Martha Rendell

The Rendell child murders

  Active for 2 years
(1907-1908) in Australia

3

CONFIRMED
VICTIMS

3

POSSIBLE
VICTIMS
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  2. Serial Killer Profile
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  4. General Information
  5. Characteristics
  6. Childhood
  7. Cognitive Ability
  8. Incarceration
  9. Death
  10. 8 Timeline Events
  11. Serial Killers Active During Spree
  12. Boolean Statistical Questions
  13. 8 Books About Martha Rendell
  14. 8 External References
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Martha Rendell an Australian serial killer known as the The Rendell child murders. Rendell killed three stepchildren between 1907 and 1908. Rendell would kill by swabbing the mouths and throats of the children with hydrochloric acid. One surviving child ran away claiming that his step-mother had killed his siblings and was trying to poison him. The three children's bodies were exhumed and diluted hydrochloric acid was found on the throat tissue. Rendell was arrested and sentenced to death by hanging. In 1909, Rendell was executed by hanging at Fremantle Prison in Fremantle, Western Australia. Martha Rendell was the last woman to be hanged in Western Australia.

Martha Rendell Serial Killer Profile

Serial Killer Martha Rendell (aka) The Rendell child murders, was active for 2 years between 1907-1908, known to have ( 3 confirmed / 3 possible ) victims. This Serial Killer was active in the following countries: Australia

Martha Rendell was born on August 10th 1871 She was raised by both parents until (Age 11/12), her mother and step-father until adulthood. Her father, an unnamed man who died when Martha was (Age 11/12). Her mother, an unnamed woman who remarried after Martha's father died.

She never married, was living with Thomas Nicholls Morris. She had no biological children, four step-children.

In 1907 (Age 35/36) Martha Rendell 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 boyfriend Thomas Nicholls Morris and his four children.

She was arrested on July 3rd 1909 (Age 37), convicted on September 16th 1909 (Age 38), sentenced to death by hanging at the Fremantle Prison, former prison in Fremantle, Western Australia. She was convicted on charges of murder and other possible charges during her lifetime. Martha Rendell was executed on October 6th 1909 (Age 38).

Martha Rendell died on October 6th 1909 (Age 38), cause of death: capital punishment, executed by hanging at the Fremantle Prison, former prison in Fremantle, Western Australia. She is buried at Fremantle, port city in Western Australia.

Profile Completeness: 82%
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Martha Rendell has been listed on Killer.Cloud since November of 2016 and was last updated 5 months ago.

Martha Rendell a known:

Martha Rendell
Serial Killer Profile:

Updated: 2019-05-31 Collected by Killer.Cloud
General Information
Name: Martha Rendell
Nickname: The Rendell child murders
Victims: 3 - 3
Years Active: 1907 - 1908
Ages Active: 35/36 - 36/37
Active Countries: Australia
Convicted Of: murder
Life Span: 1871 - 1909
Characteristics
Gender: Female
Sexual Preference: heterosexual
Astrological Sign: Leo
Jul 23 - Aug 23
Birth Month: August
Marital Status: never married, was living with Thomas Nicholls Morris
Children: no biological children, four step-children
Living With: her boyfriend Thomas Nicholls Morris and his four children
Childhood Information
D.O.B.: Aug 10, 1871
Given Name: Martha
Birth Location: N/A
Birth Order: N/A
Siblings: N/A
Raised By: both parents until (Age 11/12), her mother and step-father until adulthood
Birth Category: N/A
Mother: an unnamed woman who remarried after Martha's father died
Father: an unnamed man who died when Martha was (Age 11/12)

Cognitive Ability
IQ: N/A
Highest School: N/A
Highest Degree:

Incarceration
Arrested: Jul 3, 1909 (Age 37)
Convicted: Sep 16, 1909 (Age 38)
Sentence: death by hanging
Prison Location: the Fremantle Prison, former prison in Fremantle, Western Australia
Executed: Oct 6, 1909 (Age 38)
Previous Crimes: FALSE
Previous Jail: FALSE
Previous Prison: FALSE

Death Information
Death Date: Oct 6, 1909 (Age 38)
Manner of Death: capital punishment
Cause of Death: executed by hanging
Death Location: the Fremantle Prison, former prison in Fremantle, Western Australia
Burial Location: Fremantle, port city in Western Australia
Killed In Prison: FALSE
Suicide: FALSE
8 Timeline Events of Serial Killer
Martha Rendell

The 8 dates listed below represent a timeline of the life and crimes of serial killer Martha Rendell. A complete collection of serial killer events can be found on our Serial Killer Timeline.

Date Event Description
Aug 10 1871birth of Martha Rendell  #18710810
Aug 10 1891
(Age 20)
20th Birthday
Aug 10 1901
(Age 30)
30th Birthday
1907
(Age 35/36)
Martha Rendell started her serial killing spree. #1907
1908
(Age 36/37)
Martha Rendell ended her serial killing spree. #1908
Jul 03 1909
(Age 37)
Martha Rendell arrested. #19090703
Sep 16 1909
(Age 38)
Martha Rendell was convicted and sentenced to death by hanging at the Fremantle Prison, former prison in Fremantle, Western Australia.  #19090916
Oct 06 1909
(Age 38)
Martha Rendell was executed. cause of death: capital punishment, executed by hanging at the Fremantle Prison, former prison in Fremantle, Western Australia. She is buried at Fremantle, port city in Western Australia. #19091006
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Boolean Questions:
Killer
Question
Killer
Answer
Total
Answered
living with children TRUE 267
kill at killers home TRUE 315
kill at victims home TRUE 318
suicide FALSE 216
killed in prison FALSE 210
xyy FALSE 80
physically defect FALSE 298
speach defect FALSE 298
head injury FALSE 297
previous crimes FALSE 363
previous jail FALSE 347
previous prision FALSE 332
previous killed FALSE 207
used weapon FALSE 448
used gun FALSE 447
rape FALSE 447
torture FALSE 421
stalk FALSE 413
blindfold FALSE 359
bound FALSE 401
strangle FALSE 437
sex with body FALSE 426
mutilated FALSE 440
ate part of body FALSE 445
drank blood FALSE 436
posed body FALSE 360
totem body part FALSE 361
totem personal item FALSE 350
robbed FALSE 414


Books that Mention Martha Rendell

Book: The Lake of Darkness (mentions serial killer Martha Rendell)
Ruth Rendell
The Lake of Darkness
Book: Busted (mentions serial killer Martha Rendell)
Thomas J. Craughwell
Busted
Book: Busted (mentions serial killer Martha Rendell)
Thomas J. Craughwell
Busted
Book: The Unforgiving Rope (mentions serial killer Martha Rendell)
Simon Adams
The Unforgiving Rope
Book: Murdering Stepmothers (mentions serial killer Martha Rendell)
Anna Haebich
Murdering Stepmothers
Book: Story/telling (mentions serial killer Martha Rendell)
Bronwen Ann Levy
Story/telling
Book: Prison (mentions serial killer Martha Rendell)
Jacqueline Z. Wilson
Prison
Book: The Detective's Secret (mentions serial killer Martha Rendell)
Lesley Thomson
The Detective's Secret

8 Books that mention Serial Killer
Martha Rendell

ISBN10 Book Title Killers
0307557294 The Lake of Darkness 1
1579128653 Busted 4
1603762698 Busted 6
1921401222 The Unforgiving Rope 1
1921401451 Murdering Stepmothers 1
0702232025 Story/telling 1
143310279x Prison 1
1781857695 The Detective's Secret 1

Martha Rendell (10 August 1871 – 6 October 1909) was the last woman to be hanged in Western Australia. She was convicted of murdering her de facto husband's son, Arthur Morris, in 1908. She was also suspected of killing his two daughters, Annie and Olive, by swabbing their throats with hydrochloric acid.

Wikipedia
External References
  1. Q6774529 on www.wikidata.org, Retrieved on May 31, 2019.
  2. Martha Rendell on en.wikipedia.org, Retrieved on May 31, 2019.
  3. Juan Ignacio Blanco, Martha RENDELL on murderpedia.org, Retrieved on May 31, 2019.
  4. Peter Skehan, Martha Rendell Child Murders - 1909 on policewahistory.org.au, Retrieved on May 31, 2019.
  5. Sunday Times (Perth, WA : 1902 - 1954) Sun 19 Sep 1909 Page 1 on trove.nla.gov.au, Retrieved on May 31, 2019.
  6. The West Australian (Perth, WA : 1879 - 1954) Thu 30 Sep 1909 Page 7 on trove.nla.gov.au, Retrieved on May 31, 2019.
  7. The Daily News (Perth, WA : 1882 - 1950) Tue 5 Oct 1909 Page 4 on trove.nla.gov.au, Retrieved on May 31, 2019.
  8. Kalgoorlie Western Argus (WA : 1896 - 1916) Tue 12 Oct 1909 Page 32 on trove.nla.gov.au, Retrieved on May 31, 2019.
Internal References

Martha Rendell is included in the following pages on Killer.Cloud the Serial Killer Database

  1. #18 of 21 [ Page 2 ] of Serial Killers active in Australia
  2. #32 of 40 [ Page 3 ] of Serial Killers with birthdays in August
  3. #39 of 46 [ Page 3 ] of Leo Serial Killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  4. #57 of 75 [ Page 4 ] of Female Serial Killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  5. #204 of 649 [ Page 14 ] of serial killers sorted by Profile Completeness
  6. #437 of 649 [ Page 30 ] of serial killers sorted by Years Active
  7. #490 of 649 [ Page 33 ] of the A-Z List of Serial Killers
  8. #554 of 649 [ Page 37 ] of serial killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
Statistics:
Serial Killers Statistics, charts Martha Rendell is included in: Active Serial Killers by Country, Serial Killers By Gender, Age of Serial Killer by Date, Killers By Astrological Sign, Killers By Birth Month, Sexual Preference, Mannor of Death, Active Serial Killers by Year and Statistical Boolean Questions.
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