Bertha Gifford (born Bertha Alice Williams) an American serial killer Found not guilty by reason on insanity of three arsenic poisonings by insanity and suspected of 14 other killings, mostly children, in rural Catawissa, Missouri during the early 1900s. Gifford nursed her sick neighbors, and a total of 17 people died in her care. Gifford is one of America's earliest female serial killer behind Lydia Sherman and Jane Toppan.On November 21st 1928, following the three-day trial, Bertha Gifford was found not guilty by reason of insanity and committed to a psychiatric hospital.
Serial Killer Bertha Gifford (aka) Bertha Alice Graham, was active for 20 years between 1909-1928, known to have ( 3 confirmed / 17 possible ) victims. This Serial Killer was active in the following countries: United States
Bertha Gifford was born in Morse Mill, unincorporated community in Missouri. She was raised by both parents. Gifford had nine bothers or sisters and two half-siblings. Her father, William Poindexter Williams. Her mother, Matilda Lee.
Gifford married Henry Graham, widowed, married Eugene Gifford. She had two children, one son and one daughter, Lila and James.
In 1909 Bertha Gifford started her killing spree, during her crimes as a serial killer she was known to murder her victims. She was known to kill at both her home and the home of the victim. At the time of her crimes she was living with her husband and children as a farmwife in rural Catawissa, Missouri, where Gifford was known to work as a serial killer.
She was arrested on August 25th 1928, convicted on November 21st 1928, sentenced to preventively detained, not guilty by reason of insanity at Missouri State Hospital #4 in Farmington, Missouri, US.
Bertha Gifford died on August 20th 1951
Bertha Gifford has been listed on Killer.Cloud since November of 2016 and was last updated 4 years ago.
|Nickname:||Bertha Alice Graham|
|Victims:||3 - 17|
|Years Active:||1909 - 1928|
|Active Countries:||United States|
|Life Span:||- 1951|
|Marital Status:||married Henry Graham, widowed, married Eugene Gifford|
|Children:||two children, one son and one daughter, Lila and James|
|Living With:||her husband and children as a farmwife in rural Catawissa, Missouri|
|Birth Location:||Morse Mill, unincorporated community in Missouri|
|Siblings:||nine bothers or sisters and two half-siblings|
|Raised By:||both parents|
|Father:||William Poindexter Williams|
|Arrested:||Aug 25, 1928|
|Convicted:||Nov 21, 1928|
|Sentence:||preventively detained, not guilty by reason of insanity|
|Prison Location:||Missouri State Hospital #4 in Farmington, Missouri, US|
|Death Date:||Aug 20, 1951|
|Cause of Death:||N/A|
|Killed In Prison:||FALSE|
The 5 dates listed below represent a timeline of the life and crimes of serial killer Bertha Gifford. A complete collection of serial killer events can be found on our Serial Killer Timeline.
|1909||Bertha Gifford started her serial killing spree. #1909|
|1928||Bertha Gifford ended her serial killing spree. #1928|
|Aug 25 1928||Bertha Gifford arrested. #19280825|
|Nov 21 1928||Bertha Gifford was convictedand sentenced to preventively detained, not guilty by reason of insanity at Missouri State Hospital #4 in Farmington, Missouri, US. #19281121|
|Aug 20 1951||Bertha Gifforddied. #19510820|
The following serial killers were active during the same time span as Bertha Gifford (1909-1928).
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|kill at killers home||TRUE||320|
|kill at victims home||TRUE||323|
|killed in prison||FALSE||218|
|sex with body||FALSE||430|
|ate part of body||FALSE||451|
|totem body part||FALSE||365|
|totem personal item||FALSE||354|
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|0979040191||Chasing Shadows||Larry Wilson||Bertha Gifford||1|
|1625840527||Haunted Graveyards of the...||David E. Harkins||Bertha Gifford||1|
|1530983487||The Tainted Legacy of Ber...||S. Kay Murphy||Bertha Gifford||1|
|162585739x||Wicked Women of Missouri||Larry Wood||Bertha Gifford||1|
Bertha Alice Williams Graham Gifford (October 1871 – August 20, 1951) was a farmwife in rural Catawissa, Missouri during the early 1900s who was accused of murdering three members of the local community and suspected in 15 additional deaths. Some consider her to be America's third female serial killer, behind Lydia Sherman and Jane Toppan.
Bertha Gifford is included in the following pages on Killer.Cloud the Serial Killer Database