Here’s How Many Victims 1890s Serial Killer Lizzie Halliday Actually Had

Following her release from prison, Lizzie moved to Newburgh, New York, where she met a widower named Paul Halliday. As reported by Murder by Gaslight, Paul was living on a farm with his five sons when he met Lizzie and hired her as a live-in housekeeper. Although Paul was 40 years older than Lizzie, the couple fell in love and were eventually married.

Murder by Gaslight reports Paul’s friends and neighbors were suspicious of Lizzie and her intentions. According to reports, they were disturbed by Lizzie’s harsh facial features and her “erratic disposition.” They also thought she was a “gypsy,” as she seemed to enjoy spending time in the woods — especially late at night.

Two years after Lizzie and Paul were married, the family’s farm caught fire and burned to the ground. One of Paul’s sons, who Lizzie reportedly disliked, was killed in the devastating fire. Although authorities detained and questioned Lizzie about the suspicious fire, there simply was not enough evidence to charge her with arson or murder.

As reported by Murder by Gaslight, Lizzie Halliday was arrested one year later on charges of horse theft. However, her trial was delayed because she was declared legally insane and was committed to a mental health facility.

In the months following her commitment, Lizzie had a number of violent outbursts and was subsequently transferred to three different facilities. However, when the horse theft charges were dismissed, her behavior suddenly changed, and she was declared cured.

If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health, please contact the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741, call the National Alliance on Mental Illness helpline at 1-800-950-NAMI (6264), or visit the National Institute of Mental Health website.

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