Los Angeles A Los Angeles judge Tuesday sentenced two women 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.
Helen Golay, 77, and Olga Rutterschmidt, 75, grabbed international headlines for their slow-motion murders of two homeless men they lured off the street, housed and cared for for two years, then drove over them with a car for life insurance claims. Prosecutors said the women were abusing a law that says insurers cannot contest life insurance policies after two years.
The women were each convicted in April on two counts of murder and conspiracy to murder for financial gain in the killings of Kenneth McDavid, 50, and Paul Vados, 73. Prosecutors did not seek the death penalty, a move experts said was because the elderly women probably would die in prison during the lengthy appeals process.