Despite outward, public politeness to black people, rumors of La Laurie's unusually cruel mistreatment of slaves were widespread.
Some witnesses claimed they saw her biting flesh off her victims, and others claimed she drank their blood; these allegations (though unproven) earned her the nickname "The Blood Countess." Norwegian-American Belle Gunness was responsible for killing 40-plus people in the very early 20th century.
Most were suitors and husbands; Gunness' motive was thought to be the collection of life insurance policies and other sources of wealth.
Wood was charged with one count of second-degree murder and sentenced to 20 years, as part of a plea bargain. Genene Jones was a pediatric nurse who is the confirmed killer of one infant, but the suspected killer of upward of 60 infants between 19.
Jones injected her patients with drugs like digoxin and heparin in order to induce sickness, so that she might revive them and be praised.
During investigations, Graham and Wood each would accuse the other of being the crimes' primary motivator, as well as the manipulative half of the couple.