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The First Female Serial Killer In America: Lavinia Fisher

Updated on October 23, 2016

Meet Evil

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.


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    • prettynutjob30 profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from From the land of Chocolate Chips,and all other things sweet.

      I realize that now, I wrote this hub a while back and when I was looking up pictures that was the one that popped up. That is why I removed the picture from my hub.

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      3 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      I find this very interesting. One has to wonder what it is that turn a human being in such an evil person. I can perfectly understand a murder for some specific reason, but to kill for the pleasure of it I cannot understand.

    • prettynutjob30 profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from From the land of Chocolate Chips,and all other things sweet.

      Thank you for your constructive criticism, I haven't looked over my work on this hub in a while. I realize after reading over it, I put a substantial amount of comas.

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      3 years ago

      You have interesting things to say, but please, learn how to use the coma. Sentence structure and spelling are important also.

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      Twilight Lawns 

      5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      Interesting story. It would be eve more interesting to find out why they did it and who was the boss.

    • prettynutjob30 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from From the land of Chocolate Chips,and all other things sweet.

      I would like to thank all you guys for commenting.

    • perrya profile image


      5 years ago

      I know, history as many amazing stories!

    • Thelma Alberts profile image

      Thelma Alberts 

      5 years ago from Germany

      What an interesting story! I have never heard of this serial killer. Thanks for sharing;-)

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      Gail Meyers 

      6 years ago from Kansas City - United States

      What an interesting story! I had never heard of her, but she sounds dreadful. Now that I think of it I don't know that I have ever heard of any female serial killers, but there must be others.

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      Devika Primić 

      6 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      An interesting story but a merciless woman for sure to behave in such manner

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      Your Cousins 

      6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Thanks for the story. Can't wait for the movie!

    • tammyswallow profile image


      6 years ago from North Carolina

      What a terrifying story. I lived in South Carolina for 17 years and never heard of this female serial killer. Great presentation. Sharing!

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      Sommer Dalton 

      6 years ago

      Scary! Great hub! Voted up plus 3!

    • prettynutjob30 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from From the land of Chocolate Chips,and all other things sweet.

      I assume it was they were a rather ruthless bunch.

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      KT Banks 

      6 years ago from Texas

      I've never heard of them. I wonder why they kiled the people? Was it for the money?

    • perrya profile image


      6 years ago

      Evil can always cloak in beauty and innocence.

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      Angela Blair 

      6 years ago from Central Texas

      I'd never heard of Lavinia but sounds like she was the devil in a female skin. This is a beautiful piece of writing -- thanks! Best/Sis

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very interesting Mary; I had never heard of this woman. Great job!

    • prettynutjob30 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from From the land of Chocolate Chips,and all other things sweet.

      Thank you Faith Reaper Evil comes in many forms Lavinia was evil all the way down to her core.

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      Faith Reaper 

      6 years ago from southern USA

      Mary, what a great write here. You are so very gifted. I don't know why, but I never think of serial killers back in that time era, but just in this day and time. However, there you go! Very insightful into the life of a female serial killer of the past. Voted Up In His Love, Faith Reaper


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