“Flypaper” Lyda Southard: Lady Bluebeard

Sept. 7, 1920, Twin Falls, Idaho: Edward F. Meyer, a ranch foreman, dies after a sudden attack of illness.

Both he and one of his ranch hands had taken sick just days earlier, after eating a meal cooked by Ed’s new bride, Lyda. The men were doubled over with cramps, nausea, and diarrhea. The ranch hand recovered, but Ed was taken to the hospital. While there, he too began to recover, but then…




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