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Martha Beck & Raymond Fernandez: The Lonely Hearts Killers

The Lonely Hearts Murders seductively entwined voodoo magic, kinky sex and personal ads, making it one of the most sensational cases of the 1940s. It was also the inspiration for several films. Lonely Hearts Killers Martha Beck and Raymond Fernandez were convicted of three murders, but suspected in as many as 20.

Martha Beck and Raymond Fernandez, Lonely Hearts Killers

On August 14, 1948, Fernandez married Myrtle Young, while a jealous Beck posed as his sister. Young was penniless and dead within days, the marriage never consummated. This is the story of a desperately lonely overweight Beck, who fell for Fernandez, a man who robbed and murdered women that he met through the personals.

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