The Murderous Mania of Jolly Jane


SERIAL KILLER CLIPS

The Unexpected Crimes of Nurse Toppan

History contains many cases of nurses who turned out to be killers, but there may not be one as bizarre as the case of Jane Toppan. Because she had such a cheerful disposition, people called her “Jolly Jane,” and so were completely surprised when she was arrested for the murder of a family in Barnstable County, Massachusetts. Once suspicions were aroused, accusations began to fall like rain. The exact count of her death toll remains a mystery, but estimates put it between 31 and 84 murders.

Clips:

Boston_Post_Tue__Jun_24__1902_ Boston_Post_Fri__Nov_1__1901_

Boston_Post_Tue__Jun_24__1902_ (1) The_Pittsburgh_Press_Mon__Jun_23__1902_drawing

Ad for “Hunyadi Water”:

The London (England) Times, May 18, 1914
The London (England) Times, May 18, 1914

 

 

Sources for Part One:

Boston Post, October 31, 1901
Boston Post, October 31, 1901
Boston Post, November 1, 1901
Boston Post, November 1, 1901

 

The Boston Post, November 2, 1901
The Boston Post, November 2, 1901

Sources for Part Two:

Boston Post, November 9, 1901
Boston Post, November 9, 1901
Boston Post, March 28, 1902
Boston Post, March 28, 1902
Boston Post, June 24, 1902
Boston Post, June 24, 1902
Boston Post, June 25, 1902
Boston Post, June 25, 1902
Boston Post, July 3, 1902
Boston Post, July 3, 1902
Boston Post, July 10, 1904
Boston Post, July 10, 1904
The Mason City Globe-Gazette, August 18, 1938
The Mason City Globe-Gazette, August 18, 1938