Thursday, August 18, 2011

Kate Webber’s Cure for Thumb Sucking: Torture - 1922

FULL TEXT: Cincinnati, Aug. 5 – Mrs. Kate Webber was arrested yesterday on complaint of the Ohio Humane Society on the charge of torturing a child. The authorities were informed by neighbors that she had held the thumbs of her four-year-old son, Albert, on a hot smoothing iron. Mrs. Webber said she had not intended to burn the boy very much, merely enough to break him off sucking his thumbs.

[“Held Fingers Of Her Child To Hot Iron,” The Morning Leader (Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada), Aug. 7, 1922, p. 5]


For more cases, see: Women Who Like to Torture


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