serial killers by name [q] amazon
     
  QUINN Jane ... ... USA ... ... ... 4+
aka 1883 1911 IL
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Urteil: Life
 

Awakened by a gunshot in the pre-dawn hours of November 2, 1911, John Miller scrambled out of bed and rushed to the apartment of his landlord, whence the sound had emanated. On arrival at the scene, he found John Quinn, the landlord, Iying in his bed, blood streaming from a fatal bullet wound. According to the dead man's wife, a prowler was responsible, though Miller saw no evidence of theft or any struggle. Jane Quinn declined to testify at the resulting inquest, and a Chicago coroner's jury deliberated for one hour before ordering her arrest on murder charges. By that time, on November 10, police had learned a thing or two about the lethal Mrs. Quinn. They knew about her marriage to Canadian John McDonald, in October 1883, and his subsequent death -from "alcohol poisoning " - on September 28, 1901. A short month later, at Bass Lake, Michigan, the grieving widow had married Warren Thorpe - and he had been later been shot to death in circumstances similar to those surrounding the Chicago case. Another death in bed this time, involving Jane's own mother - had occurred a short time later, in the house once occupied by Warren Thorpe. The evidence was overwhelming, and Jane Quinn was speedily convicted at her trial on murder charges, sentenced to a term of life imprisonment. If nothing else, the verdict may have spared some future victims from the clutches of a bona fide "black widow."

Awakened by a gunshot in the pre-dawn hours of November 2, 1911, John Miller scrambled out of bed and rushed to the apartment of his landlord, whence the sound had emanated. On arrival at the scene, he found John Quinn, the landlord, Iying in his bed, blood streaming from a fatal bullet wound. According to the dead man's wife, a prowler was responsible, though Miller saw no evidence of theft or any struggle. Jane Quinn declined to testify at the resulting inquest, and a Chicago coroner's jury deliberated for one hour before ordering her arrest on murder charges. By that time, on November 10, police had learned a thing or two about the lethal Mrs. Quinn. They knew about her marriage to Canadian John McDonald, in October 1883, and his subsequent death -from "alcohol poisoning " - on September 28, 1901. A short month later, at Bass Lake, Michigan, the grieving widow had married Warren Thorpe - and he had been later been shot to death in circumstances similar to those surrounding the Chicago case. Another death in bed this time, involving Jane's own mother - had occurred a short time later, in the house once occupied by Warren Thorpe. The evidence was overwhelming, and Jane Quinn was speedily convicted at her trial on murder charges, sentenced to a term of life imprisonment. If nothing else, the verdict may have spared some future victims from the clutches of a bona fide "black widow."
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