The concept of mail-order brides traces back centuries, and mail-order bride horror stories continue to engross people today. The mail-order bride phenomenon goes all the way back to 19th century America. Men working on the frontiers of the western United States posted advertisements for wives in eastern publications. In the 20th and 21st centuries, mail-order brides were exclusively from foreign countries, mostly the former Eastern Bloc and Southeast Asia. Naturally, many mail-order marriage horror stories arose from this practice, acting as a sort of predecessor to online dating nightmares.
Most of the instances below deal with scummy men who took advantage of vulnerable and trusting women, but some detail mail-order bride crimes where the leading lady makes off with her husband's money, and sometimes his life. When ordering a bride through the mail goes wrong, any number of abusive, deadly, or even awkward situations can arise.
Anastasia King Died By Her Husband's HandPhoto: Find a Grave
Jerry Mentzel Lost Thousands Of Dollars To His Mail-Order BrideVideo: YouTube
A 'Fast Woman' Pulled The Wool Over Dr. Leo Berson
David Sartin Plotted A Bizarre, Sinister Revenge On His Mail-Order FiancéePhoto: YouTube
Lester Barney Killed Alla Barney In Front Of Their Four-Year-Old
Reina Swierski Was Strangled By Her Husband And Dumped In The Santa Cruz MountainsVideo: YouTube