Investigation showed that a door that should have been locked had been left unsecured. Before leaving, Sharon wrote a series of bad checks - which suggests she was not planning to return. [98] Charges against Chastain were filed in February 1960, weeks before James's death. She and Puglise ended up signing a handwritten "marriage contract," similar to the one Sharon had signed with Margaret Hopkins. As a postcript to one letters to Hopkins, Sharon asked Hopkins to go to Sharon’s grandmother’s home, and retrieve the .22-caliber High Standard that the prosecution had been looking for. [73] The gun found in the couple's room that night was later proven through ballistics to be the same gun that killed Patricia Jones in 1960,[74][75] but because Kinne had already been acquitted of that crime, she could not be charged again for it based on the new evidence. Ashe said Sharon didn't turn tricks, as such, but that a number of guys on the street would slip her a few hundred dollars any time she needed it. "I don't intend to spend all my life in jail. She was reportedly enraged to learn this. It was a clear case of arson, and five people from Marlborough were duly convicted of the crime. [85], Initial police speculation was that Kinne had bribed guards to look the other way while she escaped the prison—an unusual blackout had been reported at the prison on the evening of and at the approximate time of her escape. Sharon felt safe on 12th Street, because she was among people who didn’t talk to cops. In Mexico, Kinne, claiming to have been acting in self-defense, shot and killed a Mexican-born American citizen named Francisco Parades Ordoñez, who was shot in the back. Hays, Chapter I, pp. She said she thought he was taking her to her hotel, but took her to his instead. She was briefly busted only to escape and vanish in 1969. [15] According to Kinne, she last saw Patricia where she dropped her off near the Jones house, speaking to an unknown man in a green 1957 Ford. [19] Walter and Boldizs both gave written statements admitting that they had dated Kinne,[18] and both agreed to lie detector tests; Kinne gave an oral statement to police but declined to sign a written one[19] or take a lie detector test. Because of Sharon’s pregnancy, her trial in the Patricia Jones murder was delayed, and did not begin until June, 1961 (her daughter, Maria Christine, was born Jan. 16, 1961). She took pride in the fact that her fellow convicts were afraid of her. [81], On December 7, 1969, Kinne was not present for a routine 5 p.m. roll-call at the Ixtapalapan prison where she was serving her sentence. [10] Walter enlisted in the Marine Corps shortly after their marriage, and the couple relocated to the West Coast while Walter served. [20], While police questioned potential suspects and witnesses, other investigators focused on processing the crime scene. [61], A fourth trial was scheduled for October 1964; however, in September, Kinne, still free on her $25,000 bond, traveled to Mexico with an alleged lover, Francis Samuel Puglise,[note 5][65] leaving her children with James's father and traveling as Pugliese's wife under the name "Jeanette Pugliese". [58] Boldizs' testimony in this trial remained contradictory as to whether he believed Kinne's $1,000 offer had been intended seriously, but he added this time that after James' death, Kinne had asked that Boldizs not tell authorities about her offer. In March, 1963, the Missouri Supreme Court overturned her conviction and ordered a new trial. They told Walter that Patricia had reported receiving a phone call that day from an unnamed woman who wanted to meet with her. [13] For the first time at any of her trials, Kinne took the stand on the last day of this trial to issue a categorical denial of all charges. [2] In April of the same year, Kinne was formally sentenced to life in prison. [19] She had been shot four times by a .22 caliber pistol. [79] The appeal, rather than overturning her sentence, lengthened it. Bobby Ashe, one of the most renowned criminals in Kansas City history, told me in 1973 that Sharon had slept with a lot of the guys on 12th Street – and that, while most women who did so were held in low regard, that was not true of Sharon. [96], In a segment of the Investigation Discovery series Deadly Women covering the Kinne case, author James Hays speculates that Kinne committed her first murder for monetary gain, hoping to cash in on James's life insurance policy, and that she began to derive pleasure from killing at that point. Someone willing to wait on the other side of the eight foot wall of the prison, with a car – willing to drive her to the Guatemala border. In Mexico she left Puglise at the motel room they'd rented, then picked up Francisco Parades Ordonoz, a Mexican born American, and went with him to a motel, where they registered as man and wife. She ruled. [59], Kinne's third trial, originally scheduled to begin early in June 1964,[59] began instead on June 29. When she returned she told Walter Jones she was pregnant, and demanded that he marry her. In 1969 she escaped from a Mexican prison and disappeared without a trace. [55] Kinne was denied an opportunity for bail in May 1963,[54] but that ruling was overturned in July and she was released on $25,000 bond, posted by her brother. [40], After slightly over one and a half hours of deliberation,[note 4] the jury, citing "just too many loopholes" left in the prosecution's case, acquitted Kinne. [30] Kinne's brother Eugene was also questioned on May 31, but declined to answer questions. 8, 23, 37, 53, 67, 83, Hays, Chapter III, pp. The motion was denied by Judge Stubbs in April 1962, but appealed to the Missouri Supreme Court, which in March 1963 reversed the conviction[54] and ordered a new trial on the basis of her defense having been denied adequate peremptory challenges during jury selection in her trial. The Mexican authorities yawned – and charged her with homicide, bodily injury and attempted robbery. Shortly before midnight, within hours of Kinne's conversation with Walter, she and Boldizs found the body of a woman in a secluded area[25][note 2] approximately one mile outside of Independence. [20], Police were able to rule out the .22 caliber pistol that had killed James as the murder weapon in Patricia's death; that gun was still in the possession of the sheriff's office. In fact, in the late 1970s, Nick Civella, head of the Mafia in Kansas City, used to go to Quinn and Peebles to make his personal telephone calls, to get around federal wiretaps (they fooled him, however; the government wiretapped the phones at the law firm). The case went to a second trial, which ended within days in a mistrial. On Dec. 7, 1969, Sharon Kinne disappeared from Ixtapalapa Women's Prison. [97], In I'm Just an Ordinary Girl: The Sharon Kinne Story, Hays asserts that Kinne was inspired to kill her husband by a magazine article she read about Lillian Chastain, a Virginia woman who shot her husband during an argument and blamed the gunshot on the couple's two-year-old daughter. They thought it was possible the little girl had done it. Prior to going to jail and prison, Sharon had kept a low profile. Then, on May 27, the body of 23-year-old Patricia Jones, a local file clerk, was found by Kinne and a boyfriend in a secluded area. [25] Powder burns on the hemline of her skirt, which had been raised to her waist,[19] indicated that the gun had been fired from close range at least once. 1 hour 38 minutes, according to the Evening Independent; Spelled in various sources as "Pugliese". This time the courtroom also rang with applause. [25] Kinne allowed that she had, indeed, seen Patricia that day; she had met her to tell her about Walter's affair. [90] They noted that she was fluent in Spanish after her years in Mexican prison, and she could therefore "get along rather well" in nearly any Spanish-speaking area of the world. [74] There, she was nicknamed "La Pistolera" ("the gunfighter"),[7] a nickname subsequently adopted by the Mexican press. The prosecutors proved Kinne had bought a .22-caliber Hi-Standard pistol, and that she said she misplaced it or lost it while vacationing in Seattle. Our murderess of the week. The newspapers in Mexico called her, Wherever she is, Sharon Kinne will always be, Ed. [37] Prosecutor J. Arnott Hill[40] cited testimony by Walter and Chief of Detectives Lieutenant Harry Nesbitt as evidence of Kinne's motive for the crime: the detective recalled statements by Kinne that she was afraid Walter was drifting away from her[note 3] despite the financial support she offered him, and Walter testified that Kinne had told him she was pregnant by him and he had thereafter attempted to end the relationship. [71] Kinne maintained that she had not intended to harm Ordoñez, and that she had fired her weapon at Rueda because she feared that he, too, was coming to attack her. They came to the house and showed the gun to the little girl -- who played with the safety. Basing their assertion on pathologist-given testimony that Patricia had died about six hours after she ate lunch on May 26,[39] the prosecution claimed that Jones had died more than 24 hours before Kinne and Boldizs found her body; defense attorneys argued that death had more likely occurred six to eight hours prior. Sharon tried to get away, but the gate to the motel was locked. Throughout all of this Sharon sat calm, composed – looking at the jury, taking notes. Bond was set at $25,000. A January 1962 trial on charges of murdering her husband ended in conviction and a sentence of life imprisonment, but the verdict was overturned because of procedural irregularities. Investigators found that Jones had been the wife of another of Kinne's boyfriends, and that Jones's husband had tried to break off his affair with Kinne shortly before Jones went missing. Sharon wanted a new Thunderbird, and she wanted a vacation trip. The newspapers in Mexico called her La Pistolera. Then, two days later, Jones’ wife disappeared. She said she was in a cell with 15 other women, and didn’t speak Spanish. When the motel manager, Enrique Rueda, refused to open the gate, Sharon shot him. As time went by, she did admit to one reporter that things had improved. The area Jones's body was found is variously described as a "quarry lane". Investigators speculated that Kinne had already crossed the border from Mexico into Guatemala, mooting the purpose of a Mexican manhunt. When the friend told Kinne that he had registered the gun in her name, she requested that he re-register it under a name other than hers. [64], Police responding to Hotel La Vada arrested Kinne on charges of homicide and assault with a deadly weapon. Also, she was highly respected there – after all, she had proven she was not only a killer, but knew how to keep her own mouth shut. When he resisted her orders to give her his money, police believed, Kinne had shot him. The media, including the Saturday Evening Post, flocked to Mexico to cover Kinne. Sometime in the summer of 1964, Sharon met a small-time thief and con artist named Samuel Puglise. [89], The intensive manhunt for Kinne was short-lived. [22] By 1960, almost five years into the marriage, Jones was working as a file clerk for the Internal Revenue Service, while her husband sold cars. Kinne was convicted in October 1965 of the Mexican crimes and sentenced to ten years in prison, later lengthened to thirteen years after judicial review. Roy Thrush, the man who sold the pistol to Kinne's coworker, had led police to a tree that contained what he claimed to be bullets he had fired from that pistol; however, when the bullets were extracted from the tree trunk, tests showed that the extracted bullets were not identifiable as having come from the weapon that killed Patricia. In fact her mother had moved in with her to run interference with anyone who came around. James took leave from BYU and returned to Independence, where he married Kinne on October 18, 1956. The defense, too, attacked the reliability of Boldizs' testimony, calling him a "poor, mixed-up kid" who would "sign anything". [48], Later interviews with jurors from the trial revealed that "three or four ballots" had been taken before the "guilty" verdict was reached, beginning with the jury solidly divided and moving progressively toward unanimity for conviction. In October, Kinne's attorney, Higinio Lara, filed a recurso de amparo, similar to a writ of habeas corpus, asserting that Mexico was violating her constitutional rights by holding her for a shooting committed in self-defense. They nevertheless provided a description of the unknown woman to Walter. Sharon and Hopkins had even entered into a handwritten "marriage contract." She had been shot four times. [17] Kinne's attorneys also presented testimony from witnesses supporting the viability of the theory that Danna had shot her father, including statements that guns had been regularly left within her reach at the family home, that she was able to pull the triggers on toy guns with stiffer trigger pulls than the weapon that caused James' death, and that she had often been observed pretending to fire guns in play. Note: After all these years, some attention is finally coming to Sharon Kinne. Sharon took a trip in mid-May, 1960, to Washington state to visit a cousin. [27] According to Boldizs, he had been the one to suggest searching the area in which they encountered the body; it was a spot to which they had often gone on dates before. The occupants of the carpool had seen a woman waiting for Patricia in another car but did not recognize her. After having been in prison, however, Sharon went wild. In a search of her house they’d found an empty box for a Hi-Standard pistol. [33] Walter was taken into custody on June 2 as a material witness to the case and was freed the same day on $2,000 bond. [21], Investigators immediately began to question Kinne, Walter, and Boldizs. On June 1, 1960, Sharon was charged with the murder of Patricia Jones and released on $20,000 bail. [25] Kinne then met with Patricia that evening to discuss the matter further before dropping her off near the Jones house. Sharon’s second trial, for the murder of her husband, didn’t go so well. [20], With the investigation into his death closed, James was buried and his wife collected on his life insurance policies, valued at about $29,000 ($230,000 today). It would later be learned that the law firm of Quinn & Peebles was mob connected. Sharon Elizabeth Kinne (born Sharon Elizabeth Hall, November 30, 1939), also known as Jeanette Pugliese and in Mexico as La Pistolera, is an American alleged multiple murderer who is the subject of the longest currently outstanding arrest warrant for murder in the history of Kansas City, Missouri; and one of the longest outstanding felony warrants in American history. Former FBI profiler Candice DeLong supports this assertion, stating that Kinne is a sociopath, lacking in remorse and empathy, and therefore had no compunction about killing to get what she wanted. [99], The case has been featured on Unsolved Mysteries and was the subject of the Investigation Discovery series A Crime to Remember episode "Luck Be a Lady" (Season 4 Episode 2, 2016). J. Arnot "June" Hill, also a prominent criminal lawyer, prosecuted the case. On April 18, Walter met Kinne when she bought a Ford Thunderbird from his dealership using some of the insurance payout from her husband's death. [69] Kinne, saying that she felt unsafe in the foreign country, bought a pistol—which meant that the couple now possessed multiple guns, having brought one or two with them from the U.S.[70], On the night of September 18, 1964, Kinne left the hotel without Pugliese, either to acquire money because the couple was running low[64] or to get medicine she required. [88] Despite vowing to keep the case open and their investigation running until Kinne was back in custody, authorities were forced to admit by the end of December 1969 that they had run out of investigative leads to pursue. Note: After all these years, some attention is finally coming to Sharon Kinne. Several weeks later she went to have air conditioning installed in her car, and the salesman talked her into trading for a new Thunderbird with air conditioning already installed – for $500 difference. [17], The trial ended in conviction on January 11[46] after five and a half hours of deliberation. [note 1][6], By early 1960, James was contemplating divorce, partially because of Kinne's spending habits and partially because he strongly suspected her infidelity. Wounded, Rueda fled the room, locking Kinne inside, and called the police. [88], More than fifty years after her escape, Sharon Kinne remains at large, her whereabouts and ultimate fate unknown. Kinne pretended to look for Patricia Jones, accompanied by John Boldizs, and "discovered" the body. Most Americans fare poorly in Mexican prisons, but Sharon Kinne was no ordinary American. A number of witnesses testified to Sharon’s sex life – that she was a domineering personality, and possessive (by, Bobby Ashe, one of the most renowned criminals in Kansas City history, told me in 1973 that Sharon had slept with a lot of the guys on 12, A U.S. embassy representative who visited her, later told reporters that she’d said, "I’ve shot men before and managed to get out of it." [19], The body, dressed in a black sweater and yellow skirt, was soon identified as the missing Patricia Jones. However, a man who worked with Kinne admitted to having secretly purchased a new .22 caliber pistol at her request in the beginning of May. This was confirmed by James’ parents, Mr. And Mrs. Haggard Kinne. Or "Puglise", or "Puglishe", or "Publicet", as per previous note. Kinne escaped from the prison during a blackout in December 1969. [56] Kinne and her children moved in with her mother and awaited the start of her new trial. [33], The initial autopsy performed on Patricia was criticized by police and prosecutors, who felt that the recovery of bullets and the testing of stomach contents should have been done. [57] An unusually long jury selection process made the first day of the trial last fourteen hours, beginning at 9 a.m. and not ending until nearly midnight; presiding judge Paul Carver noted that due to the notoriety of the case, he had been forced to choose between sequestering the entire jury pool overnight and forcing the court into a long day. Also known as “La Pistolera” and Jeanette Pugliese, she currently holds the longest standing arrest warrant in Missouri and the longest standing felony warrant in the United States. [6], After their wedding, the couple returned to Provo, Utah. Sharon told the deputies her husband was a gun lover, who often left guns laying around where the children might reach them. [7], This idea is echoed by some of those involved in prosecuting Kinne.
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