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

Massacres/Mass Murder · North Carolina

Man kills wife, 6 of his 7 children, self

December 25, 1929 Germantown, North Carolina Charlie Lawson kills his wife and 6 of their 7 children before killing himself A few days prior to the murder-suicide, Charlie (43) brought his family to get a photograph taken together, a considerable expense and luxury for a working class family at the time. Because of the irregularity… Continue reading Man kills wife, 6 of his 7 children, self

Australia · Crime Scene Photography

Woman kills lover when he tells her his plan to marry another woman

December 21, 1920 Lindfield, New South Wales, Australia Dorothy Mort (32, pictured) shoots her paramour and doctor Claude Tozer (30) after he informs her he intends to marry another Tozer had been treating Mort for years for hysteria and nerves, and the pair eventually began an affair. Mort was married with two children while Tozer… Continue reading Woman kills lover when he tells her his plan to marry another woman

Poland

Woman kills 4 children, ties them to tree with barbed wire rather than let them starve (graphic)

December 11, 1923 Antoniówka, Masovian Voivodeship, Poland Marianna Dolińska kills her four children and hangs their bodies around a tree with barbed wire Dolińska had been suffering from depression when she hanged her four children — Zofię, 6 months; Antoniego, 3 years; Bronisławę, 5 years; and Stefana, 7 years — to death before tying their… Continue reading Woman kills 4 children, ties them to tree with barbed wire rather than let them starve (graphic)

Female Killers · Ohio

Woman beats husband to death to attend bridge party

December 6, 1927 Perry, Ohio Velma West (21) bludgeons her husband Thomas Edward West (25) to death with a hammer and table leg when he refuses to allow her to leave for a bridge party Velma was small in stature at 5’5” (165cm) and 107lbs. (48.5kg) while Thomas was around 6 feet tall (183cm) and… Continue reading Woman beats husband to death to attend bridge party