Saturday, December 8, 2018

Frau Feddern, Professional Baby-Killer - 1898, Germany


FULL TEXT (translated from German): In Hamburg, the carpenter's wife Feddern, née Wondra, from Vienna, was arrested on suspicion of being an Angel-maker. In the last few years the woman took care of forty children for a one-off payment, of which twenty-five died after a short time; the remainder were taken from her by the mothers. The incident excites much attention.

[“An Angel-maker.” (Eine Engelmacherin.), Deutsches Volksblatt (Vienna, Austria), 16. Juli 1898. p. 3]

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FULL TEXT: In Hamburg wurde die Tischlersgattin Feddern, geborne Wondra, aus Wien, wegen Verdachtes der Engelmacherei verhaftet. Die Frau nahm in den letzten Jahren gegen einmalige Vergütung vierzig Kinder in Pflege, von fenen fünfundzwanzig nach kurzer Zeit gestorben sind; die übrigen wurden ihr von den betressenden Müttern wieder abgenommen. Der Vorfall erregt Aussehen.

[Eine Engelmacherin. Deutsches Volksblatt (Vienna, Austria), 16. Juli 1898. p. 3]

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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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