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Lonely Hearts Killers

Martha Beck and Raymond Fernandez

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Lonely Hearts Killers

"My God Martha, what have you done?"

In 1947, Martha Beck, a single mother of two children, placed an advertisement with a Florida lonely-hearts club in a bid to seek out the love of her life. Her quest to find a man was answered by Raymond Fernandez, an ex-con, who would later claim his use of black magic made him irresistible to women. Beck left her two children and moved to New York to be with her new beau, and together they began committing crimes. When they were finally arrested in February 1949, they were accussed of carrying out three murders, but suspected of many more. Fernandez, the wily confidence trickster, had attempted to court other lonely women in order to swindle them out of their life savings. Beck however, was extremely jealous of her lover’s affairs and killed two of the women in a fit of envious rage as well as a young child. The full details of their horrific crimes were revealed at the trial, and both were sentenced to death. The love story of the Lonely Hearts killers ended on death row where the Latino Lothario and his plump, love-sick girlfriend were executed at the Sing Sing gas chamber.

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