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Forensic Studies 004: The Black Widow

on May 24th, 2011 in Forensic Studies, Forensics, Serial Killers by | No Comments

Lydia Trueblood got the name The Black Widow for poisoning five of her husbands, her brother-in-law and her baby girl, all for life insurance money (Montaldo, C. 2011). Lydia Trueblood was less than attractive yet something about her seemed to capture the attention of men. At the age of 19,…

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Episode 013: Belle Sorenson Gunness, Part 2

on January 21st, 2011 in Podcast Episodes, Serial Killers by | No Comments

Last week, we began the story of Belle Sorenson Gunness, who made her living by attracting men to her Indiana farmhouse with promises of wedded bliss. Instead she killed them, stole their money, chopped them up, and buried them on her farm. As a relative of one of her victims…

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Episode 012: Belle Sorenson Gunness, Part 1

on January 14th, 2011 in Podcast Episodes, Serial Killers by | 2 Comments

George Anderson of Tarkio, Missouri had been conversing with Belle for a few weeks. He had seen her matrimonial ad in a local newspaper, and was very intrigued by the Norwegian widow who lived on a farm in La Porte, Indiana. She seemed rather fixated on money, but he really…

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Episode 006: Dorothea Puente

on December 3rd, 2010 in Podcast Episodes, Serial Killers by | No Comments

Detective John Cabrera had been asked by a social worker to look into the disappearance of Alvaro Montoya, a developmentally challenged schizophrenic. Montoya was a tenant of Dorothea Puente, a frail, grandmotherly-type, who seemed much older than her 59 years. Before heading to the boarding house, Cabrera pulled Puente’s file…

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Episode 002: H. H. Holmes

on November 5th, 2010 in Podcast Episodes, Serial Killers by | No Comments

Dr. Henry Howard Holmes built a hotel in Chicago for the 1893 World’s Fair. Unbeknownst to the public, the hotel was actually a house of horrors, with secret torture chambers. Holmes eventually confessed to 27 murders and had 9 confirmed. Many suspect his true body county was much higher. You…

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