The Blonde Butcher Trunk Murders


Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism

The Escapes and Escapades of Winnie Ruth Judd

In the fall of 1931, Phoenix resident shows up in a Los Angeles train depot trying to claim three trunks that she had shipped there.

The clerks wouldn’t let her take the trunks because of the foul odor emanating from them.

Winnie Ruth Judd said she’d go get the key so they could see there was nothing nefarious in her luggage.

She was eventually sentenced to death for the murder of her two best friends, though she would claim insanity. And self defense.

Music by Dave Sams