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April 14, 2008 | Paul Pringle, Times Staff Writer
They have sat at the defense table frail as birds, their faces papery and gray, their hands brittle. The combination of their advanced years and sex makes Helen Golay, 77, and Olga Rutterschmidt, 75, among the rarest of murder defendants. As stereotypes go, the demographic they represent defies the coldblooded nature of the killings they are charged with.
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August 1, 2006 | Paul Pringle, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles prosecutors filed murder charges Monday against two women in their 70s accused in a chilling, slow-motion scheme in which they allegedly befriended a pair of homeless men, insured their lives for millions, then killed them in hit-and-run crashes to collect the money.
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April 6, 2008 | Victoria Kim, Times Staff Writer
Life insurance agent Jody Resmick received a baffling call from an irate customer. "I want to report a fraud. I'm the fiancee; she's not the fiancee," said the woman, identifying herself only as Olga, Resmick recalled recently outside court. Speaking in a heavy accent, Olga began "ranting and ranting like a lunatic" that Helen Golay had committed fraud by listing herself as the beneficiary on a policy for a down-and-out man who had been killed in a hit-and-run accident.
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June 21, 2006 | Richard Winton, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles police detectives and FBI agents investigating a pair of women suspected of killing two homeless men have turned their attention to one of those victims after uncovering new evidence that they say links the women to his death. Detectives looking into the case of Helen Golay and Olga Rutterschmidt are now focusing primarily on the death of Kenneth McDavid, who was run over in a Westwood alley last June in a hit-and-run that remains unsolved.
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April 15, 2008 | Victoria Kim, Times Staff Writer
In an eleventh-hour shift in defense strategy, one of two septuagenarian women charged in a hit-and-run murder case turned on her co-defendant Monday, a move some legal experts said could backfire. Roger Jon Diamond, who represents Helen Golay, 77, told jurors shortly before they began deliberating that co-defendant Olga Rutterschmidt, 75, conspired with Golay's daughter Kecia in the 2005 slaying of Kenneth McDavid.
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August 18, 2006 | John Spano, Times Staff Writer
Two women in their 70s charged with befriending, insuring and then killing two men for $2.5 million in death benefits tried to buy policies covering three other men, investigators said Thursday. The women "fattened these people up like Christmas turkeys -- it's beyond bizarre," said Los Angeles Police Det. Dennis P. Kilcoyne, the chief investigator on the case. The three newly identified men, all described as transients, are being sought by police.
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May 31, 2006 | Paul Pringle and Hemmy So, Times Staff Writers
In early April, the two women dropped by a Sunday lunch for the homeless at Hollywood Presbyterian Church. They fit the picture of the charity-minded, a pair of kind souls happy to spend the afternoon helping the less fortunate. They chatted with church volunteers and found themselves being introduced to Pastor Charles Suhayda. "They seemed like nice ladies," he recalled. "They were like grandmothers." The memory of the encounter now chills him.
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September 14, 2006 | Peter Y. Hong, Times Staff Writer
Two women accused of killing transient men to collect life insurance money pleaded not guilty in Superior Court in Los Angeles on Wednesday. Helen Golay, 75, of Santa Monica and Olga Rutterschmidt, 73, of Hollywood are accused of murdering Paul Vados, 73, and Kenneth McDavid, 50. Vados was covered by more than a dozen insurance policies when he was hit by a car on La Brea Avenue in 1999. McDavid was covered by 23 policies when he was killed by a car last year in Westwood.
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March 17, 2008 | Victoria Kim, Times Staff Writer
Jailhouse birthdays for Helen Golay and Olga Rutterschmidt, accused of staging the hit-and-run deaths of two homeless men, quietly came and went uncelebrated this year. Golay turned 77 in February and Rutterschmidt became 75 this month. But age could be a key factor in a trial set to begin this week before a three-woman, nine-man jury, who will determine the fate of the two women who prosecutors allege conspired to kill the men and collected nearly $3 million in life insurance claims.
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April 9, 2008 | Victoria Kim
Defense attorneys for two women accused of killing two homeless men for insurance benefits rested their cases Tuesday. Roger Jon Diamond, representing defendant Helen Golay, 77, tried to submit as evidence court documents regarding litigation between Golay and her daughter Kecia, who Diamond told jurors was responsible for the murder of one of the victims, 50-year-old Kenneth McDavid. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge David Wesley refused to allow the documents into evidence, saying they contained allegations that were never proved in court.
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