Overby, Dagmar

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Overby, Dagmar Gender: F
Johanne Dagmar Amalie Overbye
born on 23 April 1887 at 12:00 (= 12:00 noon )
Place Skanderborg, Denmark, 56n02, 9e56
Timezone LMT m9e56 (is local mean time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 02°58' s_mo.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 04°07 Asc.s_leocol.18.gif 21°15'


Danish serial killer who murdered between 9 and 25 children – of which one was her own – during a seven-year period from 1913 to 1920. On 3 March 1921, she was sentenced to death in one of the most noted trials in Danish history, that changed legislation on childcare. The sentence was later commuted to life in prison.

Overby was working as a professional child caretaker, caring for babies born outside of marriage, murdering her own charges. She strangled them, drowned them or burned them to death in her masonry heater. The corpses were either cremated, buried or hidden in the loft.

Overby was convicted of nine murders, as there was no proof of the others. Her lawyer based the case on Overby being abused herself as a baby, but that did not impress the judge. She became one of three women sentenced to death in Denmark in the 20th century, but she – like the other two – was reprieved.

She died in prison on 6 May 1929, at age 42.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Crime : Trial dates 3 March 1921 (Sentenced to death)
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  • Crime : Trial dates April 1921 (Death sentence commuted to life in prison)
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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes from "Dagmar: Historien om en barnemorderske" by Frank Bøgh (Art People, 2013): "Det fik ikke lov at ændre meget ved ægteparrets hårde arbejdsdag, men onsdag den 23. april 1887 først på formiddagen måtte Ane Marie lægge sig. Hun skulle føde. Sognets jordemoder blev tilkaldt, og hen over middag fødte Ane Marie en pige."

(Not much was allowed to change the couple's hard working day, but on Wednesday, 23 April 1887, early in the morning, Ane Marie had to rest. She would give birth. The midwife of the parish was summoned, and at noon, Ane Marie gave birth to a girl).

She was born in Assendrup which is near Skanderborg.


  • Family : Parenting : Kids more than 3 (Several)
  • Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Homicide serial
  • Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Prison sentence (Life sentence)
  • Vocation : Misc. : Homemaker/Care provider (Child caretaker)