Female Killers Podcast

Greedy Poisoner: Martha Marek

April 05, 2019 Season 1 Episode 4
Female Killers Podcast
Greedy Poisoner: Martha Marek
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Female Killers Podcast
Greedy Poisoner: Martha Marek
Apr 05, 2019 Season 1 Episode 4
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Martha Marek allowed greed of money to consume her to the point of poisoning her children, husband, and others.
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Greed is one of the seven deadly sins.  It is an insatiable longing for an tangible item.  Usually when people think of greed, money is what comes to mind. As Eartha Kitt was once quoted with saying, “Greed is so destructive. It destroys everything. “ In today’s episode, we will find woman who allowed the greed of money to cause her to kill people, even her own child. Martha Marek.  



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the fairer sex bombshell bitch, mother, girl, boss lady are some of the ways that had been used to describe women killer. It's usually not a word that comes to mind. Welcome to the female killers podcast where we will explore women have killed out of revenge love, but just pure
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greed is one of the seven deadly sins. It is an insatiable longing for a tangible item. Usually when people think of greed, money is what comes to mind. Ask Eartha. Kitt was once quoted with saying, greed is so destructive. It destroys everything. In today's episode, we will discuss a woman who allowed the greed of money to cause her to kill people, even her own child. Her name was Martha Merrick and we will discuss this greedy woman.
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Martha Lowenstein was born in Vienna in 1904 to a poor family. She had an unfortunate childhood and became an orphan and she was very young. She was eventually adopted by another impoverished family. When she was about 13 Martha started working in a dress shop where she caught the eye of a wealthy 74 year old department owner, his name, it's French. She would become his ward, or as we call it nowadays, a sugar baby. Martha became used to living a life of wealth. Rich even sent her to finishing schools in France and England. Martha started a secret affair with a young engineer named Emil Merrick, who would eventually become her husband. When Fitch passed away, Martha inherited his estate. She would also marry a meal and become Martha Merrick. The young married couple dwindled Frisch estate and even lost the mansion. Instead of learning the errors of their ways in trying to make an honest living, Martha and a meal concocted a plan to stage an accident to get insurance money.
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The plan, it was for a meal to chop off his leg with an ax and say it was an accident when he was trying to chop wood. You have to wonder who is the one who came up with such a crazy plan. The plan failed when it took multiple times to chop a meals leg. The insurance company became suspicious due to the multiple hacks to the leg, which a meal stock to confirmed where intentional the metrics were charged with attempted fraud. Martha tried bribing a nurse to say that the doctor was lying for the insurance company, which backfired. The fraud charge were dismissed, but the Merrick's went to jail for four months for the attempted bribery.
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After serving the prison time, the metrics moved away and settled down away from where they were. They had two children, a son, Alfonse and a daughter in board. The two still had no success and became very poor. Martha, who was used to the lavish life given to her by Fritsch, was forced to sell vegetables on the street and male became very, yeah ill. He was having issues swallowing and was having numb feelings all over his body. He eventually passed away. The cause of death was said to have been tuberculosis. A few weeks later, Martha's infant daughter inboard also died with the same symptoms from their debts. Martha received life insurance money. After that money ran out, Martha visited her ailing aunt Susan Lowenstein. Suisun started having the same symptoms as a meal and Martha's daughter. It was hard to swallow and numb limbs. She died as well and Martha inherited her estate. She will quickly spend money as well. Eventually, Martha got the idea to rent rooms. Two borders, two borders arrived, one of them being an elderly lady named Ken Berg, or in no time she was dead and Martha was the beneficiary of her life insurance policy. She also decided around this time to hide her murdered aunts paintings in a warehouse and report them stolen. Her level of greed became her downfall.
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What Merrick didn't think would happen was that the same investigator who was in charge of investigating the chopping leg plan that landed her husband and her in jail would also be the one investigating the missing paintings. Equinox Peter, with this past act, Peters was instantly suspicious and started searching for the paintings which he found in the warehouse. She was arrested once again for insurance fraud. This alerted Kinhin burgers son and he went to the police with suspecting there. Martha potentially killed his mother, kitten burgers. Body was exude. The police didn't stop there. They also exude the bodies of a meal. Merrick, Martha's infant daughter, and her elderly aunt, so Sun Lowenstein. What was discovered. Each of the bodies had failure in their bodies. What is thallium? Valium is an ingredient in rat poisons and insecticides. It's very dangerous due to it being colorless, odorless, and tasteless. So unless you're looking for it, you won't realize that it's there. Detective Peter's went looking for Martha Second Child Alfonse. When Peter's found the boy, Alfonse was suffering the effects of thallium poisoning. It was found out that before the boy fell ill, Martha had taken out a life insurance policy out on him. Fortunately, our parents was able to recover from his mother's attempted poisoning.
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Martha Merrick went on trial in 1938 even though she proclaimed her innocence, it was found out that she was a regular customer of a chemist who sold thallium to her. She was found guilty and sentenced to death. Executions had just begun due to the Nazi party getting into power. Martha sent a mercy application to Hitler to stop the execution. However, Hitler rejected it. It didn't help her cause that she was half Jewish. She was the first woman to be executed in 60 years. On December six 1938 Martha Merrick was beheaded by a single blow from an ax. This time it didn't take but once for the ax to chop her head off. Martha Merrick allowed greed of money to consume her to the point of poisoning her children has been and others. The worst part of it all is that she was lucky and got out of poverty with the help of a benefactor and lived a life of lavish wealth. However, her lack of being smart with money made her desperate and instead of trying to get better in spending money, she decided to kill.
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Thank you again for joining me this week to learn about another female killer. Please don't forget to subscribe and I'll see you again to learn more about another one next week.
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