Sex. Lies. Murder.
Unloved and unwanted, Martha Beckâ€”known as the Obese Ogressâ€”endured abuse and endless taunts about her size. Used for sex by men from an early age, she never felt loveâ€”until she answered a Lonely Hearts ad.
Raymond Fernandez, con artist and swindler, planned for Martha to be another of his victims. Instead, she became the perfect accomplice to Fernandez's cruel intentions. Together they scammed lonely women out of money, jewelry, and finally, their lives.
Martha couldn't live without Raymond, but her jealousy soon turned deadly.
This gripping true crime short story explores the tortured life of Martha Beck, executed at Sing Sing in 1951 for the murders of two women and an infant.
Short Creative Non Fiction