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Wicked Wednesday: Lady of the 13 Corsets

April 25th, 2013

In a perplexing case from Germany, early 19th century, the well-liked, kind and religious widow Gesche Gottfried was convicted of fifteen arsenic murders (and suspected of fifteen more). Among the victims were her parents, two husbands, one fiancé and all of her children. Though the widow could remember when she killed them, where they sat, what dish she administered the poison in and how much posion she gave them – she could never come up with a good explanation for why she had commited the murders…

Portrait of Gesche, drawn during her time in prison

Here’s an amazing lecture with Professor Susanne Kord on female poisoners in general and Gesche Gottfried (and her corsets) in particular (well worth your time):

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  1. […] blue-eyed appealing blonde, a ideal German doll, Gesche Gottfried is a cold sign that looks can be deceiving. Suitors flocked during her doorstep, though she chose […]

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