Thursday, May 9, 2019

Rough on Rats Again

Another tragic mass murder with this reappearing rat poison.

New York, NY (1888)
3/24/1888: A mother poisoned her three children with “Rough on Rats” because of her poverty after the death of her husband.  She had previously attempted to drown two of them by jumping into the river with them.  Only after getting them back from an orphanage that had found homes for them in the West did she commit these murders.  “She insists that she is not insane.”
Category: family
Suicide: no
Cause: mental illness?
Weapon: poison[1]


[1] “A Mother’s Terrible Crime,” [Grand Rapids, Wisc.] Wood County Reporter, Mar. 29, 1888, 6.

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