Women, if you have a husband who upset you, what do you do? Maybe give him the cold shoulder, make him sleep on the couch, deny his love for a week or two—or kill him? Like something out of the “Cell Block Tango,” there are stories of women whose final nerves snapped and well, say goodbye to Dear Old Hubby. But instead of using knives, guns, a hitman, or pushing him down a flight of stairs, these Femme Fatales literally picked their poison.
Though not all famous stories of women poisoning their husbands wind up in death, in the end, I think the husband got the point. Either he really did “have it coming’” or there was a more sadistic and twisted plan at play. Here are the top 10 women who poisoned their husbands.
If you feel like your husband is a pest, don’t poison him with boric acid. Maybe divorce him or go to marriage counseling? Well, one Queens, New York woman thought boric acid, a cockroach killer, was the better solution. Suncha Tinevrand’s husband of 11 years, Robert Baron, noticed that his food tasted funny and he often felt sick after meals. Suspicious, he installed a security camera. What did he see? Suncha slipping some boric acid into his coffee. When confronted by police, Suncha said that she only slipped the poison into his meal when she was angry at him. “I wanted to teach him a lesson.” Lesson learned. Robert didn’t die, but he certainly learned not to trust his wife.
Daisy de Melker
Okay, apparently “inheritance and arsenic” is the name of the game! Daisy de Melker started her string of poisonings in 1923. She got away with murder for nine years before she was hanged in 1932. Daisy poisoned two of her husbands with arsenic. Her third husband’s son died of arsenic poisoning as well, after he drank arsenic-laced coffee intended for his father. All three husbands were plumbers with appealing inheritances. And though it’s fairly obvious that she offed her two husbands, she was only found guilty of murdering her 20-year-old step-son.
Here’s another case of a wife murdering for money—and to be fair, this was a pretty good haul. Judias Buenoao poisoned her husband, James Goodyear, in 1971. She didn’t collect one life insurance policy but three life insurance policies. If that wasn’t enough, she received another policy payout when her house burned down.
In 1973, Judias started seeing Bobby Joe Morris. With her two children, she moved with Bobby out to Colorado. He died in 1978 of your typical poison-related mysterious illness. Guess who collected a few more insurance policies?
It only gets worse from here. By 1979, Judias was back in Florida. Her son went to visit her and suffered metal poisoning. He survived but drowned in 1980 while on a canoeing trip with Judias. Then, Judias started dating John Gentry. She took out a life insurance policy on him. He was hospitalized with an illness, survived, but wound up in the hospital again after his car exploded. This led to an investigation that showed that the vitamins Gentry was taking contained formaldehyde.
An exhumation of Bobby Joe and Goodyear revealed high levels of arsenic in their system. Judias was sentenced to life and then death in 1985. She was executed in 1998.
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Mary Ann Geering
Mary Ann and Richard Geering didn’t have the happiest of marriages, but it wasn’t the worst either. Together they had plenty of children and lived a financially secure life. In 1846, Richard inherited £20. That was a pretty impressive inheritance back then. For some, it’s the perfect reason to commit murder. Mary Ann is “some” in this case.
Two years later, her husband succumbed to a painful illness—thought to be heart disease. A couple of months later, both Geering’s 21-year-old and 26-year-old sons died from a similar illness. When Benjamin, her 18-year-old son, fell ill soon after, a doctor removed him from the home. Benjamin recovered.
Now, when someone recovers from an illness that everyone is affected by but a possibly inheritance-crazed individual, you should probably look at that inheritance-crazed individual. Investigators exhumed the bodies of Geering’s husband and two sons and found arsenic in their systems. They also discovered that Mary Ann had purchased Arsenic from a nearby chemist.
She confessed to poisoning her husband and sons at her trial. Mary Ann was hung on August 21, 1849.