The Trunk Murderess - Winnie Judd
Winnie Ruth Judd, known as the trunk murderess died at the age of 93 in Arizona. She was in prison most of her life for one of the craziest crimes of the century and one she claimed self defense on. The entire murder and bizarre aftermath is fascinating. I mean, who the hell does this shit? The sick Pic below is of the contents of the trunks.
Mrs. Judd, 26, a doctors wife, arrived in Los Angeles with trunks that seemed to be dripping blood. When asked to open them by police, she stated she did not have a key and left the scene. Winnie Judd was tracked down and the trunks were opened. The trunks of course, contained cut up dead bodies.
Inside the large trunk, police found the body of Agnes Anne LeRoi, 32. In the smaller trunks was the body of Hedvig Samuelson, 24. The body was cut up so it would fit into the trunk. There was also a fourth part found later.
Seems the women shared a residence, got in an argument and were fatally shot. Mrs. Judd cut up the body to fit in the trunk and took it with her. To this day, no one is really clear what they were arguing about.
“Four days after the bodies were discovered, Mrs. Judd was arrested in Los Angeles. She quickly became an object of curiosity. When she was returned to Phoenix for trial, thousands lined the streets for a glimpse, and the owner of the home where the murders occurred sold 10-cent tickets for tours.”
Winnie Judd always maintained that the women attacked her and she shot them in self defense, the prosecution asserted that she shot the women while they slept out of jealousy. She was found guilty and received the death penalty, death by hanging. Thousands of people wrote in to save her including Eleanor Roosevelt.
She escaped six times after that and stayed out for seven years at one time under an assumed name. In 1971, she was judged to be sane and released. She died at the age of 93
What a crazy life!
9 Comments posted on "The Trunk Murderess - Winnie Judd"
Horrible Ways to Die, some bizarre death photos on September 7th, 2008 at 10:07 am #
[…] Winnie Judd seems to have shot Hedvig Samuelson, 24, in the head, along with another woman and tried to stuff her in a trunk. When the trunk was not large enough, Winnie Judd cut up the body into four parts and packed her that way. She then took the trunks filled with 2 dead bodies on the train to Los Angeles with her. She then became called the trunk Murderess… hmm […]
Sumac on December 5th, 2008 at 5:51 pm #
The operative phrase in comment #1 is “seems to have…”
Zonie on April 25th, 2009 at 9:07 am #
Winnie wasn’t in prison most of her life….she was either at the AZ State hospital or, having had the front key to the place….on the run…..she escaped 6 or 7 times…one time for nearly 7 years….Winnie was paroled in 1971…at age 77…..for something…she probably didn’t do….she didn’t cut those bodies up….someone else did….
Jeremy on April 10th, 2010 at 7:37 pm #
My Great Grandfather, Walter E, George, worked at the state hospital during the time she was there. He claimed she was completely sane the whole time and did not believe for a minute she was guilty.
scott evans on July 25th, 2010 at 1:47 am #
i believe her husband had a hand in helping her cut up the bodies due to the fact the he was a doctor and would of known how to cut up the body,
bombbay on September 19th, 2010 at 7:24 pm #
The deadly women series didnt mention she was a doctors wife or that she worked for a medical facility. It said the three women were competing for the affection of a sleazy politician. They made her out to be a desperate single woman.
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