Sunday, May 31, 2015

Female Serial Killers – COLLECTIONS

Following are links to specialized lists of Female Serial Killer cases which include links to posts on individual cases. Some of the collections contain synopses of cases.

These posts are based on original research and very little of this information has ever before been organized and made available.


Q & A

Female Serial Killers Q & A



Female Serial Killers of 19th Century America

Female Serial Killers of the Jazz Age: 1920s USA

Female Serial Killers of the 21st Century: A Photo Gallery

REGIONS (& ETHNICITY) • • • • • • •

Female Serial Killers of Africa & the African Diaspora

Female Serial Killers of Asia

Female Serial Killers of Australia

Eastern Europe
Female Serial Killers of Eastern Europe

Female Serial Killers of France

Female Serial Killers of Germany

Great Britain
Female Serial Killers of Great Britain

Latin America
Female Serial Killers of Latin America

Near East
Female Serial Killers of the Near East

Romania: Female Serial Killers & Husband-Killing Syndicates

Female Serial Killers of Russia

Soviet Communist Female Serial Killers

Female Serial Killers of the USA

THEMES • • • • • • •

Female Serial Killers Who Also Killed Animals

Women in Power: Aristocratic Female Serial Killers

Female Serial Killers & Arson

Female Serial Killer Bandits

Black Widows
Black Widow Serial Killers
Champion Black Widow Serial Killers

Cannibal Murderesses (includes Serial Killers)

Child Care Providers (including Baby Farmers)

Funeral Fetishism
Funeral Fetishism of Female Serial Killers

Female Serial Killers & Gambling

Serial Killer Girls

Female Serial Killers & Guns



Female Serial Killers: Weapons, Poisons & Methods
Female Serial Killers & Guns
Female Serial Killers & Knives (& Other Blades)
The Baby Burners: Female Serial Killers Who Burned Babies Alive
The Stranglers

Serial Baby-Killing Moms
Serial Killer Moms & Step-Moms Who Murdered Children Aged 2 Years and Older


Sicko Nurses: Female Serial Killers

Occult Female Serial Killers

Ogresses: Female Serial Killers of the Children of Others

Poems & Songs About
Poems & Songs About FSKs
FSKs & Contemporary Theater

Female Serial Killers Who Predicted Their Victims' Deaths


Prison Weddings
Prison Weddings: Female Serial Killers

Prolific Female Serial Killers

Female Serial Killers Who Were Prostitutes

Creepiest Female Serial Killer Quotations
Female Serial Killer Quotations: Voices of Violent Women

Recidivism, "Beating the Rap" & Multiple Trials

Relics of Female Serial Killers

Sadism & Female Serial Killers

SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) & Female Serial Killers




, “The Surprising Truth About Women and Violence,” TIME,
June 25, 2014






Saturday, May 30, 2015

Mae Hamilton, Alleged Oklahoma Serial Killer - 1926

NOTE: Some sources give the name as “Mrs. Mae Hamilton Owens.”


FULL TEXT (Article 1 of 4): Okmulgee, Sept. 21 —Accused of poisoning her 14 -year-old son, John Courtland Hamilton, to collect $2000 insurance policy, Mrs. Mae Hamilton Owens, 40 was placed in jail on a charge of murder here this afternoon.

The murder charge was filed after Robert Isham, chemist, had reported to County Attorney Boatman he had discovered traces of poison in the boy’s vital organs, which were removed following funeral services September 9.

A corner’s jury will meet Thursday to order the body of an orphaned nephew of Mrs. Owens woman exhumed. The boy, 8 years old, died a year ago under circumstances said to have suggested poisoning.

[“Mother accused of Poisoning Son, 14, To Collect Insurance,” The Chillicothe Constitution (Mo.), Sep. 21, 1926, p. 1]


FULL TEXT (Article 2 of 4): Kansas City, Jan. 8. – Already accused of poisoning three persons and the hand of suspicion pointing to four other deaths, Mrs. Mae Hamilton, 37-year-old divorcee, is in the Okmulgee, Okla., awaiting trial as the state points to her as a modern Borgia.

Evidence compiled by A. N. Boatman, county attorney, brands the woman as the slayer of her own 15-year-old son, John Courtland Hamilton; Earl Glen Cox Hamilton, 8-year-old adopted son, and F. M. Baker, 44, Oklahoma oil man, who the county attorney says was the woman’s fiance.

The graves of the two boys and Baker have been opened and autopsies revealed deadly quantities of strychnine. With the discovery of the poison it was learned by the prosecutor that Mrs. Hamilton was the beneficiary of insurance policies held by her father and mother, who died after a brief illness in 1922.


A sister and brother also died violent deaths, the county attorney says he has learned. With this to start on, he has begun negotiations with the states in which the four are buried to have their bodies exhumed.

In his reconstruction of what he believes was the work of a second Borgia, the prosecutor will base his hope for a conviction on evidence tending to show the two boys and Baker also met their deaths with their insurance as the goal of the slayer.

He points to the fact that Mrs. Hamilton’s own son was insured for the maximum amount allowed children of his age and that her adopted son was also insured for a small amount.

Further to establish what he believes is a motive, he points to the attempts of Mrs. Hamilton to collect the insurance left by Baker, which was awarded a former wife in court.

With this web of evidence woven by the state, Mrs. Hamilton sits in her cell staunchly denying the accusation of murder and pleading mother love to break down the case of the state.


“They say I poisoned my baby. But they know he died suddenly from meningitis, and that my adopted son died of the same disease, and they lie when they say I put poison in water I gave to Mr. Baker while he was in a hospital.”

Gossipy neighbors, who envied her motor car and the home she purchased after the death of her parents and the two boys, are blamed by the accused woman for her arrest and what she calls the “brutal” opening of the graves of her loved ones.

“They opened the graves of my boys, cut up their bodies and then only buried half of them again, and then they said they found poison,” Mrs. Hamilton charges from her cell.

Her stay in jail has made her vindictive and bitter.

Instead of an insanity plea, as first was expected, Mrs. Hamilton is going to face a trial judge with mother love as her only defense.

When she comes into court for her fight for life – murder being punishable by death in Oklahoma – Mrs. Hamilton must explain why she refused to accept outside help in nursing her two boys when they died within a month of each other last summer.


Both died in convulsions, the state has found after consulting medical records, which gave the cause of death as an acute stomach disorder, although the accused woman insists it was meningitis.

To combat the phase of the triple charge against her, Mrs. Hamilton again will rely on “mother love” to save her from the brand of “Borgia” that a conviction will carry. It was natural, she has said, that a mother would refuse to yield her place at the sickbed of her son.

It is charged by the state that each drink of water she gave the little boys, contained a small amount of strychnine, until finally the increasing poison in their stomach brought death. The boys, like Baker, died in convulsions. That Prosecutor Boatman contends, pointing to authorities in the medical world, is one of the first indications of poison.

Scarcely had the tragic deaths of the two boys occurred until Baker, alleged sweetheart of the accused woman, was stricken with typhoid and taken to the Okmulgee hospital. The day before he died, it is charged, Mrs. Hamilton gave him a drink of water in the absence of the nurse. The next night he died in convulsions, but it was believed typhoid was the cause.

It was not until Mrs. Hamilton, had been arrested and the bodies of the boys exhumed that a nurse recalled that Baker received a drink of water from Mrs. Hamilton the day before he died. His body then was exhumed and strychnine found in the stomach. With Mrs. Hamilton’s attempts to collect the Baker insurance suggesting a possible motive, the state added another charge of first degree murder, putting the total to three.

As the case gained publicity the prosecutor heard of the unexpected deaths of the woman’s parents in Eldorado Springs, Mo., in 1922, and the deaths of her brother and sister in Kansas the next year.

“We have evidence which indicates we are on the trail of a modern Borgia, who sat by the bedside of loved ones and fed them poison in their last hours,” says County Atty. Boatman in his only comment on the greatest murder mystery in the history of Oklahoma.

Mrs. Hamilton has been married twice, divorced once and has not lived with her second husband for more than a year. She explains she left her second husband because he was unkind to children, to further support of her defense that mother love would not permit any woman to poison her own child.

Prosecutor Boatman accepts mother love as the most lofty of all human traits, but demands that Mrs. Hamilton prove to the satisfaction of twelve men that she did not have anything to do with the death of the two boys and Baker.

Already in jail more than six months, Mrs. Hamilton faces a longer wait for trial with the possibility her case will be postponed until late in the spring to permit her attorney to attend the state legislature.

[“Woman Faces Courts After Seven Deaths – Her Son, Her Adopted Child, and Her Fiance Are Among Dead.” Milwaukee Sunday Sentinel (Wi.), 1927, p. 1]


FULL TEXT (Article 3 of 4): Okmulgee, Okla., April 26. – The difficult task of selecting a jury for the trial of Mrs. Mae Hamilton, who is charged with poisoning three members of her family for her insurance, was started here Tuesday in the State District Court.

Attorneys for both State and defense predicted that a special venire or sixty and the forty remaining from last week’s panel will be exhausted.

Large crowds or curious persons were disappointed when most of them were unable to find seats or standing room not occupied by the jurors or some of the seventy witnesses.

Mrs. Hamilton will be tried first on the charge of administering poison to her son John Courtland Hamilton, 14, for his insurance money. A vigorous attack on the State’s mainstay, an analysis that is alleged to have disclosed the poison in the body, will be the backbone of the defense.

Mrs. Hamilton also is accused of the death of Buster Cox Hamilton, her foster son, and F. M. Baker.

[“Woman On Trial – Charged With Murder Three Persons to Get Insurance. [sic]” The Saint Jo Tribune (Tx.), Apr. 29, 1927, p. 1]


FULL TEXT (Article 4 of 4): Okmulgee, Okla., May 4. – The next trial of Mrs. Mae Hamilton, accused of poisoning her son, probably will not be held after July 1, when the beginning of the new fiscal year makes available more money for the jury fund, County Attorney A. N. Boatman said last night following discharge of the jury hopelessly deadlocked after 43 1/s hours’ deliberation.

After a week of terrific legal struggle, beginning with the attorneys, continuing with the witnesses and passing on into the jury room, the jury was dismissed at 6:30 p. m. yesterday by District Judge John L. Norman when he was convinced they could not possibly agree. A distinct line was drawn between two groups of jurors, with seven on one side for conviction and five for acquittal, and not once was the line crossed after the first vote, the court was told. A mistrial was declared and the defendant returned to the custody of Sheriff John Russell.

Disagreement was based solely on the guilt or innocence of Mrs. Hamilton and not on a question of the testimony, the jurors declared. They sat tired and wan, in the little jury box in the county courtroom while their foreman told of their long fight to convince each other.

[“Mrs. Hamilton To Face Trial Again – Jurors Stood Seven to Five for Conviction After 43 ½ Hours’ Deliberation,” Miami News-Herald (Ok.), May 3, 1927, p. 3]


Mrs. Mae Hamilton was arrested Sep. 20, 1926.


1922 – Mother
1922 – Father
1923 – Sister
1923 – Brother
1926 – Earl Glen (“Buster”) Cox Hamilton – 8, adopted (died summer 1926 in one source; in 1925 in another)
1926 – F. M. Baker – 44, fiance
Sep. 9, 1926 – John Courtland Hamilton – 15, son (summer 1926)







Friday, May 29, 2015

False Rape Accusations - Checklist

Following is a small selection of historical articles dealing with false rape accusations. Research on historical cases of this variety is still at an infantile stage.


False Rape Accusations: General

A Wisconsin state legislator attempts, unsuccessfully, to protect men from the epidemic of false rape accusations he has been observing.

False rape accusations are used as a weapon of war by the German military in an organized attempt to destabilize the allied occupation. The US military’s usual punishment for rape committed by one of its members was execution.

An article that discusses the arrests of a series of false rape accusers. Such cases seldom made the news until fairly recently due to the fact that most false rape accusations are typically identified before arrest and until recently the accused were not routinely arrested – and their arrest publicized – without appropriate investigation.

2012 – What Does A Kidnapper Look Like? - Like a False Rape Accuser!

False Rape Accusations: Individual Cases

1889 – Maud Compston – St. Paul, Minnesota.

1897 – Elsie Shipton – Los Angeles, California

1914 – A Fake Rape Case in Maryland: ”Negro Was a Myth” -1914

1931 – Dorothy Skaggs – Norfolk, Virginia

1944 – Ida Granata – San Bernardino, California

1944 – Edna Hancock – New York, N. Y.

Woman was charged with perjury after it was discovered her testimony the put her victim in jail was untrue.

1944 – False Rape Accusation as a Political Weapon – June Kelly’s Lie – 1944

A leading American Nazi sympathizer tries to "derail" a trial of sedition (collaborating with the enemy at time of war) with his secretary's willing cooperation.

1954 – Mary Gillen – New York, N. Y.

Two teenaged boys were held for 5 weeks for a rape that never happened. The accuser, a bar-hopping lush had passed out in a park and imagined the rape scenario.

1956 – Harold Miller – Chicago, Illinois

A man served four years of a life sentence. He had been accused by a mentally ill woman, a chronic schizophrenic, and was finally vindicated.

1958 – Joan & Catherine Carvella – Mineola, New York

Mother and daughter join forces to accuse a young man with whom the daughter had consenting sexual relations. The motive was spite; he did not want to marry her.



Monday, May 25, 2015

Jane Hattersley, Serial Baby-Killing Mom – England, 1609

The title of the 1610 pamphlet tells the story (archaic spelling is retained): The bloudy mother, or The most inhumane murthers, committed by Iane Hattersley vpon diuers infants, the issue of her owne bodie: & the priuate burying of them in an orchard with her araignment and execution. As also, the most loathsome and lamentable end of Adam Adamson her Master, the vnlawfull begetter of those vnfortunate babes being eaten and consumed aliue with wormes and lice. At east Grinsted in Sussex neere London, in Iuly last. 1609.

[T. B. (Thomas Brewer) The bloudy mother, or The most inhumane murthers, committed by Iane Hattersley vpon diuers infants …, London: printed by Iohn Busbie, and are to be sold by Artheur Iohnson in Paules Churchyard at the signe of the White Horse, 1610]


EXCERPT: The case of Jane Hattersley shows the importance of neighbours in the discovery of infanticide. Jane was a young servant who had been committing adultery with her master for a number of years. On a number of occasions she had became pregnant and murdered the newborn child. The second time when she was ‘mistrusted to be with child, she was searched by women and was found to be so’, however, she was ‘presently seene around againe well, and so little ... as was justly suspected.’

Her third pregnancy and infanticide was also commented upon by her neighbours. Frances Foorde a neighbour came to her house during her labour and heard through the door ‘the shriek of a newborn infant’, which she did not see or hear again, although Jane came out to talk to her.

This evidence was given at her trial and led to her eventual execution.

[Laura Spence, Women Who Murder In Early Modern England, 1558-­1700, Dissertation, University of Warwick, September 2010, pp. 34-5]




TITLE PAGE: The bloudy mother, or The most inhumane murthers, committed by Iane Hattersley vpon diuers infants, the issue of her owne bodie: & the priuate burying of them in an orchard with her araignment and execution. As also, the most loathsome and lamentable end of Adam Adamson her Master, the vnlawfull begetter of those vnfortunate babes being eaten and consumed aliue with wormes and lice. At east Grinsted in Sussex neere London, in Iuly last. 1609.

T. B. (Thomas Brewer) Printed for Iohn Busbie, and are to be sold by Arth•…r Iohnson in Paules Churchyard at the signe of the White Horse.


To the Reader.

YOu haue heere no translated wonder, no far fetcht matter, no English lie, to passe for an outlandish truth: but a true relation of that that many tongues can witnes to those that ambiguously shal stand to withstand it. If it broght not with it that probabilitie that it doth, I could not blame any that shold haue a ielosie or mistrust of the certaintie of it; for we haue had some peices that haue had faire stampes, but the stuffe has bin counterfeite. But this I cannot suspect can be suspected by any (after they haue read it:) For first, the nearnesse of the place where these cruelties were executed: secondly the time: thirdly the rumour hath bin spread of it: and lastly the names of those that at the bench gaue euidence against them, persons (for the most part) of good sufficiencie, yet liuing, cannot but inforce a beleefe in any that haue sence to sensure vpon such manyfest markes of veritie.

Such it is, as mothers with wet eyes, and Fathers with grieu'd hearts may receiue: for with the cheife of many precedent soule-confounding mischeifes, this may stand, to shevv (with terror) the bloody and most dangerous events of lust, and such libidinous liuing.

Tho. Brew.

The bloodie Mother. OR The most inhumaine murthers of Iane Hattersley vppon diuers infants, being the issue of her owne bodie.

HAppie is that man whome other mens harms maketh to be wise. I happie, and thrise happie is he indeed: but such is the folly of men in this our vnhappie age, that though they see the most heauie and lamentable ends of thousands of hell-charmd malefactors, yet they will not learne good from their ill, nor to be wise by their folly.

Sinne, like a subtill and most cunning adulator, comes vpon vs with a faire looke, and a tongue full of most fine words and phrases, promising all happinesse and sweet content at his entrance; and with that promise hastilye gets to the heart of man; where hauing once got firme footing, he staies, till the most bitter and formenting contraries of his promised, euen kill the hart he takes hold on.

O how happy is he, that seeing the foule ends of folly, and vngratious actions a farr off, feares least the temptation and thought, which was the Embryon of that euill, insinuate, and creepe into his heart: and fearing praise for assistance to him that helps, whosoeuer calles vpon him for helpe: one cole of fire is easily quenched, when many are hardly, or neuer extinguisht, till they haue confounded the matter they light on: So sinne, while tis but a sparke, with easie opposition may be expeld the hart and minde of man: but suffered to feed vpon the fewell Sathan casts in, and so to spread it selfe in furious •…ames, will be the dire fall an•…•…usion of his sufferer.

What heauie ends follow light beginnings, we may easily see, & not goe farre to finde them; for alas, the multiplicity of sin, shews it in euery corner. As for example: many there be that amongst their cannes, halfe cannes, and most vnhealthfull healths, haue falne from ordinarie & familiar conference to high and opprobrious speeches: from such words, to blowes: from blowes to stabs: so in blood, and hemp, haue made an vntimely and heauie deuision of their soules and bodyes.

Some entring into play, thinking at the enterance vppon nothing but the ordinary end; vpon some pettie, ridiculous, and most childish occasion, haue entertaind anger, and in that madnesse, (for indeed it is so) one has bin sent to his graue, and the other to the gallowes.

Some taken in the stronge entangling nette of a beautious looke, haue so •…bord for their maintenance, and securitie in that most dangerous pleasure, that they haue drawne vpon themselues, an vnexpected reward: for the reward of their labor has bin the horror of their consciences, the greife of their friends, and the shortning of their owne dayes, with shame and bitternesse.

Thus much haue I said, to excite men at the very beginning, and entrance of sinne to behold it, with an eye of perfect iudgement and thoughts of a heauenly temper, that this Serpent, with an Angelles forehead and a diuells taile, may not be suffered to creepe in, to his confounding labor.

But now to my bloody and heauie subiect: In Sussex in a towne cald East Grinsteed, dwelt one Adam Adamsonne; a man that for his yeares, place, and sufficiencie in estate of liuing, was in good account and recconing amongst his neighbours, But men can but see as men; the eye of man, cannot peirce or prye into the thoughts and intent of man; neither can it giue the hart intelligence, but from outward behauiour and working: And therefore right easily may the iudgements of men be deceiued: for most common it is for man, to seeme that he should be, and be that he should not so deceiuing (as I said) the honest coniectures and iudgements of men, by a false and adulterate appearance; as in this Adam Adamsonne is apparant: for with a shew of honestie and good dealing, he couered a masse of dishonest and putrified cogitations: amongst which, the most ranke and corrupted, were of lust.

He had a wife, but the vigor and strength of lust, carried his loue from her to a seruant he kept; who was as fitt for his thoughts (in affibilitie and easie yeelding) as if she had spent an apparentiship in a house of such trading, as train•… such as she to such damnable seruice and imployment.

So much he doted vpon this strumpet, that all the loue and kindnes that was fully due to his ligitimate bed-mate, she was mistris and commaundresse of: what she commaunded must be performed; what she requested, must be prouided; and what she was displeasd with, to please her must be remoued: her will was Adamant and his Iron, which followed the attraction of hers, to the very vtt•ermost of her pleasure: and often to make her the more prone and apt to his will, he would promise her when his wife dyed, to make her his wife: which promise so wrought in her minde, that shee thought euery day a yeare till she might see the last gasp of her Dame.

So long were these thoughts suffred, without a gracious resistance, that they grew to that strength, that they stird her to shew the fowlnes of them in action: but the Lord so guarded the innocent wrong'd wife of Adamson, that she could not haue the power to performe her diuillish purpose.

Six weekes she bare poyson in her pursse, to spice hir dames drinke withall, in which time she made many faire (or rather most damnable foule) proffers; but all were most strangely, and admirably frustrated by the will of the almighty searcher of harts and reines, who saw and preuented euery wicked and vngodly attempt of hers. When she saw that she was so oft and so strangely preuented she resolud to giue ouer that purpose, and in that resolution, she threw her poyson into the fire and burnt it.

Many yeares did this olde Lecher maintaine this young Lena in this obscure and most foule sinne, in so thick a cloud of secrecie, as the diuell makes fit, to helpe those that labour in the busines that is sweete & pleasing to him, for ten or twelue haruests haue they reapt the most wicked pleasures of their vngodly lust. In which time, the ful number of the babes they haue had, cannot be knowne, but three she confest, besides one that is yet liuing.

Of the first of her loads of woe and shame, (being by Adamson turnd off, for that he suspected she made another partner with him in his loathsome libidinous sinne) she lay in the house of one goodman King, who with his wife ignorant of her ignominous course of liuing, and present estate of bodie, had entertaind her very kindly.

But as she deceiu'd them, she deceiu'd many, for she so cunningly blinded the eyes of people, in the time that her sinne must needs appeare, with loose lacing, tucking, and other odde tricks that she vsed, that to the very instant minute of her deliuerie, none could perceiue she was with childe.

This Good-man King, and his wife (as thriftie persons vse to doe) left their bed very early euery morning, and Iane to lye by it at her pleasure.

It chanced so one morning, being thus left alone, that a neighbors wife, comming to speake with goodwife King, found her in hard trauaile with child: which (with an astonisht mind) perceiuing, she presently ran to Kings barne, where she found him at his labour.

To him she very hastily, as halfe affrighted with that she had seene, tould all, desiring him to call his wife and goe hen•e▪ he presently left his worke and went with her, and before they came to his doore they met his wife, then altogether going hastily home, they met this common & most impudent bastardbearer, cōming out of the dores with the prety infant, that euen that minute was come from her poluted womb, into this world, and that then should haue bin tenderly laid and louingly looked vnto, most carlesly wrapt vp in her apron, intending (as we may bouldly imagine) in some impuous and execrable sort to haue made it away.

But that intent was by the blessed will and pleasure of God most happily preuented, by these persons.

Very kindly at first, considering her case, they desired to see ] what she had in her apron; but Iane knowing the perill of it, told them she had nothing there but a few foule clothes shee had looked vp to haue washt, and so would haue past by them.

But they by no meanes, would suffer her to passe; insomuch that she fell to striuing with them for passage.

In this strife, the poore infant, so vnnaturally laid, by his most vnaturall mother, (in a pittifull shreeke) did as it were, tell his preseruers, that she told a wicked and villanous vntruth.

They hearing the cry of the infant, violently tooke it from her, and after they had it, with kind vsage requested her to show the womanhood that in that case was requisit; and not to shame her selfe, and bring a scandalous imputation vpon her sex, by her obstinacie, and stuborne wildnes.

After many honest and faire perswasiue speeches, they got her in a doores, and laid her in her bed, good-wife King very carefully tended her, and mistrusting she would doe some mischeife to that vnhappy issue, of her loynes, she nightly lay with her.

Fiue or six nights she was her bedfellow, in which time she perceiud in her no intent of euill against the infant, so that then she made boulder to rise from her, then at the first she vsd to do.

But (oh greefe to relate it) she was no sooner out of the house, but this shame of women tooke that from her sweet infant, that all honest mothers striue, with all tender, louing, and diligent industry to preserue and maintaine.

With that hand that should haue tenderly fed it, and giu'n it that should haue maintaind the breath, she more then Tygerlike, stopt the breath. O cruell mother, O griefe to mothers, O wretch most wicked, vnworthy the name of a mother.

Mothers haue harts of war that melt and consume in the heate of sorrow, that comes by the wrong of their children: and eyes (that like full fountaines) in aboundance of teares, shew the greefe and anguish they suffer for the least wrong their children suffer.

But this wretch had a hart of steele, and eies of marble, so indurate, that no motion of heauen, or sparke of humaine pitty, could be seene or perceiued in them.

Long this woman (though too long) staid not in the busines she went to, but returning she found a heauie obiect, the babe by his mother breathlesse, with the mouth of it all •oyld with fome, that rose by her violent wringing.

This sight struck her with such a strange and inexcogitable amazment, that she could not perfectly tell, whether she saw that she saw or no, but stood as if her sences had lost their power and operations: for she knew she left the child perfectly well, and to see it so suddainly dead, (for she was not an houre absent) she lamentably wondred.

This honest woman, maruelously incensed against her, by the death of the infant, presently ran and fetch'd the constable, and other neighbours, to see that eye-wounding spectacle, but before she (with them) could returne, this most wicked of all precedent wickednes, had so wrought vpon the child, to clense & trim it, that there was no signe of such a hand as is minister to a hell-hardned hart, to be found vppon it: so that the babe, (ignorantly) taken to be ignorantly ouer laid (for so Iane bouldly & deeply swore it was) was without any great adoe, there buried. Goodwife King presently giuing her such things as were hers, except a gowne she stopt for some arrerages, or mony due for some matter, turnd her out of her dores.

Iane presently, notwithstanding the spleene of her maister, in his iealious humor went vnto him, & after a fewe faire words and kinde promises, was as strongly possest of his filth-affecting fauour and friendship as euer she was before: where with a face artificially set desembling, she made a very sore complaint of very great and greiuous abuse offered her by goodman King and his wife, and how they kept her gowne from her.

These words of hers, stird the blood of Adamson so strongly, (in which he shewed the strength of the loue he bar• he) that presently he got them iointly arested, and so wrapped them (as I may say) in the law, and wrought vpon that wrapping, that in reuenge of his harlot, like a man vtterly void of all sence or feeling, either of the ioyes of heauen, or woes of hell, he did vtterly vndoe this poore couple.

As soone after this as nature will suffer, mistrusted to be with child, she was searched by women, and found to be so: yet against them all, with bitter and vehement othes, she stood in it they wrongd her, and were ignorant in that knowledge, in giuing that iudgement vppon her, swearing she was as cleare from that state or the cause of it, as she was in her cradle.

But within a while after, (as great breakers vse to doe) shee plaid least in sight, for the space of foure or fiue dayes, no neighbour could haue a sight of her: all which time, she lay to be deliuered of the loade that made her load her soule, with periurie, in Adamsons house.

This infortunate fruite of lust, and vnlawfull pleasures, was no sooner borne, but by the hand of the bloody mother it was murthered, and by the cunning of the cruell father, most secretly buried in a graue of his owne making, by the side of a Box tree, in his orchard, which orchard not long after he sould to one Edward Duffield: which done, she presently (to wipe of the staine of susspition) stept from her bed (the bed that honnest women cannot stepp from so lightly, neither if they could would, in decencie and woomanhood) to her ordinary walkings.

She was (I say) presently seene abroad againe well, and so lustie, as if she had no such strength-abating pang, as was iustly suspected, and she truly suffred to haue made her carrie a contrary appearance.

But common it is that such common peices, can beare it out better then true and lawfull bearers of children can.

Adamson vppon this, cunning in their villanie emboldned, (to cast this and other such like rubbes out of the way of their wickednesse) impudently like a true brazen fac'd founder, opposd himselfe against her searchers, and all such as mutterd in suspition against her, with peremptory speeches, oathes and threanings, which carried such a shew of innocencie and clearnesse, that for that time he carried himselfe cleare from the danger due to so foule and most vild a transgression.

The shame of her priuie offending, a third time growne to ripenesse, she was laid in her old receptacle of sinne, (Adamsons house) very priuatly? to which iust vppon the time of her paine in that busines, came one Fraunces Foord, the wife of one Iohn Foord a neighbour to buye bread, who hearing some lowe deprest cryes and grones from Iane; thinking she had bin disseased by some ordinary infirmitie, went vp: but she was no sooner entred into the roome where Iane lay, but Iane very sodainly (fearing she would bewray her) requested her to goe downe into the parler to set her nekercher, which Foords wife did; and when she had don, (mistrusting no such thing, as they feared she would finde) went vp againe to her chamber, but ere she could get to the top of the staires, the chamber doore was shut against her by the wicked woman that was hir'd by her and her maister to keep her in that case, and to keep that wickednes for euer concealed. This goodwife Foord, thus withstood in her kindnesse, marueiled, but made no words about it, yet mistrusting she knew not what, she went not downe, but staid and peept through the key-hole of the doore: through which shee saw Iane (very warme wrapped) set in a wicker chaire by her beds side, with a look bewraying very great debilitie and faintnes of body: and not farre from, was a good fire to comfort her and to make ready such things as might comfort her.

Yet, nothing mistrusted Foords wife, that she sate then groning vnder the Annuall, or yeerely woe of a woman.

But long she stood not thus, ere she heard the weake shrike of a new borne infant, and sawe in the hands of the keeper, a bole-dish, in which was the after birth of a child, and other perspicuous and euident tokens of a child borne at that instant.

Hauing seene this, to keepe it from their knowledge, she very easily went downe the staiers, and after a little stay, hearing the chamber doore open, vp againe, and suddainely (to preuent auother preuention) into her chamber: And there (without any shew of any thing that might bewray her knowledge) she stood talking with Iane halfe an houre: in the time of which confeence, her eye and eare were busie, to find that she sawe through the key hole; but she could neither see what she had seene, nor heard what she had heard: for all was most cunningly cleard by her conning keeper.

This child, as by manifest and probable circumstances appeard at her triall, Adamson (after they had by most vile and inhumaine violence, taken the breath from it, that but then it had receiued) in the dead of night (friend to rape & murther) buried in an vnknowne graue as the former.

And this villainie, as the former, he with his countenance, as opposd against the weake words of Foords wife by reason of want of greater proofe then her owne speeches, he easily past ouer, and they slept as securely for all this start, in their horrible vncleanesse as before.

Still progrest this most gracelesse, audatious and impudent beast, (too bad to beare the good name of woman) in this sinne, with all impudencie.

This Chimera, with a Lions vpper-part in bouldnesse: a Goates middle part in lust: and a Serpents lower part in sting and poyson.

Not long after this (for there were no greater Interims, betweene their great bellies then must needs be) the maturitie of her wombe, shewed it selfe againe in swelling, which with a greater circumspection, then before was looked into, many eies attended it to see the euent, and finde the euents of former.

But she perceiuing she was so narrowly pryed into, fearing they would finde that they sought for (her forepa•… villanie) she left her maisters house; and went to Darking, to one Crab a Tailor, who had married a sister of hers, & in his house, she was deliuered of a child, which was put to nurse to one Thomas Ellis, who tenderly tended it.

There she was too farre from the murdering hand, or cunning braine of her maister, to serue it as she had serued his fellowes: nay this babe had such blest fortune, that insteed of the cruelltie, his poore bretheren or sisters had from his lawlesse begetter, he had kindnesse and comfort, for he allowed the nurse a good cow to giue her milke, that the allowance of the child might be the better.

Many great bellies had she, besides these here spoken of, but the vnhappie loads of them could neuer be seene: by which we may iustly think•, and perfectly in reason, knowe, that there were many more murders, then are in these leaues laid open: for (as I haue before said) for the space of ten or twelue yeares this wicked couple continued vndetected, in these abhominable sinnes of lust and murder.

Many times did Adamson, with his owne tongue giue cause of a suspition for three or foure times, as Edward Duffell wrought in his Orhcard (which as I haue before said was Adamsons) he was earnestly requested and sometime straightly charged, not to digg neere the Box tree: he not mistrusting such a thought as raisd that prohibition, maruailed; yet not knowing what to make of it, let it passe without any further thinking vppon it.

But see the goodnesse of the •eare of euery secret: within a small time after this (vppon what occasion I know not) Adamson & Iane were at high words, and very bitter reuilings past from one to another. In which windie battails, Iane cald her maister murderer, in the hearing of many neighbours, and that not once or twice, but itterated and reitterated it, very freely & bouldly: and to this added, that there was that yet hidden, that would hang him. And that there was a tree in Duffels orchard, which if it could speake, would send him to the gallows.

These words in the vehemencie of anger she vttered, for thus it pleased him that made Balaams Asse to speake, that beast, to make the beast speake to open the way to their destruction: for hereupon Edward Duffel tooke diuers of his neighbours, and (remembring that many times he had bin warned not to digg neere the Box tree) went then and diggd about it, to see if there were any such thing as they suspected should be, by her speeches.

Small digging seru'd to bewray their wickednesse, for he had not digd a full foot deepe, eare he found many small bones, which bones, not long after, before Iustices and men of account, were prooud (to barr al opposite obiections) by the skill of a cunning and very expert Anothomist, to be the bones of a child.

Vppon this (in a word) Adamson and his seruant Iane were apprehended, & sent to Horshan gaole some ten or twelue miles from Greensteed: but Adamson vpon bands and good security to answers all that might be obiected against him at the Assizes, was in a litle time from thence released, and had his libertie to walke about his businesse.

Iane lay not long there neither; she was vppon bonds from thence released •oo: but her bonds were the bonds she was bound in, & her release, but a remoue from thence to the Kings bench in southwarcke, where while she staid, she wanted nothing, for he that had bin kind and liberall to her in the time of her libertie, did not forget her in the time of her captiuitie.

But that he did at the first was in loue, the last in pollicie: for all he spent then vpon her, was onely to win her confidently to denie the words she had spoken, & to cleare him in her speeches: and as for herselfe, he had her presume vpon it, without fears or doubting, he would get her pardon.

But to preuent that, and all hope of it, she was remoued from thence to Kingston, from thence (to omit teadious recitall) to Greensteed againe. And there againe Adamson as before (For contrary to orders in that case instituted (whether by purse or pollicie I know not) he had accesse vnto her in the gaole) labord hard with her to vnsay all her dangerous words against him; and to say that she was to say at the Bench to the demands of the Iudges, for his clearing & acquiting: & withall, tould her that in so speaking well in his behalfe, she should helpe her selfe in that danger.

And more ouer (for like waues our vpon the •…ck of another came words of inducement from him) if the worst should come that might, he would saue her with the Kings pardon.

And to make her beleefe and resolution the stranger, he tould her, if she did not doe as he counseld her there was no lesse to be expected by her then death: and backt it with this reason; that the least sillable vtterd in way of confession, would frustrate the pardon he should purchas•e, and make it to be of no force or vertue.

Thus, a•s since her execcution hath bin •ound, did he very cunningly, & as closely worke vpon her simplicitie, and effected his wishes, in her most wicked and impious credulity; for she beleeuing all he spake, and making no doubt of the performance, with a face set to the highest key of impudencie, was at the Bench very readie in the lesson he had taught her: so that he was by the Iurie acquitted, but she condemned and adiug'd to the gallowes: which sentence (presuming vpon her maisters promise) she heard with an vndaunted heart.

To be short, she was according to her iudgement, vppon, or about the sixt of Iuly 1609. carried to the place of execution, where stil expecting the pardon Adamson tould her should come to the gallowes and saue her, she was as stout and fearelesse, as if she had bin but (like a stage player) to act the part in least.

But when she had staid so long, she might staie no longer from the halter, her hart began to fall, and feare to rise, yet remembring that he had said, a word in confession should frustrate her pardon which (notwithstanding) in the last minute of her breath she expected (and fearing so to preuent it) she would say nothing but in that feare, and hope of life, euen in the rope she gaue the hangman six pence to cut her downe quickly: for she (simple wench) thought verily though she were turnd off, before she could be halfe dead, the pardon would come, & saue her in that heauie gasping: but her beleefe was vaine, and her vaine hopes were deceiued, for as she deserued she there died.

BVt now you haue, with the eyes of your vnderstanding, seene the most iust and deserued end of her, turne them againe to Adamson, who presently after her execution, fell into a most miserable, greeueous and lamentable consumption.

Wormes meate we are al in death, but he in life, was (by the iust iudgement of God (which God make vs all haue an eye to) a prey to these despicable and deuouring creatures, which had intrenched themselues in many parts of his bodie to the bone, and minutely, and so mercilesly, with eager appetites fed vpon his afflicted flesh, as though he had bin laid onely but but for one meale to be deuoured.

Lice in great multitudes tormented him: no shift in •innen, nor other costly shift in trimming, picking & annointing, could decrease ye innumerable number of them: and so loathsome a sauour came from his body, that those that went to see him could not stand to giue their eyes satisfaction, for the greeuous and odious strength of it: but turning as disdainfully in the offence, or greeuance of that sence) as from the infecting stench of carrion they would leaue him, ere they could well looke on him.

Thus for the space of halfe a yeare lay he most greeuously tormented, in which time, he spent much mony, for a happie restauration or recouery, but all his cost was lost, for alas Cum Deo pugnare, graue est: there is no striuing against the will of God.

All his meanes were wast and consumed: for he neuer left consuming till he was consumed to skinne & bone, and so lamentably ended his dayes about the begining of Nouember last.

Yf we looke well into this lamentable end of his, we shall finde a lesson worth the looking into, and that is this: that though he could, by mony and freinds; or some false colour and couering, his desert from the hands of men, yet the Lord would not let him passe this world without a punishment, that like the burst out through the Fogg• & cloudes of his dissembling and priuie contriuing, to shew the world that he was not the innocent man that he would haue seemd to be.

Many that haue wit to shift, and craft to couer, thinke themselues wise, but the Lord knowes they are fooles, & so makes their end shew them. But to that we cast not an eye, but (alas) being set in the race of our owne ruine we runne (like the Onagrie, or wild Asse, of Mauritaunia, with such dexteritie and strength that till we are breathlesse we stoppe not till we are breathlesse indeed: for til our breath leaues vs, we leaue not sinning. O could we imitate him as well in the path of pietie, we should haue heauen in our bosomes, I meane such consciences as (after this life) would assure vs of the euerlasting beatiatitude of Angelles.

An exhortation.

IF the Apostle Peter illuminated by the spirit of God, in his time determined the consumation of the world to draw nigh, and like the Lord of Hosts his loyall Herault proclaimed thervpon to all the faithfull: Now the end of all things is at hand. If godly Cypryan many yeares after iustly thought, and taught, that the end of the world did hang ouer his head▪ sweete Laotantius sighed in spirit, & said it could not lack aboue two hundred yeares: and holy Ierome (that obserued a iournall, & watched the houres of his life) had so certaine a perswasion of the suddennes, and nearenes thereof, that he euer seemed, to heare the sound of the Troump of the latter day, sounding this heauy note in his eares: Surgite mortui, venite ad iudicium: That is Arise ye dead and come to iudgement: all no doubt incited thereunto, and inlightened by the holy Gohst: certes we good cause, that liue in these latter and dangerous dayes, stedlastly to beleeue for many causes; and especially these three, that the second comming of Christ cannot be farre off.

First, for that all the prophesies of the Patriarkes, and Prophets, of all the auncients, yea, and of the Iewes themselues, who yet idlely and ignorantly expect another Meslias, so concordantly agree with this our after age, that the Orthodoxes so long since deceased, may seeme now to liue and beholde the state of the dayes instant.

Secondly, for that all those prodegies, and tokens foretolde by our Sauiour in the Gospel, are now vniuersally fulfilled in the worlde, and autentiquelly importe an vniuersall dissolution of the world.

Thirdly, for that in the same place our Sauiour promiseth to shorten those dayes: and surely if (as there he promiseth) for his elects sake those daies were not shortned, scant any flesh should be saued; for if we narrowly looke on the course of time, the manners of men, the sta•ting vp of false Christs, the vprise of counterfeyte Prophets, the contempt of Religeon, and vntowardnes of all things, we shall assuredly finde, that this our old writhen world, is altogether like to vnfruitfull, and drie stubble or chaffe, apt for nothing, but to be consumed with fire, or as the Apostle Peter saith, the heauens, and earth that now are kept by the same word in store, and reserud vnto fire, against the day of iudgement: Lord it is time, yea it is full and due time (fit were thy blessed will and pleasure) that thou come to iudgement: Come thou Alpha and Omega, thou first and last, come Lord Iesu, come quickly: For sinne ouerfloweth, Iniquitie aboundeth, Faith fayleth, Hope fadeth, Loue freeseth; in steade whereof Paganisme, Despaire, and Murder are founded, and generally wickednesse flourisheth, and vertue falleth.

But omitting all the rest, this wilfull murderiug of Innocents is iudged a most heynous iniquitie in the sight of God, and amongst all good men counted principall of those sinnes, whose lamentable clamours ascend vp before the maiestie of God, & incessantly yell out, greedily thirsting for reuenge.

Let vs therefore take warning by those Cruell, bloudy, and libidinous bad liuers, whose horrid sinnes calles vengance from heauen: and let vs desire almighty God to hasten the latter day, to the comfort of his elect and glory of his most holy name


The names of the witnesses.

Maister Andrew Sackuill

Edward Paine.

George Drury.

Steeuen Price.

And Edward Duffield in whose orchard the bones of the murthered Infants were found.

Goodwife King

Goodwife Foord

Goodwife Paine

Goodwife Pulman

Goodwife Kent.



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