Louise Peete

Louise Peete

About Louise Peete

Lofie Louise Preslar (September 20, 1880 in Bienville, Louisiana April 11, 1947 in San Quentin State Prison, California) was a convicted American serial killer. She was one of only four women executed in the California gas chamber. Peete's family was relatively wealthy, and she received an expensive education, but was expelled from school for inappropriate behavior. In 1903, she married a traveling salesman named Henry Bosley; he committed suicide after discovering his wife with another man. She then spent time in Boston, working as a high-class prostitute and stealing from her clients. She later moved to Waco, Texas, where she became involved with wealthy oil baron Joe Appel; he was later found murdered, with his jewelry missing. She was accused of his murder, but convinced a grand jury that she had defended herself from rape. In 1913, she married a hotel clerk, Harry Faurote. He later committed suicide after finding her with another man.

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