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Robrt Pela On 'Trunk Murderess' Winnie Ruth Judd

More than eight decades ago in Phoenix, there was the story of Winnie Ruth Judd—also known as “the trunk murderess.”

A number of writers have looked into accusations against Judd and what crimes she confessed to. And the conventional wisdom went that self-defense was at least somewhat involved in the killings. But the cover story in this week’s Phoenix New Times—on newsstands Thursday—says there’s a lot more the public hasn’t been told.

We spoke with the story’s writer Robrt Pela.


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Steve Goldstein was a host at KJZZ from 1997 to 2022.