Episode 12: Josephine Gray AKA The Black Widow

In episode 12 we discuss Josephine Gray AKA The Black Widow. She is responsible for the deaths of 2 husbands and 1 boyfriend, and she was rumored to be a voodoo practitioner. This case took place in Baltimore in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. Baltimore has a high population of black people but it is also very segregated. We discuss the Black Widow’s life (what we could find out anyway), her crimes, the men in her life, and how she got caught. As always we share our take aways and offer up some tips on how NOT to get murdered!

STATS

DOB 1946
Murders- 3 total, 3/3/74, 11/9/90, 6/21/96
Arrested 12/5/01
Victims: Norman Stribling (husband), William Robert Gray (husband) Clarence Goode(Boyfriend)
venue: Montgomery/Baltimore Maryland
ending: sentenced to 40 years in prison 12/2/02, resentenced to 40 years in prison in 2006 for insurance fraud.

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Shout out to:

Reel Injun film: http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/films/reel-injun/ and the podcast “Yo, is this racist?” (particularly the episode with LeVar Burton as a guest) https://www.earwolf.com/show/yo-is-this-racist/

Footnotes:

http://murderpedia.org/female.G/g/gray-josephine.htm

http://malefactorsregister.com/wp/voodoo-queen/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/local/2002/12/03/widow-gets-40-years-for-insurance-fraud/659dc4be-e8f2-4f90-9f46-00d2ac749d4d/?utm_term=.f361c4e60929

https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/politics/2002/01/02/whispers-of-witchcraft/8beec4a6-f253-40b6-a2cd-401aec244e2c/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/local/1991/11/19/woman-once-accused-of-slaying-2-mates-no-longer-faces-trial/f08ecc5f-1858-4a46-9b58-5c2f0a117ba0/?utm_term=.ddda14c7c126

https://www.thehotline.org/ hotline # 1-800-799-7233

News Article about cop found guilty of murder:  https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/ex-texas-police-officer-roy-oliver-found-guilty-murder-shooting-n904166

News article about Jacksonville Shooting https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/27/us/jacksonville-madden-tournament-shooting/index.html

Music

Abyss by Alasen: ●https://soundcloud.com/alasenhttps://twitter.com/icemantraphttps://instagram.com/icemanbass/https://soundcloud.com/therealfrozenguy
Robbero by Bilderbergin http://ccmixter.org/files/Robbero/53179
Snap by Purple Planet Music http://www.purple-planet.com
Basement Floor, Blue Scorpion & Furious Freak by Kevin MacLeod https://incompetech.com
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