Mary Stravisar
Born ca. 1884

July 29, 1919(1919-07-29) (aged 35)
Kimberly, Ohio, United States

Cause of death Suicide
Spouse(s) Tony Stravisar
Attack information
Date July 29, 1919
Location(s) Kimberly, Ohio, United States
Target(s) Family
Killed 7
Weapon(s) Arson

Mary Stravisar (also identified as Mary Sprazisar) was an American who killed her seven children and herself at their home in Kimberly, a town in Athens County, Ohio, United States on July 29, 1919.

The family was living in destitute circumstances and her husband Tony had left them in May that year to search for work, but hadn't been heard of since. Stravisar and her children, who were aged 6 weeks to 10 years, were aided by the local authorities, which eventually decided to take the children to the Athens County Home. The 35-year-old was greatly worried about this and on the day the children were to be removed she tied them to their beds, sprinkled the room with coal oil and set it on fire, burning or asphyxiating all of them.[1][2][3]



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