Women are often considered the quiet killers of the criminal world. Often, these crimes involve people close to the perpetrator. The women listed below committed heinous crimes, against their own husbands and loved ones.
Who: Betty Lou Beets
The Crime: Betty Lou Beets shot her 5th husband Jimmy Don Beets, buried him in the yard and tried to stage a fishing accident. During the investigation, the remains of another husband, Doyle Wayne Barker, were found buried in the garage.
Verdict: Guilty (Beets was subsequently executed in Texas on Febuary 26, 2000)
Who: Blanche Moore
The Crime: Moore’s weapon of choice was poison. After her new husband mysteriously fell ill, and his toxicology report revealed that the culprit was arsenic, authorities decided to exhume five other bodies. She was accused of murdering her father, two husbands, a boyfriend and, for good measure, a mother-in-law.
Verdict: Guilty (Moore was convicted for the death of her second husband in 1990, and remains on Death Row)
Who: Nannie Doss
The Crime: Another fan of the poison, Nannie Doss was accused of murdering four husbands, her mother, two sisters, two children, a nephew and a grandson
Verdict: Guilty (she died in prison in 1965, of leukemia)
Who: Judi Buenoano
The Crime: After trying to feed her boyfriend arsenic vitamins, and blow up his car, authorities exhumed the body of Buenoano’s husband. Later that year, she was convicted of purposefully drowning her 19 year old partially paralyzed son.
Verdict: Guilty (Executed March 30, 1998)
Who: Amy Archer-Gilligan
The Crime: She’s accused of killing between 5-48 people. She ran a home for the elderly with her first husband, who died mysteriously. She continued operating the home after his death. Later, her second husband also suspiciously died. And previously healthy residents at the home were dying, usually after signing over part of their estates to Archer-Gilligan. Suspicious families called in the authorities, who exhumed bodies full of arsenic.
Verdict: Guilty (Sentenced to life in prison, Archer-Gilligan later died in an insane asylum in 1962)