Daisy de Melker (born Daisy Louisa Hancorn-Smith) an South African serial killer and poisoner who poisoned two husbands with strychnine for their life insurance while living in Germiston. Melker also poisoned her only son with arsenic. On 15 April 1932, the police obtained a court order permitting them to exhume the bodies of Rhodes Cowle, Robert Sproat and William Cowle. A week later, the police arrested Melker and charged her with the murder of all three men. Melker was executed by hanging on December 30th 1932 at Pretoria Central Prison, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa.
Daisy de Melker was born on June 1st 1886 in Seven Fountains, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa. She was born 6th of 11 children and raised by both parents until (Age 12), father until (Age 17). She was raised as a middle child and had four brothers and six sisters.
Daisy de Melker a heterosexual female citizen of South Africa. She married twice killed both. She had five children, four of whom died in infancy.
In 1923 (Age 36/37) Daisy de Melker 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 multiple husbands, where she was known to work as a criminal, serial killer.
She was arrested on March 3rd 1932 (Age 45), sentenced to death by hanging at Pretoria Central Prison, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa. She was convicted on charges of murder and other possible charges during her lifetime. Daisy de Melker was executed on December 30th 1932 (Age 46).
Daisy de Melker died on December 30th 1932 (Age 46), cause of death: capital punishment, executed by hanging at Pretoria Central Prison, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa.
Daisy de Melker has been listed on Killer.Cloud since November of 2016 and was last updated 1 year ago.
|Name:||Daisy de Melker|
|Victims:||3 - 3|
|Years Active:||1923 - 1932|
|Ages Active:||36/37 - 45/46|
|Active Countries:||South Africa|
|Life Span:||1886 - 1932|
|Astrological Sign:|| ♊ Gemini |
May 21 - Jun 21
|Marital Status:||married twice killed both|
|Children:||five children, four of whom died in infancy|
|Living With:||multiple husbands|
|Occupation:||criminal, serial killer|
|D.O.B.:||Jun 1, 1886|
|Birth Location:||Seven Fountains, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa|
|Birth Order:||6th of 11|
|Siblings:||four brothers and six sisters|
|Raised By:||both parents until (Age 12), father until (Age 17)|
|Birth Category:||middle child|
|Arrested:||Mar 3, 1932 (Age 45)|
|Sentence:||death by hanging|
|Prison Location:||Pretoria Central Prison, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa|
|Executed:||Dec 30, 1932 (Age 46)|
|Death Date:||Dec 30, 1932 (Age 46)|
|Manner of Death:||capital punishment|
|Cause of Death:||executed by hanging|
|Death Location:||Pretoria Central Prison, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa|
|Killed In Prison:||FALSE|
The 8 dates listed below represent a timeline of the life and crimes of serial killer Daisy de Melker. A complete collection of serial killer events can be found on our Serial Killer Timeline.
|Jun 01 1886||Daisy de Melker was born in Seven Fountains, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa. #18860601|
|Jun 01 1906|
|Jun 01 1916|
|Daisy de Melker started her serial killing spree. #1923|
|Jun 01 1926|
|Daisy de Melker ended her serial killing spree. #1932|
|Mar 03 1932|
|Daisy de Melker arrested. #19320303|
|Dec 30 1932|
|Daisy de Melker was executed. cause of death: capital punishment, executed by hanging at Pretoria Central Prison, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa. #19321230|
The following serial killers were active during the same time span as Daisy de Melker (1923-1932).
| 39 / 40 |
|living with children||TRUE||267|
|kill at killers home||TRUE||315|
|kill at victims home||TRUE||318|
|killed in prison||FALSE||210|
|father drug abuse||FALSE||190|
|mother drug abuse||FALSE||192|
|problems in school||FALSE||218|
|teased in school||FALSE||215|
|sex with body||FALSE||427|
|ate part of body||FALSE||446|
|totem body part||FALSE||361|
|totem personal item||FALSE||350|
|ISBN10||Book Title||Author||Killers Mentioned||Killers|
|0440234735||Murder Most Rare||Michael D. Kelleher|| 3 Total Including |
Janie Lou Gibbs
|0799355720||Eendagmooi||Kristel Loots||Daisy de Melker||1|
|0143526898||Fatal Females||Micki Pistorius||Daisy de Melker||1|
|1472118049||The Mammoth Book of More...||Robin Odell|| 6 Total Including |
|0798143541||My Life and Opinions||Herman Charles Bosma...||Daisy de Melker||1|
|1608058425||Serial Killers Around the...||Dirk C. Gibson|| 3 Total Including |
Daisy Louisa C. De Melker (née Hancorn-Smith; 1 June 1886 – 30 December 1932) simply known as Daisy de Melker, was a trained nurse who poisoned two husbands with strychnine for their life insurance while living in Germiston in the central Transvaal (now Gauteng), and then poisoned her only son with arsenic for reasons which are still unclear.
Daisy de Melker is included in the following pages on Killer.Cloud the Serial Killer Database