The first lonely hearts ads were published in 1695, just five years after the first newspapers were created. Almost from the very beginning, there have been criminals who have used these ads to prey on vulnerable people. Listen to three stories of different serial killers who found their victims through the lonely hearts ads.



Raymond Fernandez and Martha Beck: The Lonely Hearts Killers

Belle Gunness: The Black Widow of the Midwest Who Lured Numerous Victims to Their Deaths



Dexter Britain, The Tea Party

Rocco Granata, Lost Memories

Phillip Weigl, Not the Streets You Used to Walk

Kai Engel, Silence

Lee Rosevere, At the Edges of Sleep

Chris Zabriskie, Stories About the World That Was, Virtues Inherited, Vices Passed On