Female Serial Killer Ghosts
1686 – Mary MacMahon (Máire Rua MacMahon, Red Mary) – Lemenaugh, County Clare, Ireland
1807- Becky Cotton – Edgefield, South Carolina
1820 – Lavinia Fisher (1793-1820) – Charleston, South Carolina, USA
1831 – Rosa (Annie) Palmer – Rose Hall, Montego Bay, Jamaica (reportedly died, 1831)
1908 – Belle Gunness – LaPorte, Indiana, USA
... ghost of Belle Gunness has appeared again with the arrival here of a Minnesota sheriff who refused to reveal his name and who visited the scene of the woman ... [Logansport Pharos Reporter Archives, Apr 30, 1915, p. 7]
Book: Marcus F. Griffin, Extreme Paranormal Investigations: The Blood Farm Horror, the Legend of Primrose Road, and Other Disturbing Hauntings, Llewellyn Publications, Oct. 8, 2011
1924 – Annie Hauptrief – San Marcos, Texas, USA
1928 – Bertha Gifford – Catawissa, Missouri, USA
“Bertha Gifford was the first female serial killer in Missouri. She has been convicted of poisoning at least three people and is suspected of killing several others. Bertha is still being researched by some people today. Her tale has been featured on television and in podcasts. There are also YouTube recordings of ghost investigations and websites dedicated to visitors’ ghost sightings at Bertha’s former hotel and property.” [Liz Dowell, “Bertha Gifford: Missouri’s first female serial killer,” True Crime / Fox 2 Now, Jan. 6, 2023]
1929 – Hattie Stone – Belair, Maryland, USA
Havre de Grace is also home to a ghost with an infamous past. In 1929, Hattie Stone, a resident of Havre de Grace’s Bourbon Street, was accused of poisoning her husband and two sons by feeding them a “good hearty meal with strychnine mixed in,” according to Ryan. One of her sons, George, was a mere 15 years old when he died, she adds. It was rumored that Stone, a Sunday School teacher, orchestrated their deaths for insurance money, Ryan says. She would have been the sole beneficiary in her family.
Stone was put on trial for the murder of George, convicted and served her time. “Her house still stands today on Bourbon Street, and there have been several reported paranormal experiences,” Ryan says.
Guests at the home (now a private residence) have reported having strange dreams, including one of a man who has been seen in spirit form at the residence, Ryan says. “Many still feel the presence of the entire family, and items get moved around the house,” she adds. Alleged haunt: 300 block of Bourbon Street, Havre de Grace. [Kayla Bawroski,”Meet the ghosts of Havre de Grace and the woman telling their stories,” Harford Magazine (Baltimore Sun), Oct 7, 2014]
2005 – Wang Fang – Minquan County, Henan Province, China