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Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Fanny Creighton was an American serial murderess. She was wiley in her methods as arsenic poisoning was overshadowed at the time by misdiagnosis and little was known of the after effects that could tell the story postmortem.
Fanny was known as a pretty young matron from Newark area New Jersey. Her full name was Mary Frances Creighton. She is said to have luminous dark eyes devoid of feeling.  Somehow I think that is quite exaggerated because when I look  at her photo I see a young Edith bunker.
As a loving sister would do, Fanny and her husband offered a hand up to Fanny's brother who was in need of place to stay and get on his feet. Charles Avery had just unintentionally intruded upon fanny's plan to have it all. Having lost her mother to "food poisoning" and her father to a heart ailment recently, Fanny was none too thrilled to have Charlie move back into his parents home.
It seemed soon that there was a sudden infestation of rats soon after Charles arrived and down to the local grocery Fanny went to get her a box of "Rough on Rats"  It turned soon to be rough on Charlie boy as he slowly deteriorated as his mother had and died of gastrointestinal distress.
The black-eyed fanny along with her husband were brought up on charges. Yet for the time it wad an impossible task to get a guilty verdict for a young woman., Fanny was freed by the male jury and off ointo the desiccate sunset she rode to face another day.

The tale fast forwards to mid 1930's where John and Mary Frances run a boarding home. The Depression was still strong and the extra cash helped. Everett and Ada Applegate rented the spare rooms and the cohabitation seemed to ease the load of everyday life for the two families.
Everett was known to enjoy his strong drink and womanize. Ada chose to not address this and looked a blind eye when Everett took a liking to Ruth, the 15 yo daughter of the Creighton's.  Fanny took note and did the opposite of what most mothers would do... she encouraged the tryst. There was one problem.. the problem of Ada. Poor Ada saw her own early demise to the Rough on Rats scheme and Everett was free to join his small fortune to that of the Creighton family.

Time did not smile a second time on Fanny. Her free passes were all used up . The law came and Fanny was brought before the court to answer for her crimes. There was no opportunity to bat her dark eyes at the jury this time round as the star witness was M.E Alexander Gettler who testified that the exact poison found in Ada was chemically matched to the rat poison. Both John and Fanny were found guilty almost soley on Getler's ability to prove the assurances of forensic science.

Fanny later admitted to her other crimes and that they were each financially motivated. On July 16, 1936, she and Everett Applegate went to the electric chair at Sing Sing Prison.



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