Female Killers · Illinois · Massachusetts · Newspaper clippings

News clippings: woman smothers newborn twins; woman kills neighbor’s toddler and leaves the body on train tracks to be bisected

From The Chicago Tribune
Published April 18, 1880

A 30-year-old “woman of ill-repute” was suspected of smothering her newborn twin children. She then threw one body in a river. The other was thrown in a hole on the river bank and covered with leaves.

A young child was killed with blunt force trauma to her head before her battered body was placed on railroad tracks to make the death appear accidental. The child had been seen visiting a neighbor before her disappearance and, due to a bloody apron found in the neighbor’s home, the woman was arrested. The only motive posed by police was that the two families didn’t get along well.

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