Poison widow

Mrs. Tillie Klimek, 50, was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison on March 31, 1923 for poisoning her third husband, Frank Kupczyk, to death and sending her fourth, Joseph Klimek, to the hospital with arsenic poisoning. Klimek was described by the Chicago Tribune as the "Poison Widow" and the "High priestess of the 'Bluebeard clique'" for the poisoning of over 20 husbands, relatives and friends. Fourteen of those poisoned died, six lived, and Klimek was only charged with one of the murders.

( Chicago Tribune historical photo / February 27, 2014 )

Mrs. Tillie Klimek, 50, was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison on March 31, 1923 for poisoning her third husband, Frank Kupczyk, to death and sending her fourth, Joseph Klimek, to the hospital with arsenic poisoning. Klimek was described by the Chicago Tribune as the "Poison Widow" and the "High priestess of the 'Bluebeard clique'" for the poisoning of over 20 husbands, relatives and friends. Fourteen of those poisoned died, six lived, and Klimek was only charged with one of the murders.

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