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.