Bus Tour Follows the Footsteps of Infamous Winnie Ruth Judd
and the Phoenix Trunk Murders
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
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, 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.
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
April 6th, 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.
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
Tour participants can park at the Clarendon
When: Saturday, April 6th, 2013, from 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Where: Bus leaves from the Clarendon Hotel at 401 W. Clarendon, Phoenix.
What: A guided bus tour hosted by history raconteur, Marshall Shore, who shares
the hidden history of these sites.
Cost: $30 get your tickets.