Lonely Hearts – the serial murderer from Milton

In modern times, serial killers have been a popular focus for psychological fascination, public terror, and (most often) crime-related television shows. Sadly, the innermost demons of human nature which motivate these kinds of murderous acts have no apparent end in sight. While Florida isn’t especially known for such killers, Milton is able to claim Martha J. Seabrook Beck, aka one of the “Lonely Hearts Killers,” as one of its own natives.

In the 1940s, Beck was the female counterpart to the murdering duo known as the “Lonely Hearts Killers.” According to her grave marker in the Berryhill Cemetery of Milton, Fla., Martha was born May 6, 1919. As a native of Milton, she was the daughter of Julia and Stanley Seabrook. According to “Famous American Crimes and Trials (Volume III)” by Frankie Bailey and Steven Chermak, Beck attended nursing school in Pensacola “where she excelled in every category and finished at the head of the class.” Sometime after her schooling, Beck would later go on to become a nurse at the Pensacola Maternity Hospital for a brief period.

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