Katalin Bider is the name given in a Hungarian newspaper. An English language source gives "Catharine Biber."
FULL TEXT: Vienna, Nov.
23. – Five men and two women were
recently arrested at Knez, in the Temesvar district of Hungary, for having
poisoned their wives and husbands.
Martha Petromany, a woman
who is known as the “poison mixer,” was also placed in custody for having sold
them arsenic to commit the murders.
A judge who has been investigating
the cases now reports that there has seen wholesale poisoning in the district,
and further arrests have been made. Catherine Biber is accused of poisoning her
son-in-law, because he was a drunkard, and also her parents, in order to obtain
the family estate.
Vassa Ardaloan is charged
with poisoning a wealthy widow aunt, whose sole legatee he was; Lenka Rogyok
with poisoning her husband, who had willed his properly to her; Nicholas Glass
with poisoning Anton Braun, to marry his widow, and Julia Wulcslsich with
poisoning her elderly husband to marry a young lover.
The poison in all cases
is to have been provided by Martha Petromany, who is alleged to have charged
$4.50 in each case. The attention of the police was directed to the murder
epidemic by an anonymous letter.
[“Town of Poisoners,”
Supplement to Poverty Bay Herald (Gisborne, New Zealand), Jan. 12, 1907, (p.
FULL TEXT (Translated from Hungarian) — They tell us about
Timisoara: The court of Timisoara is investigating a sensational case similar
to the crime party of poison-mixing women in Zsebely and Hódmezővásárhely.
Two years ago, based on an anonymous report, an
investigation was launched in Knéz, Timisoara County, due to poison mixing.
Thirteen corpses were exhumed and arsenic was found inside each.
The poisoning was undoubtedly established by the Forensic
Medical Council and National Chemist Emil Felletár.
So far, nine people have been arrested and escorted to the
These are Völgyza Árgyelán, Gyula Vujcsics, Pável Vargasán,
Mitru Béllu, Miklós Glász Jr. and his wife, Márta Petromány, Katalin Bider and
Lenka Bagyok. The poison was sold by Lenka Bagyok for ten forints.
[“Poison mixing.” (“Méregkeverés.”), Budapesti Hirlap (Budapest,
Hungary), Nov. 21, 1906, p. 14]
FULL TEXT: Temesvárról jelentik nekünk: A zsebelyi és
hódmezővásárhelyi méregkeverő asszonyok bünpöréhez hasonló szenzációs ügyben
folytat vizsgálatot a temesvári törvényszék.
Két esztendővel ezelőtt névtelen följelentés alapján
méregkeverés miatt vizsgálat indult meg Knéz temesmegyei községben. Tizenhárom
holttestet exhumáltak és mindegyiknek belsejében arzénikumot találtak.
A mérgezést az igazságügyi orvosi tanács és Felletár Emil
országos vegyész kétségtelenül megállapították.
Eddig kilenc embert tartóztattak le és kisértek a temesvári
fogházba. Ezek Árgyelán Vásza, Vujcsics Gyula, Vargasán Pável, Béllu Mitru,
ifjabb Glász Miklós és a felesége, Petromány Márta, Bider Katalin és Bagyok
A mérget tiz forintjával Bagyok Lenka árusította.
[“Méregkeverés.” Budapesti Hirlap(Budapest, Hungary), Nov.
21, 1906, p. 14]
cases (Knez, 1906):
Knees / Satchinez was registered between 1332-1337
and allegedly based by a certain Paul Chinezu. In the 18th, century, the
village had been populated by Serbs. Population during the 1997 census was 4626
inhabitants. Registered were 2246 men and 2380 women. The number of households
Location: Knees (also; Knies; Romanian Satchinez;
Serbian, Knez; Hungarian, Temeskenéz; Gypsy; Ogav-Chinizitican) lies in the
Banater Heide, ca. 30 km Northwest from Temeswar and is in the district Temes.
Knees, is also in the municipality with Baratzhausen and Hodoni.
Coordinates: the village lies on the coordinates -
21° 02' 23" and 45° 56' 36". According to the ocean view, the
high point of the village is at the Catholic Church, 102 meters and reaches the
highest point in the direction of Baratzhausen with 106 meter. The lowest point
is at 98, meters, in the Billed direction.
Railroad: Knees, lies on the railroad route, from
Temeswar; Sankt-Andres; Hodoni; Knees; Baratzhausen; Ketfel; Warjasch;
Climate: As the rest of Europe, Knees, have cold
winters and hot summers. Springtime is mostly short. The average temperature
throughout the year is about 10-6C. With the rich soil and relatively low water
surface, brings a high harvest.
Neighbor Villages: Knees lies southwest from the
village of Billed. Westerly from Alexanderhausen. Northeast to
Baratzhausen. East to Kalatscha and Southeast to Hodoni.
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