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.
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.
Martha Rendell has been listed on Killer.Cloud since November of 2016 and was last updated 5 months ago.
|Nickname:||The Rendell child murders|
|Victims:||3 - 3|
|Years Active:||1907 - 1908|
|Ages Active:||35/36 - 36/37|
|Life Span:||1871 - 1909|
|Astrological Sign:|| ♌ Leo |
Jul 23 - Aug 23
|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|
|D.O.B.:||Aug 10, 1871|
|Raised By:||both parents until (Age 11/12), her mother and step-father until adulthood|
|Mother:||an unnamed woman who remarried after Martha's father died|
|Father:||an unnamed man who died when Martha was (Age 11/12)|
|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)|
|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|
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.
|Aug 10 1871||birth of Martha Rendell #18710810|
|Aug 10 1891|
|Aug 10 1901|
|Martha Rendell started her serial killing spree. #1907|
|Martha Rendell ended her serial killing spree. #1908|
|Jul 03 1909|
|Martha Rendell arrested. #19090703|
|Sep 16 1909|
|Martha Rendell was convicted and sentenced to death by hanging at the Fremantle Prison, former prison in Fremantle, Western Australia. #19090916|
|Oct 06 1909|
|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|
The following serial killers were active during the same time span as Martha Rendell (1907-1908).
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|living with children||TRUE||267|
|kill at killers home||TRUE||315|
|kill at victims home||TRUE||318|
|killed in prison||FALSE||210|
|sex with body||FALSE||426|
|ate part of body||FALSE||445|
|totem body part||FALSE||361|
|totem personal item||FALSE||350|
|ISBN10||Book Title||Author||Killers Mentioned||Killers|
|0307557294||The Lake of Darkness||Ruth Rendell||Martha Rendell||1|
|1579128653||Busted||Thomas J. Craughwell|| 4 Total Including |
|1603762698||Busted||Thomas J. Craughwell|| 6 Total Including |
|1921401222||The Unforgiving Rope||Simon Adams||Martha Rendell||1|
|1921401451||Murdering Stepmothers||Anna Haebich||Martha Rendell||1|
|0702232025||Story/telling||Bronwen Ann Levy||Martha Rendell||1|
|143310279x||Prison||Jacqueline Z. Wilson||Martha Rendell||1|
|1781857695||The Detective's Secret||Lesley Thomson||Martha Rendell||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.
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