Thursday, February 5, 2015

Grace Sims, Tennessee Lonely Hearts Black Widow Serial Killer – 1930s


Grace Sims (born September 21, 1886), Brickel Ridge, Tennessee.

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EXCERPT (Article 1 of 3): “Mowery’s family is astonishing in several ways. Not only was her grandmother incredibly resourceful and resilient, she was also a serial killer. Along with slaughtering pigs, her main source of income, she desperately slaughtered man after man, sometimes for the money in their pocket and often through the allure of love and sex. In her mind, she was simply doing what she thought she had to do to keep her farm financially viable so she could leave it upon her death to her three sons.” [Jill Zima Borski, Book review:  “‘Tragedy in Tin Can Holler:’ A Terrifying True Tale,”
keynews.com (Key West, Fl.), Sep. 11, 2011]

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EXCERPT (Article 2 of 3): “In the early 20th century, Grace Sims was known for her exploits. She had several children by married men, sent for mail-order husbands who mysteriously disappeared once she had their money and hired vagabonds who were never seen again after working on her hog farm, according to legend. She never served time for her suspected serial killings, but she was imprisoned for mail fraud over the mail-order husbands.” [Ron Clayton, “Meigs gets Grace Sims’ prison quilt,” Chatanooga Times Free Press (Tn.), Mar. 12, 2009]

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EXCERPT (Article 3 of 3): “As Grace approached her late teen years she became very rebellious and began drinking. On one occasion she was seen drunk, riding her mule through the city of Decatur wearing only her gun and holster belt around her waist. In 1905, when Grace was 19 years old, she met Cleveland Smith, a married man. She could always get moonshine from him. They became drinking buddies and partners in crime. She and Cleveland Smith were arrested numerous times for trespassing, public drunkenness, carrying a pistol, public profanity, manufacturing moonshine, and lewdness. Lewdness during that time period was unmarried couples living together. Grace never served any jail time in Meigs County. She only had to pay the fines.” [Rosetta Mowery, from Chapter 2, Tragedy in Tin Can Alley, 2007 (rev. 2009), Global Authors]

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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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