Leonarda Cianciulli Biography
(Italian Serial Killer)
Birthday: April 18, 1894 (Aries)
Born In: Montella, Italy
Leonarda Cianciulli was an Italian serial killer and cannibal infamous for turning her victims’ bodies into soaps and teacakes. She killed three women in Correggio between 1939 and 1940. A native of Montella, Cianciulli attempted suicide twice at a young age. In 1917, she married a man her parents disapproved of and moved to Lauria with him. For the rest of her life, she believeD that her mother had cursed their union. In Lauria, in 1927, she was arrested and sentenced to jail for fraud. After she was released, the couple relocated to Lacedonia, where their home was later destroyed by an earthquake. They eventually settled in Correggio where she set up a thriving soap shop. Cianciulli underwent 17 pregnancies during her marriage, three of which ended in miscarriages. She lost ten more children before they became adults. As a result, she was extremely protective of her four remaining children. Since her youth, she had been interested in palm reading and fortune telling and it only increased after she became a mother. When the World War II broke out and her oldest son was to join the Italian Army, she thought that she could protect him by performing human sacrifices. Her three victims were Faustina Setti, Francesca Soavi, and Virginia Cacioppo. She made soaps and teacakes out of her victims’ bodies and then distributed them among the neighbours. Cianciulli was eventually arrested and tried in 1946. Found guilty of murdering the women, she was sentenced to thirty years in prison and three years in a criminal asylum.