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

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]


The header illustration above was taken from of an account of a different, and later, case: Bloody Newes from Dover. Being a True Relation of the Great and Bloudy Murder, Committed by Mary Champion (an Anabaptist) who Cut off her Childs Head, being 7. weekes old, and Held it to her Husband to Baptize. Printed in the Yeare of Discovery, Feb. 13. 1647 (London: S.N).


For more cases of this type, see Serial Baby-Killer Moms.


More cases: Female Serial Killers Executed


Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Top 17 Female Serial Killer Quotations

A good share of the cases cited here are ones that have been completely overlooked by criminologists, including those crime scholars who specialize in the study of serial killers and female criminality.

Susan Atkins (Charles Manson “Family”) – Los Angeles, California – savagely murdered at least 9 persons (and perhaps more than 20 in total), including a pregnant woman (1969)

“Wow. What a trip! I thought, ‘To taste death, and yet give life.’ Have you ever tasted blood? It’s warm and sticky and nice.” (V, 400)

Clementine Barnabet – Lafayette, Louisiana – convicted of 17 murders, victims were “horribly mutilated” (1912)

“I killed them all, men, women and babies, and I hugged the babies to my breast. But I am not guilty of murder.”

Mary Flora Bell – Scotswood, England – Mary, just a child, attempted several murders and finally killed a 4-year-old boy just before her 11th birthday and another boy the two months later – 1968

“I like hurting people.”

Joanna Dennehy – Bifield, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England – She stabbed male strangers in the heart as a for of amusement, leaving 3 dead, 2 seriously wounded. (2013)
“I want my fun. I need you to get my fun.” She told her friend, when she asked him to provide transportation in her hunt for the next victim.

Elena Lobacheva – Moscow, Russia – 25-year old sexual sadist, with her 20-year-old male accomplice, whose alternative sexuality preference involved stabbing 12 men (up to 107 times), all strangers, randomly selected, to death, and photographing them “with their stomachs cut open.” She was inspired by the movie “Bride of Chucky,” and has a tattoo of the character on her arm. (2015)

“Randomly stabbing the body of a dying human brought me pleasure comparable to sexual pleasure.”

Margaret McCloskey – New York, N. Y. – child care provider, at least three babies died (1876)

Mrs. Clifford found the youngest child apparently dying from starvation, and was told by one of the women that Mrs. McCloskey had been angry because the other infant had been removed, and had struck the little one, saying:

“Let it die; it’s paid for.”

Lydia Olah – Nagyrev, Hungary – sister of serial killer Suzi Olah, co-conspirator in husband-killing syndicate which killed scores (perhaps hundreds), of victims mostly married men at the behest of wives (1929)

“We are not assassins! We did not stab our husbands. We did not hang them or drown them either! They died from poison and this was a pleasant death for them!”

Anujka de Poshtonja (Anna Pistova) – Vladimirovac, Yugoslavia (Serbia) – Sold poison for the murder of primarily husbands to women for 50 years before being arrested at the age of 90. She was known as “The Witch of Vladimirovac.” (1928)

To a young police sergeant: “I work with the devil, young man. If you imprison me you’ll remember it to your dying day. Don’t play with the forces of evil.”

Marie Emilie Raymond – Galan, Hautes-Pyrénées, France – serial killer nurse (1952)
“I love looking at dying people. The last smile on a dying face gives me a great thrill.” “The dying, they’re so inspiring.”

► Dr. Virginia Helena Soares de Souza – Brazil  – doctor suspected of being responsible for the deaths of up to 300 of her patients (2013)

“I want to clear the intensive care unit. It’s making me itch” (statement obtained via wiretap recordings.)

Della Sorenson – Dannenborg, Nebraska – murdered 8 relatives, including 3 of her own children (1925)

“They bothered me, so I decided to kill them.”

“Every time I gave poison to one of Mrs. Cooper’s children, I said to myself, “Now I’m going to get even with you (Mrs. Cooper) for what you have said about me,” the confession said.

Josefa Szanyi (Josephine Tzany) – Budapest, Hungary – an avowed predatory misandrist who sought out men, mostly married ones, to seduce and then murder, 12 of them. (1926)

“I am an enemy of the male sex. Years ago a man wronged me deeply and broke my girl’s heart. I vowed to be revenged on him and his sex. I have kept my word, for I have made men suffer something of what I have suffered. They may say I am responsible for the death of these men, and they may even take my life for what they call my crime. If they do I shall be glad to die with the knowledge that I have paid my debt in full. I do not deny that I have derived pleasure from the sufferings of the men they call my victims. I have enjoyed every pang they suffered, every agony they endured. Pangs and agony have been balm to my wounded and bruised heart. My one regret is that I was not able to strike directly at the man who wronged me.”

Lillian B. Thornman – York, Pennsylvania – A 15-year old servant girl murdered a child who was “roasted from head to toe” by placing the youngster on the stove. She had murdered 2 children the same way previously. (1906)

Lillian Thornman’s  confession contained this remarkable statement: “I am a devil and I will burn them.”

Lise Jane Turner – Christchurch, New Zealand – 2 own babies, 1 other baby & 4 other attempts (1984)

“I thought, okay. I never got caught for [the first baby's] death, I don't want this child, how am I gonna get rid of it, you know, so I smothered her the same way as I did with [the first baby].”

1903 – Elisabeth Wiese – Hamburg, Germany

Children’s blood and the blood of white doves brings good luck.”

“The carbon residue resulting from the burning of a placenta brings good luck.”

Martha Wise – Hardscrabble Valley, Ohio – murdered 3 persons (1925)

“I liked their funerals. I could get dressed up and see folks and talk to them. I didn’t miss a funeral in twenty years. The only fun I ever had was after I kilt people.”

Maria Zwanziger – Bavaria, Germany – murdered at least 3 persons (1809)

She stated: “Yes, I killed them all and would have killed more if I had the chance.” Then she referred to arsenic as her “truest friend.” Before being beheaded in July 1811, she told her executors “It is perhaps better for the community that I should die, as it would be impossible for me to give up the practice of poisoning people.”


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