Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Grannies killed homeless men for life insurance

AAP ,From correspondents in Los Angeles, Courier Mail April 17, 2008

A 77-YEAR-OLD woman was found guilty of killing two homeless men to pocket millions of dollars in life insurance that she and an alleged accomplice had taken out on the victims.

After a four-week trial, Helen Golay was convicted by a Los Angeles jury of two counts each of murder and conspiracy in the killings of Paul Vados, 73, in 1999 and Kenneth McDavid, 50, in 2005.

Local media dubbed Golay and her alleged accomplice, Olga Rutterschmidt, 75, the "Black Widows" following charges that they had taken out life insurance on the two men before they were run over by a car and killed.

The jury found found Rutterschmidt guilty of one of the conspiracy charges, but the panel of 12 was still deliberating on the other three charges.

Prosecutors have not sought the death penalty against either of the defendants, but they face life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted of murder.

The two women, who have been friends for more than 20 years, were arrested in May 2006.

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