A Murderess Affair
Historical True Crime Podcast: The Infamous Women of History
info_outline A Halloween Affair: Guen Aguilar 10/15/2021
A Halloween Affair: Guen Aguilar It’s October aka the best month of the year and it’s time to get spooky! Or, at least more spooky than usual. This month, we’re going to be tying our women to the tropes we find most often in horror movies. Our first murderess? A woman who strangled her best friend for around $2000. Her name was Guen Garlejo Aguilar and she murdered Jane Parangan La Puebla in the early 2000s.
info_outline Sultan Razia | The Only Female Muslim Ruler of Delhi 09/08/2021
Sultan Razia | The Only Female Muslim Ruler of Delhi Razia Sultana, South Asia’s first female ruler. She was a sultan who broke across many barriers, first female ruler being only one of them.
info_outline Olive Yang: Burma's Female Warlord. 08/18/2021
Olive Yang: Burma's Female Warlord. This week we're talking about Yang Kyin Hsiu, aka "Olive" Yang. She was royalty turned warlord, who’s CIA supplied army had opium delivery routes all across the golden triangle. She also helped fund public schools in rural areas and dated famous Burmese actress Wah Wah Win Shwe. You can see how she definitely caught my attention.
info_outline The Doctor of the Wild West 08/03/2021
The Doctor of the Wild West This week, we’re talking about Marie Equi, a Wild West style of doctor who was devoted to provide care to those who were working class or poor. She was one of the first 60 women to be a physician in Oregon, and was the only female doctor from the Oregon team to help with the 1906 San Francisco earthquake disaster.
info_outline Jeanne de Clisson | The Lioness of Brittany 06/05/2021
Jeanne de Clisson | The Lioness of Brittany This episode we talk about the "Lioness of Brittany", a woman who took revenge against King Philip IV by becoming a pirate and commandeering war ships known as the Black Fleet. Outraged by the execution of her husband, Jeanne de Clisson haunted the French fleet for 13 years during her piracy career, before deciding to marry and retire. Her story is definitely one you should know!
info_outline Timoclea of Thebes 04/24/2021
Timoclea of Thebes After the disgusting woman of last week’s episode, Ghislaine Maxwell and her involvement with Epstein, I felt like it was important to cover a woman who’s story ended with her getting her own justice.Now, trigger warning for mentions of rape, but our story is Timoclea of Thebes, who murdered the man who raped her by pushing him down a well and throwing heavy stones on him until he died.
info_outline Ghislaine Maxwell 04/13/2021
Ghislaine Maxwell Maxwell is infamous at this time for her association with Jeffrey Epstein, and is currently awaiting trial for charges against her involving sex trafficking and conspiracy. After watching the docuseries "Filthy Rich" on Netflix, there is a lot to discuss about her case and involvement.
info_outline The Mad Queen of Madagascar: Ranavalona I 03/28/2021
The Mad Queen of Madagascar: Ranavalona I Today we journey to Madagascar, in the early 1800’s at a time when the country was being increasingly fought over by France and Britain. From what I’ve been able to tell, her story is one that’s hard to find the truth on because it’s been so exaggerated and twisted by history. I’ll give my final opinion at the end, but in most of these stories Ranavalona ranges from being literally the most evil and terrible person in the world, to a hardline ruler and borderline despot.
info_outline Gesche Gottfried | "The Angel of Bremen" 03/19/2021
Gesche Gottfried | "The Angel of Bremen" 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.
info_outline "Jolly" Jane Toppan 03/09/2021
"Jolly" Jane Toppan Our murderess of the week was described as being sweet, charismatic, and a downright saint. At least, until she was caught and admitted to murdering anywhere between 30-100 people. This week, we're talking about "Jolly" Jane Toppan, who used her profession as a nurse to get her hands on opiates and sedatives that she would use is a deadly cocktail mix on her victims.
info_outline Phoolan Devi: Bandit Queen, Parliamentary Member, and More 02/13/2021
Phoolan Devi: Bandit Queen, Parliamentary Member, and More And here we go with part two of our Phoolan Devi episode! This week, let's talk about Phoolan Devi after she decides to quit her life of banditry. If you can imagine it, her life only includes MORE adventures afterwards.
info_outline Phoolan Devi: The Queen of Bandits Pt. 1 01/27/2021
Phoolan Devi: The Queen of Bandits Pt. 1 We’re talking about India’s Bandit Queen, Phoolan Devi. She had so much happen to her starting at a young age, she was a child bride, kidnapped, leader of bandits, arrested and put in jail, and eventually elected to hold a seat in the Indian Parliament. And this was all by the time she was around 37 years old.
info_outline The Murdering Postmistress: Lena Clarke 01/15/2021
The Murdering Postmistress: Lena Clarke This week, we’re celebrating the start of 2021 by going back a century to 1921, and investigating the murdering postmistress Lena Clarke. She admitted to murdering a man named Fred Miltimore, but got away with it by pleading insanity. Some highlights include, her bringing a crystal ball to testify on the stand about her 12 previous lives.
info_outline The Holiday Special: 3 Weird Christmas Crimes 12/23/2020
The Holiday Special: 3 Weird Christmas Crimes This week I'm talking about not one, not two, but THREE women who committed crimes on Christmas Day. Spoilers: One of them involves a ceramic squirrel. Let's talk about Jasmine Jackson, Randi Young, and Helen Ann Williams who were all arrested for some pretty humbug-ish behavior this holiday.
info_outline Christmas Countdown: Melissa Young: The Christmas Day Murderess 12/07/2020
Christmas Countdown: Melissa Young: The Christmas Day Murderess Our first murderess of the week is Melissa Young, a transgender Scotland native who was arrested for murdering her neighbor because he, apparently, hated his gift. Some gifts are literally to die for. Or kill for, in this case.
info_outline Angel Makers of Nagyrev | The Thanksgiving Episode 11/26/2020
Angel Makers of Nagyrev | The Thanksgiving Episode Our murderess of the week was declared responsible for a series of poisonings that rocked a tiny village in Nagyrev, Hungary. A series of poisonings so prominent, that the multiple women involved were known as “The Angel Makers” of Nagyrev. And even though there were many, many different women guilty of poisoning husbands, children, parents, or anybody even remotely annoying, one woman’s name stands out as the overall instigator. Suzanna(Julia) Fazekas.
info_outline Petra "Pedro" Herrera | The Mexican Revolutionary 11/09/2020
Petra "Pedro" Herrera | The Mexican Revolutionary Today we're covering Mexican revolutionary Petra Herrera, who also went by “Pedro”. She was an active participant of the Mexican Revolution under the leadership of Francisco “Pacho” Villa. When she was outed as a woman, removed of her military rank and status, she formed her own militia of women with members between 400-1000 who would fight alongside the men in battle.
info_outline Tillie Klimek | The "Psychic" Poisoner 10/13/2020
Tillie Klimek | The "Psychic" Poisoner Otillie “Tillie” Klimek was born on October 22nd 1877 in Poland. She was considered to be a “psychic”, predicting the deaths of the people around her with astounding accuracy. Almost a little too accurate, as it turned out.
info_outline Jovita Idar: The Journalist 10/01/2020
Jovita Idar: The Journalist If you didn’t know, this month is Latinx Appreciation Month. It runs from September 15-October 15th and I figured I’d take advantage to use this time to talk about a woman from history that not many people may know about. A woman who was considered to be a trailblazer for many, a great teacher, and the woman who stared down a group of Texas Rangers and forced them to turn back from where they had planned on ransacking her work.
info_outline Anna Zwanziger | The Poisonous Housekeeper 09/22/2020
Anna Zwanziger | The Poisonous Housekeeper Our murderess of the week is Anna Zwanzinger of Bavaria, Germany. She would poison her employers with arsenic, and then help nurse them back to health so they held her in higher favor and were grateful of her. Not exactly the best way to win employee of the month.
info_outline Yiya Murano: Argentina's Serial Killer 09/13/2020
Yiya Murano: Argentina's Serial Killer This week we are taking a trip to Argentina, where we’re learning about Maria de las Mercedes Bernardina Bolla Aponte de Murano, better known as Yiya Murano. Her case is one of the most famous in Argentina, and she was imprisoned for sixteen years for committing 3 different murders.
info_outline Nakano Takeko: The Last Samurai 08/29/2020
Nakano Takeko: The Last Samurai Hello and welcome to A Murderess Affair! My name is Gabrielle and this week our murderess is one who I believe should be known as one of the true “Last Samurai”. Her name is Nakano Takeko, and she taught, formed, and led a one woman army against overwhelming imperial forces. Her tale is one of tragedy and bravery, and she died in battle at age 21.
info_outline Cecile Brossard: The Bondage Dominatrix Gone Bad 08/16/2020
Cecile Brossard: The Bondage Dominatrix Gone Bad This week our murderess is a woman who killed her billionaire lover, and who’s sex life seems to be more radical and focused on than the murder she committed. Her name is Cecile Brossard.
info_outline Lindy Chamberlain; "My God, a dingo took my baby" 08/07/2020
Lindy Chamberlain; "My God, a dingo took my baby" In this story, we’re talking about a woman who was convicted of murder, who’s story was as sensational as it can get, and who’s entire family has actually been pardoned by Australia’s Northern Territories court. Her name is Lindy Chamberlain, and she was accused and convicted of killing her 9 week old baby. She maintained her innocence the entire time, saying that there was a dingo who took her baby. She was pardoned and released after serving three years in prison.
info_outline Leonarda Cianciulli "The Soap Maker" 07/19/2020
Leonarda Cianciulli "The Soap Maker" Our murderess of the day is Leonarda Cianciulli, a female serial killer who's love for her son was so strong that when he was drafted into the Italian Army during World War II, she decided to "save him" through human sacrifice.
info_outline Miss Major Griffin-Gracy | The Stonewall Inn Rebellion 06/29/2020
Miss Major Griffin-Gracy | The Stonewall Inn Rebellion Welcome back to the revolution. This week’s edition, we’re talking about a woman who is unapologetically herself in every situation, who’s been an activist longer than I’ve been breathing, and is a veteran of the Stonewall Rebellion. Miss Major Griffin-Gacy.