The Baby Farm Killer
Amelia Dyer is known as one of the most terrifying serial killers in history, because she killed newborns for the love of money. For 30 years, the English Dyer would take in illegitimate babies, promising parents she would adopt them at her baby farm or place them in better homes. While the mothers believed they put the babies in good care, Dyer would kill the children, wrap them in brown paper bags, and toss them in the river. In 1895, police found over 40 babies in the Thames River and linked them back to Dyer. She was executed in 1896.
The world-famous Player Theater would sing of Dyer and her crimes in the song called, “Mrs. Dyer, The Baby Farmer.”
Here’s the chorus:
That old baby farmer the wretch Mrs Dyer,
At the Old Bailey her wages is paid,
In times long ago we’d have made a big fire,
And roasted so nicely that wicked old jade.