Jane Toppan: Serial Killer Nurse Killing And Reviving Her Victims With Morphine!


We made a post about the doctors who brutally killed their patients. If you haven't read them already check them out down below! These doctors did it either during times of war or they were simply psychopaths! But this time we're going to tell you about a nurse who killed patients and allegedly had sexual intercourse with them until they died. Here is the story of Jane Toppan.

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"My desire is to kill more people, more desperate people, from every man and every woman who has lived to this day."


This sentence of her own words is perhaps the shortest summary of Jane Toppan's life story.

Toppan, like most of the other serial killers, had a childhood full of difficulties.

Her mother died when she was young and she began living in a one-room house with her father and two sisters.

Her father, Peter Kelley, was a tailor known as 'Crazy Peter' in the neighborhood.


'Crazy Peter' wasn't liked much in the place where they lived because of the troubles and tortures he made to his daughters.

One day he beat the oldest daughter nearly to death and from that day onwards the oldest and the middle child were taken away and left to the Boston Women's Shelter.

Jane was left with her father.

But as Jane grew up Peter started to torture her too, and one day he tried to stitch his own eyelids while working in the tailor's shop.


After this, Jane escaped from the house, took refuge with another family, and took the surname Toppan.

Jane couldn't get rid of the effects of the events she had experienced, and she couldn't find any peace in her new home.

She started showing reactions to everything she went through, and she started to exaggerate everything. When she began to show a tendency toward violence, her family sent her away for education so that she could become a nurse.

And so, one of America's most brutal serial killer's story began.

Toppan, who seemed to be quite compassionate in her early years and won the love of her patients, began to show signs of the cruel killer she would become over time.


Toppan, who was only interested in her patients at first, started wondering about laboratories and experiments.

She carried out her first experiments on mice.


She gave them high doses of atropine and morphine to test their endurance and tried to determine how long they could resist death.

At first, she did the experiments on mice and then she started doing them on people over time. She began to measure when they would lose consciousness.


In 1895 she killed her landlord. Then in 1899, she killed her step-sister Elizabeth with a single dose of strychnine.

The next test subjects were the members of the Davis family, who she was a paid to take care of.

Within a few months with the family, she injected morphine and atropine into two people with different doses.

Her aim was to observe how these changes affected the nervous system.


One day, because she injected more than she should have, both of them die.

As a result of the autopsies performed after the suspicious deaths, it was discovered that Jane Toppan gave morphine and atropine to these people.

When what she did was discovered, she fled from Boston.

Returning to the city where she was born, Toppan started to woo the husband of the sister she had previously killed.


She said she was a famous nurse and could kill and revive a person.

However, a search warrant was issued for the murders she committed in Boston, and she was caught after a while.

Toppan's secrets emerged from her statements after she was captured.


According to her statement, Toppan had many chances of being alone with her patients and by forging medical charts, she gave them drugs to keep them constantly unconscious and would wake them when she wanted to. She even entered the bed with them.

When she was asked whether she had sexual intercourse with the patients while they were unconscious, she said that the patients who experienced near death situations gave her sexual pleasure.

Toppan told the court that she liked to lie on the sides of her chosen victims by giving them selected medicinal blends and kept them as close as possible when they died.

Although she confessed to 31 murders in 1902, it was decided that she wasn't guilty because she was mentally ill and that she would spend the rest of her life in a mental hospital.


After the trial, the New York Journal Newspaper wrote that Toppan told her lawyer the number of murders wasn't 31 and that she was mentally fine, but she lied to the jury to avoid being put in prison or to be released in the future.

Though it's not known whether this conversation between her and the lawyer is true or not, it's known that Toppan stayed in the mental hospital until she died in 1938.

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