WWII Serial Killer Mom Sacrificed Victims to Keep Her Son Safe at War

By Karen Harris

Leonarda Cianciulli was a particularly callous and brutal serial killer who killed her victims as a form of human sacrifice to ensure that her favorite son would emerge from the war unscathed. Cianciulli poisoned her victims, chopped them into pieces with an ax, made soap from their flesh and teacakes from their blood, earning her the nickname the "Soap Maker of Correggio.” Her trial caused a sensation in her native Italy in 1946, which at the time, wasn't exactly familiar with serial killers, let alone women serial killers.