Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Twice a Husband-Poisoner: Bessie Folse Toups - 1962


FULL TEXT: Franklin, La. – Police charged Mrs. Bessie Folse Toups, 44 year-old Berwick woman, Tuesday with murder of her second husband and attempted murder of her third husband.

Mrs. Toups, wife of Laurie Toups, 56, a druggist, was rested Monday night, after a six week investigation that started when doctors at Ochsner Foundation Hospital in New Orleans found arsenic poisoning in Toups. Toups was reported bedridden after a lengthy stay at the hospital.

After the body of the woman's second husband, Octave J. Folse Jr., was exhumed, Orleans Parish coroner Dr. Nicholas Chetta found arsenic poisoning in his body.

Folse died Nov. 16, 1959, three days after entering Franklin hospital. Officers declined today to say how his death vas classified at that time.

The St. Mary Parish sheriff's office said the woman had been married three times but that her first husband, who is still living, was not involved.

The woman married Toups about 13 months ago.

She is a native of Newnan, Ga., an Atlanta suburb. She drives a St. Mary Parish school bus.

[“Women [sic] Held For Poisoning Two Husbands,” syndicated (AP), Lake Charles American Press (La.), Mar. 14, 1962, p. 7]

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For links to other cases of woman who murdered 2 or more husbands (or paramours), see Black Widow Serial Killers.

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