October 19, 2019 | 11:53am
Jolly Joseph seemed to be a distinguished professor and a loyal churchgoer in a small village in Southwestern India. However that upstanding outward look belied a foul behavior of slipping cyanide into the soups, snacks and drinks she served to her household.
Indian police say the 47-year-old lady has confessed to killing six relations over 14 years, together with her husband, his mother and father and a 2-year-old niece, the New York Instances reported. Authorities say her homicide spree was linked to her want to inherit useful property from the household she married into.
A courtroom within the state of Kerala in Southwestern India on Saturday rejected Jolly’s bail utility, together with these of two alleged accomplices, together with one who’s accused of supplying the poison, in keeping with the Gulf Information.
The lady, who was beforehand generally known as Jolly Thomas, was arrested Oct. 5 in reference to the 2011 homicide of her first husband, Roy Thomas.
She has reportedly confessed to killing mother-in-law, Annamma Thomas, in 2002, and her father-in-law, Tom Thomas, in 2008. The three different victims — Roy’s uncle, her second husband’s first spouse, and the 2-year-old died in 2014 and 2016. The victims’ stays had been faraway from the household tomb to be examined for traces of the poison.
Solely her husband’s physique had been autopsied on the time of dying, however she was in a position to preserve the outcomes hidden for years.
The case broke open when a dispute along with her sister-in-law about household property led to a lawsuit in January, and Joseph turned over the post-mortem report. The household then appealed to police, who reopened the investigation that led to Joseph’s arrest.