Saturday, August 6, 2016

Caroline Peoples & Angel Ford-Wright, Serial Killing Cousins – Chicago, 2004

Southside, Chicago – On May 23, 2004 a disabled man named Jose Marquez (38), after being promised sexual acts in exchange for cash, Angela Ford-Wright (26) once his caregiver. He was shot to death in his home with a bullet to his head. On June 1, 2004 Kenneth Redick (37), expecting an evening of sex with two women, Angela and her cousin Caroline Peoples (26), he was instead shot in the head and later found unclothed and dead. The women had stolen his DVD player, a jacket and a cell phone and Wright-Ford later returned to to the scene to steal the victim’s Jeep.

Reddick, like Marquez before him, was no stranger to the cousins. Kelvin Armstrong (24), instead did not know them as far as is known. On June 18, the pair, who were in their own words “looking for someone to rob” spotted him outside a currency exchange just as he was stuffing his cash in his sock. They were driving a van and Angel offered sex if her were to enter the van. Caroline was waiting in the back with her gun. There was a fatal shot to the head, as usual. Their final (known) victim in cousins’ series of robbery-murders was a female friend of Caroline’s, Ayesha Epps (30). They offered her a ride in the van to a hamburger joint and sent their victim inside to pick up food and killed her when she got back in the vehicle. She was later found with two bullets in her head in an alley. Caroline had shot her in the face but the woman was not yet finished off. While Ayesha was flailing, gurgling blood, Angela grabbed the gun from her cousin and fired a kill shot.

After their arrest both made videotaped confessions. Caroline Peoples when indicted pleaded guilty but her cousin retracted her confession and demanded a trial which, due to the circumstantial nature of the evidence, caused the case to drag on for years until Angela was, like her murder partner, convicted and sentenced to life.

May 23, 2004 – Jose Marquez, 38, murdered
June 1, 2004 – Kenneth Redick, 37, murdered
Jun. 18, 2004 – Kevin Armstrong, 24, murdered
On July 1, 2004 – Ayesha Epps, 30, body found.
Jul. 3, 2004 – both arrested; charged with first-degree murder two South Side women, cousins, who they said fatally shot four people in the head over nearly six weeks in an apparent robbery spree.
Jul. 21, 2004 – Caroline Peoples pleads guilty to 4 murders and other charges; sentenced to life.
2009? – Angela Ford-Wright convicted; sentenced to life.


[Andre N. Turner, “Chicago’s Uncommon Serial Killers; Sometimes Killers Don’t Fit Profiles,”]
[“Killing Cousins? Women accused of 4 South Side murders,” Chicago Tribune (Il.),  Jul. 5, 2004]
[Katherine Ramsland, “Women Who Kill: Part Two The South Side Slayers,” Crime Library, undated]




For similar cases, see: Female Serial Killer Bandits


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