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Vera Renczi Was an Infamous Black Widow—Who May Never Have Existed

Did the supposedly infamous Romanian killer really slay 35 people? 

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  • Actress Vera Fyodorovna Komissarzhevskaya, frequently misidentified as Vera Renczi.Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons
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  • Left: The image incorrectly identified as Vera Renczi across the internet. Right: A promotional photo of Komissarzhevskaya.

    Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons
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  • The 1925 article which seems to have generated Renczi's fame.

    Photo Credit: Danville Bee