Born in a small fishing village in 1875, Jeanne Weber left her home for Paris when she was just 14-years-old. By 1905, she was married and had three children. She and her husband were both heavy drinkers, living in a dodgy tenement with their children. Only one out of these three children made it to adolescence: two perished.
Shortly after the death of her two children, Jeanne was babysitting for her sister-in-law. Whilst looking after the children, 1-year-old Georgette was said to suddenly fall ill and pass away. The doctor failed to notice the small bruises on the toddlers neck. Jeanne came back to babysit again just days later. This time, 2-year-old Suzanne suffered the same fate. The doctor ruled her death as “convulsions.” The next to fall victim to this unrelenting killer was the daughter of her brother, 7-year-old Germaine. Days later, Jeanne’s own son, Marcel, also passed away under similar circumstances. In each instance, red marks were on their necks were ignored.
Several weeks later, Jeanne invited two of her sisters-in-law to dinner at her home. She told them she would babysit her nephew, 10-year-old Maurice, while they went out shopping. When the two women returned back early, they were aghast to discover Maurice gasping for air on the bed with bruises riddled over his throat. Jeanne was standing above him with a crazed look on her face. Finally, the jig was up…. or was it? Jeanne was charged with eight murders, including three of her own children, and was put on trial. However, the jury believed she was just a grieving mother and acquitted her on all charges.
With her blood lust clearly unsatisfied, Jeanne strangled 9-year-old Auguste Bavouzet whilst babysitting him in her new hometown of Villedieu. When the doctor discovered that Jeanne had been babysitting him, he contacted authorities to say he believed that he had been murdered by her. Once again, she was acquitted of all charges. Following this murder, Jeanna disappeared into obscurity but not for long… She got a job at a children’s home in Orgeville. Her employers knew of her past but believed her to be innocent. She hadn’t even been working there for a week when she was caught red-handed, attempting to strangle a child.
Her employers kept this under wraps and quickly fired her. Instead of being arrested once again, she fled back to Paris. Over the forthcoming months, Jeanne fell into sex work and found a new husband. However, after settling in at an inn in Commercy, Jeanne’s husband found her attempting to strangle his own 10-year-old son. She was placed on trial for the third time and this time, she was declared insane and sent to an insane asylum where she manually strangled herself to death in 1918.