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Betty Lou Beets

Born: 1937
Suspected Murders: 2 husbands
Status: Executed Feb. 26, 2000

On Oct. 11, 1985, Betty Lou Beets was found guilty of shooting her fifth husband, Jimmy Don, and faking his death in a boating accident in August, 1983.

During the investigation, a search of her home revealed the body of another husband found buried in a garage. He also had been shot, but Beets was never tried for his murder.

Beets' son testified against her in court in the case of Jimmy Don's murder. After 10 years of appeals, the great-grandmother was executed by lethal injection.

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