Traveling with friends can be murder. Agnes LeRoi and Hedvig Samuelson, two of Winnie Ruth Judd's girlfriends, found that out the hard way. Judd, after offing them in Phoenix, stuffed the two into a steamer trunk and took them on a train ride to Los Angeles.
On Friday, October 16, Trunk Space showcases Scott Coblio's magnum-opus movie Murderess: The Winnie Ruth Judd Story, based on the bizarre 1931 episode and the subsequent sensationalistic murder trial. Writer/director Coblio painstakingly created the feature-length film with marionettes and miniature sets. Using puppets as the major players is effective in conveying the weirdness of the incident, while his interspersing of vintage newspaper clippings and photos lends weight to the film.