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Locusta: Ancient Assassin-for-Hire

Criminalia

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  • 8 days ago
  • 30:25

Locusta, herself, wasn't a poisoner. She was a maker of poisons – think of her more like a botanist or chemist. But she was actually more like an assassin-for-hire – she provided poisons because she was hired to do so.

Lucrezia Borgia: Depraved Murderess, or Political Pawn?

Criminalia

  • 21 views
  • 15 days ago
  • 43:42

Italian noblewoman Lucrezia Borgia was the illegitimate daughter of Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia, who would later become Pope Alexander VI. Considered a famous beauty during the Italian Renaissance, she also notoriously rivaled her family members in jealousy, intrigue, and homicide -- but history may have it all wrong.

Lydia Sherman: Connecticut's 'Lucrezia Borgia'

Criminalia

  • 25 views
  • 22 days ago
  • 31:48

Also known as "The Derby Poisoner," Lydia Sherman poisoned, in total, her three husbands plus as many as eight children in her care --- six of whom were her biological children. She confessed to her murders, showing no remorse, was convicted of second-degree murder in 1872.

Yes, You CAN Drink Charcoal: Happy Halloween From Criminalia

Criminalia

  • 23 views
  • 26 days ago
  • 20:02

This season we may be exploring the lives and motivations of some of the most notorious lady poisoners throughout history. And while almost all of the victims we've talked about this season have been fatally poisoned, not all poisonings have a fatal outcome. In today's bonus episode, we're instead inspired to talk about everything from mithridate to unicorn horns to activated charcoal ... the antidotes.

Roberta Elder, Atlanta’s Rare Black Female Serial Killer

Criminalia

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  • 29 days ago
  • 35:28

Dubbed Atlanta’s "Mrs. Bluebeard," a pejorative term referring to women who killed their own family members, Roberta Elder was suspected of killing three husbands, four of her children, three step-children, her mother, her grandchild, a cousin, and even probably more.