Saturday, January 31, 2015

Clarissa, South Carolina Serial Killer – 1855

FULL TEXT (Article 1 of 2): The Columbia (S. C.) Times, of Saturday, publishes the following extract: from a letter, from a “perfectly reliable source,” in relation to Clarissa, who is sentenced to be hung for poisoning the child of Colonel Wilson. It is a fearful revelation [of] crime.

Yorkville, Sept. 20, 1855. – The negro Clarissa was tried on Tuesday and found guilty of the charge of murder, by poisoning Col. Wilson’s child. She confessed that she had also poisoned two children for Mr. McCully, and one for Mr. Marshall of Newberry, and probably one for Mr. Berry. She also confessed that she had prepared poison as often as three times for Mrs. Wilson her late mistress. She also stated that there is now a poisoner in Columbia, and that there is an old lady there, who she has not named, that is now kept in bed by poison, administered by her servant. She has proven herself so be devil on earth. Every day she is making more confessions.

[“The Negro Murderess Of Yorkville And Colombia – Poisoning.” The Tri-Weekly Commercial (Wilmington, N. C.), Sept. 27, 1855, p. 1]


FULL TEXT (Article 2 of 2): Clarissa, the colored girl that poisoned Col. W. B. Wilson’s little daughter, was hung at Yorkville, S. C., on the 2nd inst.

[Untitled, The Daily Picayune (New Orleans, La.), Nov. 13, 1855, p. 1]

Wilson child
Mrs. Wilson
McCully, 2 children
Berry, child, “probably” (?)



More cases: Female Serial Killers Executed


For more cases of this category, see: Female Serial Killers of 19th Century America


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