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""The book uncovers some ugly truths about one of the copper state's dirtiest secrets..."" --Los Angeles Daily News

About the Author

Jana Bommersbach is one of Arizona's most respected and acclaimed journalists. She has earned numerous national, state and regional awards, including the prestigious Don Bolles Award for investigative reporting for the newspaper series on Winnie Ruth Judd that led to this book. She lives in Phoenix.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press (March 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590580648
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590580646
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.9 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #614,720 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Coyote on June 17, 2008
Format: Paperback
I was completely unfamiliar with this case when I read this book. The first section is quite dry with extraneous detail (a common foible of true crime books, I admit) about Phoenix of the 1930's and I almost decided to put it down. I'm glad I didn't. Although the details of the crime itself were interesting, I found the real enjoyment of this book came from following the bizarre course of Ruth Judd's life. I kept turning pages to find out what would happen to her next. About the time she opened up her own beauty salon in the insane asylum, I was totally hooked. What a fascinating life she led, albeit a sad one.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Marian Reader on May 31, 2010
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I found the story of Winnie Ruth Judd and the history of Phoenix very interesting, but the book left me wanting to know more. Bommersbach mentions doing a lot of background reading for the book, so I looked for her bibilography, but there isn't one. I wanted to double check some facts and turned to the index.. but there isn't one. And I wanted to know more about Jack Halloran and why he had such an influence on Judd.
Bommersbach is so obviously on Judd's side that it spoiled the book somewhat for me.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Marcus on July 1, 2009
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In telling the complex story of convicted murderer Winnie Ruth Judd, Jana Bommersbach uses her expert investigative reporting skills - combined with compassion - to ask what really happened on that dreadful Friday night of October 16, 1931. Judd, a minister's daughter, was charged with killing her girlfriends, 24-year-old Hedvig Samuelson and 32-year-old Agnes Anne LeRoi.

In her riveting writing style, Bommersbach describes how the very popular and successful businessman, 44-year-old Jack Halloran, was protected by the Old Boy's Club, while most of the community turned their backs on Winnie Ruth Judd. It's a story of fear and betrayal that once again illustrates how the powerful and well connected in society often hide behind an aura of respectability, leaving the little people, like Judd, to pay the price.

I cannot help thinking that if Bommersbach was an investigative reporter in 1931, we might have seen a very different life for Winnie Ruth Judd. (The reviewer is the author of four novels, including Broken Trust - The Murder Of Basketball Star Jack Molinas.)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By RussoFamily on November 16, 2010
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This book is great! usually books like these get repetitive and a little dull after a few chapters. Not this one! She has had an exciting life from beginning to end. I had one view of the case when I first heard about it but after reading all this, I have definitly chaged my mind!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cypress Green on March 24, 2009
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This is a very well written and researched story. But unlike many true crime books, it has what I consider a sad, unsatisfying ending. Judd, although perhaps justified in her murders, paid a much larger price than most modern killers have for their crimes. Sadly, that's life.

Winnie Ruth Judd was convicted of murdering her friend, Agnes Anne LeRoi in 1931. LeRoi and her their third friend, Hedvig Samuelson, were both murdered. Samuelson's body was dismembered, and both were shipped in trunks and other luggage. Judd accompanied the trunks and, after being caught, claimed she only shot her friends in self defense. The author, investigative journalist Jana Bommersbach, builds up for the reader an interesting picture of the times, the town, and Judd and her friends. Mny people believe Judd, and, after gaining Judd's trust and spending large amounts of time with her, so does the author.

She paints a convincing picture of the probable actual chain of events, and reveals details about the man who was most likely mostly to blame.

edit: A while back, but after I read Winnie Judd's story, I purchased another fascinating book called Death Scenes: A Homicide Detective's Scrapbook by Sean Tejaratchi. It was even more interesting than I expected. Last night I looked it over for the second time, and imagine my surprise at several autopsy photos of "Sammy" Samuelson, the dismembered victim from Winnie Judd's tale! It was very sad. One thing I did miss in Jana's story was that I'd like more photos. Not autopsy shots, but just photos of her friends who died and etc.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JenB on December 18, 2012
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I did enjoy the book however I did find I lost interest at the end and skipped ahead. At the 11th hour there is a new theory put forth and that was a little frustrating - especially because it is just thrown out there without a lot of back-up - particularly from the accused.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Readaholic on June 9, 2013
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This book started out pretty well but went over the same ground too much and didn't really reveal much about the other players. I didn't see any pictures in my Kindle of the people involved. I found it hard to believe that there wasn't a lot more simmering between Winnie Ruth Judd and "the girls". The book alluded to such but never delivered in my view.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Judy B. on February 8, 2013
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I guess I'm used to following a plot, this was more of a documentary, and seemed to jump around in the story
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