We’ve all heard of death by chocolate, but this woman took it to another level. She didn’t provide a recipe for a delicious, famous chocolate dish. She killed with chocolate.
Who uses chocolate as a murder weapon, you ask? Only people who are either evil, unstable or both. Of course there are claims that this woman may or may not have been insane. She may have just been a woman scorned. You know hell hath no fury like.
Her mental state doesn’t matter at this point. I’m just here to tell you her story. You can decide for yourself if you think she’s crazy afterward.
Every Story Has a Beginning
Christina Edmunds was born on October 3, 1828. Her family was wealthy. She had one brother; he died in an insane asylum. Her sister committed suicide.
Her father was also reportedly mad. He may or may not have lost his fortune, and she may or may not have been living with her mother at the time she became a murderer. Different sources tell her background story different ways, and Wikipedia is completely unreliable. But at least one thing is certain: her mother was perfectly sane.
The Good Doctor
Living not far away from Christina was a doctor named Charles Beard. He was married, and had a practice. Apparently he was also a shameless flirt. They began an affair. Christina fell madly in love with him. That pun may or may not have been intended.
After about a year of love letters, secret smooches, throwing watermelons and whatever else people do when they have affairs, Chuck decided to end the affair. No one really knows why, but I can guess. He probably got tired of her flat face and her vanity. Or maybe he just wanted to actually not have an affair anymore. Anything is possible.
The point is he ended the affair, and she didn’t take it well. Instead of saying “You’re right, we shouldn’t be doing this, because it’s scandalous and we don’t live in 2015 where this behavior is considered normal,” she got mad at his wife. Yes, you read that correctly. She got mad at the woman he was married to because she was married to him.
To get revenge, Christina decided to poison the woman. Instead of just going over to her house, attacking her and pouring poison down her throat, she decided to go for the less obvious approach: she poisoned her with a box of chocolate.
Christina bought a box of chocolates from a local store, and injected them with strychnine. That stuff is used to kill rats nowadays, but apparently, it was also available in pill form back in the day to treat a lot of different ailments. My, my, medical science has come so far.
If she got in in pill form, my best guess is that she mixed it with liquid and used a needle to inject it into the chocolate cremes. Then she delivered it to Chuck’s wife, who – surprise! – got sick off of it. But she didn’t die. She recovered. Probably because her husband was a doctor.
Chuck was suspicious, so he asked Christina about the chocolate. She claimed that she had gotten sick too. She actually had poisoned Mobdro Download chocolates delivered to her so that she could claim to be a victim. Genius.
In reality, in order to throw him off the scent, she actually poisoned a bunch of chocolate. She figured if it seemed like a phenomenon no one would catch onto her. Except she enjoyed doing it so much she actually couldn’t stop. Or at least, that’s my theory.
No one made the connection at first either. People started getting sick, but it wasn’t enough to kill someone. They assumed that it was something in the area. It could have been the chocolate but it also could have been poor hygiene and drinking unfiltered water. In those days there was no way to actually tell.
Then one little boy actually died. He was 4 years old, and ate some of the poisoned chocolate he bought from a store. His death was ruled an accident.
Soon after this, Christina tried to poison Chuck’s wife again, using a different box of chocolate. This time he got smart and called the police, which is what he should have done in the first place. He was just trying to save face because he didn’t want anyone to know about his affair. Nice job protecting your own interests doc.
Christina was arrested and tried. She was convicted of murder and attempted murder and sentenced to death by hanging.
Except she never got to the gallows.
Her mother stepped in and told the judge that Christina wasn’t right in the head. She did have a family history of mental illness. After learning that, the press took it and ran with it. Everyone who called themselves an expert was making diagnosis on this woman.
It was decided that she was just morally bankrupt. Back then that qualified for mental illness, but nowadays society just calls you a sick freak and wishes death upon you. Instead, the judge sentenced her to life in prison.
She died in an asylum.
Christina was actually a big deal back in her time. Women weren’t known for being failed serial killers, and they certainly weren’t known for being so criminally cunning and smug. But today, she’d just be a typical modern woman.
I’m not trying to be funny or amusing, but what she did would be considered normal nowadays, in the sense that women do crazy things to get
revenge on men. I think some guys would actually rather be poisoned than to be thrown under a bus with the manipulative way they are treated now. Sorry guys. All women aren’t like that.
Her story gets told every year around Valentine’s Day, because she loved enough to kill someone with chocolate. It’s a sick, ironic twist but we also get reminded that it’s possible to love someone too much. And that anything can be used as a murder weapon – even chocolate.
What do you think of Christina? Was she insane, or just pretending? Can you sympathize with her? Did I offend you in the way I told this story? Let me know in the comments.
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