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Giulia Tofana: The Legendary Serial Poisoner Who Poisoned Makeup To Help Over 600 Women Murder Their Husbands

Giulia Tofana: The Legendary Serial Poisoner Who Poisoned Makeup To Help Over 600 Women Murder Their Husbands

Giulia Tofana was the daughter of Thofania D’Adamo, who was executed in Palermo, Sicily, in 1633 after being accused of murdering her husband.

Giulia Tofana sold cosmetics in southern Italy, and one of her special recipes, known as Aqua Tofana, She was a professional Italian poisoner. She was famous for selling poison to women who wanted to kill their abusive husbands. Giulia Tofana killed hundreds of men in Italy in the 17th century, when she turned her makeup business into a poison factory, selling a deadly concoction called Aqua Tofana, which contained enough arsenic to kill without leaving a trace.

In order to help aspiring widows who wanted to use the poison to kill their husbands, Tofana made it her mission and her business. During the Renaissance, in an era of arranged marriage without the possibility of divorce, death was the only way out of an unhappy union. And Aqua Tofana has provided a quick solution for unhappy wives.

She wanted to keep her poison secret so that she could continue to sell her dangerous concoction. And she's been able to fool the authorities for almost 50 years. Until, she caught because of a bowl of soup. 

One of Giulia Tofana 's clients had cold feet in the 1650s. She bought the Aqua Tofana from Giulia and took it home. She would have gone so far as to put the poison in her husband's soup. But the woman was suddenly apprehended with regret. She stopped her husband from eating soup, and the suspicious man forced her to tell the truth about it. Then he handed her over to the Papal Authorities in Rome. She finally confessed and pointed her finger at Giulia as a miscreant who had sold her poison.

Giulia was warned of her imminent arrest, and she fled to the church asking for a sanctuary. It was granted, but when the rumor spread throughout Rome that Giulia had poisoned the water, the church was stormed, and Giulia was handed over to the Papal authorities, who had tortured her.

Under torture, she admitted to killing 600 men with her poisons in Rome alone between 1633 and 1651, it's possible that the actual number was even higher. She was ultimately executed in Rome, along with her daughter "Girolama Spera" (she was also involved) and three assistants, in July 1659. After her death, her body was thrown over the wall of the church that had given her the sanctuary. Some of the users and providers have also been arrested and executed.

Note:- There are no portraits of Giulia Tofana, Above shown picture is just for your reference.

16 Responses to "Giulia Tofana: The Legendary Serial Poisoner Who Poisoned Makeup To Help Over 600 Women Murder Their Husbands"

  1. She is not bitch.. she is feminist..

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  2. I also agree femenist and perty intelligent.

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  3. @Jack Frost --- She is know different then "MEN".

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  4. She should have helped to cleanse the earth by poisoning the priests, the Pope and other filth.

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  5. Wow! She must have been so brainy with that kinda idea.....

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  6. Well we should look at background for having such a sustainable business. I'm not condoning her actions, but it is definitely related to the way husbands treated there wives. Come on there was no insurance policy benefit back then.

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  7. She must have hated all the popes,church priest pedo childe rapers of the holly church of Rome.

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  8. The man that time (most of them) had no feelings and they where beating and killing women’s. Some people deserve death but who am I to judge it..

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  9. @Kristy did you read the article? More than 600 females killed more than 600 men. Some sources go to 1100 murdered men. Trofana sold the poison to female murders. Feelings are male. Have you seen renaissance art? Mona Lisa, David, literature, Don Juan, wonderful music. All man. 0 females. You really dont get it, witch. You do not understand civilisation.
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    1. Unknown, did YOU read the article? Wives beaten and killed by husbands but it was all acceptable as it was a man's world. Women had no chance of sculpting or writing or composing music, they were down trodden! You need to do a bit of research, women were not allowed to express themselves. They were forced into marriages they did not want, they were slaves to their husbands. Women with talent were feared, not much has changed today!

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  10. We can't even begin to imagine the horrors that women endured back then. There just isn't that kind of ratio in humanity where a minimum of 600 women were able to actually commit murder. So, with that said, I would have to say with confidence that those 600 plus women were living in such brutal circumstances it drove them into a state of self defense, therefore kill or be killed.

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  11. Any time another person feels their only alternative to escaping the brutality is to take that person's life you know it has to be a life of fear and misery with zero hope that the brute will ever change and the only foreseeable escape is to murder them. How many had children that prevented them from simply up and leaving? Most i would guess... it's very hard to judge if you've never been through that paralyzing fear of the next hit, knowing the pain to follow... I've been beaten as a child and I can remember my paralyzing fear, I can remember wishing the brute beating me would die... so, I do get it, and sadly I don't know if I can say it's justifiable self defense but it sure gets real close. If some stranger comes up and begins beating you and you fear they may actually kill you, would it be wrong to defend yourself by killing your attacker? There are stand your ground laws that allow another person to blow an attacker's head of their shoulders if they fear for their life...

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