Amelia Dyer

The Reading Baby Farmer

  Active for 17 years
(1880-1896) in United Kingdom

6

CONFIRMED
VICTIMS

100

POSSIBLE
VICTIMS
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Amelia Dyer (born Amelia Elizabeth Hobley) an English serial killer known as the The Reading Baby Farmer. Dyer adopted unwanted infants in exchange for money and then murdering them. She was arrested on April 4, 1896, tried for the murder of infant Doris Marmon, and hanged on June 10, 1896.

Amelia Dyer Serial Killer Profile

Serial Killer Amelia Dyer (aka) The Reading Baby Farmer, was active for 17 years between 1880-1896, known to have ( 6 confirmed / 100 possible ) victims. This Serial Killer was active in the following countries: United Kingdom

Amelia Dyer was born in Bristol, city in South West England. She was born 5th of 5 children and raised by both parents until (Age 11/12), an aunt until adulthood. Dyer was raised as a youngest child and had four, three brothers and one sister: Thomas, James, William and Ann. Her father, Samuel Hobley, a shoemaker who died in 1859, Amelia (Age 22/23). Her mother, Sarah Weymouth, suffered from a mental illness, caused by typhus, died in 1848, Amelia (Age 11/12).

Dyer a heterosexual female citizen of United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. Dyer married George Thomas, widowed, married William Dyer.

In 1880 Amelia Dyer started her killing spree, during her crimes as a serial killer she was known to murder her victims.

She was arrested on April 4th 1896, convicted on May 22nd 1896, sentenced to death by hanging at Newgate Prison in London, England. Dyer was convicted on charges of murder and other possible charges during her lifetime. Amelia Dyer was executed on June 10th 1896.

Amelia Dyer died on June 10th 1896, cause of death: executed by hanging at Newgate Prison, former prison in London, England.

Profile Completeness: 62%
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Amelia Dyer has been listed on Killer.Cloud since September of 2018 and was last updated 4 months ago.

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Amelia Dyer
Serial Killer Profile:

Updated: 2019-06-30 Collected by Killer.Cloud
General Information
Name: Amelia Dyer
Nickname: The Reading Baby Farmer
Victims: 6 - 100
Years Active: 1880 - 1896
Active Countries: United Kingdom
Convicted Of: murder
Life Span:      - 1896
Characteristics
Gender: Female
Citizenship: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
Sexual Preference: heterosexual
Marital Status: married George Thomas, widowed, married William Dyer
Children: N/A
Living With: N/A
Occupation: nurse, serial killer
Childhood Information
D.O.B.: N/A
Family Name: Dyer
Given Name: Amelia
Birth Location: Bristol, city in South West England
Birth Order: 5th of 5
Siblings: four, three brothers and one sister: Thomas, James, William and Ann
Raised By: both parents until (Age 11/12), an aunt until adulthood
Birth Category: youngest child
Mother: Sarah Weymouth, suffered from a mental illness, caused by typhus, died in 1848, Amelia (Age 11/12)
Father: Samuel Hobley, a shoemaker who died in 1859, Amelia (Age 22/23)

Cognitive Ability
IQ: N/A
Highest School: N/A
Highest Degree:

Incarceration
Arrested: Apr 4, 1896
Convicted: May 22, 1896
Sentence: death by hanging
Prison Location: Newgate Prison in London, England
Executed: Jun 10, 1896
Previous Crimes: N/A
Previous Jail: N/A
Previous Prison: N/A

Death Information
Death Date: Jun 10, 1896
Cause of Death: executed by hanging
Death Location: Newgate Prison, former prison in London, England
Killed In Prison: N/A
Suicide: N/A
5 Timeline Events of Serial Killer
Amelia Dyer

The 5 dates listed below represent a timeline of the life and crimes of serial killer Amelia Dyer. A complete collection of serial killer events can be found on our Serial Killer Timeline.

Date Event Description
1880
Amelia Dyer started her serial killing spree. #1880
1896
Amelia Dyer ended her serial killing spree. #1896
Apr 04 1896
Amelia Dyer arrested. #18960404
May 22 1896
Amelia Dyer was convicted and sentenced to death by hanging at Newgate Prison in London, England.  #18960522
Jun 10 1896
Amelia Dyer was executed. cause of death: executed by hanging at Newgate Prison, former prison in London, England. #18960610
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Boolean Questions:
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rape FALSE 447
torture FALSE 421
stalk FALSE 413
strangle FALSE 437
sex with body FALSE 426
mutilated FALSE 440
ate part of body FALSE 445
drank blood FALSE 436


Books that Mention Amelia Dyer

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Female Serial Killers
Book: Close Your Pretty Eyes (mentions serial killer Amelia Dyer)
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Close Your Pretty Eyes
Book: Amelia Dyer, Angel Maker (mentions serial killer Amelia Dyer)
Alison Rattle
Amelia Dyer, Angel Maker
Book: The Woman Who Murdered Babies for M... (mentions serial killer Amelia Dyer)
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The Woman Who Murdered Babies for Money
Book: Five Little Fiends (mentions serial killer Amelia Dyer)
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Angela Buckley
Amelia Dyer and the Baby Farm Murders
Book: The Angel Makers (mentions serial killer Amelia Dyer)
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The Angel Makers

8 Books that mention Serial Killer
Amelia Dyer

ISBN10 Book Title Killers
0425213900 Female Serial Killers 30
1407135406 Close Your Pretty Eyes 1
0233002243 Amelia Dyer, Angel Maker 1
0233003169 The Woman Who Murdered Ba... 1
1582347514 Five Little Fiends 1
0993564003 Amelia Dyer and the Baby... 1
1787195821 The Ogress of Reading 1
1496706595 The Angel Makers 1

Amelia Elizabeth Dyer (née Hobley; 1837 – 10 June 1896) was one of the most prolific serial-killers in history, murdering infants in her care over a 20-year period in Victorian Britain. Trained as a nurse, and widowed in 1869, she turned to baby farming – the practice of adopting unwanted infants in exchange for money – in order to support herself.

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External References
  1. Q660912 on www.wikidata.org, Retrieved on Oct 9, 2018.
  2. Amelia Dyer on en.wikipedia.org, Retrieved on Jan 10, 2019.
  3. Juan Ignacio Blanco, Amelia Elizabeth DYER on murderpedia.org, Retrieved on Jan 10, 2019.
  4. serial killer Amelia Dyer evidence found in loft on www.bbc.com, Retrieved on Jan 10, 2019.
  5. Amelia Dyer The Reading Baby Farmer on www.alcatrazeast.com, Retrieved on Jan 10, 2019.
Internal References

Amelia Dyer is included in the following pages on Killer.Cloud the Serial Killer Database

  1. #12 of 62 [ Page 1 ] of Serial Killers active in the United Kingdom
  2. #25 of 75 [ Page 2 ] of Female Serial Killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  3. #79 of 649 [ Page 6 ] of serial killers sorted by Years Active
  4. #148 of 649 [ Page 10 ] of the A-Z List of Serial Killers
  5. #295 of 649 [ Page 20 ] of serial killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  6. #373 of 649 [ Page 25 ] of serial killers sorted by Profile Completeness
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