|The British Medical Journal, |
Vol. 1, No. 1577 (Mar. 21, 1891), p. 656
|Baby farmer Margaret Waters’ story appeared on the front-page of |
London’s Illustrated Police News, October 15, 1870
Tragically, a high percentage of infants relinquished to baby farmers perished. Receiving a trivial stipend compared to child-rearing expenses, many foster mothers, despite benevolent intentions, could only administer rudimentary care. Conversely, there were also caregivers who deliberately neglected, or just murdered the babies under their guardianship. In fact, taking newborns to a baby farm was asserted by some to be indirect murder by the child’s parent(s). Those most vulnerable were children whose mothers paid a lump-sum; after the payment was received, baby farmers had no incentive to keep them alive.
|Bar-maid Evelina Marmon believed Amelia |
would “re-home” her daughter, Doris. Doris’s
was one of seven bodies recovered from the Thames.
|Amelia’s last victim was Helena Fry|
Though seven were recovered, the exact number of children Amelia murdered can never be determined; nevertheless, it’s conjectured she killed 200-400 total. This could make her Britain’s prolific serial murderer, male or female.
To read more about Amelia or her murderous cohorts, visit:
“The baby butcher: One of Victorian Britain's most evil murderers exposed”
“Baby Farming” – a tragedy of Victorian times.
Life on the Baby Farm
The Ramifications of the Reading Horrors