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Gesche Gottfried | "The Angel of Bremen"

A Murderess Affair

Release Date: 03/19/2021

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A Murderess Affair

Gesche Gottfried is our murderess of the week, keeping with the theme of caretakers who poison and kill those who are under their care. Gottfried had killed anywhere between 16-30 people using arsenic between the years of 1813-1826, and was the last person to be publicly executed in Bremen, Germany. 

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