|It’s doubtful this commonly-used |
portrait actually depicts Lavinia Fisher
Here’s the legend:
Lavinia and husband John operated a lodge, Six Mile House, outside of Charleston, South Carolina. The Fishers preyed on male customers travelling by themselves. Furtively, Lavinia would poison guests’ supper or tea using laudanum; later, when the man nodded-off, John would butcher them with his axe. Ultimately, one fortunate would-be victim named John Peoples got away; he alerted law enforcement. Searching the Fisher’s roadhouse, police unearthed many decaying corpses. Subsequently, Lavinia and John were arrested, tried for robbery and murder, and condemned to hang.
In reality, Lavinia and John weren't serial killers, but highwaymen. The Fishers belonged to a gang who targeted wagons journeying to and from Charleston.
|A February 19, 1820 article recounting the Fisher’s execution the previous day|
The Legend of Lavinia Fisher
Lavinia Fisher (Wikipedia entry)
Lavinia Fisher – America’s First Female Serial Killer (a superb adaptation of the legend)