August 25, 1928

Franklin/Jefferson County serial killer, Bertha Gifford, was arrested in Eureka, MO. She is believed to have killed seventeen people of all ages. Known as a wonderful cook and a caring person, neighbors called her the Good Samaritan.

This post was contributed by Ross Malone. A historian and a retired school teacher, Ross has authored many books about Missouri’s history, weird facts, and folk tales. He has also written children’s historical fiction. Visit his website, and buy his books in the Missouri Life store.