On this day, March 8, in 1951, the "Lonely Hearts Killers" were electrocuted at Sing Sing prison in New York.

Martha Beck was overweight and unattractive. Raymond Fernandez was a petty criminal who believed he could charm women into being his sex slaves.

They met through a "Lonely Hearts Club" newspaper advertisement. They became partners in crime, and went on to seduce, rob and murder up to 20 other women who placed personal ads in newspapers.

At their execution, they professed their love.

"I love Martha!" Fernandez shouted. "What do the public know about love?"

Said Beck: "My story is a love story. But only those tortured by love can know what I mean."

-- Scott McCabe