Essay on Nannie Doss Female Serial Killer

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Nannie Doss

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One of the most prolific female serial killers in U.S. history.

Nannie Doss was a serial killer who earned the monikers "The Giggling Nanny", "The Giggling Granny" and "The Jolly Black Widow" after going on a killing spree between the 1920s to 1954.
Nannie Doss - Her Childhood Years

Nannie Doss was born Nancy Hazle on Nov. 4, 1905, in Blue Mountain, Al., to James and Lou Hazle. Much of Doss ' childhood was spent avoiding the wrath of her father who
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But the second child, a healthy girl, died soon after being born for unexplained reasons. Later Melvina recalled while in and out of consciousness after her difficult delivery, seeing her mother stick a hatpin into the head of the infant, but no proof of the incident was ever found.

On July 7, 1945, Doss was taking care of Melvina 's son Robert, after she and her daughter had a fight over Doss ' disapproval of Melvina 's new boyfriend. That night, while in Doss ' care, Robert died of what doctors said was asphyxia from unknown causes. Within a few months Doss collected $500 on an insurance policy she had taken out on the boy.

Frank Harrelson Dies

On September 15, 1945, Frank Harrelson became ill and died. Later Doss would tell the story of Frank coming home drunk and raping her. The next day, acting on revenge, she poured rat poison into his corn whiskey jar, then watched as Harrelson died a painful, miserable death.

Husband #3 - Arlie Lanning

Figuring it had worked once to snag a husband, Doss returned to the classified ads to find her next true love. It worked and within two days of meeting each other, Doss and Arlie Lanning were married. Just like her late husband, Lanning was an alcoholic, but not a violent one. However this time it was Doss who took off for weeks and sometimes months at a time.

In 1950, after two and a half years of marriage, Lanning became ill and died. At the time it was believed that he died of a heart attack brought on by

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