On Midnight this Halloween, Investigation Discovery is exploring chilling tales of these notorious, like-named murderers driven to kill out of anger, jealousy, greed, or just for the thrill in a special called “Bloody Marys” And we thought we’d add a few more Murderous and Misfortunate Marys to the list.
1. Mary Winkler -We start our list off with one of the murderous Marys. Mary Winkler was convicted in the 2006 voluntary manslaughter of her husband Matthew. There had been reports in their town of Selmer, Tennessee that pulpit minister Matthew had threatened to kill the family dog and was abusive to Mary. She maintained that his abusive nature was the reason why she snapped and shot him in the back with a 12 gage shotgun. He allegedly forced her to watch pornography and wear “slutty” costumes for sex. Mary was sentenced to 210 days in prison for voluntary manslaughter.
2. Mary Jo Buttafuoco – Who knew answering the front door could be so life-changing? Mary Jo’s husband Joey was having an affair with then 17-year-old Amy Fisher. Amy decided to meeting Mary Jo face-to-face…and shot her in it. Mary Jo was left with hearing loss and paralyzation in her face.
3. Mary Phagan – In 1912 14-year-old Phagan’s body was discovered in the factory basement of the National Pencil Company by the night watchman. She had been strangled to death with a piece of her own petticoat and assaulted. Suspicion fell upon Newt Lee, the night watchman but he was released when police found evidence that they thought was planted by Leo Frank, the factory’s superintendent. Frank was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison. On August 15, 1915 “The Knights of Mary Phagan,” a group comprised of about 25 men, launched an armed attack on he prison that Frank was in. They stole Leo out of the prison and in true mob fashion, lynched him in Marietta.
4. Mary Greff – Sometime during the night on October 23, 2013, former beauty queen Mary Greff’s body was found strangled to death in her parent’s home in Waldwick, New Jersey. Her body was discovered next to her 10-month-old son’s bassinet. Her 22-year-old ex-boyfriend Mark Spatucci has been charged. Prosecutors say that Spatucci entered Greff’s home through a window and started to argue with her while her parents and their son were asleep. The argument turned violent and Spatucci allegedly strangled Greff to death, leaving her on the bed. He has been charged with murder, child endangerment, burglary and hindering apprehension. His bail has been set for $2 million.
5. Mary Rogers – Mary’s story was a national sensation in 19th century America. She even inspired Edgar Allen Poe’s detective story The Mystery of Marie Rogêt. On July 25, 1841 Mary told her fiancee that she was going to visit her aunt and other family members. Three days later her body was found floating in the Hudson River by fishermen casting nets in Hoboken, New Jersey. A cord was wrapped around her waist and a heavy stone was attached. After a medical examination it was found that Rogers was sexually assaulted and beaten to death before being thrown in the river. Months later with the search still on for her murderer, her fiancee committed suicide by poisoning himself with laudanum. He left a note in which he wrote: “To the World – here I am on the very spot. May God forgive me for my misspent life.” The case is still unsolved to this day.
6. Mary Pinchot Meyer – Mary was an American painter, socialite and wife of CIA official Cord Meyer. In 1961 she had divorced from Cord and through another artist friend Kenneth Noland, befriended Ted Kennedy. Through her link with Ted she met his brother John F. Kennedy and in 1961 their friendship became intimate. On October 21, 1964 Pinchot Meyer was taking a walk along a towpath in Georgetown. Witnesses claimed they heard a woman scream “Someone help me, someone help me.” and heard two gunshots fired. She had been shot in the back of her head as well as in her heart. Raymond Crump, Jr. was arrested and charged with her murder but was acquitted of all the charges in July of 1965. Her murder still remains unsolved though some have claimed that she was assassinated by the CIA.
7. Mary Tanner – In July 1978, 18-year-old Mary Tanner was hitchhiking on her way home after the annual Miss Dumpy parade in Kennebunk, Maine when she vanished. Two days later her body was found, badly beaten and decomposing in Gracie Evans Field just over the Lyman line, west of Kennebunk. To this day the story remains unsolved as to who Mary hitched a ride from on her way home and eventually killed her.