My Tender, Pretty, Smiling Babes.

The mother who killed eight of her newborn babies

WARNING: DISTURBING CONTENT.

The Execution of Rebecca Smith at Devizes, 1849. Unknown Artist. Wiltshire Museum. Image Source.

On the 16th May 1849 Rebecca Smith, 42, gave birth to her eleventh child, a boy his parents named Richard. Far from being overjoyed at the birth of her healthy son, however, Rebecca predicted his imminent death.