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Signed in Blood

Signed in Blood

The True Story of Two Women, a Sinister Plot, and Cold Blooded Murder

Jeanne King

St. Martin's True Crime

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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!"

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Jeanne King

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).

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