Female Killers Podcast

Angel of Mercy: Jane Toppan

March 14, 2019 Season 1 Episode 2
Female Killers Podcast
Angel of Mercy: Jane Toppan
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Female Killers Podcast
Angel of Mercy: Jane Toppan
Mar 14, 2019 Season 1 Episode 2
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Jane Toppan was an Angel of Death who killed over 31 people, but it is thought it was more to the hundreds.
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Jane Toppan was an Angel of Death who killed over 31 people, but it is thought it was more to the hundreds.  She created her own concoction of morphine and atropine, and that became her poison of choice.  This was a female serial killer like no other. She would get sexually gratification from seeing people dying. She was labelled "Angel of Mercy" by the newspaper.  She is one nurse you never want to meet.



Speaker 1:
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[inaudible] 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 for just pure evil. Yeah.
Speaker 2:
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Angel of death is the label given to caregivers who play God and decide whether the people under their care should live or die. Being that they are taking care of the sick, their crimes usually go unnoticed. For a long time in the 19 hundreds one of those angel of dats and also a serial killer was Jane talking. She murdered without a conscience. Even though she knew that it was wrong to kill people, she continued to do so with no sympathy. She would go on to murder 31 people, but there are speculations that it could be to the hundreds she was quoted with saying, that is my ambition to have killed more people, more helpless people than any man or woman who has ever lived.
Speaker 2:
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The 1956 movie bad seed was based off Jane token the movie. It's about a little girl who has a darkness inside her. She manipulates people, lies and has no empathy or regard for another living creatures life. It comes to light when another girl is murdered. I won't spoil the movie for you, but I recommend it back to Tobin who was born on Nora Kelly to Irish immigrants when she was little. Her mother died of tuberculosis. Her father took Tobin in one of her sisters to the Boston female asylum, an orphanage for female children. After he dropped them off, he never saw them again, which is good because documents from the asylum note that the two girls were quote, rescued from a very miserable home unquote her father who people knew as Kelly. The crack when insane from records in older sister also went insane and spent her life in a mental institution.
Speaker 2:
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So as you see mental health issues ran in the family after her father's death. The Norris Kelly was placed at the age of five if a family and lowel, Massachusetts. This is when her name was changed to Jane token, even though she was Irish, the Lady of the House and Tobin hated them, so she lied and said gene was Italian. Jane would also tell her classmates outlandish lies about her family, such as her family was sailing around the world. It didn't raise any eyebrows at the time because who wouldn't lie about having an insane father and sister at the age of 18 and died and her daughter Elizabeth took charge of the house. Jane stayed on as a servant
Speaker 2:
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at the age of 19 token became engaged. However, she was jilted by her fiance. This is when she became even more withdrawn and aggressive. It seems this Wester trigger because until that point, James seem like a normal person. Jane eventually seem to have recovered and went on to study nursing. She got the nickname of Jolly Jane because she was always a beat with a smile on her face. She was well liked, but her supervisors were concerned with her obsession with autopsies. Even though no one knows for sure if Jane killed any people during her time as a student, token insists she killed at least a dozen. She started treating these people like Guinea pigs to perfect the perfect drug. Jane decided to use morphine and attra pain after these tests. After her studies from complete, she was offered a position and Massachusetts General Hospital in 1889 but was fired when they found out that she was tampering with medical records. Also, she never was able to practice as a hospital staff member. Again, they didn't consider it due to malice, but it competence, which was a grave mistake.
Speaker 3:
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Speaker 2:
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one of the most successful private nurses in the Boston area. In 1895 elderly couple called Israel and levy denim became fortunate landlords of Jane token. She considered Israel feeble and Fussy. She poisoned him. Everyone thought he had died of a heart attack. Jane patiently waited two years to kill his wife. Levy. In 1899 her foster sister Elizabeth asked Jay to come visit because she was suffering from depression. It didn't take long for Jane to start poisoning Elizabeth and eventually killing her. Jane is said to have told the police after she was taught quote, I held her in my arms and watch with delight as she gassed her life out.
Speaker 2:
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After killing Elizabeth, she tried to get Elizabeth widower or AML being, um, to marry her. She decided to kill his 77 year old housekeeper. Even after offering her services, asked the replacement housekeeper and probably even more than that or rejected her, her idea was to poison him, get him sick and nursing back to health. That didn't work either. He kicked her out of his house in lane. She tried committing suicide using her concoction of morphine in [inaudible], but she survived to kill even more people. It wasn't until 1901 and when her murder, his activities were discovered after she killed the entire Steve, his family in Catamount, Massachusetts. This is when the police arrested Jane Toban, Aka Jolly Jane, Aka a angel of mercy. During the trial. A year later, Jane confess that the killing of innocent people arouse her sexually. One time she crawled into bed with a female victim and sexually assaulted her until the victim died. This is what makes seem to open a different type of female serial killer. Females usually don't get sexual gratification from their murders. She said, if I had been a married woman, I probably would not have killed all those people. I would have had my husband, my children in my home to take up my mind. However, I don't think it matters if she was married or not. Jane was a bad seed from the start.
Speaker 2:
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After killing over 31 people, probably more like hundreds. Token was found not guilty by reason of insanity. She spent the rest of her life in a mental institution until she died in 1938 she was used to taunting the mental hospital staff and saying, get some more feed dairy and we will go out in the ward. You and I will have a lot of fun seeing them dying. So that's the life of Jane Toppen. What did everyone think? I will have to say that she's probably one of the scariest serial killers that I have read up on or seen documentaries on, and all I know is I hope never to encounter a Jane topen if I ever have to go to the hospital.
Speaker 1:
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