Sorenson, from Nebraska, was to go on to kill 7 others. On this day she killed
her first: she poisoned her sister-in-law's infant daughter, Viola Cooper. Over
the next seven years other people known to Sorenson died mysteriously, but nobody
made the link to her until 1925...
killed her mother-in-law, her own daughter and husband. She married again after
just 4 months. Her former sister-in-law came to visit and her child was poisoned
- she came back again later in the year completely unawares with another child
but the second time the poison didn't work.
alarm bells started to ring with the authorities after a suspected poisoning attempt
on her second husband left him sick, but not dead.
was finally arrested in 1925 after an attempt to poison some children in the neighborhood,
with spiked cookies, failed. She made a confession and said:
like to attend funerals. I'm happy when someone is dying."
was sent to the state mental asylum.