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Bertha Alice Williams Gifford
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Birth: Oct., 1872
Death: Aug. 20, 1951
Farmington
St. Francois County
Missouri, USA

Daughter of William and Matilda Williams
Married Henry Graham (December 1894)in Hillsboro, Jefferson County, Missouri
After his death she married Eugene Gifford (1907) Hillsboro, Jefferson County, Missouri

Alleged to be one of the most beautiful women of Jefferson County with dark hair and a dark complexion.

Gene and Bertha moved to Catawissa, Franklin County, Missouri. Neighbors reported she was an extradordinary cook.

She was reported to be a friendly, caring woman and would don a white dress and carry her satchel to ailing neighbors. Reportedly, many of her patients died violently of what was called "gastritis."

She also was reported to have bought considerable amounts of arsenic for rat infestation in her barn.

Eventually an investigation on the numerous deaths of her patients caused her arrest and conviction for murder due to arsenic poisoning. She claimed to have used the arsenic to alleviate their suffering.

She was found to be criminally insane and was sent to State Hospital in Farmington, Missouri where it was said she was a cook.

 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  William Poindexter Williams (1841 - 1917)
  Matilda Caroline Lee Williams (1843 - 1923)
 
 Spouses:
  Henry A. Graham (1872 - 1906)
  Eugene Boyrie Gifford (1883 - 1957)
 
 Children:
  James Albert Gifford (1914 - 1985)*
 
 Siblings:
  William Poindexter Williams (1863 - 1943)*
  John F Williams (1864 - 1935)*
  Bertha Alice Williams Gifford (1872 - 1951)
  Jessie H. Williams (1883 - 1966)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Church of God Faith of Abraham Cemetery
Morse Mill
Jefferson County
Missouri, USA
 
Maintained by: Kay Murphy
Originally Created by: Missouri Duv
Record added: Apr 22, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 26196168
Bertha Alice <i>Williams</i> Gifford
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Bertha Alice <i>Williams</i> Gifford
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Bertha Alice <i>Williams</i> Gifford
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Remembering your victims. May God have mercy on your soul, Ma'am.
- Pinoy Pride
 Added: Oct. 30, 2014
Some consider her to be America's first female serial killer Bertha Alice Williams Graham Gifford.
-Anonymous
 Added: Nov. 2, 2013
In peace, and with thanks for the relatives I've connected with through you
- Anne
 Added: Sep. 20, 2013
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