Serial Killer Rattlesnake James - Bloody Murder: A True Crime Podcast
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In this special crossover episode of Bloody Murder and True Crime Island, we discuss Serial Killer Rattlesnake James.

Half assed conman and serial killer Robert S. James gained infamy when he tried to murder his fifth wife Mary by putting her leg into a box of rattlesnakes. When she failed to die in a timely enough fashion, he drowned her in the bathtub and tried to cash in her life insurance policy.

Insurance investigators discovered his third wife Winona had also died by drowning shortly after marrying him and taking out a large insurance policy. His nephew had met an untimely end in a suspicious fashion too and the less said about what he got up to with his 18 year old niece, the better.

Aussie As: Two Western Australian mates get swept out to sea while drifting on an inflatable mattress on the ocean and drinking an esky full of beer.

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Sources: A Lady-Killer Ensnared by a Rattlesnake, Cecilia Rasmussen, LA Times, Sept 18, 1995. In One of L.A.’s Most Outrageous Murder Cases, a Rattlesnake Was the Weapon, Hadley Meares, LA Magazine, Dec 29, 2017. La Cañada’s First U.S. Supreme Court Case, Anita Susan Brenner,, Nov 24, 2005. Robert James alias Raymond Lisemba, LISENBA v. PEOPLE OF STATE OF CALIFORNIA, Decided Dec. 8, 1941. Rattlesnake Bite, Becky Young,, June 4, 2020.

Aussie As Sources: West Australian mates rescued after mattress boat drifts kilometres out to sea, Hamish Goodall,, March 1, 2021. Lads Rescued After Floating Out To Sea On Blow-Up Mattress With Esky Full Of Beers, Stewart Perrie,, March 1, 2021. Two mates are stranded for hours after their ‘boat’ made of an inflatable mattress is washed out to sea… but don’t start to worry until their esky of BEER runs low, Aidan Wondracz, The Daily Mail Australia, March 1, 2021.

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