Ker­ala woman held for killing 6 fam­ily mem­bers

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Vadakara: In a span of 14 years, six per­sons from an ex­tended fam­ily died from what seemed to be nat­u­ral causes, but af­ter the case was re­opened re­cently it has turned out to be the chill­ing hand­i­work of one woman, who poi­soned them with potas­sium cyanide.

The spe­cial in­ves­ti­ga­tion team prob­ing the sen­sa­tional Koo­dathayi mur­ders recorded the ar­rest of three per­sons on Satur­day, in­clud­ing the prime ac­cused Jollyamma Joseph (47) alias Jolly, wife of Roy Thomas (41), for the man’s death.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, though Jolly has ad­mit­ted in­volve­ment in all six deaths, the three ac­cused have been ar­rested only in con­nec­tion with the death of Roy as of now. They have been re­manded in ju­di­cial cus­tody.

Po­lice are car­ry­ing out the probe based on the call de­tails of Jolly and other ac­cused per­sons. Around a dozen peo­ple are un­der po­lice scan­ner.

Roy was mur­dered in 2011; the other vic­tims are Roy’s mother An­namma (57) who died in 2002, his fa­ther Tom Thomas (66) in 2008 and un­cle Mathew Man­chadi (68) who died in 2014. Roy’s cou

sin-brother Shaju’s wife Sili (41) and their daugh­ter Al­phine (2) had died in 2016 and 2014, re­spec­tively. Till last week, the en­tire com­mu­nity in this re­mote vil­lage had be­lieved that the six deaths had been nat­u­ral.

Po­lice re­opened the in­ves­ti­ga­tion af­ter Rojo Thomas, min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cials are also un­der scan­ner for the forgery.

Po­lice are col­lect­ing ev­i­dence of in­volve­ment of the ac­cused in the other five deaths. All six bod­ies were ex­humed ear­lier this week and sub­jected to foren­sic ex­am­i­na­tion. The in­ves­ti­ga­tion team, ac­cord­ing to po­lice sources, will also in­ter­ro­gate seven per­sons sus­pected to have close links with Jolly.

Po­lice said that the six mur­ders were car­ried out with dif­fer­ent mo­tives, rang­ing from se­cur­ing fam­ily prop­erty to gain­ing power in the house­hold.

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