The eldest woman on death row before her sentence was commuted to life in prison in 1999.
She was physically abused by her husband Ray, something her lawyers would later use in her defense at trial.
She and her husband killed drifters and were the oldest couple to be sentenced to death in 1990.
She married Ray Copeland and the couple had 6 children.
She and Ray Copeland settled down and committed most of their murders in Missouri, the home state of poet Maya Angelou.