Serial killer Amelia Dyer is thought to be one of the most prolific serial killers in English history. Dyer was what was termed a ‘baby farmer’, a person who would take in illegitimate babies for a fee with the assumption of caring for them or passing them on to adoptive families. Instead she took the children and murdered them, keeping the money for herself. While she was originally caught and sentenced to six months hard labor for neglect, she continued this practice when she was released and dumped the bodies in the Thames, where they were eventually discovered.
She was sentenced to death for these murders and hanged in Newgate Prison on the 10th of June 1896.