Rhonda Belle Martin
|Rhonda Belle Martin|
|Born||Rhonda Belle Thomley
|Died||October 11, 1957
Kilby Correctional Facility
|Resting place||Montgomery Memorial Cemetery|
|Known for||Female multiple murderer|
|Criminal penalty||Execution by electrocution|
|Children||Emogine Garrett (1934-7), Ann Cajolyn Garrett (1934-40), Ellyn Elisabeth Garrett (1932-43), Mary Adelaide Garrett (1930-4), Judith Garrett (1938-9)|
|Parents||James Robert Thomley, Mary Frances Grimes (d. 1944)|
A 49-year-old waitress in Montgomery, Alabama, she confessed in March 1956 to poisoning her mother, two husbands, and three of her children. She denied killing two other children.
Her fifth husband, formerly her son-in-law, was poisoned like the others but survived only to be left a paraplegic. It was his illness that led authorities to look into the strange deaths surrounding Martin.
Prosecutors said collecting insurance proceeds prompted her serial killing spree, although this is unlikely, since she only collected enough to cover burial costs, and she never admitted this was the case.
- "Mother Tells 6 Killings by Poison," The Associated Press, March 14, 1956.
- "Jury Sentences Woman To Death," United Press International, June 5, 1956.
- "Rhonda Bell Martin," Mind of a Killer (DVD), Kozel Multimedia .
- Shipman, Marlin (2002). "Murdered Family Members and Other Schemes". The penalty is death: U.S. newspaper coverage of women's executions. University of Missouri Press. pp. 46–51. ISBN 0-8262-1386-3.
- "Black Widow" executed in Florida electric chair - Times-Herald Record (Archived March 31, 2003 at the Wayback Machine)
- 03/14/57 RHONDA BELLE MARTIN v. STATE ALABAMA FindACase
- Grisly Momma - The Malefactor's Register
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