Saturday, February 26, 2022

Female Serial Killers of Spain

 1650 – Catalina de Erauso – Spain & New Spain

1814 – “Malága Black Widow” – Malaga, Spain

1862 – Josepha Perez – Galicia region, Spain

1896 – Rulo – Peraleda, Spain

1897 – Orellana – Seville, Spain

1908 – Francesca Herrera – Seville, Spain

1912 – Enriqueta Martí – Barcelona, Spain

1941 – Magdalena Castell Pons – Parma, Majorca, Spain

1954 – Teresa Gómez Rubio – Valencia, Spain

1957 – Pilar Prades – Valencia, Spain

1966 – Piedad Martínez del Águila – Murcia, Spain

1970 – Catalina Domingo Campins – Pollença, Spain 

1986 – Idoia López Riaño (Idoia Lopez Riano) – Guipúzcoa, Spain

2001 – Oaine Errazqun Galdos – Barcelona, Spain

2004 – Francisca Ballesteros – Mellilla, Spain

2006 – Remedios Sanchez Sanchez – Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain


Friday, February 25, 2022

Eliana Goldberg Fuentes, Serial Killer - Chile, 1971

Very little on this case has been located so far. The Chile Novelas fan website names the killer as “Eliana Goldberg Fuentes.” And states she was schizophrenic.
EXCERPT: The Eliana Goldberg case was broadcast [on Mea Culpa, a Spanish true crime TV show] on May 1, 2003 [88:5], starring Sandra Solimano, where she plays a woman who rejects her newborn child and becomes a serial killer who eliminates every person she considers a threat. [Natalia Wall,  "Mea Culpa": which celebrities have appeared on the show; The tvN program reveals the emblematic figures that passed through there. Chile Show, 11/24/2021. "Mea Culpa": qué famosos han aparecido en el programa; El programa de TVN revela las figuras emblemáticas que pasaron por allí.]
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Maria Licciardi, Camorra Boss: Serial Killer by Proxy -- Naples, 2001

EXCERPTS from Wikipedia:
Maria Licciardi (born 24 March 1951) is an Italian criminal affiliated with the Camorra, head of the Licciardi clan, and one of the bosses of the Secondigliano Alliance. She was one of the most powerful bosses of the Camorra in the city of Naples from 1993 until her arrest in 2001.
Licciardi was referred to as La Madrina ("The Godmother") by fellow Camorristi and earned the nickname La Piccolina ("The Little Girl") early on in her criminal career, due to her diminutive height. Among Camorra women she is known respectfully as La Principessa ("The Princess"), due to her good standing.
~ Downfall ~
The reign of Maria Licciardi ran smoothly for many years, until a disagreement arose over a consignment of pure, unrefined heroin. In the spring of 1999, a large consignment of heroin arrived from Istanbul, Turkey. Licciardi decreed it should not be sold, as it was too pure and strong for the average user, and would thus kill those who purchased it, harming the alliance's large customer base of drug users. However, the Lo Russo clan, who had always chafed under her leadership, disagreed and packaged the shipment for sale on the street. The sale of the packets of unrefined heroin resulted in the deaths of many drug addicts across Naples, eleven of whom died in April 1999 alone. This caused great public outrage and resulted in massive police crackdowns on the Camorra clans. Many Camorristi were arrested and subsequently imprisoned.
The Lo Russo clan eventually split from the alliance, leading to disintegration and a bloody gang war, including the use of car bombs and bazooka attacks. Clans began fighting over turf, and attempted to destroy or take other clan's business. When four clan members were murdered in her stronghold of Secondigliano, Licciardi was forced to retaliate. She mobilised her foot-soldiers for an all-out counterattack. The deadly gang wars resulted in nearly 120 deaths in Naples and the surrounding region. It was around this time that investigators became aware of Licciardi's existence.
~ Fugitive ~
Licciardi was added on the "30 most wanted Italians" list and went into hiding. Thanks to a sophisticated network of protection set up by her clan, Licciardi was able to evade capture for two years and, despite having changed her refuge several times, never left the Masseria Cardone district. While on the lam, she continued as the undisputed boss of the Licciardi clan and ordered several murders of rival mobsters. She went to war with the Giuliano clan of Forcella, which was headed by another female Camorra boss Erminia Giuliano, who took control after the arrest of her brother, Luigi Giuliano.
~ 2001 arrest and imprisonment ~
On 14 June 2001, Licciardi was arrested by the Naples police while traveling with a married couple on board a car around Melito, near Naples. She did not resist arrest, and was ultimately sentenced to prison. The man accused of aiding her was arrested as well, whereas his wife was released due to her being a mother of a child. After her arrest, police noticed she looked just like the popular mugshot of her that was released years earlier. After her arrest, her brother Vincenzo Licciardi took over as the head of the clan. Vincenzo was himself eventually arrested on 7 February 2008, after having been included on the list of most wanted fugitives in Italy since 2004.



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Ruby Singh, Murderous Bandit from the Age of 13 - India, 1994

The newspaper story below telling the story of 42-year old Ruby Singh (Bhind District, Madhya Pradesh, India) offers only a few specific facts about her previous life as a bandit. She claims to have committed two murders at the age of 13. We are given no details of her subsequent eight years of banditry, other than that she “was once a terror in the area.” It is reasonable to assume she committed other murders, thus she included in the list of serial killers as an interesting case of juvenile homicide. [St. Estephe, Feb. 25, 2022]
FULL TEXT: Standing at nearly 6 feet, Ruby Singh towers over most of the people in this nondescript village, commanding respect, awe and fear in equal measure.
And to add to the aura about her, she is a former bandit queen who was once a terror in the area, close to the badlands of Chambal, the breeding ground to some of India’s most dreaded dacoits.

But that is in the past. Today, Ruby Singh, 42 [b.1973], is a “reformed person”, as her admirers say.

She was the sarpanch till recently before the seat was reserved for scheduled caste candidates. Her followers say she is also a social worker engaged in uplift of women of the village in Madhya Pradesh’s Bhind district, around 500 km north from capital Bhopal.

The former bandit is herself not ashamed of her past and said she became a ‘baagi’ – Hindi for rebel – to protect the honour of women of her village, who she alleges were being molested.

“I was only 13 years [1986] when I killed two people, including a woman constable, on the same day. My aim (now) is to strengthen the women of my area and make them strong so that they can fight male atrocities,” Ruby Singh told Hindustan Times.

Ruby was born in Bamayan village, now in Auraiya district of Uttar Pradesh, which falls in the Chambal region straddling two states.

After becoming a bandit, the ravines of Chambal became her home, providing hide-outs to her gang. However, not much is known about her ways as an outlaw.

But she had a change of heart when she married Veer Singh, another dacoit of the Bhind region, and both surrendered in 1994. She was 21 then.

A year later, both settled down in Gaurai village though they were given a plot of land by the government at Guna, around 175 km away.

Mother of a teenage daughter and two sons, Ruby said that since surrendering, she has tried to change the very society which forced her take up arms.

A self-help group started by her is helping woman of the village to attain economic independence.

“We learnt stitching under the SHG. Now I earn about Rs 50-70 daily by stitching. She is always with us in difficult situations,” said Lakhi Bai, a resident of the village.

People said that the village now does not hear about incidents of drunk husbands abusing their wives as the fear of Ruby runs deep.

“She never tolerates atrocity on women and poor and this is what makes her our saviour,” said Urmila, another resident of Gaurai.

However, there are others who resent her strong-arm tactics.

Ram Prakash Nagar, secretary of the cooperative bank at Gaurai, said Ruby Singh is not respected but feared by the people. “She is cunning and uses the poor and gullible people for her benefit. She had a fight with me once and threatened to kill me. She also threatens people to get them booked under false cases,” Nagar said. A few cases of assault are also pending against her at the local police station.

[Ritesh Mishra, “Bandit queen from Bhind lays down arms, takes up a village,” Hindustan Times, Aug 13, 2015]



For similar cases, see: Female Serial Killer Bandits

More cases: Serial Killer Girls
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Thursday, February 24, 2022

Santokben Jadeja: Female Serial Killer Mobster - India, 2011


EXCERPT: Popularly known as the ‘Godmother’, Santokben Jadeja entered the world of organised crime after her husband, a mill worker who turned into a gangster and don, was killed by an old rival gangster. Rather than go to the police, Jadeja decided to track down the 14 people who were involved in her husband’s murder and kill them with the aid of her trusted aides.

She went on to become the mafia queen of Kathaiwad and the most famous Indian woman to head an underworld enterprise in India. Jadeja also had a stint in politics, when she was an MLA from 1990-1995 with Janata Dal. She died of a cardiac arrest in 2011, and her life has been depicted in a film titled Godmother, with Shabana Azmi playing the titular role.

[Gayatri Vinayak, “Eight women gangsters and dacoits who ruled India's underworld and rural hinterlands,” Yahoo News, 16 Feb. 16, 2018]


Wikipedia: Santokben Jadeja, popularly was known as Godmother was an Indian criminal, and later a politician. Her area of operations have been in and around Porbandar. Though now marginalized, she was once a key player in the criminal operations of Porbandar.

She was married to Sarman Munja Jadeja, a leader of Maher community, who was an ordinary mill worker at Maharana Mill, but became a gangster and don when he killed the local gangster Devu Vagher, who was hired by the mill owner to break the strike.

Till 1986 Santokben was playing the role of a home maker and a mother. When under the influence of Pandurang Shastri of the Swadhyay movement her husband Sarman had bid farewell to arms and crime. But in December 1986, her husband was shot dead by Kala Keshav gang owing to old rivalry. This brought Santokben in to forefront, who decided to go back to old way of his spouse, to get even.

She was an MLA [Member of Legislative Assembly] from 1990 to 1995 as a candidate of Janata Dal and was close to Chimanbhai Patel. She was alleged to be behind the murder of 14 people, who she believed were responsible for her husband's murder. She was arrested for giving shelter to people who had raped two girls. This was a false allegation made by an accused sister to mislead the investigation and was never proved in any court.

She hailed from Kutiyana town in Porbandar district. Her period of operation started during the 1980s and lasted for about a decade, until she was made to relocate to Rajkot. She had planned to contest the 2002 assembly elections from her native place, Kutiyana in Saurashtra. However, she later vacated the seat for the Congress party's candidate.

Her arrest for the murder of a BJP [Indian People's Party] councilor in August 2005 put her deep into the backseat. In 2007, she came into the news again with the killing of Navghan Arsi, the son of Arsi Jadeja, the brother-in-law of Santokben. She was in the news in 2008 when her daughter-in-law was shot dead by her son,  Karan Jadeja. She died of a heart attack in Porbandar, Gujarat on 31 March 2011. She was the subject of a Hindi film, Godmother (1999), where her role was played by Shabana Azmi, who later won the National Film Award for Best Actress.










Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Female Serial Killers of Italy


48 AD – Valeria Messalina – Rome

59 AD – Julia Agrippina – Rome

69 AD – Locusta – Rome

1382 – Queen Giovanna I – Naples, Italy

1600s – La Toffana – Italy

1658 – Hieronyma Spara – Italy

1658 – Gratiosa – Italy

1763 – Hadfield’s Maid” – Florence, Italy

1788 – Giovanna Bonanno – Palermo, Sicily

1865 – Maria Oliviero – Cattanzaro, Italy

1867 – La Gizzi – Volturara district, Italy

1873 – Rose Porro & Margarite Coraldi – Naples, Italy

1879 – Rosa Bronzo – Salerno, Italy

1879 – Ursula Flepone – (small village), Tuscany, Italy

1888 – Elisbetta Altrui & Maddalena Loffredo – San Pietro, Italy

1895 – Gaetana Stimoli ("Stomoli") – Aderno, Catania, Sicily

1898 – Mary Tressa – Trieste, Austria (Italy)

1900 – Marie Bonelli – Rome, Italy

1908 – Sisters of St. Anne – Gerace, Italy

1923 – Clothida Cravana (Maria Clothida Gaione, nee Cravino) – Turin, Italy

1941 – Leonarda Cianciulli – Reggio Emilia, Italy

2001 – Maria Licciardi – Naples, Italy

2004 – Sonia Caleffi – Como, Italy

2014 – Daniela Poggiali – Lugo, Italy