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Winnie Ruth Judd escapes hospital...

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December 4, 1939

THE DETROIT FREE PRESS, Detroit, Michigan, December 4, 1939

* Winnie Ruth Judd escapes hospital
* Trunk murderess

This 24 page newspaper has a two column headline on the front page: "Winnie Ruth Judd Vanishes in Desert After New Escape" with subheads that include: "Posse to Hunt Her With Bloodhounds" and more with one column photo of Judd.

Other news of the day. Light browning with little margin wear, otherwise in good condition.

wikipedia notes:
Winnie Ruth Judd (1905–1998) was an American medical secretary living in Phoenix, Arizona, dubbed the "Trunk murderess" in 1931, convicted in a trial marked by sensationalized newspaper coverage and suspicious circumstances. Judd was charged and convicted of the murder of Agnes LeRoi, one of her two friends she allegedly murdered in mid-October 1931 in Phoenix, Arizona. The fateful fight that led to the shooting of the two women reportedly was fueled by a conflict of interest—all three women were interested in the same man.

Judd was displayed in headlines across the country and the world as the "Tiger Woman"; "The Blonde Butcher"; "The Arizona Tigress"; "Wolf Woman"; and "The Velvet Tigress" due to her alleged ferociousness. The case quickly became known as "The Trunk Murders," as the one intact body and the dismembered body were shipped in trunks by train from Phoenix to Los Angeles.

Contrary to popular belief, Judd was tried and convicted only of the murder of Mrs. LeRoi, whose body was not dismembered. The jury that tried Judd condemned her 8 February 1932. An appeal was unsuccessful. Judd was sentenced to be hanged 17 February , 1933 and sent to Arizona State Prison. The death sentence was repealed and she was sent to Arizona State Mental Hospital 24 April, 1933.

From 1933 to 1962 Judd escaped from the Arizona State Hospital seven times, often for several years at a time. She was released 21 December 1971 and moved to Stockton, California. She died 23 October 1998 the age of ninety-three.

"Murderess", an all-puppet feature film about the Judd case by independent filmmaker Scott Coblio, debuted at U.S. film festivals including "Image Out" in Rochester New York and, on October 16 (the anniversary of the night of themurders) at Trunk Space in Phoenix, Arizona, where the crimes occurred.

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