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

Psycho For Love: Richard Allan Lyon killed his wife, Nancy Dillard Lyon, by poisoning; Sentenced to life in prison


Nancy Lyon
Nancy Dillard Lyon

Police have suspect in arsenic poisoning
Dallas man arrested in poisoning death of wife
CrimeLibrary: Richard and Nancy Lyon
Richard Lyon Trial: 1991-92
The Killer Next Door
Death in Small Doses Movie
The Murder of Nancy Lyon by a neighbor

Poisoned Dreams: A True Story of Murder, Money, and Family Secrets

The Perfect Murder: Murder-in-Law
Fatal Vows: Blood and Wine
Death in Small Doses
Dallas: Arsenic and Old Money


SID Number: 04503067
TDCJ Number: 00612188
Race: W
Gender: M
DOB: 1957-04-22
Maximum Sentence Date: LIFE SENTENCE
Current Facility: RAMSEY I
Projected Release Date: LIFE SENTENCE
Parole Eligibility Date: 2006-12-18

Offense History

Offense Date: 1991-01-14
Sentence Date: 1992-01-17
County: DALLAS
Case No.: F-9141619-IK
Sentence (YY-MM-DD): 9999-99-99

Deadly Women: Audrey Marie Hilley kills her husband, Frank, and attempts to kill her daughter, Carol, all for money

The Hilley Family

Frank Hilley obituary
Find-A-Grave: Frank Alfred Hilley
Movies Based on True Stories: Wife, Mother,Murderer: The Marie Hilley Story (very good site)
Fugitive woman indicted
Hilley warrant is issued
‘Black Widow’ Escapes From Alabama Prison
Last Chapter Of Black Widow Saga: Muddy, Cold, Dying Near Birthplace
Black widow’s quest for good life ends in lonely death
Audrey Marie Hilley v State of Alabama 1985 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
The Double Life, Prison Escape, and Death of Murderess Audrey Marie Hilley
Alabama Woman Who Poisoned Her Husband And Daughter Dies After Escaping Prison
Murderpedia: Audrey Hilley
Wikipedia: Audrey Marie Hilley
Profile: Audrey Marie Hilley
Find-A-Grave: Audrey Marie Hilley

Podcast: Bloody Murder – The Sickness Follows

Poisoned Blood: True Story of Marie Hilley, Cold-blooded Killer
Black Widow
Criminal Poisoning: Investigational Guide for Law Enforcement, Toxicologists, Forensic Scientists, and Attorneys
Evil Wives
Husband Killer Audrey Hilley: A collection of True Crime

American Monster: Alabama Murder Mystery
Snapped: Audrey Hilley
Southern Fried Homicide: The Perfect Poisoner
Evil, I: Mommy Dearest
Deadly Women: Secrets and Lies
Wikipedia: Deadly Women – Episode Guide
Wife, Mother, Murderer: The Marie Hilley Story
Unsolved Mysteries Wiki: Marie Hilley

Audrey Marie Hilley

Video from Unsolved Mysteries:

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