Thursday, April 30, 2020

Marie Annassin-Pox, "Baba Jovanka,” Serial Killer Poison-Seller – Serbia 1898


NOTE: The article featured below has been used as the source for two posts: one for “Marie Annassin-Pox” (Serbia), the other for “Emilie Thiele, Maria Pisturin & Ida Gro” (Romania).

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FULL TEXT (translated from German): It is reported from Temesvar – The official servant wife Ms. Ludwig Thiele was arrested because she sold the "love potions" that were so popular with certain women.

She obtained them from a 94-year-old old woman living in Groß-Kikinda, Marie Annassin-Pox, who is called a witch by the people and is commonly called "Baba Jovanka".


Recently the resident Ida Gro reported to the local police and made it known that she traveled to Groß-Kikinda with Emilie Thiele last February.

There they both visited the infamous "Baba Jovanka", and since Thiele believed that * the witness of the Serbian idiom was not powerful, * she asked the means to poison her husband. [*literal translation; meaning unclear]

A house search was now carried out on the woman mentioned. At the end of the city, where it meets an ancient beech stock, the commission came across the dilapidated hut of the poisoner, where they found a second old woman, Maria Pisturin.

Both denied knowing Emilie Thiele, as well as selling her or someone else's secret potions.

Hidden in a secret underground room, however, were found close to 60 packets of various vials containing poisonous plants and mushrooms, next to them a large iron pot, which contained a large number of letters, which also compromise those women who, it seems, have become uncomfortable with the bonds of marriage.

During the house inspection, the 18-year-old grandson of the elderly, the clerk Milan Muskurov came home.

The latter confessed that he brought a bottle of clear, opaque liquid to the Thiele in his grandmother's delivery.

"That was an eyewash!" Cried the witch with an angry glance at her grandchild.

This surprising result of the house search led to the arrest of the two old women and the young Milan. Further arrests of the woman who was associated with the poisoner were imminent.

[“A Poisoner.“ (“Eine Giftmischerin.”), Reichspost (Vienna, Austria), 29. Juli 1898. P. 9]

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FULL TEXT: Aus Temesvar wird berichtet: Die Amtsdienersgattin Frau Ludwig Thiele wurde in Haftgenommen, weil sie die in gewissen Damenkreisen so beliebten “Liebestränke" verkaufte.

Sie bezog dieselben von einer in Groß-Kikinda wohnhaften 94jährigen alten Frau, der Marie Annassin-Pox, die bei dem Volk eim Rufe einer Hexesteht, undim Volksmunde nur “Baba Jovanka" genannt wird.

Kürzlich meldete sich bei der hiesigen Polizei die Einwohnerin Ida Gro und deponirte, daß sie im vergangenen Februar mit der Emilie Thiele nach Groß-Kikinda reiste.

Dort besuchten Beide die berüchtigte “Baba Jovanka" und da die Thiele der Meinung war, daß die Zeugin des serbischen Idioms nicht mächtig sei, verlangte sie vor derselben ein Mittel, um ihren Gatten zu vergiften.

Es wurde nun bei dem genannten Weib eine Hausdurchsuchung vorgenommen. Am Ende der Stadt, wo diese an einen uralten Buchenbestand stößt, traf die Commission auf die ganz verfallene Hütte der Giftmischerin, bei welcher sie noch ein zweites altes Weib, die Maria Pisturin vorfanden.

Beide leugneten, die Emilie Thiele zu kennen, wie auch ihr oder sonst Jemandem geheime Tränke verkauft zu haben.

In einem verborgenenunterirdischen Raume versteckt wurden jedoch nahean 60 Pakete verschiedene Giftpflanzen und Pilze enthaltende Fläschchen vorgefunden, daneben versteckt ein großer eiserner Topf, welcher eine Menge Briefschaften enthielt, die ebenfalls solche Damen compromittiren, denen die Fesseln der Ehe, wie es scheint, unbequem geworden sind.

Während der Hausuntersuchungkamder 18jährige Enkelsohn der Alten, der Handlungsgehilfe Milan Muskurov nach Hause.

Dieser gestand, daß er im Austrage seiner Großmutter der Thiele ein Fläschchen mit einer klaren, undurchsichtigen Flüssigkeit überbrachte.

“Das war ein Augenwasser!"rief die Hexe mit einem wüthenden Seitenblick auf ihr Enkelkind.

Dieses überraschende Ergebniß der Hausdurchsuchung führte die Verhaftung der beiden alten Weiber und des jungen Milan nach sich Weitere Verhaftungen der mit der Giftmifcherinin Verbindung gestandenen Frauensperson stehen bevor.

[“Eine Chronik. Eine Giftmischerin.” Reichspost (Vienna, Austria), 29. Juli 1898. P. 9]

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

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Emilie Thiele, Maria Pisturin & Ida Gro; Serial Killer Poisoning Gang – Romania, 1898


FULL TEXT (translated from German): It is reported from Temesvar – The official servant wife Ms. Ludwig Thiele was arrested because she sold the "love potions" that were so popular with certain women.

She obtained them from a 94-year-old old woman living in Groß-Kikinda, Marie Annassin-Pox, who is called a witch by the people and is commonly called "Baba Jovanka".

Recently the resident Ida Gro reported to the local police and made it known that she traveled to Groß-Kikinda with Emilie Thiele last February.

There they both visited the infamous "Baba Jovanka", and since Thiele believed that the witness of the Serbian idiom was not powerful, she asked the means to poison her husband.

A house search was now carried out on the woman mentioned. At the end of the city, where it meets an ancient beech stock, the commission came across the dilapidated hut of the poisoner, where they found a second old woman, Maria Pisturin.

Both denied knowing Emilie Thiele, as well as selling her or someone else's secret potions.

Hidden in a hidden underground room, however, were found close to 60 packets of various vials containing poisonous plants and mushrooms, next to them a large iron pot, which contained a large number of letters, which also compromise those women who, it seems, have become uncomfortable with the bonds of marriage.

During the house inspection, the 18-year-old grandson of the elderly, the clerk Milan Muskurovn came home.

The latter confessed that he brought a bottle of clear, opaque liquid to the Thiele in his grandmother's delivery.

"That was an eyewash!" Cried the witch with an angry glance at her grandchild.

This surprising result of the house search led to the arrest of the two old women and the young Milan. Further arrests of the woman who was associated with the poisoner were imminent.

[“A Poisoner.“ (“Eine Giftmischerin.”), Reichspost (Vienna, Austria), 29. Juli 1898. P. 9]

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FULL TEXT: Aus Temesvar wird berichtet: Die Amtsdienersgattin Frau Ludwig Thiele wurde in Haftgenommen, weil sie die in gewissen Damenkreisen so beliebten “Liebestränke" verkaufte.

Sie bezog dieselben von einer in Groß-Kikinda wohnhaften 94jährigen alten Frau, der Marie Annassin-Pox, die bei dem Volk eim Rufe einer Hexesteht, undim Volksmunde nur “Baba Jovanka" genannt wird.

Kürzlich meldete sich bei der hiesigen Polizei die Einwohnerin Ida Gro und deponirte, daß sie im vergangenen Februar mit der Emilie Thiele nach Groß-Kikinda reiste.

Dort besuchten Beide die berüchtigte “Baba Jovanka" und da die Thiele der Meinung war, daß die Zeugin des serbischen Idioms nicht mächtig sei, verlangte sie vor derselben ein Mittel, um ihren Gatten zu vergiften.

Es wurde nun bei dem genannten Weib eine Hausdurchsuchung vorgenommen. Am Ende der Stadt, wo diese an einen uralten Buchenbestand stößt, traf die Commission auf die ganz verfallene Hütte der Giftmischerin, bei welcher sie noch ein zweites altes Weib, die Maria Pisturin vorfanden.

Beide leugneten, die Emilie Thiele zu kennen, wie auch ihr oder sonst Jemandem geheime Tränke verkauft zu haben.

In einem verborgenenunterirdischen Raume versteckt wurden jedoch nahean 60 Pakete verschiedene Giftpflanzen und Pilze enthaltende Fläschchen vorgefunden, daneben versteckt ein großer eiserner Topf, welcher eine Menge Briefschaften enthielt, die ebenfalls solche Damen compromittiren, denen die Fesseln der Ehe, wie es scheint, unbequem geworden sind.

Während der Hausuntersuchungkamder 18jährige Enkelsohn der Alten, der Handlungsgehilfe Milan Muskurov nach Hause.

Dieser gestand, daß er im Austrage seiner Großmutter der Thiele ein Fläschchen mit einer klaren, undurchsichtigen Flüssigkeit überbrachte.

“Das war ein Augenwasser!"rief die Hexe mit einem wüthenden Seitenblick auf ihr Enkelkind.

Dieses überraschende Ergebniß der Hausdurchsuchung führte die Verhaftung der beiden alten Weiber und des jungen Milan nach sich Weitere Verhaftungen der mit der Giftmifcherinin Verbindung gestandenen Frauensperson stehen bevor.

[“Eine Chronik. Eine Giftmischerin.” Reichspost (Vienna, Austria), 29. Juli 1898. P. 9]

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

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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Veronika Franz, Serial Killer – France, 1854


NOTE: The following translation is a bit garbled, but the concluding sentence is clear: Veronlika Frantz was a serial killer of 3 victims and was executed.

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FULL TEXT (Attempted translation from German): In Barr (near Stuttgart) on August 4, the 29-year-old poisoner Veronika Frantz was executed at Meißengott.

She married her employer Georg Guntz, in an “emergency,” in a loveless union.

On 1 December 1852, her mother-in-law, she murdered the 70-year-old widow Ruhlmann (who had asked for her removal from the house); then on July 6, 1853, her daughter, the 45-year-old Mrs. Guntz; and finally, when the 44-year-old Guntz tried to marry again after six weeks a day at the Widowhood, who poisoned herself on 27 January 1854.

Faced with the Assisses, this triple killer was on June 17 sentenced to death.

[Untitled, Neuigkeitten (Brunn, Austria), 10. August 1854. p. 3]

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FULL TEXT: In Barr (bei Stuttgart) wurde am 4.d; die 29jährige Giftmischerin Veronika Frantz von Meißengott hingerichtet.

Um eine Bäuerin, d. h. die Frau ihres Dienstherrn, des Ackermanns Georg Guntz zu Nothalten zu werden, hatte sie, ohne daß dieser ihr irgend welche Zuneigung  bezeugt, zuerst dessen Schwiegermutter, die 70jährige Witwe Ruhlmann (welche ihre Entsernung aus dem Hause verlangte) am 1. December 1852, sodann deren Tochter, die 45jährige Frau Guntz am 6. Juli 1853, undendlich, als der 44jährige Guntz nach sechswochentlich em  Wittwerstand  ich ander weitig wieder verheirathen wollte, die en selbstam 27. Ja. 1854 vergiftet.

Vor die Assissen gestellt, wurde diese dreifache Mörderin am 17. Juni d. J. zum Tode verurtheilt.

[Neuigkeitten (Brunn, Austria), 10. August 1854. p. 3]

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Saturday, April 25, 2020

Nacza Milosev (with Husband), Serial Killing Syndicate Leader – Hungary, 1894


FULL TEXT (translated from German): Szeged, June 27th. (Orig.-Telegr.) – In the neighboring village of Droßlamos, the gendarmerie arrested the wife Nacza Milosev and her husband, who are members of a Bacska [region] poisoning gang. Poisons and compromising letters about cases of poisoning were found among the prisoners. Eight accomplices of the named were also arrested.

[Pester Lloyd (Budapest, Hungary), 1894. 28. Juni. p. 7]

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FULL TEXT: Szegedin, 27. Juni. (Orig.-Telegr.) – In der benachbarten Ortschaft Droßlámos verhastete die Gendarmerie die Frau Nacza Milosev und deren Mann, welche Mitglie der einer Bacskaer Giftmischerbande sind. Bei den Verhasteten wurden Gifte und kompromittirende Briefe über Vergiftungsfälle vorgefunden. Auch acht Komplizen der Genannten wurden verhastet.

[Pester Lloyd (Budapest, Hungary), 1894. 28. Juni. p. 7]

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Droßlámos, Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok County, Hungary

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Bačka (Serbian: Бачка / Bačka, pronounced [bâːt͡ʃkaː]; Hungarian: Bácska, pronounced [ˈbaːt͡ʃkɒ]) is a geographical and historical area within the Pannonian Plain bordered by the river Danube to the west and south, and by the river Tisza to the east. It is divided between Serbia and Hungary. Most of the area is located within the Vojvodina region in Serbia and Novi Sad, the capital of Vojvodina, lies on the border between Bačka and Syrmia. The smaller northern part of the geographical area is located within Bács-Kiskun County, in Hungary.

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Pancevo Poisoning Gang – Serbia, 1908


NOTE: Only the following brief report on Pancevo Poisoning Gang uncovered in 1908 has been located so far. While the identity of the members of the gang are not mentioned the case is included in the Female Serial Killers List because the Pancevo case is likely to follow the pattern of similar Serbian cases, involving women selling poison for the elimination of husbands, relatives and others. It is hoped that details from Serbian sources will become available. A Frau Nikolits poisoned her husband, but there is no indication in the brief report that she was a ringleader.

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FULL TEXT (translated from German): From Agram, the 17th. It is reported: The police in Pancsova discovered a gang of poison-mixers who had engaged in a lively trade in poison. Yesterday the widow was arrested after Nikolia, a fiacre driver who had died shortly before, and admitted after long denial that she poisoned her husband. As a result, the police tracked down a whole gang of poisoners. There are numerous other arrests pending.

[“A Poisoning Gang.” (Eine Giftmischerbande.), Arbeiterwisse (Graz, Austria), 19. Juni 1908, p. 3]

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Pančevo (Serbian Cyrillic: Панчево, pronounced [pâːntʃeʋo], Hungarian: Pancsova, Romanian: Panciova, Slovak: Pánčevo) is a city and the administrative center of the South Banat District in the autonomous province of Vojvodina, Serbia.  Pančevo is the fourth largest city in Vojvodina by population. According to the 2011 census, a total of 76,203 inhabitants live in the urban area, while the city administrative area of Pančevo has 123,414 inhabitants. [Wikipedia]

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FULL TEXT: Aus Agram, wird vom17 .d. berichtet: Die Polizei in Pancsova hat eine Giftmischerbande entdeckt, die einen regen Handel mit Gift betrieben hatte. Gestern wurde die Witwe nach dem kurz vorher verstorbenen Fiakerbesißer Nikolie verhaftet und gestand nach längerem Leugnen, ihren Mann vergiftet zu haben. Dadurch kam die Polizei einer ganzen Giftmischerbande auf die Spur. Es stehen zahlreiche andere Verhaftungen bevor.

[Eine Giftmischerbande. Arbeiterwisse (Graz, Austria), 19. Juni 1908, p. 3]


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

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Meshell Hale, Double Black Widow – Louisiana, 2016


As of March 2020, Meshell Hale is still awaiting trial on one murder charge and under investigation for a second. Her live-in boyfriend, Damian Skipper, died June 30, 2015, apparently from a heart attack. Meshell was the beneficiary to a $10,000 life insurance pay-out. On the insurance forms she had falsely claimed to be his wife. She was in fact married to Arthur Noflin Jr. since 2008 but had moved in with Skipper in 2014. Nine months following Skipper’s death the body of Mechell’s estranged husband was discovered in his truck in New Orleans 80 miles from his home in Baton Rouge. The truck was afire and his remains were charred.

On March 21, 2016 Noflin’s charred body was found in his truck in New Orleans, 80 miles away from home. A few days later Mechelle reported to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff that Noflin was missing. Deputies were suspicious and investigated. An autopsy on Noflin’s body showed no signs of trauma and determined he did not inhale any smoke, meaning he was dead before his body was burned. Only after investigating Mechelle’s background did deputies learn that she had been connected to Damian Skipper. In April Skipper's body, which had not been autopsied, was exhumed from a Breaux Bridge cemetery. Barium was found in his remains and his cause of death was now ruled homicide by poisoning.

A month later Mechell’s home was searched. The search turned up several phones and computers with search-engine histories centered on barium acetate and its poisoning effects, the warrant states. Searches of her financial records revealed several purchases of barium acetate. On June 15, Mechelle was arrested and charged with second degree murder. By the time she was indicted in October of 2016, the charge had been changed to first degree murder. Based on Mechelle’s barium purchases preceding the deaths of both men, Noflin’s death was investigated as a possible murder.

Mechell attempted to collect on a $750,000 life insurance policy on Noflin, but prosecutors blocked the process, pending developments in the homicide investigation. Due to the condition of Noflin’s body, charges have not yet been filed, but are under consideration.

Originally Mechell Hale faced the death penalty, but prosecutor has changed the requested sentence to life in prison.

[Robert St. Estephe, April 24, 2020]

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CHRONOLOGY
2008 – Hale marries Arthur Noflin Jr, never divorced.
2014 – Hale begins living with Damian Skipper.

Jun. 23(ca), 2015 – Skipper in and out of the hospital for about a week for abdominal pain.
Jun. 30, 2015 – Damian Skipper (41), boyfriend, dies; barium sulphate. Hospitalized with identical symptoms to that of Noflin.
Jul. 2015 – “the month after Skipper died, Noflin's will was changed to make Hale the sole beneficiary of a $750,000.”
Jul. 2015 – Noflin's $750,000 life insurance policy was changed to make Hale the sole beneficiary, Normand said.
Jan. 2016 – Hale purchases barium acetate before Noflin became ill.
Mar. 18, 2016 – Arthur Noflin Jr. (42), husband, dies. Baton Rouge, La.
Mar. 21, 2016 – Noflin’s body found. Body found in burning truck in New Orleans. $10,000 insurance collected. Falsely claimed to be married on insurance form. An autopsy on Noflin’s body showed no signs of trauma and determined he did not inhale any smoke, meaning he was dead before his body was burned.
Mar 24 (?), 2016 – “A few days after Noflin's body was found, on March 21, 2016, Hale reported her husband missing to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff.”
Apr. 2017 – Skipper's body, which had not been autopsied, was exhumed from a Breaux Bridge cemetery in April 2017.
May 9, 2016 – search of Hale's home turned up several phones and computers with search-engine histories centered on barium acetate and its poisoning effects, the warrant states. Searches of her financial records revealed several purchases of barium acetate.
May 2017 – A month later, following an autopsy, Skipper's cause of death was changed to a homicide from barium poisoning.
ERROR May 18, 2018 – Skipper’s body exhumed.
Jun. 5, 2018 – Meshell Hale, (50), arrested. Hale was initially booked Tuesday on a count of second-degree murder, and her bail was set at $150,000.
Oct. 2018 – indicted by an East Baton Rouge Parish.
Jan. 6, 2019 – pleads not guilty to Skipper first degree murder charge.
Jan. 13, 2020 – prosecutor changes penalty request from death to life.
Jan. 2020 – A New Orleans police detective testified in January that Meshell Hale purchased barium acetate three times: twice in 2015 and once in 2016 before Noflin's death.

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Then on May 9, 2016, officials executed a search warrant at Hale's home and seized several phones, computers, and tablets. They discovered Hale had searched for things such as "barium acetate poisoning" and "how common is barium poisoning" and "barium acetate put in food." Hale had also searched "Transamerica Employee Benefits, Damian Skipper health claim form" and "Damian Skipper Death Claim Form." Officials also searched Hale's iPhone 5 and found searches for "How bad does Barium taste- truly" and "heart stopping drugs" and "can flex straps be used as handcuffs." [“Cajun allegedly kills hubby with heart-stopping poison,” Insurance Fraud News, May 31, 2018

Investigation: "Searches of her electronic devices revealed Bing searches concerning barium acetate, purchases of barium acetate on her PayPal account and shipments of barium acetate to her residence.”

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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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Friday, April 24, 2020

Katheryn of Berain, Legendary Black Widow Serial Killer – Wales, Late 1500s


EXCERPT: Katheryn of Berain: A young, beautiful gentlewoman from North Wales, connected by blood and marriage to some of Wales’ most influential families – and perhaps the Tudors – marries four times, and outlives three of her husbands. Did this wealthy heiress poison her husbands with her own hand, and kill a succession of lovers? Did she callously agree to marry her second husband on the way to the funeral of her first? Was Katheryn of Berain a 16th century villainess? Or, perhaps, has she simply been the victim of spiteful gossip, folk stories, and centuries of exaggeration?

[Katharine Olson,“Did 16th century wealthy Welsh heiress poison three of her four husbands?” Western Mail (Wales), Mar. 26, 2011; Mar. 21, 2013]

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Katheryn of Berain’s Four Husbands:

1) John Salusbury

At the age of 22, Katheryn married John Salusbury, Esquire, son of Sir John Salusbury of Llewenni (died 1578), of the prestigious Salusbury Family of Lleweni, Denbighshire. According to John Ballinger, this was probably a "child marriage". There is said to be a letter written by young Salusbury while at Westminster School in which he mentions his wife. He died in late May or early June 1566. They had been married for nine years and had two sons:

2) Sir Richard Clough

Following her first husband's death, Katheryn married Sir Richard Clough, an extremely wealthy merchant, who established the Royal Exchange in the City of London with his business partner Sir Thomas Gresham. Clough had lived in Antwerp, and upon his return to Denbighshire in 1567 he built two houses, Bach-y-graig and Plas Clough. The houses were built in Antwerp style by Flemish craftsmen and were the first brick houses in Wales. Upon Clough's death Plas Clough was inherited by Richard Clough, his son by his first wife.  Katheryn had two daughters by Clough.

The Cloughs lived for a time in Antwerp, where Katheryn's portrait was painted, probably by Adriaen van Cronenburgh, as the National Museum now suggests, or perhaps by Lucas de Heere, a previous attribution. Within six years of their marriage, Sir Richard Clough died in Hamburg aged forty. He was probably poisoned because of his work as a spy for Queen Elizabeth I.

3) Maurice Wynn

Katheryn then married Maurice Wynn of Gwydir. Wynn was Sheriff of Caernarvonshire and left Katheryn an extremely wealthy woman when he died. Katheryn had a further two children by Maurice Wynn.

4) Edward Thelwall

Katheryn's fourth and last husband was Edward Thirlwall of Plas-y-Ward, who outlived her.
The Welsh poet Robert Parry wrote an elegy on the occasion of Katheryn's death. Her many descendants included Hester Thrale and the 18th century explorer John Salusbury.

[Excerpt from Wikipedia]

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Lucida Mansi, Female Serial Killer Legend – Italy, 1649


“The legend states that she killed her lovers after sleeping with them by throwing them down a ditch covered in sharp blades.”

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Lucida Mansi (Lucca, c. 1606 – Lucca, c. February 12, 1649) was an Italian noblewoman, and the subject of a legend in the province of Lucca, Italy. She is of uncertain origins. Lucida was married very young to Vincenzo Diversi, who was killed in the early years of their marriage. Made a widow early, she was remarried to the old and very wealthy Gaspare di Nicolao Mansi. The wealthy Mansi family was well-known earlier than the 16th century in much of Europe thanks to their trade in silk. Their marriage was the subject of much gossip, due to their significant age difference, and how much more attractive Lucida was than her husband. Lucida was very vain, and is rumored to have dedicated an entire room in the Villa Mansi to mirrors in order to admire her own appearance.

Lucida Mansi, the daughter of Lucchese nobles, was said to be very beautiful and very vain. She was so cruel and concerned with the pleasures of the flesh that she killed her husband in order to be free to enjoy her many lovers. The legend states that she killed her lovers after sleeping with them by throwing them down a ditch covered in sharp blades.

Lucida died of the plague February 12, 1649, and was laid to rest in the chiesa dei Cappuccini a Lucca, in her family's crypt. [Wikipedia]

Marie Racz, Milica Rudintzkt and Julie Rajko, Durdevo Poisoning Syndicate – Serbia, 1913


FULL TEXT (Translated from German): It is reported from Zombor [Sombor, Serbia]: A poisoning gang was discovered in Sajkasgyörgy [Serbia]. A search of the homes of Marie Racz, Milica Rudintzkt and Julie Rajko, found stores of poisons. The poisoners were arrested.

[“Female Poisoners,” (“Giftmischerinnen”), Die Neue Zeitung (Vienna, Austria), 1 Mai 1913, p. 5]

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Sajkásgyörgye – Đurđevo (Serbian Cyrillic: Ђурђево) is a village located in the Žabalj municipality, in the South Bačka District of Serbia. It is situated in the autonomous province of Vojvodina. The village has a Serb ethnic majority and its population numbering 5,137 people (2002 census). Besides Serbs (numbering 3,538 people), the village also has a large Rusyn minority (numbering 1,197 people). In Serbian the village is known as Đurđevo (Ђурђево); in Russian as Дюрдьов; and in Hungarian as Sajkásgyörgye.

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FULL TEXT: Aus Zombor meldet man uns: In Sajkasgyörgy wurde eine Giftmischerbande entdeckt. Bei den Frauen Marie Racz, Milica Rudintzkt und Julie Rajko wurden bei einer Hausdurchsuchung viele Giftmittel gefunden. Die Giftmischerinnen wurden verhaftet.

[“Giftmischerinnen.” Die Neue Zeitung (Vienna, Austria), 1 Mai 1913, p. 5]

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

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Thursday, April 23, 2020

María Guadalupe López Esquivel, Hit-Woman Serial Killer – Mexico, 2020


In 2017 María Guadalupe López Esquivel left the city of Tepalcatepec  , where she was raised by her farmer dad and housewife mom, and move in with a member of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel in Aguililla, state of the Michoacán. She lived in Apatzingán, until Miguel "N", known as “El M2,” gave her the order to move to the community of El Aguaje. She worked her way up the cartel hierarchy becoming known as the top assassin. She earned the nickname of La Catrina, a folk character who represents what we might call the Mexican “Grand Dame Death.”

“López Esquivel took a liking to actress Kate Del Castillo's portrayal of a female narco boss in the hit Spanish-language series 'La Reyna del Sur.' Oddly enough, Del Castillo along with American actor, director and filmmaker Sean Penn secretly met Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman in October 2015, three months before the Mexican military captured the co-founder of the Sinaloa Cartel.” [Adry Torres, Daily Mail, Jan. 14, 2020]

~ Massacre of October 14, 2019 ~

On Monday, October 14, 2019 a group of hitmen from the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel (CJNG) ambushed a convoy of the Michoacán State Police in Aguililla during a surveillance operation. The attackers, driving in armored trucks, left 13 officers dead. Just hours following the ambush, the Tepalcatepec Community Police revealed the identity of the killers. María Esquivel was directly responsible for directing and perpetrating the mass murder, under the orders Miguel Fernández, alias "M2." Esquivel, then 20-years-old was given the mission of assassinating the police and leaving narcomantas behind with messages threatening of further attacks. A narcromanta is message left by a drug cartel on a cloth banner, usually containing threats or justifications for crimes. The messages, signed “CJNG,” were placed on the windshields of the police vehicles.  In a leaked recording, the boss, “M2,” is heard turning instructions to “La Catrina,” who assures him that the mission will be carried out according to his orders.

~ Ambush of January 13, 2020, La Boconda ~

Three months later, a similar attack by Esquivel and her confederates in the same area as the October attack on the military, national guard and police ended disastrously for the gangsters. They opened fire on soldiers and police in the same area where the October ambush occurred. Maria Esquivel took a bullet in the neck and six male gunmen were captured. Footage recorded by the military showed a battered and bloodied Maria Esquivel crouched on the ground, with the terrified expression of a cornered animal on her face, struggling with her breath. La Catrina died of blood loss before reaching the hospital.

[Cesar Contreras, “Ella es “La Catrina”, la sicaria del CJNG encargada de emboscada a policías en Aguililla.” (She is “La Catrina”, the CJNG hitman in charge of ambushing police in Aguililla), Grupo Formula, Oct. 16, 2019]

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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Evelyn Miller - Suspected Serial Killer Landlady – Pennsylvania, 1971


The following article cites five “mysterious deaths” that occurred in the Parnell Boarding Home in Philadelphia. It is suspected that three or four boarders may have been killed in 1968 in order to fraudulently collect welfare benefits. Another died from injuries sustained in a beating given him on orders of the proprietress for a minor household indiscretion in 1970.

The m. o., if the suspicions are justified, resemble those of the Sacramento, California Dorothea Puentes case of the 1980s.

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FULL TEXT: In 1968, two social workers from Philadelphia State Hospital inspected a boarding house in Mantua and found seven welfare recipients living there is squalor.

They found former mental patients dressed in tattered clothes, eating soured food. The odor in the place was described as “stifling – a mixture of feces and garbage.”

Shortly after that, Philadelphia State Hospital removed the house from a list of “acceptable” facilities to which patients are transferred after their release. The State Welfare Department was notified of the action.

Three years later, the same house at 3212 Wallace st. has turned up in a confidential report up in a confidential report by Auditor General Robert P. Casey. The new report lists the home stills remains open and accepts welfare recipients.

City and state authorities say there is little they can do about it. Neither has jurisdiction over the licensing and regulation of boarding homes.

The house is one of 16 “undesirables” listed in Casey’s top-secret report, which discuses what appears to be a bizarre criminal conspiracy involving wholesale fraud in public assistance checks and the unregulated warehousing of elderly and sick public relief recipients.

Among the findings of the report, now under investigation by the State Police and the District Attorney’s office are these:

– BOARDING HOUSE dwellers, many of them former mental patients live in wretched squalor and are poorly fed, clothed and often go begging to neighbors for food.

– A BOARDING HOUSE operator collects the Social Security checks of her boarders after they died.

– SEVERE BEATINGS are meted out to some recipients.

In one documented case. Jesse Schultz, living at the Miller Boarding Home at 4228 Parkside ave., was beaten last year by two men at the request of the owner, Mrs. Evelyn Miller, also known as Evelyn McCoy and Evelyn Hill. His offence was allowing two dogs to escape in the back yard. The house is among those on Casey’s undesirable list.

~ FORGE SIGNATURES ~

At another boarding house, a woman told of being ordered to forge signatures on welfare checks of recipients. She claims she was raped by the landlady’s husband.

In a third incident, Gladys Poles,53, told of being taken for a ride in a car by her landlady and being beaten over the head with a rock. Her offence: refusing to work at the Pannell Boarding Home, 326 N. 39th st., for $3 a week.

According to the confidential report welfare recipient Arnold Adams also lived at this home. From there he was admitted to Philadelphia General Hospital suffering malnutrition and dehydration. He died in April 1970.

Four other welfare recipients also died at the Parnell home in 1968, one of uremic poisoning [kidney failure]. The other three deaths were diagnosed as heart attacks.

~ TOTALLY UNFIT ~

A social worker described the Barrett Boarding Home of 3305 Haverford ave., as totally unfit for humans, according to the report.

“The SPCA would close a kennel as dirty as this hovel as unfit for animals. It is so dark that the clients have to lead you by the hand,” the social worker reported.

In 1968, a social worker from Philadelphia State Hospital described the premises at 3212 Wallace st, this way:

“One of the boarders reluctantly let us in, and we could see why. A group of four female patients were seated in the living room and their condition looked deplorable. They were ill-dressed, ill-cleaned, and ill-fed.

~ SOUP WAS SOUR~

“One patient, blind, was eating a piece of bread for lunch because she said the soup, made two days before, had turned sour.

“The odor was stifling – it was a mixture of feces and garbage. In the dining room a woman was eating soup, almost hypnotically, while it dripped down her dirty, torn dress onto her bare feet. A closer inspection showed maggots in the soup. The patient was used to this type of food and these consitions and accepted it . . . “

The doors to the Wallace st. house  rurn by Mrs. Ethel (Moore) McCoy, are kept locked. Attempts by two Inquirer reporters to gain entrence were met with resistance.

~ NEVER ENTERS ~

Residents refused to answer the doorbell. And once, when a woman in a disheveled dress and stain on her mouth came outside to empty trash, she told newsmen to return in 20 minutes when the owner arrived.

An hour later, the owner had not returned nor could she be found at another home she operates at 60th and Pine sts. She is reported to drive up to the Wallace st. house in her latemodel Cadillac or station wagon, drop off a carton of food at the curb and drive off. Neighbors say Mrs. McCoy never enters the premises.

Welfare recipients have reportedly not been recently referred to any of the places on Casey’s list by any city or state agencies. The houses are not included in a list of acceptable accomodations carried by the County Welfare Department.

Residents reportedly drift there through “other recommendations,”or newspaper ads, or they are picked up homeless by enterprising landladies, The Inquirer learned.

~ $29 A MONTH ~

The recipientsreceive $128 monthly from welfare. While the law does not spell it out specifically, welfare officials say it is “implied” that after room and board costs are deducted, the recipients should receive a return of $29 monthly from their landladies.

Many receive nothong. Others may get anywhere from 50 cents to $3 a month for clothing and incidentals.

Mrs Virginia Gardner, assistant community services supervisor for the Department of Public Assistance, says welfare authorities can neither monitor nor control this practice.

“The proprietors of these boarding houses feel they are entitled to more than they are geeting. They have a paternalistic feeling about these boarders. They (the landladies) feel they are entitled to the whole check.

“If one of the boarders gives them trouble, they can throw them out. A boarder who is not well is often faced with the choice of returning to the state hospital. So they just tolerate it.”

Not only are boarding houses unregulated by the state, they are unregulated and unlicensed by the city.  As far as Philadelphia is concerned, there is no such thing as a boarding house. The classification simply does not exist.

There are only houses, hotels, apartments, and rooming houses, according to Peter C. Cremens, chief of the city’s Housing Division of the Bureau of Licensing and Inspections.

Therefore, he considers anyboarding houses to be “bootleg” rooming houses. They are bootleg, he says, because they are rooming houses that serve food, and there’s nothing in this city’s code which requires inspection of such facilities.

Nevertheless, there are 151 boarding or “bootleg” rooming houses in Philadelphia. And the city has not acted to regulate them or to shut them down.

Deputy City Welfare Commissuioner Manuel Kaufman blames the state for the problem. The state three years ago discontinued its regulation of boarding houses.

“This is an area which now lacks governmental supervision following the sate’s abdication of its responsibility,” Kaufman said in a prepared statement.

“We would welcome a complete overhaul of the state’s program of the utilization of homes for boarding the elderly and mentally disabled and offer our professional assistance in any way which could be of help.”

Cremens said these homes are now inspected only for fire and safety hazards. He knows of none his departmnent was forced to shut down. They are inspected once a year.

~ POLICE RECORD ~

Auditor General Casey’s probe rolled into high gear two weeks ago with the disclosure of a jailhouse lettewr from a parole violator to the landlady of several boarding houses. He asked her to pick up and cash at least five public assistance checks issued to fictitious persons.

The landlady, identified in the confidential report as Evelyn Miller (also Evelyn Hill and Evelyn McCoy), has a police record of 10 arrests dating back to 1940. They include, among other things, charges of forgery of U. S. checks and unlawful use and possession of narcotics.

~ SAY THEY’RE HAPPY ~

Interviewed at once of her four properties, 921 N. 45th st., Mrs. Miller vehemently denied that she beat or starved her boarders.

All 10 boarders presently under her charge at the 45 th st. address say they are happy and well-fed. She displayed four refrigerators stocked with food. The premises were clean.

She closed one of her properties at 4943 W. Girard ave. several weeks ago. Last December, L % I inspected the place and ordered a series of repairs in 30 days. Purchased in August 197 0, for $3000, the property is assessed today at #3300.

Another property she owns at 4232 Parkside was purchased in 1966 for $8500. It is assessed at $10,000 and is now closed for renovations. She owns a one-story home in Trevose, Bucks County, and one apartment building.

~ MYSTERIOUS DEATHS ~

In Casey’s confidential report, it is disclosed that in a number of cases, her boarders “have died or left, and checks continued to go out, due to failure of Miss Miller to inform our office of the fact.”

Involved were Social Security checks.

The writer of the memo added that in the Parnell Boarding Home there is “strong evidence to suspect mysterious deaths connected with the proprietor being beneficiary of insurance policies of the deceased.”

Mrs. Miller drives a 1970 Cadillac Fleetwood and a second car. She admits she owns fine jewelry and a mink coat. She considers herself, by her own definition, “a hustler.”

~ ‘CAN’T WAREHOUSE’ ~

Mrs. Miller, at 49, a short, plump woman, explained: “I mean, I’m a woman who knows how to make her own way. I came up in the ghetto. I know hard times. I know how to stretch a dollar and how to respect a dollar.”

She branded the accusations by Auditor General Casey “a lie.”

“You can’t warehouse human beings,” she said. “I live at the Parkside ave. address, also. So I must be warehousing myself.”

[Edward N. Eisen & Dennis Kirkland, “Welfare Housing: A World Of Violence, Squalor, Hunger,” The Philadelphia Inquirer (Pa.), Apr. 4, 1971, p. 1]

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