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 Bertha Alice <I>Williams</I> Gifford

Bertha Alice Williams Gifford

Death 20 Aug 1951 (aged 78)
Farmington, St. Francois County, Missouri, USA
Burial Morse Mill, Jefferson County, Missouri, USA
Memorial ID 26196168 · View Source
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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.

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  • Maintained by: Kay Murphy
  • Originally Created by: Missouri Duv
  • Added: 22 Apr 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 26196168
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Bertha Alice Williams Gifford (Oct 1872–20 Aug 1951), Find A Grave Memorial no. 26196168, citing Church of God Faith of Abraham Cemetery, Morse Mill, Jefferson County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Kay Murphy (contributor 47049817) .