Lydia Sherman

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Lydia Sherman
Lydia Sherman (criminal).png
Born Lydia Danbury
December 24, 1824
Burlington, New Jersey, United States
Died May 16, 1878 (1878-05-17) (aged 53)
Wethersfield State Prison
Cause of death Cancer
Other names The Derby Poisoner
Occupation Housekeeper
Criminal penalty life
Details
Victims 12 (including 3 husbands and 7 children, 6 of which her own)
Span of crimes
1863–1877
State(s) Connecticut
Rhode Island
Date apprehended
June 7, 1872
Imprisoned at Wethersfield

Lydia Sherman (Burlington, New Jersey, United States, December 24, 1824 – May 16, 1878),[1] also known as The Derby Poisoner,[2] was an American serial killer and addicted to murder. She poisoned eight children in her care (6 of which were her own) and her three husbands and was convicted of second-degree murder in 1872.[3] Five years into her sentence, she escaped under the pretext of being sick and got a job as housekeeper to a rich widower in Providence. She was caught and imprisoned again before dying in Wethersfield State Prison on May 16, 1878 from cancer.

Family links[edit]

  • Spouses:
Edward Struck (____ - 1864)*
Dennis Hurlburt (____ - 1868)*
  • Children:
Martha Ann Struck (____ - 1864)*
George Whitfield Struck (____ - 1864)*
Ann Eliza Struck (____ - 1864)*
Edward Struck (____ - 1864)*
Josephine Struck (1842 - 1843)*
Lydia Struck (1846 - 1864)*
William Struck (1863 - 1864)*

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Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Lydia Sherman". Find a Grave. Retrieved May 1, 2014. 
  2. ^ Staff (January 11, 1873). "The Derby Poisoner. – Confession of Mrs. Lydia Sherman, the Murderer of Three Husbands and Four Children" (PDF). Hartford Courant (via The New York Times). Retrieved August 4, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Historic Burlington City, NJ: Lydia Sherman". February 4, 1998. Archived from the original on April 26, 2013.