Rhonda Belle Martin

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Rhonda Belle Martin
Born Rhonda Belle Thomley
1907
Died October 11, 1957
Kilby Correctional Facility
Resting place
Montgomery Memorial Cemetery
Occupation waitress
Known for Female multiple murderer
Criminal charge
murder
Criminal penalty
Execution by electrocution
Spouse(s)
  • W. R. Alderman (m. 1922–26)
  • George W. Garrett (m. 1928–39)
  • Talmadge John Gipson (m. 1939–39)
  • Claude Carroll Martin (m. 1950–51)
  • Ronald Martin (m. 1951–57)
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)

Rhonda Bell Thomley[1] Martin (1907 – October 11, 1957) was an American serial killer.

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,[2] 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 collected only enough to cover burial costs, and she never admitted this was the case.[3]

She was convicted of murdering 51-year-old Claude Carroll Martin in 1951 by surreptitiously feeding him rat poison[4] and was executed in Alabama's electric chair on October 11, 1957.

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  1. ^ "Little Mrs Arsenic". Argosy Magazine v346 (#4). April 1958. 
  2. ^ Not legally her stepson, since when she married his father, she was not yet divorced from her third husband.
  3. ^ Jaffee, Al (1979). The Ghoulish Book of Weird Records. Signet. pp. 37–40. ISBN 0-451-08614-7. 
  4. ^ Some accounts say ant poison.

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