The First Female Serial Killer In America: Lavinia Fisher
Lavinia Fisher was definitely not a shy and innocent bystander. This vicious creature was one of the first female mass murderers in the United States. Lavinia and her husband John Fisher did so many malicious, and unspeakable acts of evil. The duo and their gang of unlawful highwaymen committed so many inexcusable acts of violence. Although she lived in Charleston, South Carolina with her husband John, her true place of birth is still a mystery.
Lavinia and her husband John Fisher ran a hotel called the Six Mile Wayfarer House. They named the hotel that because it was located six miles north of Charleston, South Carolina. After The acts of violence that happened in that place, I would think a name more like Hell Manor, or Murder House would have been more of a suitable fit, for that horrendous place. Nevertheless, the hotel was quite popular among locals, and passerby's. Which is probably what made it so easy for the couple to commit murder, the large amount of people coming in and out made people less suspicious. But eventually, Lavina's murderous, sadistic appetite would be her downfall.
Lavinia's House Of Death
Lavina was alleged to have poisoned most of her victims by giving them a cup of tea laced with poison. She would give this to all the young, traveling men just before bed. There was even an accusation that the couple had the bed rigged to dump the bodies into a pit, after their death by poison. This, of course, was never proven, but it was one of many accusations made about the evil temptress and her gang.
If it was not for John Peeples, it is hard telling how many other young men would have met the same fateful death, as her other guest. John explained to the police, that he went to the hotel looking for a room and was told, there were not any rooms open yet, and offered him a cup of tea. John hated tea, but to keep from appearing rude he accepted her offer. He then dumped the tea while she was not looking, to make her think he had drank it. Lavinia started asking the young man hundreds of questions, where he was from, what was his occupation, etc.... Peeples said it seemed more like an interrogation than an introduction. After a few other odd questions, she told informed him that a room had become available. Feeling kind of suspicious that Lavinia or John might rob him he decided to sleep in a chair, instead of the bed. He said he later awoke to the sounds of crashing and noticed the bed had collapsed into a pit exposing the couples evil plan.
The Conviction and Death
Lavinia and her husband were hung sometimes in February, 1820. The couple who continuously tried to escape while incarcerated, where just as relentless in jail as they where out of jail. Lavinia continuously insisted the court could not kill a married woman. So the judge killed her husband the day before Lavinia was to be put to death, which made her a widow. It is said that before she died Lavinia asked anyone if they had a message for the devil, then jumped and killed herself, instead of waiting for the court to do it. It is also alleged that she managed to stay alive for 15 minutes after jumping.
There are many faces of evil, Lavinia's although known to be rather beautiful, was surely one of these. Lavinia lived a life full of deceit and greed these all eventually led to her death.