Gypsy the Serial Killer Elephant


A reading of Yesterday’s News exploring some of History’s most prolific murderers…

Rampage At Valdosta

For this episode, True Crime Historian presents its first non-human perpetrator, a great big crazy brilliant elephant first known as Empress when imported into the United States in 1871. She killed so many handlers that she was sentenced to death many times, but doing so was so difficult that she was just passed from show to show. Along the way someone changed her name to Gypsy, and she spent the last decade of her tragic life with the Harris Nickel Plate Circus. She claimed at least seven victims, but she was crazy for a reason, and if you’re an animal lover, I’ve got to warn you that you’re about to get a big dose of outrage and indignation.

Theme Music by Dave Sams
Carnival of the Animals: Elephants by Camille Saint-Saëns courtesy Creative Commons.
Media management by Sean R. Jones
Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun

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The Polish Ladies Poison Plot


Stories of the world’s most prolific serial killers told from historic newspaper accounts in the golden age of yellow journalism —

The Many True Crimes of Tillie Klimek and Nellie Koulik —

So a man goes to a doctor because he’s not feeling well and the doctor says, Sounds like arsenic poisoning, and suddenly there are four women in jail who discovered that arsenic is more effective in getting rid of a husband than divorce. The ringleader of them all, however, not only poisoned her husband, but, well, just about anybody who crossed her. Including an annoying dog. Before it was through, more than 20 deaths would be attributed to Tillie Klimek. For our 100th episode, we will take a look at one of Chicagos most prolific serial killers and her disciples.

Theme Music by Dave Sams


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