Mary Elizabeth Wilson.
Mary Elizabeth Wilson was a serial killer and the last woman to be sentenced to death in England in 1958, though her sentence was later commuted to life in prison.
Known as the merry widow of Windy Nook, Mary came to the attention of the police when her fourth husband in four years died suddenly. In addition to the alarming death rate of her spouses, Mary’s morbid humour regarding the deaths made her the centre of local gossip. At her fourth wedding, Mary was asked by a family member about the leftover sandwiches from the reception. Mary joked that they should be saved for the husband’s funeral. She also joked with the local undertaker, asking him for a trade discount because of all the work she was providing for him. Her two latest husbands were exhumed, and their bodies held high levels of phosphorus, a chemical contained in beetle killer. She was tried and convicted of two murders. Her first two husbands were later exhumed and also showed signs of phosphorus poisoning, though she wasn’t tried for these murders.
Mary Elizabeth Wilson died at Holloway prison in 1963.
On a Monday afternoon in 1937, France, a 19-year-old man named Angelo Hayes left his house to visit friends. He mounted his motorbike, refused his mother's request to wear his helmet, and drove away. A short while later, Angelo hit a wall head on. An ambulance was called and Angelo was declared dead at the scene.
Given the fact that Angelo had died as a result of a motorcycle accident, no autopsy was performed and his funeral was held on the Wednesday morning. The casket was closed as recommended by the mortician given Angelo's head injuries.
Early the next morning, detectives were contacted by an insurance company. They said that Angelo's father had just made a claim for Angelo's life insurance. Not only was the claim a large one, 200,000 francs, but the policy was only two weeks old.
What were the chances of someone dying accidentally just two weeks after a life insurance policy was purchased?