'Black Widow' Grandma Dies Before Trial

Betty Neumar died in a hospital in Louisiana. Stanly County, N.C., Sheriff Rick Burris said.

The 79-year-old was facing three counts of solicitation to commit first-degree murder. She was accused of trying to hire someone to kill her fourth husband, Harold Gentry, in the weeks before his death in 1986.

Authorities discovered Neumar had been married five times since the 1950s. The grannie left a trail of five dead husbands in five states over several decades, and a male offspring.

The men:
  1. Clarence Malone (1950–1952) died November 27, 1970 from natural causes?  Sure...
  2. James Flynn (? - 1955) was shot dead on a pier in New York in 1955.
  3. Richard Sills (? -1965) died from an allegedly self-inflicted gunshot wound.
  4. Thomas Harold Gentry (1968–1986) was found dead in the couple's home shot multiple times.
  5. John Neumar (1991–2007) was found dead from suspected death by arsenic poisoning.
  6. Mystery death of her first child, Gary Flynn, whose 1985 death was ruled a suicide, uh huh.

Pretty much any woman killing a series of boyfriends or husbands is called a Black Widow.  Betty
dying before trial denies relatives of the dead men closure, some long suspicious.

The black widow spider is a member of the genus Latrodectus whose gruesome habit of eating the male after mating is a metaphor for the human version.

In essence, these women dispose of their mates, often soon after mating - motivation?  Sometimes for money, sometimes just for sport, as was the case in Betty's murders.

Lesson? Beware of the ones that look frail, demure, needy, possibly kind, with a string of several marriages, where the husbands or boyfriends each meet mysterious, untimely ends.

Do ya know anyone like Betty? If so, don't call grandma, she may be the perp!