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July 14, 2009

The Angelmakers (Arranged Marriages, No Divorce, Injured in WWI, Abusive, Arsenic Took Care of the Problems)

Want Some Arsenic With That 'Kraut Mister

Want Some Arsenic With That 'Kraut Mister

I watched a fascinating short film on Sundance Channel. It was called The Angelmakers. The reports on Hungarian wives, post WWI, who conspired in groups to kill their husbands (bad men all of them, of course) with the supplementation of arsenic, which in small doses, ultimately killed the men. Allegedly anywhere from 40 to 300 husbands met this fate from wives or wives’ accomplices because the men would not allow divorces from arranged marriages or the men were infirm with war injuries or the men were drunken abusers or perhaps the wife was not so nice. It is fascinating story on how life was viewed and how women in numerous villages carried out the murders. In the film, old women report being little girls and learning of the suicides, via potent levels of arsenic, of the wives as the police eventually came calling, once the cases came to light. Eventually, dozens of women were arrested.   


One of the films probable heriones,  Júlia Fazekas, was a mid wife abortionist, whose husband was murdered. Fazekas was assisted by Susi Oláh (Zsuzsanna Oláh) and no, I hadn’t even thought of any lesbian connection to any of this female laden murder spree. Of course she was tried for numerous abortions and released by sympathetic judges. How interesting that government approval of death helped facilitate a hundred and some murders?      



  1. This is one of the most interesting and moving documentaries I’ve ever seen. I first saw part of it a year or so ago and tried to get home to watch it in its entirety last night, but couldn’t. I’m online now trying to purchase a copy. Any leads?

    Comment by Betsy Brooks — July 15, 2009 @ 11:23 AM | Reply

    • Sundance Channel may have some site info on how to obtain. Probably an online purchase could be made via Amazon? Best wishes…let me know if you are successful…Gary

      Comment by swittersb — July 15, 2009 @ 2:37 PM | Reply

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