26 February 1852 – Hélène Jegado

Hélène JegadoHired help from hell, Hélène Jegado was sent to the guillotine today in 1852 for being a prolific poisoner.

Head case

She was a French servant-cum-serial-killer who managed to bump off at least 23 people. And what was her preferred method of murder? Arsenic.

Despite wiping out her potential referees, Jegado managed to keep on getting jobs between 1833 and 1841. As a result, the murders just kept on coming.

But she finally went a step too far in 1851, when she murdered a lawyer. His family demanded an autopsy and the poison was revealed.

Hélène Jegado was sent to trial, found guilty and sentenced to death. She was about 49 and suffering from cancer when she was sent to the guillotine on this day in 1852.

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