the lonely hearts killers


Raymond Fernandez was one half of the lonely hearts killers. Along with Martha Beck Fernandez was responsible for the murders of as many as 20 women. Fernandez had been indulging in criminal activity prior to meeting Beck, having contacted women through lonely hearts ads, and used this as an opportunity to steal jewellery, money and checks after he had seduced them and gained there trust. This was how he met Martha Beck, however when he told her of his criminal enterprise she immediately became a willing participant. Despite her willingness to participate in criminal activity, she found it incredibly difficult to see Fernandez seducing women, and fuelled by jealousy began killing women that Fernandez become involved with.


Famous Actors as Serial Killers  (Part  2)

1. Aileen Wuornos played by Charlize Theron in Monster (2003)

2. Fred West played by Dominic West in Appropriate Adult (2011)

3. Ted Bundy playes by Mark Harmon in The Deliberate Stranger (1986)

4. Raymond Fernandez and Martha Beck played by Jared Leto and Salma Hayek in Lonely Hearts (2006)

5. Jack Unterweger played by Michael Fassbender in Entering Hades (2017)

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Harvey Glatman was known as the Lonely Hearts Killer,  and executed his crimes in and around LA during the 1950s when he posed as a professional photographer and bachelor looking for love. Glatman killed Judith Dull (left), 19, after booking a fake modeling gig with her at his house. He raped and murdered Shirley Ann Bridgeford (right), 24, after meeting her through The Lonely Hearts Club dating service and taking her “for a drive” to the remote countryside where he forced her to undress before strangling her to death.

As a child, Glatman’s family doctor told his parents that he would “grow out of” his sadomasochistic tendencies, which included choking himself with ropes at the age of 12 and molesting women as a teenager. Despite multiple arrests for molestation and muggings and a diagnosis as a psychopath, Glatman was paroled for his exceptionally good behavior while in prison. He eventually moved to LA, where his career as a fake photographer took off. He made three women murder victims and was caught trying to kill a third when he was arrested and willingly confessed, leading to his execution by gas chamber in 1959.

Pictured above is Raymond Fernandez and Martha Beck, who together were known as the Lonely Hearts Killers. The pair met through a Lonely Hearts ad after Fernandez had started a criminal career robbing women who he would meet through the ads. Beck was more than happy to join him in this venture, although her jealousy towards the women targeted resulted in angry and violent outbursts that lead to a number of their deaths. In one instance she smashed a woman’s head in with a hammer when she discovered her in bed with Fernandez.

The pair were tried for 3 murders, although they may have killed more than 17 women. They were both convicted of murder and executed on 8th of March, 1951. Martha Beck’s final words were:

“My story is a love story. But only those tortured by love can know what I mean. Imprisonment in the Death House has only strengthened my feeling for Raymond….”

Sad, Negative or Mellow Love Songs for The Signs

Aries: John Mayer - A Love Song for No One

Taurus: Gorillaz - On Melancholy Hill 

Gemini: Katy Perry - Hot and Cold

Cancer: Justin Timberlake - Mirrors

Leo: Young Heretics - I Know I’m a Wolf

Virgo: Tegan and Sara - Now I’m All Messed Up

Libra: Evanescence - My Immortal

Scorpio: Marina and the Diamonds - Lonely Hearts Club

Ophiuchus: Taylor Swift - Style 

Sagittarius: The Killers - Mr. Brightside

Capricorn: Panic! At the Disco - I Write Sins Not Tragedies

Aquarius: P!nk - So What

Pisces: The Wombats - Your Body Is a Weapon