Amelia Dyer Biography
(English Serial Killer Who Killed Infants)
Born In: Bristol
Amelia Dyer is known as one of the most brutal and infamous serial killers in history. Over a period of 20 years during the Victorian era in England, she is said to have murdered about 300 infants, whom she had taken in to ‘take care of.’ She was a trained nursing professional and indulged in ‘baby farming,’ a popular practice in which she would take care of unwanted infants in exchange for money. While she did her job legitimately for the first few years, the death of her husband disturbed her mental balance. After children in her care started dying, she was convicted and sent to six months in prison. Once she it was released from prison, she started murdering more infants who were put under her care. She had also been admitted to several asylums during her lifetime. Her deeds could only be exposed in April 1896, when she was arrested. Accused of some heinous crimes, she was hanged to death by the English law. She has since been a source of inspiration for several movies, books, and plays.