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Martha BECK

 
 
 

 

Raymond Fernandez

 

 

March 3, 1949 - Grand Rapids, MI: Raymond Fernandez' face appears as an expressionless mask as he is
pictured for the first time behind bars following his arrest upon the sonfession of the "lonely hearts"
murder of Club member victims. Fernandez and his accomplice Martha Beck admitted the slaying
 of Mrs. Deliphene Downing and her daughter, Rainell, 21 months old. (Bettmann / Corbis)

 

 

Raymond Fernandez

 

 

Raymond Fernandez

 

 

Raymond Fernandez

 

 

Fernandez began writing dozens of letters to women in lonely hearts clubs. After gaining their trust,
he would steal money, jewelry, and other items, and then disappear. The victims were often too
embarrassed to report him to the police, and he was able to work the con again and again.

 

 

Exterior of the home of Delphine Downing and her daughter, who were murdered by Martha Beck
and Raymond Fernandez, the infamous lonely heart killers. (Bettmann / Corbis)

 

 

Exterior of the home of Delphine Downing and her daughter.

 

 

Evidence

 

 

Evidence

 

 

On August 14, 1948, Fernandez and Myrtle Young were married in Cook County, Illinois. Martha posed
as Raymondís sister this time and did everything she could to make sure that the marriage was
never consummated.
Raymond gave her a heavy dose of drugs which caused her death.

 

 

Janet Fay rented a spacious apartment in the downtown part of the city and, more importantly, had money
 in the bank. She had a habit of writing letters to lonely hearts clubs and despite warnings from her friends
and family, she continued the practice.
She was bludgeoned into unconsciousness with a ball-peen hammer
and then garroted using a scarf as a tourniquet around her neck.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
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