Della <I>Sidel</I> Sorensen

Della Sidel Sorensen

Farwell, Howard County, Nebraska, USA
Death 24 Jun 1941 (aged 44)
Hastings, Adams County, Nebraska, USA
Burial Adams County, Nebraska, USA
Memorial ID 44871149 · View Source
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FULL TEXT: Omaha, Nebr., April 29. – "They bothered me, so I decided to kill them."

This is the only explanation Mrs. Emmanuel [Della] Sorenson has offered authorities regarding the eight murders she admits committing.

Mrs. Sorenson, a dull, commonplace woman, is 25 years old. Her home is a bleak, frame dwelling in Danneborg, Nebr. in this house she killed all of her victims, using poison.

The persons she murdered were all her relatives, through blood or marriage, and three were her own children.

It is Nebraska's most sensational murder case in many years. It closely parallels the case of Mrs. David Cunningham, who is being held in Chicago for the murder of her husband and five children.

Both used poison. The crimes of both were committed at intervals and escaped detection for a long time.

Mrs. Sorenson's first victim was little Viola Cooper, daughter of her first husband's sister. The baby died July 23, 1918.

Her first husband, John Weldman, was her next victim. He passed away of poison in 1920. John Weldman's mother. Mrs. Wilhelmina Weldman, died a short time later from the same cause.

Mrs. Sorenson's other victims, in the order of their deaths, were:

Minnie Weldman, 8, daughter. She died September 7, 1921.

Clifford Cooper, 4 months old, infant brother of Viola Cooper. August 20, 1932.

Ruth Brock, less than a year old, daughter of a relative. February 20. 1923.

Delores Sorenson, one year, daughter of her second marriage. February 19, 1924.

Another child, an unnamed infant, sometime in 1924.

["Woman Remorseless After Taking Eight Relatives' Lives by Poison," syndicated (Central Press), The Sioux City Journal (Io.), Apr. 28, 1925, p. 2]

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  • Created by: Roger
  • Added: 27 Nov 2009
  • Find a Grave Memorial 44871149
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Della Sidel Sorensen (16 Feb 1897–24 Jun 1941), Find a Grave Memorial no. 44871149, citing Ingleside Cemetery, Adams County, Nebraska, USA ; Maintained by Roger (contributor 47105780) .