This weeks post brings us another poisoner - Vera Renczi of Romania.
Renczi has been dubbed the Black Widow. She was born in Romania approximately 1903 to a wealthy family.
In her childhood and youth she had trouble maintaining relationships with men.
The following is a chronology of her deeds:
Her first husband disappeared when their son, Lorenzo, was a year old.
Her second husband, Joseph Renczi, disappeared shortly after their marriage.
Vera had a string of lovers, all who went to visit her and then never came back. She was caught after the wife of one of her lovers insisted that the police search her home.
Authorities found thirty-five coffins in her wine cellar, containing the bodies of the missing men as well as the remains of Lorenzo, whom she had to kill when he discovered her grisly secret and tried to blackmail her for it.
The investigation revealed that her victims had been killed by being poisoned with arsenic.
Because the law did not allow for the execution of women, Vera spent the rest of her life in a maximum security prison.
What makes Vera Renzci an interesting Black Widow is that her motives were not monetary. Vera killed her victims because she was paranoid that they were unfaithful to her.
That the reason for her ultimate capture was the wife of one of her lovers taught me a valuable lesson:
Laughing out loud while coffee is in your mouth is not so good.
Moral of the story: If you are going to cheat, make sure the men who came before you are still walking. If you're going to kill someone, don't leave their corpse rotting in your basement. Doing so makes it easier for you to get caught red-handed. It is also incredibly unsanitary.
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