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Rhonda Belle Martin was a waitress in Montgomery, Alabama. She poisoned her fifth husband, formerly her son-in-law, but he survived only to be left paraplegic.

His illness led authorities to look into the strange deaths surrounding Rhonda, and in March 1956 she confessed to poisoning her mother, two husbands, and three of her children. She denied killing two other children.

The prosecution claimed that collecting insurance money was her motive, but she never admitted this was the case.

She was convicted of murdering 51-year-old Claude Martin in 1951 by surreptitiously feeding him rat poison and sentenced to die in Alabama’s electric chair.

Eight days before she was asked in an interview if she was prepared to die: “Well, you’ve never seen anybody who was ready to sit down in the electric chair. But if that’s what it’s got to be, that’s what it will be”.

Rhonda Belle wanted her sentence commuted to life. She had made herself a nice dress, black and white, to go to her hearing. Despite her effort, on October 11, 1957 she walked toward the death chamber wearing her new dress and a wedding ring.

Her last meal was hamburger, mashed potatoes, cinnamon rolls and coffee.

A few minutes after midnight, she was strapped into the chair and asked if she had anything to say. She shook her head silently. The swich was thrown; Rhonda Belle stiffened while the electricity entered her body. Then she was pronounced dead.

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Originally posted 2017-12-29 02:14:21.