Woman executed for the murder of her fifth husband

February 24, 2000Huntsville, TexasBetty Lou Beets is executed for the murder of her fifth husband, Jimmy Don Beets Jimmy Don was reported missing on August 6, 1983; his boat was found adrift on a lake near his Gun Barrel City, Texas home on August 12. On board were Jimmy Don’s fishing license, a life jacket,…

Woman kills husband as “revenge” for the murder of her lover

February 20, 2016Hobart, IndianaKelly Cochran (33) kills her husband Jason (37) with a lethal heroin injection and by smothering him On February 20, Kelly called 911 to request an ambulance. “I don’t know what’s wrong,” she told the dispatcher. “He’s throwing up. He’s sweating. I need an ambulance right away.” Medics reported Kelly was “disruptive”…

Woman kills husband, children, self

January 18, 1983 Aplington, Iowa Ethel Mae Franken kills her husband and their three children before killing herself Ethel had recently been released from the hospital following five weeks of therapy — which included electroshock treatments — for “a nervous breakdown.” Friends and family later stated Ethel had seemed to be doing well emotionally following…

A woman kills her husband and their infant son

January 14, 1862 Clavering, Essex, England Rebecca Law kills her husband and infant son Samuel (27) and Rebecca (25) had been married for around 7 years before the murder. The early portion of their marriage was peppered with quarrels, primarily due to their differing personalities (Samuel was described as having “loose habits” while Rebecca was…