My Tender, Pretty, Smiling Babes.

The mother who killed eight of her newborn babies


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.