Nannie Doss Biography
Birthday: November 4, 1905 (Scorpio)
Born In: Blue Mountain, Anniston, Alabama
Nannie Doss was an American serial killer who was convicted and sentenced to life in prison after murdering 11 people between the 1920s and 1954. She was also known as the Giggling Granny, the Lonely Hearts Killer, the Black Widow, and Lady Blue Beard. One newspaper went as far as calling her a “self-made widow”. A native of Alabama, she grew up resenting her father, who was forceful and controlling. At the age of seven, she suffered a serious accident which caused severe bouts of headache in the years to come. Doss later blamed her mental instability on the accident. She married five times. Her first marriage, to a co-worker named Charley Braggs, was tumultuous to say the least and Braggs would later claim that he left Doss because he was afraid of her. She married a second time in 1929 to Robert Franklin Harrelson, who later became her first confirmed victim. She went on to kill all three of her subsequent husbands, Arlie Lanning, Richard L. Morton, and Samuel Doss. She also killed Lanning’s mother, her mother-in-law; Lou Hazel, her own mother; Dovie Frances Hazel Weaver, her sister; and Robert Lee Haynes, her grandson. She was also suspected of killing her granddaughter, and two of her four children with Braggs. She was apprehended in October 1954 for the murder of Doss and while she initially denied any involvement with the murder, she confessed to killing him after a thorough interrogation. She was subsequently tried and given a life sentence. In 1965, Doss died of leukaemia in the hospital ward of the Oklahoma State Penitentiary.