Lyda Southard

Demographic Info

Trueblood, Idaho's Lady Bluebeard, Anna Shaw6FemaleCaucasianUSAStationaryCriminal Enterprise1892/10/16 (Kaytesville, Missouri, USA)1958/02/05 (Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Myocardial infarction)

Lyda Southard was born on October 16, 1892 in Keytesville, Missouri.

Southard’s serial series is thought to have begun at the age of 23, in 1915. All of her victims were husbands or daughters to Southard. It is believed that Southard would poison all of her victims with arsenic, making others believe that her victims died of the flu or typhoid. She would murder her husbands in order to receive their life insurance funds.

In May 1921 Southard was arrested for the murder of Edward Meyer, her fourth husband. After a 6 week trial she was found guilty of second degree murder and sentenced to 10 years in prison. Southard escaped prison on May 4, 1931 and moved to Colorado. She was found and arrested on July 31, 1932. In October of 1941 Southard was released on parole. She died of a heart attack on February 5, 1958 in Utah. She died going by the name of Anna Shaw.

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Victims of Lyda Southard

on January 1st, 2010 in Serial Killers, Victimology by | No Comments

Lyda Southard was charged with the murders of one person, but is suspected of murdering four others. We currently have information on all of known and suspected victims. Ed Dooley Ed was murdered in August, 1915. It was originally thought that Ed died of ptomaine poisoning, but it was later…

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