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Bus Tour Follows the Footsteps of Infamous Winnie Ruth Judd
and the Phoenix Trunk Murders
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, 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, Oct 23th, in true Marshall Shore style, he’s hosting a bus tour covering the historical crime. The tour runs from 3 pm to 5 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. \
The book available on the tour is the first book published about Winnie Ruth Judd which was the Dobkin's book "Winnie Ruth Judd: The Trunk Murders" published in 1973 and recently republished with additioonal information. The book can be included in the price of the ticket or purchased on the tour.
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.
Tour participants can park at the Clarendon
When: Sunday, Oct 23th, 2016, from 3 - 5 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 or with book $45
Tickets are non-refundable
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Marshall Shore: Hip Historian
Marshall Shore leads history-based tours with a twist. His focus is on the weird, the
wonderful, and the obscure: the semi-forgotten people, places, and events that have
made us who we are today. Known as the “Unofficial Arizona Hip Historian,” he uses
his storytelling magic to create a unique window on the past.