Woman named Jolly confesses to poisoning relatives with cyanideOctober 9, 2019
She may be named Jolly, but her alleged crimes are anything but.
Jolly Thomas, 47, of India, fessed up to poisoning six family members — one only 2 years old — by adding cyanide to their food in a horrifying series of murders over a 14-year period, according to a new report.
Thomas, who lived in the southern state of Kerala, was a popular member of the local community and said she was seeking control of the family’s finances and property, according to The Guardian.
Thomas admitted to first poisoning her mother-in-law in 2002 by lacing her mutton soup with the poison, authorities told The Guardian.
Then in 2008, her father-in-law died, followed in 2011 by her husband, who had eaten rice and curry that she’d prepared, the paper reported.
At the time, an autopsy confirmed poisonous substances in his body, but authorities had closed the case as a suicide, according to the report.
Then Thomas allegedly turned her attention to her husband’s uncle — who had insisted on a post-mortem examination of his nephew — lacing his coffee with cyanide, the paper reported.
Thomas’ youngest victim was the 2-year-old daughter of her dead husband’s cousin, Scaria Shaju, according to the report. Two years later, Shaju’s wife died as well.
A year after that, Shaju married Thomas — and told cops he had no clue that his new wife was behind his wife and daughter’s murders, according to the report.
Shaju and two others were detained by authorities but then let off, according to the Hindustan Times.
Authorities exhumed the remains of all six alleged victims and determined that cyanide poisoning was the cause of each death, according to the report.
Thomas is also accused of pretending to be a lecturer at the National Institute of Technology in Kozhikkode for the past 14 years — claiming to have an engineering degree when she had one in commerce instead, according to the report.
“We came across many mysteries like in a crime thriller,” a police official told the outlet.
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