According to legends and rumors, Lavinia Fisher was the first female serial killer in America. I don't know if that's true. I don't even know if the legends have any basis in reality. If they're true, she was one sick lady, and if not, they make for one hell of a campfire story.
You see, Lavinia and her husband were innkeepers just outside Charleston, SC, and like so many sickos before them, they saw an opportunity to make some extra money beyond the fees for staying at their place. It's said that they killed upwards of a hundred travelers - mostly men, I think - in order to keep their money and belongings.
From the accounts I read, John Fisher didn't seem like any criminal mastermind. One report had him begging and crying and praying as he was led to the gallows. No, I think if any of this is true, Lavinia was the driving force. Supposedly very lovely with a charm about her, she would draw the men in and then John and his gang (maybe two other guys) would do the killings.
Several of the rumors say that Lavinia went to the gallows in her wedding dress. That part's been refuted, but what a story! Some say she had plans to marry the devil after her death. Others say she wore her wedding dress to entice the onlookers at her hanging. Now, that's pretty wicked.
Whether her story is true or not, she was certainly somehow who inspired fear and loathing - even long after her death. There have been books written about her, movies made, episodes of crime shows based on her.
Definitely an interesting story. And with that I'll leave you with her supposed last words: "If any of you have a message for the devil, say it now for I shall see him in a moment."
How's that for creepy?