Sunday, October 27, 2019

Jolly Amma Joseph, Suspected Serial Killer – India, 2019

Following the exhumation and examination of six corpses on October 5, 2019, 47-year-old Jolly Amma Joseph was arrested and charged with six murders, all family relations.  It is reported that she confessed to all. Among the dead were her ex-husband, Roy Thomas and the 2-year-old daughter of her present husband, Shaju. Two accomplices were also arrested, M. S. Mathew (44), and Praji Kumar (48).

It is alleged that cyanide was used in each of the killings.


2002 – Annamma Thomas, M-in-L (Roy’s mother), dies.
2011 – Roy Thomas, first husband, dies.
2014 – Mathew Manjadiyil, F-in-L (Roy’s father), dies.
2014 – Alphine (2) dies, daughter of present husband Shaju and his former wife Cily.
2016 – Sili (Cili, Cily), husband’s former wife, dies.
Oct. 5, 2019 – 6 Ponnamattam family bodies were exhumed.
Oct. 26, 2019 – arrested.
Jolly Amma Joseph, 47, native of Kattapana in Idukki district. Koodathayi, Kozhikode, Kerala.
Accomplices – M. S. Mathew (44), and Praji Kumar (48).

[“Kerala woman held: Allegedly confessed to giving cyanide to husband and five relatives,” The News Minute (Bangalore, Karnataka, India), Oct. 5, 2019]
[“Koodathayi murders: Police register Jolly’s arrest in 2-yr-old Alphine’s death,” (Bangalore, Karnataka, India), Oct. 26, 2019]


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