LA's 'Black Widows' Get Life in Prison for Murders

Pair killed two homeless men for life insurance
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 16, 2008 1:43 AM CDT
Helen Golay, 77, after she was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for killing homeless men in a coldblooded years-long scheme for $2.8 million in life insurance money.    (AP Photo/Genaro Molina, Pool)
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(Newser) – Two elderly women who carried out a cold-blooded scheme to murder homeless men have been sentenced to life without parole by a Los Angeles judge. Helen Golay, 77, and 75-year-old Olga Rutterschmidt—nicknamed the "Black Widows" in the media—lured two vagrants off the street, cared for them for two years, then murdered them for $2.8 million in life insurance, reports the Los Angeles Times.

The first victim was killed in a Hollywood alley hit-and-run in 1999, and the women collected $600,000 in insurance. Authorities became suspicious when the women claimed insurance payouts on a second victim who died of similar injuries six years later.