Female Killers Podcast

America's First Female Serial Killer: Lavinia Fisher

May 17, 2019 Season 1 Episode 10
Female Killers Podcast
America's First Female Serial Killer: Lavinia Fisher
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Female Killers Podcast
America's First Female Serial Killer: Lavinia Fisher
May 17, 2019 Season 1 Episode 10
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America’s first female serial killer. How does a woman get credited with that? Lavinia Fisher did it by using her beauty and charm to captivate men and lure them to their deaths.
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America’s first female serial killer.  How does a woman get credited with that?  Lavinia Fisher did it by using her beauty and charm to captivate men and lure them to their deaths.  If you have ever seen the movie “White Oleander” with Michelle Pfeiffer, you know how dangerous these beautiful flowered-shrubs are. Very similar to the female killer using them. Even till this day, people are fascinated by Lavinia Fisher. There are stories that say that she would kill these men by crushing their heads between her legs or the fact that she killed hundreds of people. Those myths have not been found to be true, but the fascination continues to surround her. 




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America's first female serial killer. How does a woman get credited with that? Lavinia Fisher did it by using her beauty and charm to captivate men and alert them to their deaths. If you have ever seen the movie white Oleander with Michelle Pfeiffer, you know how dangerous these beautiful flowers, shrubs are very similar to the female killer using them. Even till this day, people are fascinated by lavigna Fisher. There are stories that say that she would kill these men by crushing their heads between her legs or the fact that she killed hundreds of people. Those myths have not been found to be true, but the fascination continues to surround her. America's first female serial killer. Livinia Fisher was born in 1793 the bizarre part is that no one knows where she was born, her maiden name, her family, or any other information before the murders began. There are rumors that Lavinia was a slave and was not even a white woman. People around the town with say that she was darker complexion, but even that rumor has not been found to be completely true. What we do know is that she married John Fisher and the couple settled near Charleston, South Carolina and started in in where the killings would take place.
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the couples in what's called the six mile way fair house. They named it that because there was six miles outside of Charleston for those familiar with Charleston. It was located at or near the old Charleston Naval Hospital. Lavinia would pay attention to male guests who seem to have a good amount of wealth. She would invite these men to have tea with her. It was easy because she was a beautiful woman who captivated men. These men did not know that the t was spiked with oleander. Oleander is a flower shrub that is poisonous to humans. A single leaf can kill a child. If you use enough of them, then you can kill a man, which is what Levenia did in Sri Lanka. It is a favorite for suicide attempts. Oleander poisonings exceed 150 per 100,000 people each year and 10% of those are fatal and were incapacitated but didn't die from the poison. They were sent to bed. The bed had been modified by the fishers so that it would fall through the floor in the victim would land in a spiked room. If they didn't die, John would come in and finish them off with an ax. Men kept disappearing and this alarm, the community, a group of locals when to the fishers to stop whatever they might be doing. They left the fissures in, they're in and the rest went back to Charleston. While when man David Ross remain to watch them.
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David Ross was attacked by two men while the Vinnie official was present. We would later find out that these two men were co conspirators. Ross was able to get away and alert the police while Ross was doing that. A man named John Peeples stopped at the six mile house. Livinia greeted him and invited him to Ti. When John tasted the t, he didn't like it, so when live in any I wasn't looking. He poured it out. When he got into his room, he felt uncomfortable, so he slept in a chair instead of the bed. He was awakened by the bed disappearing beneath the floor. It frightened him so much that he jumped out the window, got on his horse and left to tell the police in Charleston,
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Livinia Fisher and John Fisher were arrested. After searching the six mile way fair house, the police found hidden passages, but that's not all. The also found items from dozens of travelers who were reported missing. The fishers pled not guilty, but they were found guilty. They were sentenced to hang while in the jail. Together they plotted their escape. When they felt ready, they put it into action and they made a rope from jail linens to escape out the window. However, when John went down, the rope snapped, leaving Livinia behind. He didn't want to leave his wife, so he went back to jail. The day of the execution came. Levenia wore her wedding dress and refuse to walk to the gallows, so she had to be carried while she screened her last words were yelling at the crowd, quote, if you have a message you want to send to hell, give it to me. I'll carry it on quote, and then Lavigna jumped and hung herself before the execution or could. No one knows where the fishers were buried. It is likely that it was at a cemetery next to the jail. We're criminals. We're usually laid to rest.
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In 1922 there was a newspaper article that said that her skeleton went on display at the Charleston Museum, but Levenia story began as a mystery and that is how it ended. Her ghost has also been cited. Many say that she's still hunts the old jail and she is a popular attraction and ghost tours around Charleston. Well, what did you think live in IA? Fisher was a real piece of work. I can't believe that she hung herself to not give the and the other people there the satisfaction of thinking that they got her. I wish we could know more about her past before she met John. I wonder if she was already killing men or were her first victims. Really the ones that they killed when they own the end. I have a suspicion though that they weren't
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