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About the Italian professional poisoner of 17th century

What: Giulia Tofana is known as the Italian professional poisoner of the 17th century, known to provide women with poison to murder their abusive husbands.

When: Tofana was well known among the women in 1633-1651, and admitted to being responsible for the death of over 600 men.

How: It is believed by many that Tofana’s mother, who was executed for murdering her own husband in 1633, passed down the recipe for the poison to her daughter.

End: After admitting to killing so many men, Tofana was executed in 1659, along with her daughter and other close associates.

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