To neighbors in Tulsa, Okla., matronly Nannie Doss — aka The Giggling Granny — was a happy wife, and parent. But her laughter and seeming good nature masked a heartless killer who wiped out most of her family with her murder weapon of choice — arsenic.
Nannie was age 16 when she wed Charles Braggs and had four daughters in rapid succession.
Then, two of them died months apart. Both were healthy when Charles went to work and suspiciously dead when he returned home.
He fled with their older daughter never to be heard from again, leaving Nannie with their youngest, Florine.
CASHING IN INSURANCE POLICIES
Over the ensuing years, Nannie mourned the deaths of a number of relatives and soothed her pain by cashing in their insurance policies.
Four husbands, one grandchild, her own mother and two of Nannie's sisters all suddenly contracted painful stomach convulsions and died while Nannie was with them.
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The original Black Widow's reign of terror finally ended after the death of hubby No. 5, Samuel Doss in July 1954. His autopsy revealed enough arsenic-based rat poison to kill 20 men.
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