[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. Kinne told Walter Jones that she had met with Patricia, told her that Walter was having an affair with her sister (she had no sister) but that she had then driven Patricia home and let her out of the car. [18] Kinne at first claimed to investigators that she had lost the gun on a trip to Washington, then stated simply that the gun had disappeared. A third trial on the charge of murdering James ended in a hung jury in July 1964. [30] A .22 caliber rifle slug was eventually found buried in the ground where Patricia's body had been found, providing evidence that at least some of her wounds had been sustained at the place her body was found. 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. [12], Patricia Jones was born Patricia Clements, one of six children born to Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Clements of St. Joseph, Missouri. When the motel manager, Enrique Rueda, refused to open the gate, Sharon shot him. Although Kinne claimed to have miscarried the child that had brought about their marriage, she soon became pregnant again. [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. [2], Patricia never made it to her house that evening, according to her husband. As jury selection got underway that day, the public was initially barred from the proceedings, but the restriction was soon loosened and journalists were allowed into the courtroom. He failed to leap at the offer. She even had time to reflect on the error of her ways. She said she thought he was taking her to her hotel, but took her to his instead. By September of 1964, Sharon and Puglise decided to go to Mexico. Under questioning by a defense lawyer, Boldizs said that maybe Sharon had been kidding. Sharon Kinne was found not guilty in the murder of Patricia Jones. Or "Puglise", or "Puglishe", or "Publicet", as per previous note. Kinne escaped from the prison during a blackout in December 1969. [61] The all-male[58] jury deadlocked seven-to-five in favor of acquittal in this trial, resulting in a second mistrial. In addition to this Crime Magazine feature, in 1997 James Hays wrote ", John Wayne Gacy Confessed to Killing Dozens (December 22, 1978). [16], Police were unable to recover any fingerprints from the well-oiled grip of the pistol,[7] and a paraffin test for gunshot residue was not performed on either Danna or Kinne. Even though her case was still on appeal, she was shipped off to the women’s prison at Tipton, Mo. [15] Kinne called the police, but James was dead by the time the ambulance carrying him arrived at the hospital. [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. [14], According to Kinne, on March 19, 1960, at around 5:30 p.m., she heard a gunshot from the direction of the bedroom in which James was sleeping. After having been in prison, however, Sharon went wild. [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. Sharon, who appeared to have been crying, said she’d been in the bathroom when she heard the little girl ask, "How does this thing work, Daddy, how does it work?" Sharon's cool, murderous style perfectly suited her to jail and prison. After languishing in a Mexican jail for a year, Kinne was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Her second trial for the murder of her husband began on March 24, 1964. 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. This time the courtroom also rang with applause. In 1969 she escaped from a Mexican prison and disappeared without a trace. 1 hour 38 minutes, according to the Evening Independent; Spelled in various sources as "Pugliese". [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. [23], According to Kinne's later testimony, on the afternoon of May 26, she contacted Patricia at her office[24] and told her that Walter was having an affair with Kinne's sister. By December 18, the Mexican secret service and the Mexico City district attorney's office were both reporting that they were no longer involved in searching for the escaped prisoner, while the federal district attorney was reporting that responsibility for the hunt belonged to the city district attorney's office. Don Mason, an assistant Jackson County Prosecutor (later a Circuit Judge), flew to Mexico but the Mexicans refused to turn the gun over. Note: After all these years, some attention is finally coming to Sharon Kinne. The case went to a second trial, which ended within days in a mistrial. Sharon Kinne was born Sharon Elizabeth Hall[1][2] on November 30, 1939,[3] in Independence, Missouri, to Eugene and Doris Hall. [19], The body, dressed in a black sweater and yellow skirt, was soon identified as the missing Patricia Jones. [78], Pugliese, cleared of the charges against him, was deported to the U.S., but Kinne was convicted on October 18[2] of the homicide of Ordoñez. Sharon Kinne was found not guilty in the murder of Patricia Jones. [25], Suspicious of the identity of the unknown woman based on the carpoolers' general description, Walter called Kinne and asked if she had seen or spoken to his wife. Police were unable to locate the gun in question when they searched Kinne's house, though they did find an empty box that they believed had once held a gun. [2], Police, rejecting Kinne's story, theorized that she had gone out that evening intending robbery, and had chosen Ordoñez as her victim. 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. "I was afraid I was losing him – he acted funny", Nesbitt quotes Kinne as saying. Despite extensive manhunts, her whereabouts are unknown. [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. 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. Although she was discovered missing at 9 p.m., no senior prison authorities were notified until 2 a.m. She had been shot four times. The police searched the home of Sharon’s grandmother, at 300 South Fuller. [22], When Walter declined to go on a trip to Washington with her in May, Kinne reluctantly went with her brother instead. Most Americans fare poorly in Mexican prisons, but Sharon Kinne was no ordinary American. In the fall of 1957, she gave birth to a girl they named Danna. On March 19, 1960, Kinne's husband, James Kinne, was found shot in the head with the couple's two-year-old daughter playing nearby. 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. Prior to going to jail and prison, Sharon had kept a low profile. On June 1, 1960, Sharon was charged with the murder of Patricia Jones and released on $20,000 bail. Then, two days later, Jones’ wife disappeared. There are those who argue that Sharon is dead – that only death could explain the fact she has never been caught. 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). [10], The pistol that killed James was taken into police custody and never returned to Kinne,[18] despite her efforts to reclaim it;[19] she later had a male friend secretly buy her a .22 caliber automatic pistol. [62], Kinne maintained later that she had had no intention of harming or killing Ordoñez, and had intended only to frighten him, but her bullets struck him in the chest and killed him. [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". In a search of her house they’d found an empty box for a Hi-Standard pistol. [70], Authorities took Pugliese into custody at the Hotel Gin,[63] initially holding him without charge[72] and later filing charges of entering the country illegally and carrying an unlicensed gun. 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Patricia Jones was at first reported missing. Someone who lived far away from the United States. [2] She encountered Francisco Parades Ordoñez, a Mexican-born American citizen,[63] at a bar and accompanied him back to his room in Hotel La Vada. She took a liking to the good-looking salesman, Walter Jones. [38], The prosecution was unable to firmly establish that Kinne owned or had once had the weapon that killed Patricia, though both Kinne's known pistol and the one that fired the bullets that killed Patricia were .22 caliber weapons. Also available from Amazon, With the purpose of writing about true crime in an authoritative, fact-based manner, veteran journalists J. J. Maloney and J. Patrick O’Connor launched Crime Magazine in November of 1998. The defense, too, attacked the reliability of Boldizs' testimony, calling him a "poor, mixed-up kid" who would "sign anything". [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. 145, 159, 174, 189, Hays, Chapter II, pp. [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. The supersedeas bond allowed the company to defer payment of the $25,000 bond until a ruling on the matter was handed down by the Missouri Supreme Court,[93] but when that court upheld the bond's forfeiture, the $25,000 was paid to the State of Missouri in October 1965. 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. She had a lot of time in prison to listen to older, wiser convicts. [82] A manhunt was then arranged, initially focusing on the northern Mexican states[83] due to authorities' belief that Kinne may have been heading for the last known whereabouts of a former inmate to whom she had grown close while they were in prison together. Our murderess of the week. The gun, recently oiled, had so much oil it would not hold fingerprints. [18] Although the fatal wound was a shot to Patricia's head, entering near her mouth on an upward trajectory, she also had one through and through bullet wound to her abdomen and two penetrating gunshot wounds to her shoulders on a downward trajectory through her body. [88], More than fifty years after her escape, Sharon Kinne remains at large, her whereabouts and ultimate fate unknown. [6], Kinne was reportedly a lavish spender who expected finer things out of life,[9] but on James's salary they lived first in a rented home next to his parents' residence, then in a ranch-style house they had built at 17009 East 26th Terrace in Independence. Throughout all of this Sharon sat calm, composed – looking at the jury, taking notes. No one has ever stopped talking about the mysterious case of Sharon Kinne, the female killer known as “La Pistolera.” Her story will air on Investigation Discovery’s A Crime to Remember.Sharon Kinne escaped a Mexican prison after her conviction, and she hasn’t been seen since. When police searched Kinne's motel room, they’d arrested Puglise (who was eventually deported) and they found two pistols, one of them a rusted .22-caliber Hi-Standard pistol. When jury selection began on January 8, 1962,[44] Hill noted that he did not intend to pursue the death penalty in the case. The media, including the Saturday Evening Post, flocked to Mexico to cover Kinne. A number of witnesses testified to Sharon’s sex life – that she was a domineering personality, and possessive (by courtney at testsforge). Danna was holding one of James's guns, a High Standard .22 target pistol,[9] and James was bleeding from an apparent gunshot wound in the back of his head. [9], Although charged with both murders, Kinne was tried separately for the two crimes. As time went by, she did admit to one reporter that things had improved. Sharon took the stand and said Hopkins and Boldizs were lying. [98] Charges against Chastain were filed in February 1960, weeks before James's death. 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. [43] Immediately after the delivery of the verdict, juror Ogden Stephens asked Kinne for her autograph,[40] which she was photographed giving to him. Sharon told the deputies her husband was a gun lover, who often left guns laying around where the children might reach them. [16] Multiple people, including family and neighbors, told police that James had often allowed Danna to play with his guns,[17] and in a test by investigating officers, Danna proved able to pull the trigger on a gun matching the one that had killed her father. She quickly took over the jail tank they put her in, and started a sexual relationship with a former WAC named Margaret Hopkins. Three months later Sharon went on trial for the fourth time. [21] A "white, powdery substance"[21] found in Patricia's hair was initially believed to be trace evidence of some other crime scene area—an idea which fueled the search of nearby buildings—but was later determined to be fly eggs. An employee of the hotel in which the shooting occurred, responding to the sound of gunshots, was also wounded but survived. [43] Kinne's defense, which took less than two days and involved fourteen witnesses other than Kinne—who did not testify—[43] focused on breaking down the State's claims of motive and means, arguing that she had no reason to kill Patricia and that the pistol she was alleged to have owned had not been proven to be the murder weapon. She was briefly busted only to escape and vanish in 1969. [30], Kinne was arrested at her home for the murder around 11 p.m. on May 31,[4] the same night as Patricia Jones's funeral. It appears she’d concluded her luck was running out in Kansas City. The guards were afraid of her, she said, and she ran a little store in the prison. Sharon quickly learned that Mexican criminal law does not allow for bail in serious crimes like murder. John Boldizs testified that Sharon had offered him $1,000 to murder James Kinne. [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. 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. [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. In addition to this Crime Magazine feature, in 1997 James Hays wrote "Just An Ordinary Girl," The Sharon Kinne story, published through Leathers Publishing, which led to a segment on her earlier this year on "Unsolved Mysteries. Wounded, Rueda fled the room, locking Kinne inside, and called the police. [89], The intensive manhunt for Kinne was short-lived. Walter filed a missing persons report with police the next day[15] and began calling people he thought might have seen his wife. When the Jackson County Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the house just east of Independence, Mo., they found the gun lying on the bed beside James. Her trial for the murder of Patricia Jones began in mid-June 1961, with jury selection beginning on or about June 13[36] and the trial commencing days later[37] with an all-male jury. 8, 23, 37, 53, 67, 83, Hays, Chapter III, pp. In 1960 Sharon Kinne was an attractive 20-year-old Jackson County, Mo., housewife with two children, and was having an affair with John Boldizs, a friend from high-school. [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. [6] Kinne, too, was thinking about ways out of the marriage; according to Boldizs, she once offered him $1,000 to kill her husband,[12] or find someone who would,[13] although he later claimed that she may have been joking. Her absence was not officially noted until she also failed to show up at a second roll-call later that evening. 83, 99, 115, 130, 145, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, List of fugitives from justice who disappeared, List of serial killers in the United States, "Benton graduate found murdered near Kansas City", "High court for second time orders new Kinne trial", "Plan to question widow about woman's murder", "Officers probing Jones case charge negligence in autopsy", "Two more bullets taken from body of K.C. [32] The same day, the Jackson County Sheriff requested that prosecutors consider a second charge of murder, this one for the death of James Kinne. 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. [60] Assistant prosecutor Donald L. Mason declared at jury selection that he intended to death-qualify the jury,[59] a process in which a prosecutor peremptorily challenges any juror who automatically opposes the death penalty, and jury selection once again took more than twelve hours in one day. [78] When she was officially notified of the sentence the next day, she asserted that she would appeal her conviction. [31], Buildings near where the body had been located were also searched for blood and gunshot evidence, in accordance with police's theory that Patricia had been attacked elsewhere and then transported outdoors. Applause rang through the courtroom and one juror asked for her autograph. [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. Sometime in the summer of 1964, Sharon met a small-time thief and con artist named Samuel Puglise. A housewife, she turned cold-blooded killer. [2] The two began an affair shortly thereafter. As soon as Sharon collected the insurance money from James' death, she raced out and bought a brand new blue Ford Thunderbird. Boldizs and Walter Jones took polygraph tests and passed. [13], A new witness, a female acquaintance of Kinne's, testified that she had once joked that the woman should "get rid of [the woman's] old man like [Kinne] did", but defense cross-examination highlighted inconsistencies between this testimony and a similar quote the woman had offered at a previous deposition. The best bet is that Sharon Kinne found a lonely man with money, and married him. There were other nearby bars also, but she had an affinity for the mob bars. [80] The three-man superior court which heard Kinne's case overturned one aspect of her conviction—charges of attempted robbery—but upheld her murder conviction and increased her sentence from ten to thirteen years, saying that her original sentence had been too lenient. Kinne fired again and hit Rueda in the shoulder. Wherever she is, Sharon Kinne will always be La Pistolera. [2] According to Kinne's account, she went with Ordoñez to see photographs he offered to show her,[63] but he soon began to make sexual advances toward her and she was forced to fire her gun at him in an attempt to protect herself. It would later be learned that the grandmother had moved, and the police had searched the wrong house. At the first trial witnesses testified to having seen Patricia Jones get into a car with Kinne, and Patricia was never seen again alive. Sharon Elizabeth Hall. [34], Kinne's arraignment on July 11 resulted in denial of bail, but the Kansas City Court of Appeals struck down the ruling days later based on the prosecution's reliance on circumstantial evidence. [17], The trial ended in conviction on January 11[46] after five and a half hours of deliberation. It would later be learned that the law firm of Quinn & Peebles was mob connected. 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. 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. [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. [10] Walter enlisted in the Marine Corps shortly after their marriage, and the couple relocated to the West Coast while Walter served. Although the couple reunited on May 25, shortly after Kinne returned, the relationship was quickly set on the rocks when she told Walter that she was pregnant and he was the father of the baby. 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. She said that when Ordonoz attacked her, she shot him in self-defense. She was one of the most remarkable criminals in U.S. history. One juror told the Kansas City Star that Kinne's morals had not been considered at issue by the jury, and that she thought no juror had been aware of her previously being tried for the murder of Patricia Jones. [2][9] He spoke to his parents about the possibility of divorce on March 18, 1960, telling them that Kinne had agreed to give him one if he allowed her to keep the house and the couple's daughter and paid her $1,000. [38], Opening arguments by both prosecution and defense set up cases based on purported times of death. He then managed to wrestle the gun away from her and held her for the police. [64], Police responding to Hotel La Vada arrested Kinne on charges of homicide and assault with a deadly weapon. Their goal was to cover all aspects of true crime: Read More, Contents Copyright © 1998-2020 by Crime Magazine | J. Patrick O'Connor Editor | E-mail CrimeMagazine.com, Designed by Orman. The occupants of the carpool had seen a woman waiting for Patricia in another car but did not recognize her. [17] Further prosecution testimony alleged that the Kinnes' marriage had been on the verge of dissolution at the time of James' death, that Kinne's adultery had been a cause of this, and that Kinne had known that she would collect her husband's $29,000 in life insurance policies only if she were still his wife. They told Walter that Patricia had reported receiving a phone call that day from an unnamed woman who wanted to meet with her. James's parents, devout Mormons, urged him to stay in his marriage. [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. [68], Shortly before her scheduled Missouri trial date, Sharon Kinne's Missouri counsel filed a motion to change the venue of any eventual fourth trial in the death of James Kinne, claiming that news coverage of Kinne's cases had so prejudiced residents of Jackson County against her that it would be impossible for her to get a fair trial there. [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. Sharon and Hopkins had even entered into a handwritten "marriage contract." [84] U.S. authorities, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), were also alerted of Mexican authorities' belief that Kinne may have been attempting to work her way back into her native country, but the FBI noted that it was unlikely to have jurisdiction in the case. On May 27, 1960, the body of Mrs. Patricia Jones, of Independence, was found shot to death in a lovers lane on the southeast edge of town. She said she was in a cell with 15 other women, and didn’t speak Spanish. 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. But for veteran crime writer and crusading editor J. Patrick O’Connor, the facts—or a lack of them—didn’t add up. Hays, Chapter I, pp. 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. [6], After their wedding, the couple returned to Provo, Utah. Sharon said since she was innocent there was no need to take a test – and that her attorney advised against it. Sharon Kinne, dubbed "La Pistolera", knew what she wanted–and if she had to kill to get it, so be it. [86], News reports of the time reported numerous theories about Kinne's escape, including that she had bribed prison guards,[82] that she may have enlisted the help of a supposed boyfriend who was a Mexico City policeman,[84] that her mother had been involved in the escape plan,[86] that a former Mexican secret service agent had assisted in the escape,[87] and that Kinne may have disguised herself as a man to effect her escape.

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