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Author to discuss story of the 'Trunk Murderess'


April 20, 2010

Did she – or didn’t she?

No one will ever know for sure if Winnie Ruth Judd killed her two roommates, stuffed their bodies in trunks and took them by train to Los Angeles in 1931, but Judd's saga is still compelling.
 

Author Jana Bommersbach’s book about the alleged “Trunk Murderess” has been chosen as the adult selection for this year’s ONEBOOKAZ, and the ASU community is invited to discuss the book at 11:30 a.m. on April 22 at the Piper Writers House.

Bommersbach will be present to talk about her book, “The Trunk Murderess: Winnie Ruth Judd” and the book will be available for sale at the event. The Q & A is sponsored by the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing and the ASU Department of English, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Judd was arrested, convicted of murder and sentenced to death by hanging in 1932. In 1933, she was found to be insane and moved from prison to the Arizona State Mental Hospital, from which she escaped seven times.

Judd finally was pardoned, at the age of 66, by then-Arizona Gov. Jack Williams. She lived the rest of her life in Northern California. Bommersbach interviewed her at length and formed her own opinion of whether Judd was actually the Trunk Murderess.

ONEBOOKAZ started in Arizona in 2002 to encourage statewide discussions of the same book. It is coordinated by the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records (ASLAPR), a division of the Secretary of State. From 2007 through 2012, all ONEBOOK selections will center on Arizona topics and themes in anticipation of Arizona's statehood centennial.

For more information, contact Elizabyth Hiscox at the Piper Center, (480) 965-9097 or Elizabyth.Hiscox@asu.edu.

More information about ONEBOOKAZ can be found at the Web site: http://www.onebookaz.org.