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

England · Executions · Female Killers

“Baby farmer” hanged for murder of 4-month-old in her care

June 10, 1896 London, England Amelia Dyer is hanged for the murder of a 4-month-old girl Dyer was a "baby farmer," a term used for those who took in infants and toddlers whose parents could not afford to keep them, or who were unwed and did not want to face social disgrace. Some baby farmers… Continue reading “Baby farmer” hanged for murder of 4-month-old in her care

Australia · Executions · Famous Last Words · Female Killers

Baby farmer hanged for death of 2 babies

January 15, 1894 Brunswick, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Francis Lydia Alice Knorr is executed for the deaths of 2 infants Depression-era Australia was a hard time for most, with jobs few and far between and no public welfare available to assist those who were struggling. Because of this, many turned to petty crime to make ends… Continue reading Baby farmer hanged for death of 2 babies