All five of Betty Neumar’s husbands died, most of them mysteriously. When her first husband was shot in the head in 1970, almost two decades after their divorce, it was ruled a homicide but she wasn't charged. In the mid-1950s, her second husband had either “froze to death in a truck” or was shot to death “on a pier” in New York was a bit of a mystery. In 1965, her third husband shot himself in an apparent suicide, although that finding has been questioned as he may have been shot twice. Her fourth husband, Harold Gentry, was gunned down in their home in 1986. And when her fifth husband passed away in 2007, the state of Georgia investigated to determine if he was poisoned, but could find no evidence of Neumar’s involvement. His family did not agree with the finding. Neumar’s son also committed suicide in 1985, and Neumar was named as the beneficiary on his $10,000 life insurance policy.
It was the death of the fourth husband would eventually bring police to Neumar’s door. Gentry’s brother was convinced that Neumar was behind it, and urged police to re-open the case. They finally did in 2007, and Neumar was charged with hiring hitmen to kill her husband. As the police investigated her, they uncovered more and more mysteries. The former beautician and bus driver had multiple driver’s licenses, secret bank accounts, and passports and credit cards in other people’s names.
Before she could be tried – or answer any questions about her past or the fate of her many husbands – Neumar died of complications from cancer in 2011. She was 79.