Every once in awhile I need to get away from my political rantings and look at news items more in line with my generational needs. Like money!
I could picture myself with a friend, sipping a glass of wine and whining, much as in the illustration above. Then I came across and AP article about two old broads who actually did something about it! That they are on trial for murder is beside the point. They took action when action was needed. But greed did them in.
"It's your fault", the 75 year old co-defendant scolded her 77 year old accomplice. "You can't have that many insurers... You were greedy. That's the problem." Okay, this conversation probably should not have taken place while they were in custody and being videoed. I'll grant them a few concessions for age related lapses.
To be sure these women are Californians. LA County no less. The land of the fruits, the nuts and the flakes. I say that with deep affection for I lived there many years and know it to be true. That these two came up with their plan is a testimony that age has little to with mental acuity this day and age.
So what was their crime? Seems these geriatric femme fatales befriended, on two different occasions, transient gentlemen. They set them up in housing for two years, fed them, took out insurance on them, drugged them and ran over them. Made it look like hit and run.
The mind works in mysterious ways. I think I'm still pretty sharp but I could never concoct such a scheme! All did not go exactly as planned however. A two year investment for each victim is a long time to hold a scam together. It almost went awry when one of the gentlemen invited five other transients to share his digs. When discovered the gals had the police evict them and hired security guards to keep it from happening again. Had the police evict them!
The biggest hitch came after they ran over their second victim and had to call for a tow because the rental car being used had problems. That pesky DNA stuff was later found on the undercarriage and tied the victim to the ladies who had rented the car.
All in all they laid out somewhere in the vicinity of $64,000 to reap over $3,000,000 in insurance payouts! Who knows. They may actually beat the rap. They've pleaded not guilty. There are no eye witnesses, they've not confessed. The evidence is all circumstantial.
If they are convicted of double murders, I suppose the upside is if life in prison without possibility of parole is the sentence it's unlikely to be so very long!