FULL TEXT (Article 4 of 5): Some sensational revelations were made during the trial of the three peasant women named Pionieski, Kurjakow, and Kernaez, who were charged with having committed a series of murders by moans of arsenic poisoning at Neusatz Ujvidek. Pionieski is accused of poisoning her husband and her father, Kurjakow of poisoning her lover, and Kernaez of murdering in the same manner her husband. The first part of the proceedings were devoted to the examination of the woman Kernaez. In reply to the questions the accused declared that her late husband was suddenly seized with convulsions last year, and died on the fifth day after being thus attacked. She admitted that she had a lover whose name was Csirits, and that serious quarrels had occurred between her husband and herself on account of her relations with this man. She was unable to offer any explanation as to the presence of arsenic in the body of her husband. The mother and daughter of the prisoner, however, and several witnesses who were called, stated positively that the husband of the accused had died very suddenly, and that the symptoms of his illness seemed to point to foul play. The report drawn up by the doctors who made the post-mortem examination of the bodies, and the analysis made by the District Sanitary Council were then read to the court. It was stated that distinct traces of arsenical poisoning had been found in the bodies of the husbands of the prisoners Pionieski and Kernaez, but that on the other hand, the quantity of arsenic discovered in the body of Stojsits’ Kurjakow’s lover was comparatively small. During the public prosecutor’s speech, the woman Pionieski, who is accused of two murders, those of her husband and her father, looked extremely dejected. At one point she was overcome by faintness and commenced to weep and moan. The other two prisoners sat with their eyes cast to the ground, and they presented a crestfallen appearance. Sentence was pronounced on Saturday, Pionieski was found guilty, and was sentenced to penal servitude for life. Kurjakow and Kernaez were acquitted on the ground that there was not sufficient evidence against them, and were immediately set at liberty.
FULL TEXT: Ujvidök, May 15. - In the criminal case against the Szent-Tamáser poisoners, the local court has passed judgment. Accordingly, Milicza Pivniczki was, within the meaning of K.278St.-G., found guilty of the crime of murder and applying the second paragraph of § 91.St.-G. sentenced to life imprisonment and ten years loss of rights.
The other two defendants: Ms. Kurjakov and Ms. Kernácz were acquitted.
The motifs indicate that Tuturov, Pivniczki's father, died as a result of arsenic poisoning, according to the medical reports, the chemical institute and the forensic medical senate.
It was stated that the accused had always been on bad terms with her father and that, when her father wanted to remarry, she had reason to fear that her inheritance would be reduced. A large quantity of arsenic was also found in the possession of the Pivniczki.
With regard to the other two defendants, no proof of guilt could be produced.
Pivniczti shook her head at the hearing of this judgment and shouted: "It is not true!"
The acquitted accused heard the verdict with obvious joy. The state attorney appealed for the past three defendants, including the defender of the Pivniczti.
[“The criminal trial of the Tzent-Tamäser poison mixers.” Abendblatt Des Pester Lloyd (Budapest, Hungary), May 16, 1892, p. 3]
FULL TEXT: Ujvidök,15, Mai. – In dem Strafprozesse gegen die Szent-Tamáser Giftmischerinen hat der hiesige Gerichtshof hente das Urtheil gefällt. Demgemäß wurde Milicza Pivniczki im Sinne des K.278St.-G. des Verbrechens des Mordes schuldig erkannt und unter Anwendung des zweiten Absatzes des §.91.St.-G. zu lebenslänglicher Zuchthausstrafe und zu zehn Jahren Amtsverlust verurtheilt.
Die anderen zwei Angeklagten: Frau Kurjakov und Frau Kernácz wurden freigesprochen.
In den Motiven wird daraus hingewiesen, daß Tuturov, der Vater der Pivniczki, laut den Gutachien der Aerzte, des chemischen Institutes und des gerichtsärztlichen Senates in Folge Arsenikvergiftung gestorben ist.
Es wurde konstatirt, daß die Angeklagte mit ihrem Vater von jeher in schlechtem Einvernehmen lebte und daß sie, als ihr Vater sich wieder verheirathen wollte, Grund hatte zu fürchten, ihr Erbtheil werde geschmälert werden. Weiter wurd im Besitze der Pivniczki eine größere Quantität Arsenik gefunden.
Hinsichtlich der beiden anderen Angeklagten konnte ein Schuldbeweis nicht erbracht werden.
Die Pivniczti schlitrelte der Anhörung dieses Urtheils den Kopf und schrie: “Es ist nicht wahr!"
Die freigesprochenen Angeklagten vernahmen mit sichtlicher Freude das Urtheil. Der Staatsanivalt appellirte hisichtsich alter drei Angeklagten, obense der Vertheidiger der Pivniczti.
[“Der Strafprozess der Tzent-Tamäser Giftmischerinen.” Abendblatt Des Pester Lloyd (Budapest, Hungary), May 16, 1892, p. 3]***
Previously on this post the locale of Szenttamas, which is a village name in Hungary, Serbia and Romania was incorrectly identified as in Serbia.
For more than two dozen similar cases, dating from 1658 to 2011, see the summary list with links see: The Husband-Killing Syndicates