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WINNIE RUTH JUDD


Source: The Anderson Herald - Tuesday 15 July 1969 p 11 Martinez, Calif.

Plump, matronly Winnie Ruth Judd, sensational trunk murderess of a generation ago, quietly admitted her identity Monday and made an unsuccessful plea to be allowed to return to Arizona alone. Mrs. Judd, now 64, has been a fugitive from an Arizona mental hospital since 1962 after the latest of seven escapes. She was born in Darlington, Ind., the daughter of a minister. She was arrested June 27 while working as a cook and maid in the home of a doctor in nearby Alamo, Calif. Nicknamed the "Tiger Woman" by the press of an earlier day, she was convicted in 1933 of the 1931 slaying of two Phoenix girl friends. Their bodies, one dismembered, were shipped to Los Angeles in trunks. Sentenced to hang, she was adjudged insane and committed to an asylum only 72 hours before her scheduled execution. Six times before 1962 she escaped but was quickly recaptured or returned voluntarily. In October of that year she walked away for the seventh time and was not apprehended until traced by a detective. Although identified by fingerprints, she insisted she was actually Marian Lane, a domestic worker.


Source: Syracuse (New York) Herald American - Sunday 25 October 1998 p A-2

Winnie Ruth Judd, 93, who spent 40 years in a mental hospital for killing two women and shipping their bodies to Los Angeles, died Friday in Phoenix. Judd became known across the nation as the "Trunk Murderess" after she was convicted in the Oct. 16, 1931, murders of Anne LeRoi, 32, and Hedvig "Sammy" Samuelson, 24. Samuelson's body had been cut into pieces, and both women's bodies were packed into trunks and a suitcase and shipped to Los Angeles, where a rail worker found them three days later. A search for Judd ensued and she surrendered less than a week later in a Los Angeles funeral home. Judd was sentenced to death in 1932 but pleaded insanity to avoid execution. She was paroled in 1971 and moved to the San Francisco Bay area, where she lived under the name Marian Lane. Judd rarely spoke of the case, but some others who studied it came to believe she acted in self-defense and took the full blame to cover up the alleged involvement of a man she was dating.


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