Grannies Convicted Of Murdering Homeless Men For Insurance Cash

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Lately we've been bemoaning the state of the nation's ultra violent youth, but teens aren't the only ones plaguing society. Meet Hollywood's "black widows", Helen Golay, 77, and Olga Rutterschmidt, 75. Yesterday, Golay, the big-haired broad on the left, was convicted of killing two homeless men —Kenneth McDavid, 50, and Paul Vados, 73— for $2.8 million in life insurance. (Rutterschmidt has been slammed with conspiracy to kill, reports the L.A. Times.) As has been widely reported, Golay and Rutterschmidt would approach homeless men and offer them food, money and friendship. Then they'd start needling them for personal information — their ages, their Social Security numbers, and, after winning their trust, would take out accidental death life insurance policies on the men, claiming to be their cousins or fiancées. The final blow: Golay and Rutterschmidt would hit the homeless men with Golay's Volvo and make it look like a hit and run.


In his closing arguments, Los Angeles D.A. Bobby Grace said, "They didn't need this money. They weren't poor and destitute. They went out of their way to target men who had nothing." (Golay is a former real estate agent, while Rutterschmidt used to own a local coffee shop with her husband.) Rutterschmidt's lawyers tried to paint her as a "simple minded" woman whom Golay took advantage of and, in a last ditch effort to save his client from jail, Golay's lawyer tried to blame one of the hit and runs on her daughter, Kecia.

Best of all, the jury was shown a video of the two women in a holding cell just after they had initially been arrested. Golay and Rutterschmidt turned on each other almost immediately. "It's your fault," Rutterschmidt told
Golay, according to CNN. "You can't have that many insurances. ... You were greedy. That's the problem." Hmmm, she doesn't sound that "simple minded to me!"

Woman Convicted Of Murder In Homeless Men's Deaths [Los Angeles Times]
Women Convicted In Murder-For-Profit Case [CNN]

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If this were Law and Order, the defense would come up with a story about how re-runs of The Golden Girls was responsible for an episode that influenced these hapless olsters, and then take the president of Lifetime to trial.