The Lonely Hearts Killers

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The serial killers Martha Beck (born May 6, 1920 in Milton , Florida ; † March 8, 1951 in Sing-Sing prison in Ossining , New York ) and Raymond Fernandez (born December 17, 1914 in Hawaii ; † March 8, 1951 in Sing-Sing Prison in Ossining, New York) were known as "The Lonely Hearts Killers" .

The couple searched marriage notices for rich, single women. They then met with the unsuspecting victims, and Fernandez tried to win first the hearts and then the fortunes of the women. If this succeeded, the women were murdered. Fernandez and Beck are said to have murdered 20 people between 1947 and 1949. Their trial began in July 1949. Both confessed to twelve murders and pleaded insanity due to insanity . However, the jury sentenced her to death on August 22nd . The Supreme Court dismissed her appeals for clemency , and so the "Lonely Hearts Killers" were executed on the electric chair on March 8, 1951 in Sing Sing .

Film adaptations

The story of Martha Beck and Raymond Fernandez was filmed in 1970 by Leonard Kastle under the title Honeymoon Killers with Shirley Stoler and Tony Lo Bianco in the leading roles. Another film adaptation was made in 2006 entitled Lonely Hearts Killers and directed by Todd Robinson , grandson of Elmer C. Robinson, a lead investigator on the case. The couple was played here by Jared Leto and Salma Hayek .

The story of Martha Beck and Raymond Fernandez was also the theme of the fourth season of the television series Cold Case .

Individual evidence

  1. Martha Jule Seabrook Beck. In: Find a Grave . Retrieved March 11, 2020 .
  2. ^ Raymond Fernandez. In: Archived from the original on July 21, 2012 ; accessed on October 14, 2016 .