Lydia Trueblood – Truly Blood Thirsty

Lydia Trueblood was an unremarkable woman yet she captured the attention of men. At the age of 19, she married Idaho land owner, Robert C. Dooley. The couple had a baby girl named Lorraine who died suddenly. Robert’s brother Edward Dooley, who lived with the couple, also died. In October 1915, Robert died from what was thought to be typhoid fever. Within two years Lydia married William G. McHaffle and moved to his home in Montana. On October 1, 1918 McHaffle died from what was thought to be complications of influenza and diphtheria. Lydia met another man named Harlan C. Lewis, an automotive engineer from Billings, Montana. Within four months, Lewis was dead from complications of gastro-enteritis. It was not long before the 27-year-old widow three times over, married Edward F. Meyer, a ranch foreman from Pocatello, Idaho. Edward survived one month, dying after contracting typhoid. Her dying husbands aroused suspicion and a chemist, Earl Dooley decided to dig deeper into the deaths. He collected soil on the spot where Meyer died, and discovered it contained arsenic. After testing was done on Meyers exhumed body and large traces of arsenic were uncovered, authorities went to arrest Lydia but she was nowhere to be found. The bodies of all her dead husbands, her baby and her brother-in-law were tested and traces of arsenic was detected in some. By the time authorities caught up with Lydia she was living in Hawaii and married to Paul Vincent.  watch deadly women – blood for money

Lydia was returned to face murder charges of which she was found guilty and sentenced to ten years to life. It was determined that her motive for murder was money. Lydia managed to escape from prison into the arms of David Minton, an ex-convict who fell in love with her before his release from prison. Once outside the prison walls, Lydia deserted Minton, but she left him alive. This proved to be her demise because Minton, angery at Lydia’s desertion, told police where she was living in Topeka, Kansas. Lydia married another man, Harry Whitlock after leaving Minton. She was returned to prison. Once back in prison Lydia convinced George Rudd, the prison warden, to grant her special privileges such as day trips to a local resort. When the truth came out, Rudd was forced to resign. What happened to Lydia Trueblood afterwards is unknown. Perhaps she became widowed a few more times. Watch Arsenic and Old Lace  (51 seconds)

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6 Responses to Lydia Trueblood – Truly Blood Thirsty

  1. jazz fabulous says:

    She is now rotting in Hell.

  2. Not sure where this article gets it’s information, but there are a couple of things wrong. For one thing, the episode of Deadly Women that profiled Lyda Trueblood was “Love You to Pieces” and not “Blood for Money.” Second, her 5th husband’s name was Paul Southard, hence the surname she was known as for a portion of her life. Lastly, the article states that Lyda’s activity was unknown after being released and while I don’t know exactly what she was up to, I do know that she died in 1958 at the age of 65. There might be more inconsistencies in the article, but those are the only ones I know of.

  3. There’s no doubt about that. She was definitely a cold blooded bitch and information around the net is extremely inconsistent, you’re right about that. As for the last link you provided, I personally wouldn’t take any stock in that one since it’s not a reliable source. I believe her 5th husband’s name was Paul Vincent Southard, because the sites that list him as Southard give his middle initial as V. I would have to come to the conclusion that his name was Southard since she herself took that surname. In fact, you can find information for her under Lyda Southard at Wikipedia. That’s also where I found out about her death.

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