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Detroit News, May 26, 1931. Serial murderers work so hard at what they do, but most of them fall down the memory hole regardless. This Margaret Summers gal was ultimately credited with a dozen killings, but who now remembers her name? Ah well, sic transit gloria mundi.

The hausfrau or boardinghouse mistress working a sideline of murder-for-profit is an enduring American phenomenon. Before Mrs. Summers there was Belle Gunness. Since then we’ve had Dorothea Puente and the deadly septuagenarian partnership of Helen Golay and Olga Rutterschmidt. God knows how many others have joined Margaret Summers in historical oblivion. It’s just rank sexism if you ask me.