She was born in 1839 in Leiden, Netherlands to Clemens Swanenburg and Johanna Dingjan. She died April 11, 1915. After two of her daughters died at a young age she married a man named Johannes van der Linden on 13 May 1868. They had five sons and two daughters. She was known to take care of children and ill people in the neighborhood she lived in so she was given the nickname of Goeie Mie which is Dutch for Good Mie. The marriage was dissolved on January 29, 1886.
Whoa that's just crazy. That couldn't have happened much at the time. Odd how the last two numbers in the years are reversed with the marriage starting in 68 and ending in 86.
This woman was quite busy. Between 1880 and 1883 with her poison of choice arsenic she killed 27 people and tried to kill another 50.
Holy fuck. I have to wonder about her husband during this time and the kids. It's not like I'm automatically jumping to the conclusion that the relatives always know when they have evil spouses or brothers etc. Back in those days I'm guessing there wasn't a lot to keep a gal occupied since it's not like she could watch YouTube videos all day and I'm guessing the access to books wasn't very good either.
45 of the victims had chronic health problems. Ninety deaths were included in the investigation which took a year and a half. The motive was money. Yep she'd take out an insurance policy only to oops have the person die while she sat back and collected her money. Her first victim was her mother in 1880. Not long after killing her mother she took out her dad too. In 1883 she even tried to take out her five year old neighbor. Damn that's just cold. She also put arsenic in the food of the Frankhuis family.
No shit not to mention the whole trauma of nearly dying at this woman's hand. They did ingest poison which isn't a good thing.
In December of 1883 she was caught trying to poison the Groothuizen family. Talk about balls trying to take out an entire family in one fell swoop. Her trial began on April 23, 1885. She was found guilty and sentenced to a correctional facility where she died. This woman seems like the ideal candidate for the death penalty.
Obviously because she was a woman the judge had two doctors examine Maria's mental state. Although she was considered harsh the woman was totally in her right mind. She was found guilty of poisoning, three times committed. Her defender clearly wasn't too smart since he doubted the accusation and thought she was a psychic anomaly.
It makes me wonder how many other victims were out there. Was her mother really her first victim? I don't think you just wake up one day when you're an adult and married with kids and say to yourself I'm going to take out mom and collect the insurance money? Poison is a good way to kill people since it is very likely there are victims the police never found out about. Talk about evil just taking out random insurance policies so you can collect on them. It is just strange that you could just take out policy. I guess they didn't care as long as you paid the premium.