Vera ultimately confessed her crimes, and was sentenced to life imprisonment. At her trial, the judge asked:
“Why did you kill all these human beings?”“They were men,” she answered. “I could not endure the thought that they would ever put their arms around another woman after they had embraced me.”
Good news. Whatever you have done to your exes in the past – prank calling them, keying their cars, whatever – you’re more sane than Vera Renczi. And that’s a good thing. Partly because it means you will not spend the rest of your life in jail after wrecking havoc on absolutely everyone in your vicinity. But, also, because I can’t imagine any of this was much fun for Vera. I mean, sure, picking up men in cafes is fun. But it seemed as soon as she got them, she was beset by anxiety and misery such as you and I cannot imagine.
She wasn’t killing men for cheap thrills, she was killing men because she viewed them as the source of all her unhappiness.
Fortunately, we live in an age where you can just de-friend your exes on Facebook and never have to worry about seeing them again. Or, you can try to be friends. You just can’t use arsenic on anybody. I mean, honestly, the skin thing would freak you out, anyway.