Tuesday, February 25, 2020

“Oxford Skeleton Black Widow,” Executed, Murdered 4 of Her 10 Husbands – England, Circa Early 1800s


Although this case was reported in newspapers in 1841 for its curiosity value we cannot assume that the execution was of recent date.

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FULL TEXT: In the anatomy school at Oxford, England, among other curiosities, they show the skeleton of a woman who had had ten husbands, and was hanged at the age of thirty-six, for the murder of four of them.

[The Morning Post (from Evening Paper), Sep. 11, 1841, p. 4]

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NOTE: The Murder Act passed in Great Britain in 1752, which meant that only corpses of executed murderers could be used for dissection.

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

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