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Anne LeRoi
Original name: Agnes Anne LeRoi
Birth: 1899
Death: Oct. 16, 1931

Murder Victim. One of two who died in the infamous "Trunk Murder Case". A registered nurse from Portland, Oregon, LeRoi traveled to Wrangell, Alaska in October 1929 and became the superintendent at the Wrangell General Hospital. In February of 1930 she moved to Juneau to take a higher-paying position at St. Ann's Hospital. That same month she met Hedvig "Sammy" Samuelson, a grade school teacher, and the two immediately became close friends. "It seems that I knew her always", Samuelson wrote in her diary. When Samuelson was diagnosed with tuberculosis the following September, LeRoi moved with her to Phoenix, Arizona to oversee her care. Samuelson was housebound by her illness during the last year of her life, while LeRoi was employed as an x-ray technician at a local clinic - where her co-workers included Winnie Ruth Judd. The stage was now set for one of the most notorious murder cases of the 1930s. Judd visited LeRoi and Samuelson every evening and for a time they shared a duplex near downtown Phoenix, but Judd's hectic lifestyle - she was married to a doctor and also seeing someone on the side - prompted her to move out in early October 1931. On October 16, the three women disappeared; neighbors would report hearing a loud argument coming from the duplex that evening. Three days later Judd arrived at the Santa Fe train station in Los Angeles with a bandaged hand and several trunks, one of which was emitting a strong odor. When railroad officials asked Judd to open her luggage she claimed she didn't have the key and fled the scene. Police subsequently discovered that the trunks contained the bodies of LeRoi and Samuelson. Both had been shot at close range and Samuelson had been dismembered. At her trial in Phoenix for LeRoi's murder in January 1932, Judd claimed that Samuelson had threatened her with a gun and that she shot both women in self-defense; the jury found her guilty and sentenced her to death. She was never tried for the more heinous death of Samuelson. Two days before her scheduled execution Judd was declared insane and committed to an Arizona state hospital. She would escape from the facility several times before being paroled in 1971. There are many unanswered questions about the full extent of Judd's involvement in the crimes. (bio by: Bobb Edwards) 
 
Burial:
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
 
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Record added: May 28, 2003
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Anne LeRoi
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