Australia · Executions · Female Killers

The last woman to be executed in Western Australia, for the murder of her stepson

October 6, 1909 Fremantle, Western Australia Martha Rendell becomes the last woman executed in Western Australia Rendell was convicted of killing her de-facto (common law) husband’s 14-year-old son, Arthur Morris. Arthur’s sisters, Annie (7) and Olive (5), also died under suspicious circumstances and were suspected to have been murdered by Rendell as well. Doctors at… Continue reading The last woman to be executed in Western Australia, for the murder of her stepson

Female Killers · Illinois · Newspaper clippings

Mother kills 7 children, self; husband follows after hearing of the murders

September 30, 1905 Illinois Julia Markham cuts the throats of her 7 children, sets fire to their bodies, attempts suicide but lives long enough to inform neighbors of the crime, and is followed in death by her husband who shoots himself Julia had had seven children in eight years, and was suspected to have been… Continue reading Mother kills 7 children, self; husband follows after hearing of the murders

Female Killers · Ohio

Woman kills son, sets body on fire to cover tracks

August 27, 2003 Lorain, Ohio Nicole Diar murders her 4-year-old son Jacob before setting his body on fire to hide evidence On August 27, firefighters responded to a call regarding a burning house. Once the fire was extinguished, they found the body of Jacob, charred to the point Assistant Fire Chief Anthony Cuevas remarked “At… Continue reading Woman kills son, sets body on fire to cover tracks

Female Killers · New York

Woman convicted of killing 5 of her children dies in prison

August 13, 1998 Bedford, New York Waneta Hoyt dies in prison from pancreatic cancer Hoyt was convicted of killing her five biological children between 1965 and 1971. Her longest-living child was 28-months-old when he died, but the next 4 were between 2- and 3-months-old when they died. The initial suspicion of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome… Continue reading Woman convicted of killing 5 of her children dies in prison

California · Executions · Female Killers

Woman executed for hiring men to kill her pregnant daughter-in-law

August 8, 1962 San Quentin, California Elizabeth Duncan becomes the fourth and last woman to be executed in California Duncan was executed for hiring two men to kill her pregnant daughter-in-law. Her son Frank had met nurse Olga Kupczyk while she cared for Elizabeth following an attempted suicide. The two married in secret; when Frank… Continue reading Woman executed for hiring men to kill her pregnant daughter-in-law