Tillie Klimek: The Black Widow of Little Poland

The first episode of Fact or Fiction’s second season features Tillie Klimek, the black widow of Little Poland.  In 1922, Tillie was arrested for poisoning her husband with a steady diet of arsenic-laced stew.  Investigators soon discovered there was more to the story of the woman renowned in her community for cooking a killer stew and predicting impending deaths.

 

McNamara, Joseph. “Black-Widow Killings.” New York Daily News. 13 September 1992, p. 31.

Monroe, Heather. “The Strange Murders of Tillie Klimek.” Medium, Medium, 14 Nov. 2019, heathermonroe.medium.com/the-strange-murders-of-tillie-klimek-effa70912b5b.

Tillie Klimek is pictured above.  I like this picture of her.

Monroe, Heather. “The Strange Murders of Tillie Klimek.” Medium, Medium, 14 Nov. 2019, heathermonroe.medium.com/the-strange-murders-of-tillie-klimek-effa70912b5b.

 

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Blanco, Juan Ignacio. “Tillie Klimek: Murderpedia, the Encyclopedia of Murderers.” Tillie Klimek | Murderpedia, the Encyclopedia of Murderers, murderpedia.org/female.K/k/klimek-tillie.htm.

Chermak, Steven and Frankie Y. Bailey. Crimes of the Centuries:  Notorious Crimes, Criminals, and Criminal Trials in American History. ABC-CLIO, LLC, 2016.

Estephe, St. Wholesale Killer of Husbands & Cousins : Tillie Klimek (Gbrurek) – 1922, 1 Jan. 1970, unknownmisandry.blogspot.com/2011/09/wholesale-killer-of-husbands-cousins.html.

“Hostess at Poison Banquets Gets Life for Her Crimes.” New York Daily News, 5 July 1925, p. 20.

“In Poison Case.” The Knoxville News, 17 November, 1922, p. 2.

“Jozef ‘Joseph’ Mitkiewecz.” geni_family_tree, 15 Jan. 2018, www.geni.com/people/Jozef-Joseph-Mitkiewecz/6000000074082231048.

Martin, Alison. “This Week in History: Chicago Serial Killer Tillie Klimek Dies in Prison.” Times, Chicago Sun-Times, 19 Nov. 2020, chicago.suntimes.com/2020/11/19/21563154/this-week-in-history-tillie-klimek-chicago-serial-killer.

McBride, Clare. “Chicago’s ‘Mrs. Bluebeard,’ Tillie Klimek.” SYFY WIRE, SYFY WIRE, 15 Oct. 2020, www.syfy.com/syfywire/chicagos-mrs-bluebeard-tillie-klimek.

McNamara, Joseph. “Black-Widow Killings.” New York Daily News. 13 September 1992, p. 31.

Monroe, Heather. “The Strange Murders of Tillie Klimek.” Medium, Medium, 14 Nov. 2019, heathermonroe.medium.com/the-strange-murders-of-tillie-klimek-effa70912b5b.

“Mystery Deaths in Poison Case May Reach 20.” Chicago Tribune. 14 November 1922, p. 3.

“Ottilie ‘Tillie’ Gburek KlimekHeather MO (1876-1936) – Find…” Find a Grave, www.findagrave.com/memorial/101602851/ottilie-klimek.

Selzer, Adam. “Tillie Klimek’s Many Victims (with Pictures).” Mysterious Chicago Tours, 16 Nov. 2015, mysteriouschicago.com/tillie-klimeks-many-victims-with-pictures/.

Swasko, Mick. “Tales from the Windy City.” Chicago Tribune, 20 October 2014, p. 33 – 36.

“Three Sons, Daughter Testify Against ‘Poison Cousin.’”  Chicago Tribune. 10 April 1923, p. 3.