They came from different backgrounds, but when Helen Golay and Olga Rutterschmidt met in the 1980s, they became fast friends. For decades, they made a game of engaging in petty crime—bad deals, insurance fraud, robbing wallets. But after years of dabbling in theft, they came up with a way of making their pocketbooks even fatter. They found a way to make murder pay…
It was a plan out of Arsenic and Old Lace: Befriend a homeless man, place life insurance policies in his name—and then have him killed. Their scheme worked once…but then police started to notice a pattern. Helen and Olga were discovered, and in front of a court of law, their coldhearted pact to kill and cash in would finally be exposed.
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"Bingo! We Hit Pay Dirt!"
Tuesday, June 21, 2005. The summer solstice. June 21 marks the longest day of the year and is officially the first day of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. For most peo ple, the day represents the occasion when the bountiful harvest yields its abundant fruit. This day, in 2005, was also that of June’s full moon, sometimes called the Honey Moon, because it’s the best time to gather honey from hives.
That night in 2005 started out beautifully with the bright full moon lighting up the city of Los Angeles, California, shining overhead
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Jeanne King is an award-winning journalist who covered crime for Reuters for more than forty years. The author of Never Seen Again (also available from St. Martin’s True Crime Library).