Saturday, December 8, 2018

Frau Boehme, Suspected Serial Baby Killer – Germany, 1912


FULL TEXT (Translated from German): Leipzig. 7th Aug. – Yesterday, under the weighty suspicion of being an Angel-maker the wife of roofer Böhme in Leipzig-Volkmarsdorf was arrested in haste. At times Frau Böhme had taken small children into her care. Last year, two small children had died shortly after one other. Neighbors were suspicious but did not make a report at the time. Again, a few days ago, two small children died in quick succession and this time the complaint was filed. The tiny corpses were confiscated by the police. Whether the children were brought to their deaths intentionally is being investigated.

 [“Angelmaker” (Engelmacherei.), Salzburger Macht (Salzburg, Austria), 8. August 1912, p. 4]

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FULL TEXT: Leipzig. 7. Aug. – Unter dem schweren Verdacht der Engelmacherei wurde gestern die Frau des Dachdeckermeisters Böhme in Leipzig-Volkmarsdorf in Hast genommen. Frau Böhme hatte zuweilen kleine Kinder in Pflege genommen. Schon im vorigen Jahre waren kurz nacheinander zwei kleine Kinder gestorben. Die Nachbarn, die Verdacht geschöpst hatten, erstatteten damals keine Anzeige. Vor einigen Tagen starben abermals zwei kleine Kinder kurz nacheinander und diesmal wurde Anzeige erstattet. Die kleinen Leichen wurden von der Polizei beschlagnahmt. Ob eine fahrtässige oder absichtliche Tötung vorliegt, muss erst die Untersuchung ergeben.

[Engelmacherei. Salzburger Macht (Salzburg, Austria), 8. August 1912, p. 4]

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Frau Boehme; Frau Böhme.

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For more cases of “Baby Farmers,” professional child care providers who murdered children see The Forgotten Serial Killers.

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