Cordelia (Brown) Botkin
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Cordelia Adelaide (Brown) Botkin (1854 - 1910)

Cordelia Adelaide Botkin formerly Brown
Born in United Statesmap
Ancestors ancestors
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married 26 Sep 1872 in Jackson, Missouri, United Statesmap
Died at about age 56 in San Quentin, Marin, California, United Statesmap
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Cordelia (Brown) Botkin is Notable.

An American murderer who sent a box of poisoned candy to her ex-lover's wife.

Cordelia Adelaide Brown was born about 1854.[1] She was a daughter of Richard John Brown Jr. and Lemina Alderman.


She married Welcome Alpin Botkin on September 26, 1872 in Jackson, Missouri, United States.[2] Together they have one son.[3]


  1. Beverly Brown Botkin


In August 1898, Cordelia purchased a box of chocolate, poisoned it with arsenic and mailed it to Mary Elizabeth Dunning, the wife of John P. Dunning. On August 11th Mary Elizabeth Dunning and Mrs. Deane ate the chocolates and died.

San Quentin State Prison

Cordelia was imprisoned at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, Marin, California, United States on May 19, 1906 for first degree murder.[4]


Cordelia Adelaide Brown Botkin died March 7, 1910 in San Quentin, Marin, California, United States.[1] She was buried in Oak Mound Cemetery in Healdsburg, Sonoma County, California, United States.[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 California Death Index, 1905-1939 Cordelia Botkin, 1910; citing 6968, Department of Health Services, Vital Statistics Department, Sacramento.
  2. Missouri Marriages, 1750-1920 Welcome A. Botkin and Delia M. Brown, 26 Sep 1872; citing Jackson,Missouri.
  3. United States Census, 1880 Cordell Botkin in household of Welcome Botkin, Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri, United States; citing enumeration district ED 3, sheet 96B.
  4. California, Prison and Correctional Records, 1851-1950 [database on-line] Ancestry,com California State Archives; Sacramento, California; Department of Corrections San Quentin Prison Inmate Photographs 21469-22087
  5. Find A Grave, memorial page for Cordelia Adelaide Brown Botkin (1854–7 Mar 1910), Find A Grave Memorial no. 65486684, citing Oak Mound Cemetery, Healdsburg, Sonoma County, California, USA.

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