This blog is mostly about lesbians and straight women. I attempt to write about positive women who make a contribution to society. However, I thought I’d add another category – infamous women.
Let me take you to Hungary and the year is 1911. Julia Fazekas arrived in the small village of Nagrev. Julia was a middle aged midwife. The villagers were aware that Julia’s husband had gone missing and she would not supply any information.
Julia: Abortions and Prison
Prison guards knew Julia because she was imprisoned ten times for performing illegal abortions. However, she was constantly acquitted by judges who were pro-abortion. Over a period of nineteen years, Julia had gathered a gang that people called “Angels of Death.” The “Angels” would receive advice from Julia and she would be paid to cover up the deaths of around 50 people.
Opposition to Julia’s Trade
Another midwife set up her trade and Julia planned to physically murder her. Julia became the sweetheart of the woman’s brother and no one suspected Julia when the midwife became ill and died. The dead woman’s son was suspicious and brazenly challenged Julia.
Many villagers owed favors to Julia and Julia had an alley by when the son’s house was burned down. The son attempted to shoot Julia and was arrested and imprisoned.
Feeling Confident – Greedy for Money
In 1916, Julia was approached by the wife of a wealthy man. When he fell genuinely ill, his wife made it clear that she did not want him to recover. Julia knew that arsenic could be obtained and treated from flypaper and she added this to the man’s medicine. Over time, the word spread that for a specific fee, Julia would poison unwanted relatives or enemies. But Julia and the man’s wife made a mistake that would not be discovered until nearly twenty years later. They hid the battle of arsenic in the man’s coffin. They never thought that the body would be exhumed!
Background For the “Need” to Poison More People
In Hungary during and after 1911, the husband of a teen bride was picked out by her family. This lead to a lot of discontented young wives. If the marriage was bad – divorce was not available. A wife had to stay with an alcoholic or abusive husband.
World War I (1914-1918)
Abused or unhappy wives were glad when their husband were forced to fight for the Austro-Hungarian Empire. As the war continued, the village location was an ideal place to hold prisoners of war. It seems that prisoners were allowed to work on the land. Married and unmarried women began to have prisoners as lovers. This situation lead to unwanted pregancies and Julia was making money from abortions. Julia’s cousin filed all death certificates and each murder was written down as death by accident or natural causes.
Return of the War Husbands
Unhappy wives approached Julia and were given the method to kill their husbands. They used arsenic made by boiling flypaper and skimming off the lethal residue. Parents who were thought to be a burden to their family was murdered. Parents who owned land and had money were murdered for inheritance purposes. Even unwanted children killed.
Exposure and Capture
Julia over nineteen years was able to recruit over 30 people who carried out murders and paid Julia a profit. The authorities in Budapest began to receive anonymous letters. One neighbouring doctor who treated a patient for a mild case of broncitus was amazed that this man had died. A Mrs. Szabó, One of the “Angels of Death” and accomplice of Julia did not succeed in killing two visitors to her home. She pointed the finger to another woman, Mrs. Bukenoveski, who named Julia. Since Julia had others work for her, the prosecutors needed more evidence. A medical student examined a body recovered from a river and found evidence of arsenic. The authorities started to exhume bodies.
The Guilty Verdicts
In 1929, thirty-four woman and one man were indicted Julia and another woman were executed and the remaining people were given life sentences or long jail terms.