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10. Caroline Grills

Australian Serial Killer, Aunty Thallie
Born Caroline Mickelson, ‘Auntie Thally’ (as she affectionately became known later on by fellow inmates at Sydney’s Long Bay prison) had a taste for poison tea and a distaste for family and friends. When her 87-year old step-mother, two relatives by marriage and a longtime family friend all died within suspiciously short spaces of time, the authorities came calling. What they found was that Grills has been filling the inside of her tea-pot — the one reserved for guests, of course — with more deadly thallium than Earl Grey. She was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1953, but died from a ruptured gastric ulcer shortly after in 1960.

FUN FACTS

A.K.A: "Aunt Thally" 

Classification: Serial killer

Characteristics: Poisoner

Number of victims: 4 +
Date of murders: 1947 - 1953

Date of arrest: May 11, 1953
Date of birth: 1890
Victims profile: Christine Mickelson, 87 (her stepmother) / Angelina Thomas, 84, and John Lundberg (relatives by marriage) / Mary Anne Mickelson, 60 (sister in law)

Method of murder: Poisoning (thallium)

Location: New South Wales, Australia
Status: Sentenced to death on October 15, 1953. Commuted to life imprisonment.
Died in prison on October 6, 1960

 

 

 


 
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