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The Jolly Black Widow

Nannie Doss would be remembered for two things: the crimes she committed, and her boastful laugh when she confessed to them.

Doss fell in and out of marriages since the age of 16. She also had a weakness for romance and when things didn’t work out with her suitors, she would poison them and collect the insurance money. Doss killed her mother, four out of five husbands, her sister, two out of her four daughters, brother-in-law, and one of her mother-in-laws because “they got on her nerves.”

During her confession, she laughed about the murders and bragged about killing a total of 11 people. She was sentenced to life in prison in 1955 and died of leukemia in 1965.

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