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The Trunk Murderess
     

The Trunk Murderess

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by Jana Bommersbach
 

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If history is right, a 26 year-old beauty named Winnie Ruth Judd murdered her two best girlfriends one hot Phoenix night in 1931. Then she hacked up their bodies, stuffed the pieces into a trunk, and took them by train to Los Angeles as her baggage.

If history is right, she was sentenced to die but ""cheated the gallows"" by acting insane. She spent nearly 40

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If history is right, a 26 year-old beauty named Winnie Ruth Judd murdered her two best girlfriends one hot Phoenix night in 1931. Then she hacked up their bodies, stuffed the pieces into a trunk, and took them by train to Los Angeles as her baggage.

If history is right, she was sentenced to die but ""cheated the gallows"" by acting insane. She spent nearly 40 years in Arizona's insane asylum-flummoxing officials by escaping six times.

If history is right, she only got her freedom at age 66-after serving more time than any other convicted murderer in the history of the nation--because Arizona was finally tired of punishing her.

But if history is wrong, Winnie Ruth Judd's life was squandered in a horrible miscarriage of justice.
Award-winning journalist Jana Bommersbach reinvestigates the twisted, bizarre murder case that has captivated the nation for decades. She not only uncovers evidence long hidden, but gets Winnie Ruth Judd to break her life-long silence and finally speak.

In telling the story of this American crime legend, Bommersbach also tells the story of Phoenix, Arizona-a backwater town that would become a major American city-and the story of a unique moment in American history filled with social taboos.

But most of all, she tells the story of a woman with the courage to survive.

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""The book uncovers some ugly truths about one of the copper state's dirtiest secrets..."" --Los Angeles Daily News

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590580646
Publisher:
Poisoned Pen Press
Publication date:
03/30/2003
Pages:
280
Sales rank:
853,696
Product dimensions:
5.56(w) x 8.56(h) x 0.94(d)

Meet the Author

Jana Bommersbach is one of Arizona's most respected and acclaimed journalists. She has earned numerous national, state and regional awards, including the prestigious Don Bolles Award for investigative reporting for the newspaper series on Winnie Ruth Judd that led to this book. She lives in Phoenix.

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The Trunk Murderess 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book details the case of Winnie Ruth Judd who served 40 years in an asylum and prison for the murders of two friends,supposedly murdered out of jealousy of a married man. The book very convincingly presents evidence that the rumors that the man they were supposedly killed over was at the very least involved after the fact and maybe was actuallythe ome responsible. It is very well written and has an easy, storytelling style that keeps you engaged. I highly recommend.
NomdeplumeAZ More than 1 year ago
There are two stories in this book: First the meticulous research into a murder mystery,coupled with a descriptive sense of time and place create an exciting account of long ago. Then----even more exciting is the author's personal involvement in pursuing the story! Great job Jana! Best true crime story I have ever read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Claims of innocence or self-defense remain unproven and unbelievable even after all this time. Jodi Arias tried the same defense somewhat and Arizona didnt believe her either. Premeditation takes only a second. Justice was served by locking this woman up. It's ridiculous that she stayed silent and never implicated anyone else over the years. Only the stupid or the guilty do that. Even if she had help with the bodies, she was the murderer. Her behavior was inexcusable and evil, not crazy. Jodi Arias also showed us that small, jealous women in a rage can hack and drag large bodies with ease. As for the neighbors not hearing a fourth shot being reasonable doubt is laughable. The author got too close to her subject to be neutral. The jury got this one right. Winnie Ruth remains the Trunk Murderer for eternity.
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I was enthralled! I kept hoping they would finally quit persecuting the poor woman. If you are interested in how government covers up for their friends and insiders, you need to read this book.
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