Tuesday, March 13, 2007

GrannyScam Update

Regular IB readers may recall our story from last summer, wherein two elderly women bought insurance policies on the lives of homeless (and helpless) men, and then (allegedly) ruthlessly murdered them for the death benefits.

At the time, I was skeptical of the tale, because it seemed so far fetched (even in this day and age). Turns out, though, that truth is stranger than fiction:

"Checks and life insurance forms show that two women made millions from the deaths of two transient men they are accused of killing, a prosecutor said in a preliminary hearing Monday.

Helen Golay, 76, and Olga Rutterschmidt, 74, are accused of befriending the men, convincing them to sign the women's names on to their life insurance policies before drugging and running them over in secluded alleys."

Both women have pleaded "not guilty," and may soon face trial.

In an ironic twist, at least one of the issued policies was for accidental death only, and the insured (apparently) died of natural causes. The best laid plans...
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