How could you not be drawn to a story headlined “the golfer who married five women and murdered five men”? That was Alvin C. Thomas, better known under his nickname Titanic Thompson. I was halfway through the story and remembered that this was supposed to be about a golfer, and it hadn’t mentioned golf yet. Thompson took up golf suddenly as an adult, and discovered he was very good at it. He could have been a professional golfer, but Thompson scoffed at the idea because he already made a better living gambling. In fact, he made an awful lot of money gambling because he cheated.
Thompson didn’t kill five men at once; those were three different instances, and he had an indirect hand in a sixth death. Yet he never served time for any of them. The five women he married were all teenagers, between 15 and 18 years old. The 18-year-old was his fifth wife, and he was in his 60s when he married her. So you can see that a timeline of Thompson’s life would be pretty complicated. And he got away with it all, dying in a nursing home at age 80. Read his story at Historic Mysteries. -via Strange Company
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