Jane Toppan Biography
(American Serial Killer)
Birthday: March 31, 1854 (Aries)
Born In: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Jane Toppan was an infamous American serial killer, best known by her nickname Jolly Jane. Following her arrest in 1901, she confessed to have murdered 31 people and took the nation by storm saying that she wanted to kill more people than anybody ever had. Born and brought up in Boston, Massachusetts, she was a victim of a troublesome childhood. Her father was an infamous alcoholic who was called a mad-man due to several rumours that established him as a sadist. At the age of 9, she along with her younger daughter started living in a female asylum. While many records state that the father himself got his daughters there, some accounts say that they were ‘rescued’ from their house. At the age of 11, she started working as a servant in a rich Boston household and adopted their last name Toppan. Towards the late 1800s, she started her training as a nurse and overdosed several of her most vulnerable patients for the purpose of experimenting on them. In 1885, she poisoned the family of her landlords and by the time she was arrested, she had committed 31 murders, using poison as her weapon. She was declared insane and was incarcerated for life in the Taunton Insane Hospital, where she died in October 1938, aged 84.