Deadly Women: Earle C. Dennison “Aunt Killer” killed her 2-year-old niece, Shirley Diann Weldon, for the insurance money; Executed 9/4/1953

From Dennison’s appeal: Mrs. Dennison is a trained nurse of more than twenty-five years experience and has been a member of the nursing staff of the Wetumpka General Hospital for several years and was so employed at the time of the taking of the life of the little child and up until her arrest. After her arrest she confessed to the crime and the confession, as well as other evidence, tends to show she administered the poison by placing it in an orange drink which the little girl drank from a measuring cup, and after the child became very ill and vomited, appellant apparently gave her a drink of Coca-Cola, also containing arsenic poison, which caused the child to vomit again. Shirley Dianne was taken to the hospital about 4:55 P.M. and died some few hours later. An autopsy performed by the State Toxicologist, Dr. C. J. Rehling, indicated she had died of arsenic poison. An examination by this well-known expert of the Coca-Cola bottle, as well as the measuring cup, disclosed a small sediment of arsenic poison and the little girl’s dress, as well as her *554 mother’s which had also become contaminated from the child’s regurgitation, showed a large quantity of arsenic poison. About 5:30 on the same afternoon, while Shirley Dianne was in the hospital, appellant left the hospital and went to Deatsville and paid a premium on a $500 life insurance policy she had taken on the life of the child, which was about to lapse for nonpayment of premium and in which she was the sole beneficiary. There was evidence that appellant had applied for a policy in the amount of $5,000 on the child’s life, which had also been issued and on which she had paid the premium, she being the principal beneficiary therein. If, therefore, it were necessary to search for a motive we would find it here.

Aunt Killer (GREAT article)
Nursed doomed to chair in child murder
Poison Slayer’s Sentence Upheld
Mrs. Dennison, a Soulless Opportunistic Child-Killer, Executed – 1953
Tell of Aunt’s insurance on poisoned child
Widow hanged in Alabama
1953: Miss Earle Dennison, the first white woman electrocuted in Alabama
Earle Dennison v State of Alabama 1953 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
Murderpedia: Earle Dennison
Find-A-Grave: Earle C. Dennison

Deadly Women: Betty Evelyn Butler killed Evelyn Clark with a handkerchief; Executed on 6/11/1954

Woman, 25, Doomed To Death In ‘Love’ Slaying
Trial Airs Story Of Female ‘Sweeties’
Betty Evelyn Butler
13 Female Murderers’ Last Meals Serve A Plate Of Bizarre Requests, From Sweet Peas To A Nice Bowl Of Apricots
Murderpedia: Betty Butler
Find-A-Grave: Betty Evelyn Butler
Excerpt from “Women and the Death Penalty in the United States, 1900-1998”

Deadly Women: Friends to Foes

Betty Evelyn Butler

Dr. C. Leroy Adams murder 8/3/1952 Live Oak, FL *Ruby McCollum was then declared incompetent to stand trial and sent to the Florida State Hospital*

C Leroy Adams
Dr. C. Leroy Adams Jr

Find-A-Grave: Dr Clifford LeRoy Adams, Jr
Ruby McCollum Is Judged Insane (part 1)
Ruby McCollum Judged Insane (part 2)
Ruby McCollum Is Adjudged Insane
Ruby McCollum shooting creates widespread scandal in 1952
Murderpedia: Ruby McCollum
Wikipedia: Ruby McCollum
Ruby McCollum, Murder Trial Figure, Faces New Court Action
Memory Of Murder Fades After 28 Years
No Animosity Against Ruby
17 Years After Doc’s Murder, She sits in State Hospital
The Sad Story of Ruby McCollum (very nice article)

State of Florida Vs. Ruby McCollum, Defendant
The Silencing of Ruby McCollum: Race, Class, and Gender in the South
Zora Hurston and the Strange Case of Ruby McCollum
Ruby McCollum,: Woman in the Suwannee jail
The Trial of Ruby McCollum: The true-crime story that shook the foundations of the Segregationist South!
Everybody’s Ruby

Curtain of Secrecy: The Ruby McCollum Story (movie trailer)
A Crime To Remember: The Shot Doctor

Ruby McCollum
Ruby McCollum

Movies Based On True Crimes: Anatomy of a Murder [murder of Maurice Chenoweth]

Lumberjack Tavern

Maurice “Michael” Chenoweth – 7/31/1952
Insanity Plea Planned in Murder Case
Murder drama is angler’s ticket
Marquette, Michigan remembers “Anatomy of a Murder”

Anatomy of a Murder

Anatomy of a Murder

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