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Lady Bluebeard [Kindle Edition]

William C. Anderson
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The True Story of Love and Marriage, Death and Flypaper

The woman believed to be America's first female serial killer came of age in the unlikely setting of rural Idaho. Just as unlikely was the method she devised to dispatch her victims. 

Even then she could have gone scot-free had it not been for the dogged persistence of the deputy sheriff of Twin Falls, Idaho. Armed with little more than suspicion, he unearthed (literally) the evidence, then set off on a search that included a dozen states, plus Mexico and Hawaii. 

Her conviction, after a long trial, did not end the story: She escaped from prison by compromising a trusty, and enjoyed a year and a half of freedom, during which time she continued to attract men and marry them. When she was finally returned to prison, she accumulated name was Lyda Trueblood-Dooley-McHaffie-Lewis-Meyer-Southard-Whitlock-Shaw. The newspapers of that day had their own names for her, such as "Lady Bluebeard" and "Lethal Lyda."

This is the improbably story of her life and of the dogged efforts of Deputy Sheriff Val Ormsby to dig up the evidence that finally put her in prison.

Editorial Reviews


"A tireless researcher in the mold of Deputy Sheriff Virgil Ormsby (the man most responsible for bringing Lyda to justice), Anderson turns up some marvelous moments in culling details of Lyda's life." - Paul Swenson, Salt Lake City Tribune

Product Details

  • File Size: 2485 KB
  • Print Length: 178 pages
  • Publisher: Waking Media; First digital edition (December 8, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00795BVIO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #883,012 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Read July 27, 1998
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This is another great book from one of my favorite authors (he wrote Bat21 a few years back). This one is a true story that you have to read to believe. It's about a woman who took out insurance policies on her husbands before she offed them with a little arsenic in their desert. From what I hear, they're planning a movie of this one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting detective work and descriptions of the past September 29, 2004
Enjoyed reading this book as did my book club members. The detail of life in the past, cost of things, and how people acted is very interesting as well as the life of Lady Bluebeard herself. I got tired of reading over and over again about how attractive she was and her red hair - when the pictures support otherwise and the author did admit he has a weakness for red hair (this was obvious).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book June 20, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Coming from the area where this true story happened, I was thrilled to see this book in eBook format. I read the hardback some years ago and made the mistake of lending it, never to see it again, so I'm looking forward to getting the chance to read it again. The story is fascinating as in the time period when these murders happened most people had no idea what a serial killer was. Nor did they think a woman could be so cold blooded as to kill not only several husbands, but also her own child and other relatives. The book is a great study in human nature and it will definitely make you think if your new spouse brings up the topic of life insurance.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lost my hardback copy. April 21, 2013
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This is a great story. First female serial killer. Got rid of her husbands by baking them applie pies laced with arsenic. I'm creating a performance to tell this story to audiences.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting March 4, 2013
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A pretty good read about America's first woman serial killer. A black widow who murdered pretty much all of her husbands for insurance money (isn't a woman serial killer always killing husbands for money lol). I had no clue who this woman was so for me it was a history lesson. I think I was more surprised about the modern inventions that was around during this time than the actual murders. Aside from some grammical errors, this was pretty decent. Probably more for people who are into researching serial killers and the such but a light read for regular readers.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Would be good... February 28, 2013
By Mahi
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This would be a very intriguing story if not for some very blatant mistakes. This is written to be of true events in the 1920's, however I strongly recommend it be sent through an editor before reading. For example, police nor the general population used words such as "dude" and "BVD' s" in that era.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As American As Apple Pie! December 10, 2013
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Extremely interesting story about America's first serial killer. Well researched and thoughtfully presented. I especially enjoyed the details around the men searching for Lyda.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Boy! What a woman! November 6, 2013
By Twiggy
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Wonderful! I live it Twin Falls where this took place. I'd heard about it throughout my life and wanted to know the particulars. The author made it very interesting. It is a good book and almost everyone will enjoy it. It's amazing what this woman...the first female serial killer...did and also what she did after being caught and sent to prison. Read it, you'll like it!
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More About the Author

William C. Anderson (May 7, 1920 - May 16, 2003) was the author of more than twenty novels, historical and true life stories, and author or coauthor of several screenplays for film and television, including the adaptation of his own BAT*21, which was made into a film, starring Gene Hackman and Danny Glover, and Hurricane Hunters, was made into a TV-movie for ABC, starring Martin Milner.

He served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II up through the Vietnam War, retiring as a colonel. He began writing in the 1950s, with a series of columns for MATS Flyer, the magazine of the Air Force's Military Air Transport Service (later MAC Flyer, after MATS became the Military Airlift Command).

Several of his books were autobiographical accounts of the adventures of Anderson, his wife, Dortha, and their children, Ann, Scott and Holly.

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