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Take the Winnie Ruth Judd bus tour—and there is no riding in the trunk

Ride along with Marshall Shore and hear the Winnie Ruth Judd tale.
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Hop onboard a guided bus tour hosted by raconteur, Marshall Shore, and follow the “Footsteps of Infamous Winnie Ruth Judd and the Phoenix Trunk Murders”. This ride into the dark side of one of Phoenix’ greatest mysteries will be happening on Sunday, May 18th, 2014 from 1:30 P.M. to 3:30 P.M. The bus leaves from the Clarendon Hotel located at 401 W. Clarendon, Phoenix, Arizona.

Marshall Shore steeps himself in the history of Phoenix that others might overlook: the cultural anomalies, the fads, the dreamers, the artists and the eccentrics that provide a unique window into our city’s past. One such character was the infamous Phoenix trunk murderer, Winnie Ruth Judd.

Back in 1931, the nation was rocked by the grisly details of this gruesome crime. On October 16, 1931, Winnie purportedly killed her two roommates, one of the bodies was cut up, and both were stuffed into trunks, and taken by train to Los Angeles. It was a big job for a small woman, and the twisted tale of adultery, jealousy and murder was complicated by rumors, speculation and uncertainty. Bits and pieces of the story continue to come to light, even to this day.

“As I talk with people in my research, the most interesting things come to light,” said Marshall, “Just recently, my phone rang and someone began telling me about the Winnie Ruth Judd victim that was cut up in their house’s basement.”

Sunday, May 18, 2014, in true Marshall Shore style, he’s hosting a bus tour covering the historical crime. The tour runs from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm, and begins and ends The Clarendon Hotel. The bus will travel along the old Brill trolley line, which will give tour-goers an idea of the shape and size of Phoenix back in Winnie’s day. Other stops will include the houses where she lived and where she met Jack Holleran, a well-known Phoenix businessman with whom she had an adulterous affair; the Grunow Clinic (still a medical clinic) where she worked; the house where the murders took place; the train station where she attempted to board with the oozing trunks; and the old Maricopa County Courthouse where the trial took place.

Marshall promises a few surprise stops along the way and tour participants will be among the first to hear about details in the story that have recently come to light. The tour will cover more information than found in any book about the case.

Tour participants can park at the Clarendon Hotel.

Buy your TICKETS now. Cost is only $30.00 The haunting story of Winnie Ruth Judd is one you will not forget!

Arizona Haunted Sites Examiner: Debe Branning nazanaza@aol.com