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

Female Killers · Pennsylvania

Woman arrested for killing 8 of her 10 children

August 5, 1998 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Marie Noe is arrested for the murders of 8 of her 10 children From 1949 to 1968, the Noe family had a consistent string of seemingly bad luck: none of their children lived past 14 months. Two of the babies never made it home, one being stillborn due to an… Continue reading Woman arrested for killing 8 of her 10 children