Locusta of Gaul

(A.D. 54)

Locusta of Gaul
Locusta of Gaul, painting by Joseph-Noël Sylvestre, 1876.

The first documented serial killer.

Born in Gaul (now France), and trained as herbalist.

Helped Nero became emperor by killing Claudius, then helped him again to kill his step brother.

Official poisonist, until Nero was overthrown by Galba.

After the death of Nero, Locusta was first raped by a wild animal which was trained for this kind of punisment, then was torn apart.