EXCERPT (from very long article): Stafford Springs, Conn., Dec. 9. – The trial of Mrs. George E. Johnson for the killing of her husband is set down for to-morrow and the Judge of the Superior Court says he will not postpone it on any account. It has excited the greatest in Tolland County, which is not accustomed to murders, and this interest is heightened by the promised production of testimony proving that the prisoner was a confirmed user of poison, and that she not only gave her second husband, Johnson, a good many doses of poison, but that she killed her first husband, John Webster, with poison. The defense has promised to make out a case of insanity, and take it all in all the trial promises to be very interesting.
[“Tolland’s Mystery. – What Sort of Woman Is Martha Johnson, of Stafford, Conn.? – She Is Charged With Murder. – Her Two Husbands Died, and It Is Said She Poisoned Both. – The Last Was Shot While Asleep. – Her Trial Will Begin To-Day in Stafford Springs, Tolland County, Conn. – Her Counsel Will Try To Prove Her Insane – Only One Hanging Has Taken Place in the County and That Was Away Back in 1816 – Martha Sees a Gallows in the Stare – She Apparently Has But One Friend in the World, Her Son.” The World (New York, N.Y.), Dec. 10, 1888, p. 1]
FULL TEXT: Rockville, Conn.. Dec. 24. – Martha Johnson, who was sentenced to State prison for life on Saturday, was taken this after noon from Tolland jail to the State prison by Deputy Sheriff Fisk of Stafford.
[“Taken to the State Prison.” The Boston Daily Globe (Ma.), Dec. 24, 1888, p. 5]
For links to other cases of woman who murdered 2 or more husbands (or paramours), see Black Widow Serial Killers.