Amy Archer-Gilligan was born in 1873 in Windsor, Connecticut. She was raised by both parents who had three other children.
At the age of 28 Archer-Gilligan moved with her first husband into John D. Seymour’s home in Newington, Connecticut, to take care of him. After the death of Seymour, Archer-Gilligan turned his home into a home for the elderly. Seymour’s heirs later decided to sell the home, forcing Archer-Gilligan and her husband to move to Windsor, Connecticut and open another home for the elderly named “Archer Home for the Elderly and Infirm”. Archer-Gilligan husband died from Bright’s disease, leaving Archer-Gilligan with the money to continue to run the home.
It is believed that Archer-Gilligan began her serial series in 1911, but was not formally charged with this murder. Her victims were all living in the home at the times of their murders. Archer-Gilligan had no preference to the age or gender of her victims. According to records, Archer-Gilligan would poison her victims with arsenic until they died. The victims would usually leave Archer-Gilligan with a large sum of money after they had been murdered.
In 1916 Archer-Gilligan was arrested for the murder of 5 people, but her lawyer was able to have the charges changed to one count of murder. Archer-Gilligan was charged with the murder of her second husband, Franklin Andrews, on June 18, 1917. After being sentenced to death Archer-Gilligan appealed and was granted a new trial. She was later found guilty of second degree murder and sentenced to life imprisonment. Archer-Gilligan spent 5 years in prison before being transferred to an asylum. Archer-Gilligan died from natural causes on April 23, 1962.
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