California · Female Killers

Nurse kills pregnant woman, cuts baby from womb to claim as her own

May 15, 1975 Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California Norma Jean Armistead kills Kathryn Viramontes to steal her baby Armistead, an obstetrics nurse, visited Viramontes at her apartment. Viramontes was then anesthetized intravenously and stabbed, receiving a deep gash to her neck which penetrated her spine. The victim was 9-months pregnant at the time of her… Continue reading Nurse kills pregnant woman, cuts baby from womb to claim as her own

England · Female Killers

Woman fatally stomps husband’s groin after argument with another wife

May 11, 1744 London, England Lydia Adler fatally stomps her husband’s groin after an argument with another of his wives On May 11, Lydia later testified, she and one of John Adler’s other wives got into an argument. Both women insisted they were the man’s lawful wife. The other woman slapped Lydia across the face… Continue reading Woman fatally stomps husband’s groin after argument with another wife

Denmark · Female Killers

The death of Dagmar Overby, baby farmer

May 6, 1929 Copenhagen, Denmark Baby farmer Dagmar Overby (alt. spelling: Overbye) dies in prison Baby farming was the practice of accepting children (and a small adoption fee) whose parents were unable to care for them, then killing the children for profit. The adoption fee was intended to provide food and other necessities for the… Continue reading The death of Dagmar Overby, baby farmer

Executions · Female Killers · South Africa

Woman suspected of killing several family members hanged for murder of son

December 30, 1932 Pretoria, South Africa Daisy Louisa C. de Melker is hanged for the murder of her son In April 1932, De Melker, described by newspapers as “a trim, handsome little woman of 44,” was arrested for the poisoning murders of two husbands and her 20-year-old son. Her first husband, William Alfred Cowle (sometimes… Continue reading Woman suspected of killing several family members hanged for murder of son

England · Female Killers

Woman kills two young children, cuts own throat

December 29, 1856 Walworth, London, England Martha Bacon kills her two young children and cuts her own throat Martha had recently been released from a mental hospital, placed there following accusing her husband of murdering his mother. While Martha’s husband Thomas was out of town, Martha’s aunt Harriet Payne sent her daughter to check on… Continue reading Woman kills two young children, cuts own throat