Winnie Ruth McKinnell was born in Oxford, Indiana, on January 29, 1905; she had one brother, Burton Joy McKinnell. In 1931, she lived in Phoenix, Arizona, with two friends, Agnes LeRoi and Hedvig Samuelson, while her husband, Dr. William C. Judd, worked in Mexico. On October 18, 1931, she arrived in Los Angeles, California, with two trunks later found to contain the bodies of LeRoi and Samuelson, who had been shot on October 16. Judd, who admitted to killing the women in self-defense, was convicted of the premeditated murder of LeRoi and sentenced to death by hanging. Shortly before the scheduled execution date, Judd was found to be insane and committed to the Arizona State Hospital. George W. Stephens, the hospital's superintendent, testified on behalf of the defense during the trial. Judd escaped from the asylum several times, including a seven-year sojourn as a California housekeeper in the 1960s, prior to being found sane, and freed, in 1971. She lived in California and Arizona for the remainder of her life, dying in Phoenix on October 23, 1998.