Martina Cole’s Ladykillers
While movies like Halloween, Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street are meant to scare us because of their unbelievable villains and acts that can only be described as human, the truth as they say is something stranger than fiction. And with that I present to you Martina Cole’s The Ladykillers, a series of stories that will leave you shocked and stunned. Comparatively speaking, Freddy is a pussy!
Martina Cole is a British crime author who is researching female serial killers. I came across this series while doing my own bit of research on H.H. Holmes. There is no doubt Holmes is a wicked man, but these woman are sinister companions and it’s hard to tell who’s the greater evil.
We start off with the story of Elizabeth Bathory, the 16th century Hungarian noblewoman who is said to have murdered hundreds of young girls. She was so notorious that it’s even rumored she bathed in the blood of those she killed to keep herself young. That has turned out to be legend and rumor and while the true body count is unknown it’s very clear she murder a great deal of women and much of her life is shrouded in violence and sexual sadism.
In the mid 1800s there was Mary Ann Cotton a female serial poisoner who is believed to have murdered 21 people including her own children. She murdered multiple husbands to get the insurance money and dispatched multiple children to make it easier to find new husbands. She had dozens of men in her life and children by several fathers. In the end she was hanged for multiple counts of murder.
During the late 1800s we had Amelia Dyer a baby farm murderer in Victorian England. While only hanged for one murder it is believed she carried out the murder of over 400 children. She did it all for the money. Her crimes are pretty grim and may not be for the faint of heart. No need to be gruesome so you can look up the details on the links below.
Myra Hindley is the female part of the team responsible for the Moors Murders, a series of murders where the bodies were buried on the moors and at least one of their victims has never been found. Myra Hindley was the victim of violence and abuse in her own life and when she teamed up with Ian Brady they went on a murder spree with 5 people losing their lives. Myra has been described as a "sexually sadistic psychopath".
Evil doesn’t just lurk in the past, it’s right here with us now. Such is the case of Beverly Allitt, a young nurse who was convicted of the murder of four children, attempting to murder three others and causing grievous bodily harm to another six. She worked in the children’s ward and would administer massive doses of insulin and then do her best to revive the children be claimed their savior. It’s some pretty gruesome business and like some of the others may not be for the faint of heart. Allitt was found guilty and is scheduled to be locked away until 2022.
Beverly Allitt may only be outdone by the serial killer Rose West. Rose was convicted of 10 murders, most of which involved torture and sexual abuse. Rose lived a life of abuse and then in turn began to abuse others. With her husband Fred, they imprisoned several woman and made them into sex slaves. Rose would easily be classified as a sexual sadist. West has been sentenced to life in prison.
The information presented in these documentaries is stunning. It’s hard to image these crimes and how they were carried out. And sadly, most of these crimes were carried out for the sheer thrill of doing them or the age old motive of money.
Watch with caution. That’s not a joke, these are some seriously twisted tales.
Other Articles of Interest:
- The Murder Hotel of H. H. Holmes
- Whitechapel Season 3
- The Dead Files – Lizzie Borden House – S02E01
- The Dark Life of H.H. Holmes
- Jack the Ripper ‘was invented to win newspaper war’
- Bloodstains – Jeff Mudgett
- The Devil in White City
- Haunted History Season 1, Ep. 3 "Murder Castle"
- Bloodstains – The Analysis
- The Strange Case of Lizzie Borden