Crime History: Death catches up to gray-haired 'Black Widow'

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On this day, April 11, in 1947, matronly Southern belle Louise Peete was executed in the gas chamber at San Quentin for her second murder conviction. She was 66.

Peete came from a wealthy Louisiana family, but everywhere she went friends ended up dead.

In Texas, Peete was acquitted of murder after she explained she had killed an oil baron in self-defense.

In 1920, in Los Angeles, she wasn't so lucky, and was sentenced to life in prison for killing another oil magnate and burying his body under his house. She was a model prisoner, and released after 19 years.

Peete moved in with an elderly couple and thanked them by killing the wife and burying her under an avocado tree and putting the husband in a mental institution.

-- Scott McCabe

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Scott McCabe

Staff Writer - Crime
The Washington Examiner