overweight Martha Beck and cheap-wig-wearing Raymond Fernandez chose their victims
from the personal ads of Lonely Hearts magazines.
the case against the two, it became clear that it had been Fernandez who had started
the scheming in 1947 when he seduced and robbed the bank account of a woman he
had met in the personal ads. He attempted to do the same with Beck, but it seems
the two fell in love and she joined him in his pursuits.
the next two years the two robbed and seduced women, and then their antics took
a sinister turn for the worse. They would murder their victims and then play kinky
sex games next to the corpse.
were caught when they murdered a woman who allowed the two to live with her (having
been told they were brother and sister). But the woman refused to marry Fernandez.
Beck got angry and killed her with her 2 year old son.
searched the house and found a makeshift grave in the basement. The two then made
a full confession, believing they would not be executed because the state they
were in did not have the death penalty. However, the authorities in New York,
which did, secured an extradition of the couple. Beck and Fernandez then pleaded
insanity but the jury wouldn't accept it.
The Honeymoon Killers, a movie released in 1970, was based on this story.