4. Lovebirds Murder At Least 17 Women By Answering “Lonely Hearts” Ads
Raymond Fernandez was a brain-damaged Latin lover who allegedly believed he had magical powers to seduce women. Martha Beck was a morbidly obese mother of two who fell immediately under Fernandez’s magical powers when they started corresponding through a Lonely Hearts Club, which was the pre-computer era’s equivalent of Tinder.
Fernandez was impressed that Beck abandoned her two children to move in with him. He then laid out his scheme—she would pose as his sister while he seduced other women through Lonely Hearts ads. Then they would rob and kill the women before going on to their next victim.
From 1947-1949 they murdered at least 17 lonely, love-starved women. Most of the victims were poisoned, although Martha hammered one woman to death and drowned another woman’s young daughter. Raymond also boasted that he’d killed another woman during a long bout of forced sex in which the poor lady suffered a heart attack.
Beck and Fernandez proclaimed undying love for one another until March 8, 1951, whereupon they both were fried in the electric chair.