a fairy-tale character whose seventh wife found the bodies of her predecessors in a room she had been forbidden to enter.
any man alleged to have murdered a number of his wives or other women.
Contemporary Examples

Food Fetishes Nick Antosca July 23, 2009

Historical Examples

My Book of Favorite Fairy Tales Edric Vredenburg
The Four Million

O. Henry
The Wonderful Bed Gertrude Knevels
The Printer Boy. William M. Thayer
Cole’s Funny Picture Book No. 1 Edward William Cole
Browning’s Heroines Ethel Colburn Mayne
Ayala’s Angel Anthony Trollope
Is He Popenjoy? Anthony Trollope
Ralestone Luck Andre Norton

a villain in European folk tales who marries several wives and murders them in turn. In many versions the seventh and last wife escapes the fate of the others
a man who has had several wives


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