Arizona has had its share of female criminals, but in the late 1920s and early 1930s, three Arizona women committed sensational crimes that attracted the attention of the nation.
Eva Dugan was the housekeeper of Tucson rancher A. J. Mathis, who disappeared in 1927. She was an imposing figure, and the Pima County sheriff suspected her of killing the rancher from the beginning. Her story took a few twists before it came to its rather spectacular end.
Louise Foucar Marshall was a philanthropist best known for starting the Marshall Foundation in 1930. It still supports charitable organizations that better the lives of Tucson and Pima County residents. But in 1931, Louise Marshall made headlines when she shot her husband as he slept one night.
Winnie Ruth Judd is, perhaps, the best known of Arizona’s “bad girls.” She became known as the “trunk murderess” when she killed two good friends, dismembered one of them, and shipped both bodies in trunks from Phoenix to Los Angeles.
Johanna Eubank lives in Tucson, Arizona, and is an online content producer for the Arizona Daily Star. She writes the blog, "Tales from the Morgue," which is culled from old articles in the newspaper's archives.