Serial Killers Around the World: The Global Dimensions of Serial Murder

Serial Killers Around the World: The Global Dimensions of Serial Murder

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Serial Killers Around the World: The Global Dimensions of Serial Murder compiles serial murder case studies from several countries - from Australia to Great Britain, and from Japan to Pakistan. The ...
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Daisy DeMelker

Pp. 36-47 (12)

Dirk C. Gibson

Abstract

The infamous South African poisoner Daisy DeMelker killed several husbands and her son in profit-driven offenses. She was an attractive woman who earned nursing credentials but earned her living by marrying men, killing them and reaping the resultant reward. This chapter describes DeMelker, and her monetarilymotivated marriages. The MO, time frame, number of victims and victims were analyzed. Significant serial killer rhetoric was considered. The investigation leading to her arrest was discussed, and the trial described.

Keywords:

Accomplice, Berea Nursing Home, Black widow, Boniface Anglican Church, British army, British pound sterling, Capetown, Daisy DeMelker, Good Hope Seminary, Hospital, Johanessburg, “Lady Death, ” Sarah Gertrude Millen, Newspapers, Nurse, Poison, Seven Fountains, Daisy Hancorn-Smith, South Africa, St. Mary the Lesser Anglican Church.

Affiliation:

The University of New Mexico USA.