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Lydia Sherman
American serial killer

Lydia Sherman

Lydia Sherman
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Quick Facts

Intro American serial killer
Was Murderer Serial killer Criminal
From United States of America
Field Crime
Gender female
Birth 24 December 1824, Burlington, Burlington County, New Jersey, USA
Death 16 May 1878 (aged 53 years)
Star sign Capricorn
The details (from wikipedia)


Lydia Sherman (December 24, 1824 – May 16, 1878), née Danbury, also known as The Derby Poisoner, was an American serial killer. She poisoned eight children in her care (6 of which were her own) and her three husbands and was convicted of second-degree murder in 1872. Five years into her sentence, she escaped under the pretext of being sick and got a job as housekeeper to a rich widower in Providence. She was caught and imprisoned again before dying in Wethersfield State Prison on May 16, 1878 from cancer.

Life and crimes

Lydia Danbury was orphaned as a child and raised by her uncle, the farmer John Claygay. At age 16, she worked as a tailor and met her first husband, Edward Struck, at age 17 through the Methodist church. They moved to New York City. After her husband became depressed after losing work, Lydia Struck poisoned him with arsenic in 1864. Six weeks later, she poisoned three of her young children in the same manner, and two more children in 1865. Their death certificates listed "typhiod fever" as the cause of death.

Meanwhile, Lydia Struck worked as a nurse and married her second husband, the widower Dennis Hurlburt, in 1868. After noticing her husband's declining health, she poisoned him with arsenic. She married Horatio Sherman in 1870 and killed him in May 1871.

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