which twenty-five died after a short time; the remainder were taken from her by the mothers. The incident excites much attention..

[“An Angel-maker.” (Eine Engelmacherin.), Deutsches Volksblatt (Vienna, Austria), 16. Juli 1898. p. 3]


FULL TEXT: In Hamburg wurde die Tischlersgattin Feddern, geborne Wondra, aus Wien, wegen Verdachtes der Engelmacherei verhaftet. Die Frau nahm in den letzten Jahren gegen einmalige Vergütung vierzig Kinder in Pflege, von fenen fünfundzwanzig nach kurzer Zeit gestorben sind; die übrigen wurden ihr von den betressenden Müttern wieder abgenommen. Der Vorfall erregt Aussehen.

[Eine Engelmacherin. Deutsches Volksblatt (Vienna, Austria), 16. Juli 1898. p. 3]



For more cases of “Baby Farmers,” professional child care providers who murdered children see The Forgotten Serial Killers.


Frau Boehme, Suspected Serial Baby Killer – Germany, 1912

FULL TEXT (Translated from German): Leipzig. 7th Aug. – Yesterday, under the weighty suspicion of being an Angel-maker the wife of roofer Böhme in Leipzig-Volkmarsdorf was arrested in haste. At times Frau Böhme had taken small children into her care. Last year, two small children had died shortly after one other. Neighbors were suspicious but did not make a report at the time. Again, a few days ago, two small children died in quick succession and this time the complaint was filed. The tiny corpses were confiscated by the police. Whether the children were brought to their deaths intentionally is being investigated.

 [“Angelmaker” (Engelmacherei.), Salzburger Macht (Salzburg, Austria), 8. August 1912, p. 4]


FULL TEXT: Leipzig. 7. Aug. – Unter dem schweren Verdacht der Engelmacherei wurde gestern die Frau des Dachdeckermeisters Böhme in Leipzig-Volkmarsdorf in Hast genommen. Frau Böhme hatte zuweilen kleine Kinder in Pflege genommen. Schon im vorigen Jahre waren kurz nacheinander zwei kleine Kinder gestorben. Die Nachbarn, die Verdacht geschöpst hatten, erstatteten damals keine Anzeige. Vor einigen Tagen starben abermals zwei kleine Kinder kurz nacheinander und diesmal wurde Anzeige erstattet. Die kleinen Leichen wurden von der Polizei beschlagnahmt. Ob eine fahrtässige oder absichtliche Tötung vorliegt, muss erst die Untersuchung ergeben.

[Engelmacherei. Salzburger Macht (Salzburg, Austria), 8. August 1912, p. 4]

Frau Boehme; Frau Böhme.



For more cases of “Baby Farmers,” professional child care providers who murdered children see The Forgotten Serial Killers.


Friday, December 7, 2018

Sanda Skrobanetz, Professional Baby-Killer – Austria, 1914

FULL TEXT (translated from German): A few days ago, the police reported that a well-known foster-mother, Sanda Skrobanetz, who lives in Neugasse, was terribly neglecting the the children who she looked after. A police commission then visited Skrobanetz, in order to verify the  announcement. Skrobanetz, who is the mother of three children, also keeps three other children in care, who are so neglected that their immediate transfer to the children's hospital had to be arranged. A nursing child of Skrobanetz, whose mother is a prostitute, was given her for the express purpose of systematically, slowly but surely, delivering to its death.

When the mother stated that the child was tougher she had anticipated, she threw it a few feet away in anger, causing the child to suffer a concussion. Finally, Skrobanetz is said to have engaged in "angel making" and has already sent four children into the better hereafter. The investigations initiated in this direction have, however, for the time being led to no clear result. Against Skrobanetz and against the prostitute, a criminal process has been initiated; Skrobnetz was also banned from taking care of children.

[“A nice foster mother.” (Eine nette Pflegemutter.), Chernivtsi General newspaper. (Chernivtsi, Austria), April 21. 1914, p. 5]


FULL TEXT: Vor einigen Tagen traf bei der Polizei die Anzeige ein, dass eine als Pflegemutter bekannte Frau Sanda Skrobanetz, in der Neugasse wohnhast, die Kinder, welche ihr zur Pflege überzeben werden, furchtbar verwahrlost halte. Eine polizeiliche Kommissien, die daraufhin die Skrobanetz aufsuchte, konnte sich von der Richtigkeit der Anzeige überzeugen. Die Skrobanetz, welche Mutter von drei Kindern ist, hält noch weitere drei Kinder in Pflege, die derart verwahrlost sind, dass deren schleunigste Ueberführung ins Kinderspital angeordnet werden musste. Ein bei der Skrobanetz in Pflege besindliches Kind, das eine Prostitutierte zur Mutter hat, wurde ihr mit der ausdrücklichen Bestimmung übergeben, es systematisch – langsam aber sicher – dem Tode zuzuführen.

Als die Mutter konstatierte, dass das Kind ein zäheres Leben besitzte, als sie geahnt hatte, warf sie es aus Zorn hierüber einige Meter weit, wodurch das Kind die hinfallende Krankheit bekam. Von der Skrobanetz wird schliesslich noch behauptet, dass sie sich mit der “Engelmacherei” befasse und bereits vier Kinder ins bessere Jenseits besördert habe. Die nach dieser Richtung bin eingeleiteten Erhebungen haben aber vorderhand nach zu seinem noch zu keinem positiven Ergebnis gefürt. Gegen die Skrobanetz und gegen die Prostituierte wurde das Strafverfahren eingeleitet; der Skrobnetz wurde ausserdem die Pflege von Kindern untersagt.

[Eine nette Pflegemutter. Czernowitzer Allgemeine Zeitung. (Czernowitz, Austria), 21. April. 1914, p. 5]



For more cases of “Baby Farmers,” professional child care providers who murdered children see The Forgotten Serial Killers.


Thursday, December 6, 2018

Marie Orban Juhass, Serial Killer Child Care Provider – Hungary, 1885

FULL TEXT (translated from German): Budapest, 2 September. - Marie Orban, married to Ladislaus Juhass, a farmer's wife in Ocsa, takes children into her care. She seeks out her victims, maids, in the Servants Certification Bureau who give their newborn children into foster care in the country to be able to be free to work. As a rule, these poor children die after a few months of poor care and lack of food. A young maid, whose child was proven to have died from neglect, despite the fact that the mother of Judah paid 6 florins a a month, filed a report against this heartless person, who, today, was sentenced by the district court of the Pest County to three months imprisonment.

[“An Angel-maker,” Ein Engelmacherin. Neuigkeits Welt-Blatt (Vienna, Austria), Sep 8, 1885, p. 9]


FULL TEXT: Budapest, 2. September. – Marie Orban, verehelichte Ladislaus Juhass, eine Bäuerin in Ocsa [Hungary], befasste sich damit, Kinder in Phlegezu nehmen. In den Dienstboten-Permittsungsbureaur such sie ihre Opfer, Dienstmädchen, welch: ihre neugebornen Kinder auf’s Land in Pflege geben, am ungestört weiter dienen zu können. In der Regel sterben diese armen Kinder nach einigen Monaten an schlechter Pflege und Nahrungsmangel. Ein junges Dienstmädchen, dessen Kind erwiesenermassen an schlechter Pflege starb, trotzdem die Mutter der Judah Monatlich 6 fl. Bezahlte, erstatte doie Anzeige gegen diese herzlose Person, die heute vom Strasgericht des Pester Landbezirkes zu drei Monaten Gefängniss verurheilt wurde.

[Ein Engelmacherin. Neuigkeits Welt-Blatt (Vienna, Austria), Sep 8, 1885, p. 9


Ócsa is a town in Pest county, Budapest metropolitan area, Hungary.



For more cases of “Baby Farmers,” professional child care providers who murdered children see The Forgotten Serial Killers.


Frau Szari & Her Husband-Poisoning Syndicate – Hungary, 1909

FULL TEXT (translated from German): At the Hungarian prosecutor's office in Gross Kanizsalich in the Vorhahre, Somogyer county, there is an indication a poisoners gang is doing their work, and it has taken the life of  prominent businessman Bendel Szari. Incidentally, numerous sudden deaths have occurred throughout the county in recent months. The public prosecutor's office initiated a comprehensive investigation and conducted a search of Czari’s widow, whereby a larger quantity of henbane seeds was found.

The corpse of Mr. Czari has been exhumed and at the autopsy poison was found in the stomach of the deceased, enough to kill five persons. The prosecution had the widow Czari arrested but she persistently denied it.

The revelations of the investigation are to lead to imminent sensational arrests. In addition, the public prosecutor’s office ordered numerous further exhumations, which will take place during the night.

[“A Poisoners’ Sundicate in Somogyer County” (Eine Giftmischerbande im Somogyer Komitat.), Die Neue Zeitung (Vienna, Austria),25. Jänner 1909, p. 3]


[Hyoscyamus niger, commonly known as henbane, black henbane or stinking nightshade, is a poisonous plant in the family Solanaceae.]

Somogy (Hungarian: Somogy megye, Croatian: Šomođska županija; Slovene: Šomodska županija, German: Komitat Schomodei ) is an administrative county (comitatus or megye) in present Hungary, and also in the former Kingdom of Hungary.




FULL TEXT: Bei der Staatsanwaltschaft in Grosskanizsalich im Vorhahre eine anzeige ein, dass im Somogyer Komitat eine Giftmischerbande ihr Umwesen treibe, der auch der Wirtschaftsbestzer Bendel Szari zum Opfer siel. Während der letzten Monate sind übrigens zahlreiche plötzliche Todesfälle im ganzen Komitat vorgekommen. Die Staatsanwwaltschaft leitete umfassende Recherchein ein und liess auch bei der Witwe des Czari eine Hansdurchsuchung vornehmen, wobei eine grössere Menge Bilsenkrautsamen gefunden wurde.

Es wurde nun die Leiche des Czari exhumert und bei der Obduktion wurde im Magen des Verstorbenen eine fünf Personen zu vergiften. Die Staatsanwaltschaft liess die Czari verhaften, die jedoch hartnäckig leugnet.

Die Erhebungen förderten derartiges Material zutage, dass sensaionelle Verhaftungen bevorstehen. Ausserdem ordnete die Staatsanwaltschaft noch zahlreiche weitere Erhumierungen an, die in den nächtigen Tagen stattfinden werden.

[Eine Giftmischerbande im Somogyer Komitat. Die Neue Zeitung (Vienna, Austria), 25. Jänner 1909, p. 3]


For more than two dozen similar cases, dating from 1658 to 2011, see the summary list with links see: The Husband-Killing Syndicates


Thursday, November 29, 2018

German Teen Child Care Provider Murders 8: Ida Schnell - 1907

FULL TEXT (Article 1 of 5): Six murders at the age of thirteen is the awful record claimed by Ida Schnell, whose case is at present being investigated at Munich. The girl had been in service with a number of different families as nursemaid, and no suspicion seems to have arisen against her till after the sixth infant entrusted to her care had died a sudden and mysterious, death. Even then it was only after the baby had been buried that it appears to have struck anyone that there was something sinister in the circumstance that her nursing had been associated with mortality of so remarkable a character.

It was finally decided to exhume the body of the last of her charges, the fourteen-day-old son of a peasant proprietor of Ampermoching, near Munich. The corpse was taken from the coffin, and examination showed that death had been caused by perforation of the yet soft infantile skull with some sharp instrument.

Schnell was at once arrested and closely questioned. At first she strenuously denied having caused the child’s death, and protested that she had much too gentle a nature to harm the infant in any way. Under cross-examination, however, she admitted that she had killed not only the baby whose body had been exhumed, but four others for whom she had been engaged as nurse. She confessed, further, that she had taken the lives of these infants by plunging a hairpin into the lower part of the back of their heads till they ceased to cry. Asked as to her motive, the girl said that the crying of the infants roused in her unconquerable revulsion, and excited her to such a degree that she lost all control over herself, and would do anything to make them quiet. Next morning she confessed to the sixth murder. Schnell, who will be fourteen next month, is physically well developed for her age, but rather dull-witted. Her father is dead, but she has a stepfather, who is a day labourer at Schleissheim, to the north of Munich. Her series of murders was only rendered possible by the fact which will be a revelation to many, that in Bavaria death certificates are frequently, and in the country districts always, granted by laymen. It is said that a doctor would at once have noticed the wounds caused by the hairpin.

[Bernard Fischer, “Girl of Thirteen Slays Six Babies – Remarkable Record of Murder Is Confessed by a Child in Munich.” Syndicated, The Salt Lake Tribune (Ut.), Nov. 10, 1907, p. 17]


FULL TEXT (Article 2 of 5): Further inquiries are extending the grim record of the Munich child murderess, Ida Schnell, and it is now believed that she must have taken the lives of at least eight or nine of the hapless infants confided to her charge. It has been established that she carried the coffins of two of her victims to the grave, and unconcernedly pocketed the fee usually paid for such a service. Two of the infants whom she had confessed to doing to death were exhumed a couple of days ago, but decomposition had gone so far that it was impossible to discover on the spot whether or not they had succumbed to stabs of the Schnell girl’s hair pin. The heads were accordingly removed and taken to Munich for laboratory examination.

It has been ascertained that the girl, who is the illegitimate child of a drunken laborer, was brought up in circumstances of the most squalid and sordid character. Her whole record suggests moral insanity of the most pronounced type. The wonder is that even people of the humble class who engaged her as nurse cared to entrust their babies to a girl who was obviously little better than an imbecile.

[“Grim Record of Child Murderess.” El Paso Herald (Tx.), Nov. 16, 1907, p. 18]



FULL TEXT (Article 3 of 5) (translated from French): Preliminary judicial investigation opened in Munich against Ida Schnell, the 14-year-old girl accused of murdering children in her custody, is now over and the report of Judge Bally formally concludes a six-fold murder of the children of Oppenheimer, Bichler, Huber, Schiener, Ritzeret Kirrmeier. For the children Gailer and Schorch, the autopsy revealed cause of death that are not attributable to Ida Schnell.

On the other hand, examination of the children Oppenheimer and Huber clearly revealed the cause of death. Ida had pierced the skull of little beings with a pin. These wounds brought a slow infiltration of blood into the brain and probably manifestations of meningitis with tetanus. This would explain the convulsions that distracted the suspicions.

For the children Schienér, Ritzer and Kirrmeier, the accused made spontaneous confessions which were recorded by the judge. The small corpses were in such a state of decomposition that the medical examiners could not pronounce with absolute certainty on the causes of death. For little Bichler, one had thought of a death caused by the lack of care. It took a counter-autopsy to discover at the base of the skull a small pustule under which was a tiny sting penetrating to the brain. Ida, who had admitted without difficulty the five other crimes, claimed that the wound was from a fall, and it was only when she was brought back to prison that she told the gendarmé the whole truth.

Ida Schnell will be transferred to the district lunatic asylum for a mental examination lasting about a month.

[“The crimes of an idiot” (Les crimes d’une idiote”), L’Impartial (Paris, France), October 29, 1907, p. 1]


The following two similar articles seem to confuse two cases in describing the murder that caused Ida Schnell to be caught out. More localized sources are needed in order to fill out the details of the Schnell case.


FULL TEXT (Article 4 of 5) (translated from French): Munich, 19 October. - I have just made a detailed inquiry into the series of murders that Ida Schnell is responsible for, Ida the 14-year-old who has killed seven babies in her care by into by sinking pins into their brain.

Here are the circumstances that led to the discovery of these incredible atrocities. The Oppenheimer couple, who live in the outskirts of Dachau, in the suburbs of Munich, recently hired little Schnell to look after their baby, Berta, for a few weeks.

She had been on duty for a few days, when, on the 18th of September, Mrs. Oppenheimer having heard her child cry, hurried home.

– Why did you leave Berta? she said to the young maid she met on the doorstep.

– “I left her,” replied Ida Schnell, “because I think she will die.”

Mrs. Oppenheimer did not listen any more, and rushed towards her little girl, whom she took in her arms, rocked for a few moments, covering her with kisses, and to whom she gave the breast.

The child having calmed down, Mrs. Oppenheimer went back to the fields. But in the evening, when she came back, little Berta was in bad shape and soon succumbed to convulsions, in spite of the care of Dr. Fischell, who had been summoned in haste.

Understanding absolutely nothing about this almost sudden death, the doctor carefully examined the little nurse but discovered on the neck only two brown spots, insufficient to accuse the young maid of murder. Nevertheless, he was struck by the fact that Ida Schnell had already been a servant in two other families whose children had died in almost identical conditions.

He then inquired about the young servant’s existence before arriving in the area and learned that two other children still in her care had died almost suddenly in convulsions. These five suspicious deaths decided M. Fischell to summons prosecutors.

~ Autopsy on the tiny victims ~

Ida, who, on the 21st of September, after witnessing Berta Oppenheiner’s return home, had gone back to her father’s house, was arrested, and, as I telegraphed to you the day before yesterday, soon confessed as a result of the findings of the autopsy of the small victims.

Three of them were exhumed yesterday and autopsied today. This operation was most conclusive. It allowed to establish that their death had indeed been provoked, as the young servant had confessed, by pin-pricks practiced at the top of the skull and which had caused paralysis of the brain. Two other small corpses were also autopsied in the evening, but at the time when I telegraph you I do not know the results of these exams. It is likely, however, that they will corroborate the precedents.

Finally, the last two victims of Ida Schnell have been exhumed today, but the legal autopsy will be performed tomorrow or perhaps on Monday.

It is believed, if it is established that these seven babies were killed by the young maid, that the list of her crimes will be closed, because we now know that she served only in seven families. Nevertheless, it is still unclear whether she did not engage in the same maneuvers on children not in her care.

~ The murderer ~

According to the information I have been able to obtain, Ida Schnell is the natural daughter of a Sustheim laborer and has a worrisome history of pathological.

She is, I am assured, a girl very backward physically and morally. She scarcely seems to be twelve years old and she is as unintelligent as possible.

Her teacher, whom I interviewed, told me that when she attended school, she was apathetic and indolent. She never made any progress. Nevertheless, she always seemed to him a rather gentle character.

Her old comrades, on the other hand, speak discreetly and say that she often laughed out loud and without any apparent motive, which would be a sign of cerebral disturbance.

On the other hand, from the inquiry I made with her former masters, it appears that in their presence she was engaged with genuine solicitude – a definite emotional engagement certainly solicited – for the children entrusted to her, yet as soon as the adults had their back turned, she escaped to play childish games.

She was thirteen and a half when, last spring, she left school to become a nanny. She never stayed long with her employers for a fortnight at most. Only once did she spend six weeks in the same house.

Since everywhere she worked a child had died, the rumor was not long ago spread that she had the evil eye, so that a country woman who one day wanted to engage her as a servant was dissuaded for this reason by a neighbor.

Her last masters, Mr. and Mrs. Oppenheimer, were quite satisfied with her. It is true that her uncle was a servant on the same farm, and that, consequently, they were all the more disposed to his favor.

[“A Yourteen-year-old Monster - The Crimes of Ida Schnell - How One Discovered Them. The correspondent of the “Petit Parisien” is on the spot an investigation according to which the young criminal would be an imbalanced. “Le Petit Journal (Paris, France), October 20, 1907, P. 1]


FULL TEXT (Article 5 of 5) (translated from French): Berlin, 18 October. (By dispatch from our particular correspondent.) – The little servant Ida Schnell, of Munich, whose arrest we announced to you yesterday, hardly fourteen years old, has definitely seven murders on the conscience. She has made a formal confession.

It was, moreover, not the first time that the young Ida Schnell was the subject of serious suspicion, and she had appeared before the investigating judge a few months ago, shortly after the strange death of a child she had custody of. The magistrate, for lack of evidence, released her. She was not long in renewing her crimes.

Her last crime was committed, it is accused, at Aupernoching, near Munich, in the household service Bichler. Little Peter, whose care had been entrusted to her, died suddenly fourteen days after his birth. The parents, overcome with terrible suspicions, informed the police; the little corpse was exhumed and the autopsy revealed details as precise as they were overwhelming. In order to kill little Peter, Ida Schnell, had stuck a long hairpin into the child’s neck.

When questioned she confessed that, besides this murder she committed five more: in Munich, Lustheim, Obergiashof, and Mittenheim. As a result, the police ordered the exhumation of the bodies of her five small victims.

Physically, this precocious criminal appears as a skinny girl, puny for her fourteen years,  seeming barely twelve. She is the natural daughter of a worker and seems to have been raised a little at random, in the usual habits of the poor.

At school, which she attended for a short time, she was regarded as apathetic, indolent, and an intelligence well below average, with all the characteristics of degenerates.

She spoke very little with her little comrades; but, suddenly and without cause, she would utter long bursts of laughter, the reason.for which no one could guess.

When she was placed in private homes to watch the children, she kept her jerky and childish pace, however, more carefully. Those who employed her say that she was very hard-working as long as she felt herself being watched, but that at once free she left everything to run to play on the neighbor’s swing.

In spite of these excusable puerilities, she was very much appreciated by her bosses, for in their presence she always covered the little children with caresses and seemed to overflow with affection for them. And yet, once arrested, she explained with surprising calmness that the babies annoyed her, that she could not endure their cries without an intolerable annoyance, and that to silence them,she would kill them.

To tell the truth, this child when with other children was not herself closely watched. She was mostly hired by people who worked in the fields from morning till night and, therefore, could hardly take care of their children.

The Munich papers tell at length how the crime committed by Ida Schnell was discovered by the Oppenheimer laborers who work in the hops fields at Einœde, between Dachau and Oberschleisheim.

These good people were very happy with Ida, but soon the neighbors noticed that once  Mrs. Oppenheimer was out, the children cried out. On September 18, a Tuesday, Mrs. Oppenheimer noticed that her baby was very agitated but could not discover the causes of this discomfort. On Wednesday at noon, on her way back from the fields, she found Ida Schnell playing with the dog in front of the door.

- “Why are not you near the child?” She asked.

- “I think he’s dying. Perhaps he is already dead,”replied the young maid, without showing the slightest trace of emotion.

The child was still alive, and even seemed to recover, so that the mother returned to the fields in the afternoon. In the evening, when she came back, the baby was dying, this time, in atrocious convulsions. He died. A doctor examined his corpse, but could not discover anything abnormal, except two traces of almost imperceptible “stings” on the neck.

The child was buried on September 21st. Ida Schnell attended the ceremony and returned the next day to her father’s house.

What attracted and fixed the suspicions on the little maid was that she changed her place very frequently: after fifteen days, three weeks, six weeks at most. We inquired in the neighboring villages, and we learned that all the children entrusted to her care had died suddenly. It was Dr. Fischi, of Rohrmoos, who denounced Ida Schnell to justice. So, as I told you earlier, the exhumation of Bischler’s son was ordered and in the presence of the corpse the guilty one made a confession.

These crimes, scarcely credible, produce in all Bavaria a sensation of considerable horror, and a sensation all the greater, since, for the last few years, facts of this kind have become very frequent. This is why the examining magistrate, in charge of this affair, receives by the court a considerable quantity of complaints from unfortunate parents in mourning.

[An “Ogresse” Fourteen Years Old - His Past Confessions - Seven Killed Children, (Une « Ogresse « De Quatorze Ans - Son passée ses aveux - Sept Enfants Tués), Le Journal (Paris, France), 19 October 1907, p. 1]


Babies murdered by Ida Schnell:

Places: Einoeda (near Dachau), Munich, Lustheim, Obergiashof, Mittenheim.
Peter Bilcher – 14-days-old.
Sep. 18, 1907 – Berta Oppenheimer, Einoeda (near Dachau), dies.
Sep. 21, 1907 – Ida Schnell arrested at father's house.

Alfred Frank Tredgold, Mental Deficiency (amentia), 4th edition, 1922, p. 414. (Daily Telegraph, Oct. 18, 1907).
Archives de l’anthropologie criminelle et des sciences pénales, Vol. 28, 1908, A. Rey at Cie., Lyon, Masson et Cie., p. 99.



FULL TEXT: L’instruction judiciaire préliminaire ouverte à Munich contre Ida Schnell, cette fillette de quatorze ans accusée d’avoir assassiné des enfants confiés à sa garde, est maintenant terminée et le rapport du conseiller de justice Bally conclut formellement à un sextuple assassinat commis sur les enfants des époux Oppenheimer, Bichler, Huber, Schiener, Ritzeret Kirrmeier. Pour les enfants Gailer et Schorch, l’autopsie a révélé des causes dédécès qui né sont pas imputables à Ida Schnell.

En revanche, l’examen dés enfants Oppenheimer et Huber révéla clairement la causé du décès. Ida avait percé lé crâne des petits êtres avec une épingle. Ces blessures amenèrent une lente infiltration du sang dans le cerveau et probablement une méningite avec manifestations tétan’ques. Ainsi expliqueraient les convulsions qui détournèrent lés soupçons.

Pour les enfants Schienér, Ritzer et Kirrmeier, l’accusée a fait des aveux spontanés qui ont été retenus par le juge. Les petits cadavres étaient dans un tel état de décomposition que les médecins légistes n’ont puse prononcer avec une absolue certitude surles causes de la mort. Pour le petit Bichler, onavait cru à un décès provoqué par le manquede soins. Il fallut une contre autopsie pourdécouvrir à la base du crâne une petite cloche sous laquelle se trouvait une piqûre minuscule pénétrant jusqu’au cerveau. Ida, quiavait avoué sans difficultés les cinq autrescrimes, affirma que cette blessure provenait d’une chute, et ce ne fut qu’au moment où elle était ramenée en prison qu’elle dit au gendarmé toute la vérité.

Ida Schnell va être transférée dans l’asile d’aliénés du district pour être soumise à un examen mental qui durera environ un mois.

[“Les crimes d’une idiote” L’Impartial (Paris, France), 29 Octobre 1907, p. 1]


FULL TEXT: Munich, 19 octobre. – Je viens de me livrer à une enquête minutieuse au sujet de la série de meurtries dont s’est rendue coupable Ida Schnell, cette jeune bonne de quatorze ans qui a tué successivement sept bébés confiés à sa garde en leur enfonçant des épingles dans le cerveau.

Voici à la suite de quelles circonstances on a fini par découvrir ces incroyables forfaits. Les époux Oppenheimer, qui habitent dans les environs de Dachau, dans la banlieue de Munich, engageaient récemment la petite Schnell pour garder leur bébé, Berta, de quelques semaines.

Elle avait pris son service depuis quelques jours, quand, le 18 seplembre, Mme Oppenheimer ayant entendu pleurer son enfant rentra précipitamment à la maison.

-- Pourquoi as-tu quitté Berta? dit-elle à la jeune bonne qu’elle rencontra sur te pas de la porte.

--  Je l’ai laissée, répondît Ida Schnell, parce que je crois qu’elle va mourir.

Mme Oppenheimer n’en écouta pas davantage et se précipita vers sa fillette qu’elle prit dans ses bras, berça quelques instants en la couvrant de baisers, puis à laquelle elle donna le sein.

L’enfant s’étant calmée, Mme Oppenheimer repartit aux champs. Mais dans la soirée, quand elle revint, la petite Berta était au plus mal et ne tardait pas a succomber dans des convulsions, malgré les soins du docteur Fischell, qui avait été appelé en toute hâte.

Ne comprenant absolument rien à cette mort presque subite, le médecin examina soigneusement le petit «ndavre mais ne découvrit sur le cou que deux taches brunes, insuffisantes pour accuser de meurtre la jeune bonne. Il n’en fut-pas moins vivement frappé de ce fait qu’Ida Schnell avait été déjà servante dans deux autres familles dont les enfants étaient morts dans des conditions presque identiques.

Il s’enquit alors de l’existence de la jeune servante avant son arrivée dans la région et apprit que deux autres enfants encore confiés à ses soins étaient morts presque subitement au milieu de convulsions. Ces cinq décès suspects décidèrent M. Fischell à saisir le parquet.

~ On autopsie les petites victimes ~

Ida qui, le 21 septembre, après avoir assisté à rentenement de petite Berta Oppenhein»er, était rentrée chez son père, fut arrêtée et, comme je vous l’ai télégraphié avant-hier, ne tarda pas à faire des aveux à la suite desquels l’autopsie des petites victimes fut décidée.

Trois d’entre elles furent exhumées hier et autopsiées aujourd’hui. Cette opération fut des plus concluantes. Elle permit en effet d’établir que leur mort avait bien été provoquée, comme la jeune domestique l’avait avoué, par des piqûres d’épingles pratiquées au sommet du crâne et qui avaient occasionné une paralysie du cerveau. Deux autres petits cadavres ont été également autopsiés dans la soirée, mais à l’heure où je vous télégraphie on ne connaît pas les résultats de ces examens. Il est vraisemblable, toutefois, qu’ils viendront corroborer les précédents.

Enfin, les deux dernières victimes d’Ida Schnell ont été exhumées aujourd’hui, mais l’autopsie légale ne sera pratiquée que demain ou peut-être même lundi seulement.

On croit, s’il est établi que ces sept bébés ont été tués par la jeune bonne, que la liste de ses crimes sera close, car on sait maintenant qu’elle n’a servi que dans sept familles. Néanmoins on ignore encore si elle ne s’est pas livrée aux mêmes manœuvres sur des enfants non confiés à sa garde.

~ La meurtrière ~

D’après les renseignements que j’ai pu me procurer, Ida Schnell est la fille naturelle d’un journalier de Sustheim et a de fort mauvais antécédents pathologiques.

C’est, m’a-t-on assuré, une gamine très arriérée physiquement et moralement. C’est à peine si elle parait avoir douze ans et elle est aussi peu intelligente que possible.

Son instituteur, que j’ai interrogé, m’a déclaré que lorsqu’elle fréquentait l’école, c’était une apathique et une indolente. Elle n’a jamais fait le moindre progrès. Néanmoins, elle lui a toujours paru d’un caractère plutôt doux.

Ses anciennes camarades, en revanche, la disent sournoise et déclarent qu’il lui arrivait souvent de rire aux éclats toute seule et sans aucun motif apparent, ce qui serait un signe de dérangement cérébral.

D’autre part, de l’enquête que j’ai faite auprès de ses anciens maîtres, il ressort qu’en leur présence, elle s’occupait avec une vive sollicitude – sollicitude affectée certainement – des enfants qu’on lui confiait, mais que, dès qu’ils avaient le dos tourné, elle s’échappait pour aller jouer à des jeux enfantins.

Elle avait treize ans et demi quand, au printemps dernier, elle quitta l’école pour devenir bonne d’enfants. Elle ne resta jamais longtemps chez ses différents maîtres quinze jours au plus. Une seule fois, il lui arriva de rester six semaines dans la même maison.

Comme partout où elle était passée un enfant était mcrt, le bruit n’avait pas tard: à se répandre qu’elle avait le mauvais œil, si bien qu’une dame du pays ayant un jour voulu l’engager comme domestique, elle en fut dissuadée pour cette raison par une voisine.

Ses derniers maîtres, M. et Mme Oppenheimer, en étaient assez satisfaits. Il est vrai que son oncle était domestique dans la méme ferme et qu’on était, par suite, d’autant mieux disposé en sa faveur.

[“Un monstre de quaforze ans - Les Crimes d’Ida Schnell - Comment On Les Découvrit. Le correspondant du « Petit Parisien » se livre sur place à une enquête d’après laquelle la jeune criminelle serait une déséquilibrée.” Le Petit Journal (Paris, France), 20 Octobre 1907, P. 1]


FULL TEXT: Berlin, 18 octobre. (Par dépêche de notre correspondant particulier.) — La petite domestique Ida Schnell, de Munich, dont je vous annonçais hier l’arrestation, à peine âgée de quatorze ans, a décidément sept assassinats sur la conscience. Ses aveux ont été formels.

Ce n’était, d’ailleurs, pas la première fois que la jeune Ida Schnell était l’objet de soupçons graves, et elle avait comparu devant la juge d’instruction il y a quelques mois déjà, peu après la mort étrange d’un enfant dont elle avait la garde. Le magistrat, faute de preuves, la remit en liberté. Elle ne devait pas tarder à renouveler ses forfaits.

C’est en dernier lieu à Aupernoching, près de Munich, et au service du ménage Bichler, qu’elle est accusée d’avoir commis son dernier crime. Le petit Peter, dont la garde lui avait été confiée, mourut subitement quatorze jours après sa naissance. Les parents, envahis de terribles soupçons, avisèrent la police; on exhuma le petit cadavre et l’autopsie révéla des détails aussi précis qu’accablants. Afin de tuer le petit Peter, Ida Schnell, avait enfoncé dans la nuque de l’enfant une longue épingle de tête.

Pressée de questions, elle avoua qu’outre ce meurtre, elle en a commis cinq autres, à Munich, à Lustheim, à Obergiashof et à Mittenheim. En conséquence, la police a ordonné l’exhumation des corps de ses cinq petites victimes.

Au physique, cette précoce criminelle se présente comme une fillette maigre, chétive pour ses quatorze ans, car elle en parait à peine douze. Elle est la fille naturelle d’un ouvrier et semble avoir été élevée un peu au hasard, dans les promiscuités habituelles de la misera.

A l’école, qu’elle fréquenta peu de temps, elle passait pour apathique, indolente, et d’une intelligence bien au-dessous de la moyenne, avec toutes les caractéristiques des dégénérés.

Elle parlait fort peu avec ses petites camarades; mais, soudain et sans cause, elle poussait de longs éclats de rire dont personne ne devinait la raison.

Lorsqu’on la plaça chez des particuliers pour y surveiller les enfants, elle garda ses allures saccadées et puériles, en se surveillant toutefois davantage. Ceux qui l’ont employée disent qu’elle était très travailleuse tant qu’elle se sentait observée, mais qu’aussitôt libre elle abandonnait tout pour courir se balancer à l’escarpolette voisine.

Malgré ces puérilités excusables, elle était très appréciée de ses patrons, car, en leur présence, elle couvrait toujours de caresses les petits enfants et semblait déborder d’affection pour eux. Et cependant, une fois arrêtée, elle a expliqué avec un calme surprenant que les enfants l’énervaient, qu’elle ne pouvait supporter sans une intolérable surexcitation les cris, les pleurs des bébés, et que, pour les faire taire, elle les tuait.

A vrai dire, cette enfant chargée d’autres enfants n’était pas elle-même l’objet d’une bien étroite surveillance. Elle était surtout employée par des gens qui travaillaient aux champs du matin au soir et, par conséquent, ne pouvaient guère s’occuper de leurs enfants.

Les journaux de Munich racontent longuement comment fut découvert le crime commis par Ida Schnell chez les tâcherons Oppenheimer, qui travaillaient dans les houblonnières de Einœde, entre Dachau et Oberschleisheim.

On était, chez ces braves gens, fort content d’elle, mais bientôt les voisins remarquèrent que, dès que Mme Oppenheimer était sortie, les enfants criaient. Le 18 septembre, un mardi, Mme Oppenheimer s’aperçut que son bébé était très agité. Elle ne put découvrir les causes de ce malaise. Le mercredi, à midi, en rentrant, des champs, elle trouva Ida Schnell jouant avec le chien devant la porte.

— Pourquoi n’es-tu pas près de l’enfant ? demanda-t-elle.
— Je crois qu’il est en train de mourir. Peut-être même est-il déjà mort, répondit la jeune bonne, sans manifester la moindre trace d’émotion.

L’enfant vivait encore et parut même se rétablir, si bien que la mère s’en retourna aux champs dans l’après-midi. Le soir, quand elle revint, le bébé agonisait, cette fois, dans des convulsions atroces. Il mourut. Un médecin examina son cadavre, mais ne put déoouvrir rien d’anormal, si ce n’est deux traces de piqûres presque imperceptibles sur le cou.

L’enfant fut enterré le 21 septembre. Ida Schnell assista à la cérémonie et elle retourna le lendemain chez son père.

Ce qui attira et fixa les soupçons sur la petite bonne, c’est qu’elle changeait de place très fréquemment, au bout de quinze jours, trois semaines, six semaines au plus. On s’informa dans les villages voisins et on apprit ainsi que tous les enfants confiés à ses soins étaient morts subitement. Ce fut le docteur Fischi, de Rœhrmoos, qui dénonça Ida Schnell à la justice. On ordonna donc, ainsi que je vous le disais plus haut, l’exhumation du fils de l’économe Bischler, et devant son cadavre, la coupable fit des aveux.

Ces crimes, à peine’croyables, produisent dans toute la Bavière une sensation d’horreur considérable et un émoi d’autant plus grand que, depuis quelques années déjà, les faits de ce genre sont devenus très fréquents. Cest pourquoi le juge d’instruction, chargé de cette affaire reçoit par courrien une quantité considérable de plaintes émanant de malheureux parents en deuil.

[Une « Ogresse « De Quatorze Ans - Son passée ses aveux - Sept Enfants Tués, Le Journal (Paris, France), 19 Octobre 1907, p. 1]







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