Monday, July 28, 2014

Female Serial Killers Who Committed Suicide


1679 – Catherine Trianon – Paris, France

1809 – Anna Zwanziger – Bavaria, Germany (attempts)

Attempted suicide twice [Vickie Jensen, Women Criminals: An Encyclopedia of People and Issues, 2011]

1847 – Mary Ann Milner – Lincoln, England

The unfortunate woman hung herself in her cell a few hours before the appointed time.

1858 – Phebe Westlake – Goshen, New York, USA

Mrs. Phebe Westlake, formerly of Ulster county, whose maiden name was Irwin, aged about 45 years, died at Chester, in Orange county, N. Y., on the 7th inst., no doubt from the effect of poison taken for the purpose of self destruction.

1870 – Mrs. Hoffman / Wenzel – Sedalia, Ohio, USA

Ms. Wenzel, better known as “Mrs. Hoffman,” committed suicide by poisoning. There was little doubt that she had previously poisoned her step-daughter to death, and had made attempts on the life of her husband, who was lying ill at the time of her death. She probably poisoned her first two husbands.

1875 – Sophie Gautié Bouyou – Bourg, France (attempt)

Sophie Gauthié murdered seven of her own babies and a granddaughter, all under the age of one year. Before her arrest, she tried to commit suicide by using the same method she used on her children. She was found guilty and executed by guillotine.

1891 – Rosalie Schneider – Vienna, Austria (attempt)

The woman Schneider, who was arrested with her husband for decoying and murdering servant girls, attempted to commit suicide. Her recovery is hopeless. [Note: She did, in fact, recover, and go on trial.]

1895 – Mrs. Julian Butler – Hamburg, Michigan, USA

Mrs. Butler attempted suicide by taking laudanum, and, failing in her purpose, another poison was brought into play, which concluded the job.

1895 – Gaetana Stimoli ("Stomoli") – Aderno, Catania, Sicily (attempt)

“As the crowd tried to enter the prison and lynch the poisoner, the woman was brought to Catania. Here she made an attempt to cut open her veins with a broken windowpane.”

1896 – Amelia Dyer – Reading, England (attempt)

In November 1891, she was admitted to Gloucester Asylum following a bungled suicide attempt.

1902 – Hattie Whitten – Dexter, Maine, USA

While in custody Hattie Whitten tied together two towels and hanged herself to a bed post.
1905 – Teresa Palko – Bačko Petrovo Selo (Péterréve), Bečej Munic., S. Bačka Dst., Serbia

The “Mari Jáger” from Péterréve, called Teresa Palkó, wanted to escape the earthly justice and drank five servings of half-gram sublimit lozenges. She became seriously ill, yet still survived.

1906 – Mary Maher – Dunkitt, County Kilkenny, Ireland – age 11 when discovered (3 murders, 1 attempted murder; suicide)

1906 – Rosa Vrzal – Chicago, Illinois, USA

“By December, 1906 police issued warrants for the arrest of Herman Billick and Rosa Vrzal. All six bodies were exhumed and autopsies determined that they had all died of arsenic poisoning.   Though they were able to arrest Billick, Rosa managed to escape them by committing suicide with arsenic before she could the police could catch up with her.”

1908 – Jeanne Weber – Paris, France

Credited with at least ten murders, she survived two years in captivity before manually strangling herself in 1910.

1911 – Louise Vermilya – Chicago, Illinois, USA (attempt)

Discovery was made Nov. 4, 1911, that Mrs. Louise Vermilya, who is under police guard at her home charged with poisoning Policeman Arthur Bissonnette, had attempted to take her own life with arsenic. A quantity of the poison was found in her bedroom in a pepper shaker.

1912 – Enriqueta Martí – Barcelona, Spain (attempt)

Murdered by fellow jail inmates soon after suicide attempt. 

1913 – Isabella Newman – Melbourne, Australia

Sensational developments occurred this afternoon in connection with the investigations by detectives into the mysterious disappearances of several babies adopted by the woman Isabella Newman, who committed suicide at her house in Mordialloc, after detectives had placed her under arrest.

1920 – Raya & Sekina Aly Hammam – Alexandria, Egypt – attempt by Raya

“When Raya was finally landed in a cell after a fight in which she all but succeeded in driving a dirk into her breast she was placed in solitary confinement.”

1923 – Maria Torosian – Fresno, California, USA (mother of  Potegian)

Mrs. Maria Torosian committed suicide by hanging at the Torosian ranch home west of Fresno.

1923 – Elize Potegian – Fresno, California, USA (attempt) (daughter of  Torosian)

A close guard is being maintained today [Nov. 5, 1923] over Mrs. Eliza Patigian [error, “Potegian” in most sources], charged with poisoning her step-daughter, following an attempt to commit suicide by strangulation in the county jail here yesterday afternoon. The attempt by Mrs. Patigian to end her life followed receipt of word that her mother, Mrs. Maria Torosian had committed suicide by hanging at the Torosian ranch home west of Fresno.

1924 – Annie Hauptrief – San Marco, Texas, USA

Mrs. Hauptrief’s body was found in the morning shortly after 7 o’clock suspended from a narrow band from her cell door in the Hayes County jail, where she had been during the last five months on a charge of poisoning her four stepchildren and attempting to poison her husband.

1925 – Anna Cunningham – Crown Point, Indiana, USA (attempt)

Mrs. Cunningham, recovering in a hospital from an attempt to strangle herself, has admitted the poisoning of three children.

1929 – Julia Fazekas – Nagyrev, Hungary

A number of bodies were exhumed and arsenic was found in them. Police inquiries quickly broke down the wall of fear which had so strangely protected the guilty, and several people confessed. The evidence against Madame Fazekas piled up so quickly broke down that she was on the point of being arrested when she took her own life.

1929 – Suzi Olah – Nagyrev, Hungary

Susi [Suzi] refused to talk and was released. She made her way to her home village and visited several of her women friends. She told them to keep their mouths shut. Unknown to Susi, the police had let her go, hoping she would lead them to the other conspirators. The scheme worked. All the women were taken into custody. All except Susi. When the police called at her home, there was no answer. They found the mass murderer in a closet. She had hanged herself. Thirty-one women were placed on trial in Szolnok for the arsenic poisonings.

1929 – Christine Czordas (Chordas) – Nagyrev, Hungary

The confessions showed that the widow [of] Balint Czordas [Christine] was the second in command, a sort of vice-president of the murder syndicate. She confessed to having helped poison twenty husbands and, also, during the hungry years, just after the war, a few children who were hard to feed. The morning after her confession the authorities wished to ask one or two more questions, but she had committed suicide during the night. Three other widows, sharing her cell, had watched Balint make a rope from bedding and hang herself, without interfering.

1939 – Carina Favato – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

“Additional precautions were taken last night to guard a confessed woman principal in a widespread insurance-poison ring who twice attempted suicide while shouting “witches” were chasing her. High police officials said no official report had been made, but guards declared on one occasion they found Mrs. Carina Favato with a handkerchief knotted around her neck. Several hours later, they said, she plunged a safety pin into her arteries.”

1948 – Josefa Idler – Berlin, Germany

Police ordered an autopsy in the death in her prison cell on Aug. 25, of Josefa Idler. She was sentenced to death Aug. 24 for the poison slaying of two of her four husbands.

1950 – Mrs. Schaub – Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Charles Schaub, 43, who lived in the house from 1912 until May of last year told police his step-mother, Anna, killed herself by gas in 1928.

1957 – Mary Perkins – Selma, Alabama, USA (attempt)

At the start of the probe, Mrs. Perkins shot herself in the chest in a suicide attempt, but was hospitalized and recovered.

1975 – Betty Jakim – Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

1984 – Ada Wittenmyer – Dickson, Tennessee, USA

While awaiting trial, she hanged herself with a prison bedsheet on Aug. 8, 1984, and left a note saying “at last I have found peace.”

1994 – Aleata Beach – Chickasha, Oklahoma, USA

1998 – María Concepción Ladino Gutiérrez – Bogota, Colombia (attempt)

2002 – Ann Grigg-Booth – Keighley, West Yorkshire, England
Aug. 31?, 2005, died at home of an overdose of anti-depressants before trial scheduled for April 2006 on 13 charges

2002 – Julia Lynn Turner – Marietta, Georgia, USA

Autopsy results on Julia Lynn Womack Turner showed she died from the "toxic effects of the prescription medication propranolol, a blood pressure medication that Ms. Turner had been prescribed," according to Georgia's chief medical examiner.

2004 – Sonya Caleffi – Como, Italy

Three attempted suicides.

2007 – Shirley Winters – New York state, USA

Suicide attempts.

2009 – “Ota Ward Tokyo Serial Killer Mother” – Ota Ward, Tokyo, Japan

After the unnamed woman’s suicide, the skeletal remains of four newborns were found in her home.
2012 Pamela Moss – Bibb Cty. & Jones Cty. Georgia, USA 

Attempt: she cut her wrists, but only superficially, and swallowed an overdose of pills.

2012 – Miyoko Sumida “The Piranha Family” – Amagasaki, Hyogo prefecture, Japan

Arrested on Dec. 5, 2012; choked herself in her cell despite being on suicide watch Dec. 12, 2012.

2013 – Joanna Dennehy – Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England (attempt)

Aug. 16, 2018 – Serial killer Joanna Dennehy is believed to have tried to kill herself in jail after apparently making a grisly suicide pact with her prison girlfriend. Dennehy, 35, is understood to have been found with her throat slit, while her lover had cut her wrists. A source told The Sun: “When the guards found them they were entwined on the floor, which was covered in blood.” [Daily Mail, Aug. 16, 2018]

2014 – Angeline Mabhiza – Zimbabwe; 5 (4 own babies; cousin), suicide.

2019 – Jolly Annan Joseph Koodathayi, Kozhikodfe, Kerala, Indian (attempt)


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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Female Serial Killers Who Were Prostitutes

1761 – Dorcas "Darkey" Kelly – Dublin, Ireland

Systematic murder of her customers, buried on site at the bordello.

1807 – Ching Shih – China

Ching Shih, also known as Cheng I Sao, was a Chinese pirate during the early 18th century. Ching Shih was a former prostitute who married the infamous pirate Cheng I.

1808 – Catherine Bouhours ("Auguste Manette") – Paris, France

One of the most remarkable of all female serial killers: a dedicated misandrist; cross-dressing; a unique murder weapon and sophisticated modus operandi.

1809 – Anna Zwanziger (Nannette Schoenleben) – Sanspaareil, Bavaria, Germany

"Anna was one of the successful upmarket escort gorls of her day." [Carol Ann Davis, Women Who Kill: Profiles of Female Serial Killers, 2001, Alison & Busby, London, p. 17]

1861 – Ruddah – India

Ruddah was head of a a gang of murderous prostitutes.

1861 – Theresa of Sicily – Constantinople, Turkey

1868 – Anne Gaillard Delpech – Montauban, France

Delpech was an especially cruel baby farmer who murdered infants.

1875 – Minnie Taylor – Humboldt, Tennessee, USA

Murdered three men on separate occasions.

1883 – Mary Ganole – Flemingsburg, Kentucky, USA

Mary Ganole murdered two men and deliberately allowed the lynching of an innocent man, executed for the murder that she herself had committed.

1883 – Trailokya ("Troyluko Raur") – Calcutta, India

1896 – Amelia Dyer – Caversham, England

She did not have any need to beg since her double work as a procurer and prostitute gave her sufficient money to live well.

1904 – Elizabeth Wiese – Hamburg, Germany

As she had to distance herself from dealing in babies, Wiese forced her daughter Paula into prostitution. Paula fled to London, but became pregnant. She returned to Hamburg and gave birth in a cellar. Immediately after the birth Wiese drowned Paula's baby and burnt the body in the stove. [Wikipedia]

1906 Emma LeDoux (McVicar) – Jamestown, California, USA

1906 – Wilhelmenia Eckhardt – New York, New York, USA

“When [Marie Schoch] came to this country she found her mother [Wilhelmenia Eckhardt] conducting a disorderly house [house of prostitution] and she declared that her mother sought to have her become an inmate of the place. She refused.”

1909 – Olga Ivanova Tamarin – Kurdino village, Novaya Ladoga, Russia 

A mother, her 17-year-old daughter and accomplices robbed, murdered, mutilated and cannibalized 27 persons. According to one report, the daughter was, or posed as, a prostitute to lure the victims.

1910 – Maria Piaszta – Mitrovitz, Serbia
1911 – Maria Gerzsany (Gerszan, Gersan) – Kistelek, Csongrad, Hungary

Suspected pimp, human trafficker. 

1912 – Louise Lindloff – Chicago, Illinois, USA

“Evidence that Mrs. Lindloff also conducted a house of ill fame in Milwaukee was obtained Saturday night, the officials asserted.” [The Milwaukee Journal (Wi.), Oct. 27, 1912, p. 1]

1912 – Enriqueta Marti – Barcelona, Spain

“The Vampiress of Barcelona, Enriqueta Marti was An occult cannibal pedophile child-trafficker who once forced a girl to eat the flesh of one of the children she had murdered.

1924 – Marie Krueger (Krüger) – Hammer (near Berlin), Germany

1927 – Alma Theede – Memphis, Tennessee, USA

1938 – Moulay Hassen – Fez, Morocco

Hassen, once a famous dancer became a “madame” for prostitutes. This woman kidnapped, tortured and serially murdered many young women (as well as boys). She was discovered to be a serial killer following the discovery of dismembered body parts of one of her victims. She fed human flesh to her cats. She was convicted and sentenced to death, but due to her powerful political connections she was freed to continue her criminal career. Convicted of new crimes she was sentenced to only 15 years in prison.

1944 – Louise Peete – Pacific Palisades, California, USA

Louise Peete was recidivist murderess with a long career as a predator who was eventually executed. 

1960 – Magdalena Solis – Yerba Buena, Chiapas, Mexico – “The High Priestess of Blood”

“Magdalena Solis also known as the High Priestess of Blood, was a serial killer, a member of a cult in Mexico that was responsible for orchestrating several murders, and participated in drinking the blood of the victims. She was convicted of 8 murders and sentenced to 320 years in prison. Magdalena played a role similar, in some respects, to a pimp or procuress. Santos and Cayetano Hernandez recruited Magdalena Solis and her brother Eleazor to pose as mystical gods so their gang could exhort money and sex from their followers. Early in 1963, the Hernandez brothers convinced the remote village of Yerba Buena that the Inca gods of the mountain were willing to give them fabulous wealth in exchange for their undivided loyalty and sexual favors. The men and women of the village became sexual toys for the brothers in the hopes of bringing good fortune to the village.” [Wikipedia, excerpt]

1964 – Carmen, Delfina, & Maria Luisa de Jesús González San Francisco del Rincón, Mexico

“The Bordello from Hell”

1968 – Mary Bell – Scotswood, Newcastle, England – daughter of a prostitute.“Bell’s mother, Betty, was a prostitute who was often absent from the family home, travelling to Glasgow to work. Mary was her first child, born when she was sixteen years old.”

“Independent accounts from family members suggest strongly that Betty had attempted to kill Mary and make her death look accidental more than once during the first few years of her life.” []

1980 – Robin Murphy –Fall River, Massachusetts, USA

1983 – Charmaine Phillips – Durban, South Africa

1985 – Griselda Blanco – USA & Colombia

Blanco, a major international organized crime figure, resorted to prostitution for a few years in Medellín, until age 20.

1988 – Dorothea Puente – Sacramento, California, USA

In the 1960s Dorothea Gray [Puente's maiden name] was arrested for owning and managing a brothel and was sentenced to 90 days in the Sacramento County Jail.

1991 – Aileen Wuornos – Port Orange, Florida, USA

1994 – Rosemary West – Gloucestershire, England

With her husband Frederick as her crime partner, she murdered and sexually abused 11 women, including her own daughter and step-daughter.

1999 – Lao Rongzi – Jiangxi, China

2000 – Credonia Mwerinde – Kunungu, Uganda

She was both a serial killer on an individual basis and a serial mass murderess on an epic scale. "Credonia Mwerinde (1952-2000), [was] a barmaid with some reputation for sexual promiscuity (who later claimed to be a former prostitute: most probably a false claim, and a conscious attempt to replicate the role of Mary Magdalene.)" [Massimo Introvigne, “Tragedy in Uganda: the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God, a Post-Catholic Movement,”, updated Apr. 5, 2000]

2003 – Jaroslava Fabiánová – Decin, Czech Republic

A recidivist who served time for murder and was released to murder vagain, she is an avowed misandrist: “The Czech Aileen Wuornos.”

2004 – Caroline Peoples & Angela Ford-Wright – Chicago, Illinois, USA

2015 – Tamara Samsonova – St. Petersburg, Russia

Samsonova, suspected of 11 murders in which she dismembered the victims’ corpses,  lied to police about her background, claiming she was a retired actress and a graduate of the Vaganov Ballet Academy, when in fact she was a former Soviet “monitor” who surveilled hotel guests at the Grand Hotel Europe, which was once regarded the most luxurious hotels in the world. The description of Samsonova’s job “monitoring” hotel guests describes what in the Soviet era was a KGB-employed prostitute. Prostitution was illegal in the Soviet era, yet prostitutes were used by the KGB as informants, assigned to hotels to collect information on foreign guests.

2016 – Juana “La Peque Sicaria” – Baja California, Mexico

2019 – Angelina Barini – Queens County, New York, New York, USA