Here are ten wives/widows who have committed the most horrific crimes, by killing their own husbands, children, and relatives. All these windows have killed their husbands, moved on, and killed the next guy they married to. Some of these criminals have also killed their children to become the sole beneficiary left to collect the insurance money.
Almost all murder cases here involved arsenic poisoning as the primary cause of death. Check out who these wicked bitches were and how much blood they have on their hands.
10- STACEY CASTOR: 2 MURDER CHARGES
Stacey Castor had been married twice and both husbands have died. David Castor, Stacey’s second husband died from an apparent suicide in 2005. After investigators examined David’s body, a high amount of ethylene glycol, which is a component of antifreeze, was found in his body.
Investigators unearthed Stacey’s first husband who had also died from an apparent heart attack in 2000. Investigators found that it, too, had evidence of the antifreeze component. Stacey also attempted to kill her daughter Ashley, but she survived and testified against her mother. Stacey was found guilty and faces 25 to life for the murder of Castor and the attempted murder of her daughter Ashley.
9- BETTY LOU BEETS: 2 MURDERS
Betty Lou Beets pled guilty at a murder trial in 1972. Beets wounded her husband, Bill Lane, by shooting him by accident, according to plea. However, thirteen years later, the bodies of her other late husbands:
Jimmy Don Beets (husband number five) and Doyle Barker (husband number four) were found buried in her backyard in Texas. Both men have several bullet holes in their heads. Beets was tried and found guilty for the murder of Jimmy Don Beets and were sentenced to death and was executed in 2000 at the age of 62.
8- JUDIAS “JUDY” V. BUENOANO: 2-4
Judy was executed by the electric chair in 1998, for killing her husband and son. She was the first woman to be executed in Florida since 1848. This murder case involved a $240,000 which she had collected in insurance after her family’s death. In 1971, Judy killed her first husband, James Goodyear, and her 19-year old son Michael by poisoning them with arsenic. Michael though had survived the poison but left him paralyzed instead – so she pushed him out of boat to drown.
Judy got engaged and tried to kill her new fiancé twice in 1983. First, she tried exploding his car and then tried to poison him with arsenic and formaldehyde. Gentry went to the police and the bodies of Goodyear and Michael were exhumed and showed high levels of arsenic.
7- DAISY LOUISA DE MEEKER: 3 MURDERS
Daisy married Alfred Cowle in 1909, and the couple had five children, but three died in infancy, then, Alfred Cowle died of a mysterious illness in 1923, and left Daisy with quite an inheritance. In 1926, Daisy married husband number 2- Robert Sproat. Sproat died a year later from a mysterious illness as Cowle.
Daisy then married husband number 3 in 1931, Sydney Clarence de Melker. The couple had a son, who died at 20 years of some mysterious ailment after drinking some coffee his mother made for him. Another man had drunk the same coffee as Daisy’s son and became ill, but survived.
He tested positive for arsenic. Sproat’s brother demanded a further investigation of his brother’s death. The bodies of Cowle and Sproat were exhumed and tested positive for arsenic. Daisy was found guilty for the murder of her son after a chemist testified that she bought the arsenic from him. She was hanged for murder in December 1932.
6- BLANCHE TAYLOR MOORE: 4 MURDERS
Blanche got married at a very young age to escape an abusive household; she was only 19 on her wedding day. Mr. Kizer, her father died of a heart failure in 1966 while under her care, but the symptoms were more like of poisoning. In 1970, Blanche’s mother-in-law died from natural causes but evidence of arsenic poisoning was also found, later that year, Blanche’s husband died as well.
She was having an affair with Raymond Reid before her husband died. She was officially dating Reid, who later died in 1986. In 1989 Blanche married the reverend Dwight Moore. Dwight was rushed to the hospital after the honeymoon for arsenic poisoning. The reverend survived but was disabled for life, suspicions fell on Blanche, and the bodies of her ex-husbands, father, and mother-in-law were exhumed and all showed high levels of arsenic. Blanche was tried and found guilty for the murder of Raymond Reid. She was given the death penalty, and is still on death row.
5- TILLIE KLIMEK: 9 MURDERS
Tillie Klimek is Chicago’s self-proclaimed psychic and was known for predicting death. Klimek predicted the death of several dogs in 1911, and she also predicted the death of her first husband of 29 years, all this came true. Klimek remarried after collecting the life insurance money from her first husband’s death.
Klimek predicted once again, the death of husband number two, which came true months later. She remarried, and husband number three died within months. She married husband number four for four years before dying as well. Tillie’s have also predicted a neighbours’ death, as well as the three children, whose family had issues with her.
Her fifth husband, Anton Klimek, fell ill in 1921, and investigators have found that the food he consumed contained arsenic. She was arrested and sentenced to life in prison for the attempted murder.
4- MARIE BECKER: 10 MURDERS
This murder committed by Marie Alexandrine Becker is a classic in Belgium. Marie had an affair with Lambert Beyer while she was married to Charles Becker in the 1930’s. Charles died and left behind an inheritance. Marie then married her lover who, died only a few months later, leaving a huge sum from insurance as she was the sole beneficiary.
One day Marie offered to help a friend kill her husband and the said “friend” went to the police. Becker was tried and found guilty of 10 murders and was sentenced to life in prison, she died two years later.
3- NANNIE DOSS: 11 MURDERS
Nannie Doss also known as Nancy Hazle, got married to Charlie Braggs in 1921. She was only 16 years old, and the couple had four daughters. In 1921, two of her daughters died from mysterious ailments. When Nannie and Charlie separated, she married Robert Frank Harrelson sometime in the late 1930’s.
In 1945 Harrelson, along with two grandchildren, died. Harrelson died of ingesting rat poison but the grandchildren’s deaths were of unknown causes. Nannie moved on and married Arlie Lanning, in 1947. Three years later, Lanning died from heart problems. Lanning’s mother and sister died as well, and Nannie’s parents died too. Nannie married husband number five- Sam Doss, in 1953, which also died.
This time the doctors did an autopsy on Sam and found that he was poisoned with arsenic. Nannie had at least killed 11 people including Sam, and all four of the deceased husbands. She pleaded guilty to all charges and was sent to prison, where she died in 1965.
2- MARIE BESNARD: 13 MURDERS
Marie Besnard is the infamous “Queen of Poisoners” in France. Marie had poisoned her first husband in 1927. Then she married Leon Besnard in the next year and moved in with her in-laws. Both Leon’s parents died within months and Leon’s sister died too. Marie’s father died as well, along with a married couple that was boarding on the property.
Marie’s mother and several other relatives who named her as the beneficiary in their will died as well. Leon’s death in 1947 had raised some suspicion. Marie was tried for 13 counts of murder but the first trial in 1952 ended in a mistrial, as well as the second trial in 1954, and then she was acquitted in the third trial in 1961, she died in 1980.
1- AMY ARCHER-GILLIGAN: 5-48 MURDERS
Amy Archer-Gilligan ran a nursing home from 1907-1917. Amy’s first husband, James Archer died in 1910. Three years later, Amy remarried, to Michael Gilligan. Gilligan died three months later. Several people were also dying in a nursing home, specifically those who paid for their nursing home care in full.
The patients’ relatives complained and so an investigation was initiated and police exhumed the bodies of a few patients and Amy’s husbands as well- they all tested positive for arsenic. However, Amy was found guilty for only one count of murder. She was then tried for reasons of insanity and was submitted in a mental institution. Amy had killed up to 48 people including the old folks at her nursing home.