Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Slideshow: Lynn Turner

A look back at the parade of witnesses in the trial of black widow Lynn Turner. Her weapon of choice? Antifreeze.

Today in Crime History: Nannie Doss pleads guilty

On May 17, 1955, serial killer Nannie Doss pleaded guilty to the murder of her husband. She’d also confessed to killing three other husbands, her mother, sister, grandson and mother-in-law.

Today in Crime History: Belle Gunness officially pronounced dead

On May 12, 1908, this black widow, believed to have killed between 35 and 40 men, women and children, was officially pronounced dead. Thought to have faked her death, she became a legend, with sightings of her persisting until 1931. In fact, the body buried as Bell Gunness has not yet been conclusively identified.

Today in Crime History: Killer granny Dorothea Puente is arrested

On November 11, 1988, police finally found the source of the stench that had hovered for so long over Puente’s boarding house: The bodies of seven of her missing boarders buried in the yard. The sweet-faced, grandmotherly lady with “sewer problems” had been getting away with murder for years.

Today in Crime History: ‘Black Widow’ Killers Strike in Los Angeles

On June 22, 2005, homeless man Kenneth McDavid was fatally run over by a car in an alley. What looked like a hit and run turned out to be the work of Helen Golay and Olga Rutterschmidt, two elderly women who took out life insurance policies on two homeless men, then killed them.

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