Who was the world's first se­rial killer?

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The woman re­spon­si­ble for the first doc­u­mented se­rial killings in his­tory was the a Ro­man poi­soner, Lo­custa, who earned a liv­ing from mak­ing and sell­ing poi­son in the first cen­tury AD.

Lo­custa is be­lieved to be re­spon­si­ble for at least eight mur­ders, in­clud­ing Ro­man Em­peror Claudius, who died in 54 AD after hav­ing been poi­soned by fungi. The mur­der was or­dered by the em­peror’s wife, Agrippa the Younger, but nei­ther she nor Lo­custa were pun­ished for the crime. The next year, Lo­custa was sen­tenced to death for an­other poi­son­ing mur­der, but she was par­doned by Nero in re­turn for killing Claudius’ son Bri­tan­ni­cus. 14 years later, Lo­custa was once again sen­tenced to death and ex­e­cuted.

The poi­son maker Lo­custa tested her fa­tal mix­tures on slaves, be­fore poi­son­ing one of her vic­tims.

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