Serial Killing In Kerala: All The The Twists And Turns In The Koodathayi Murder Case

Meryl Sebastian
Kerala serial killing

The police investigation into a series of deaths in Kozhikode district’s Koodathayi village has rocked Kerala and dominated headlines in the state in the past week. A 47-year-old woman, Jolly Amma Joseph, has been arrested by the police in connection with the death of her husband, and five other family members between 2002 and 2016. 

Who is Jolly Amma Joseph?

Jolly, the alleged killer, is a commerce graduate, who claimed she had an engineering degree and pretended she was faculty at NIT, investigating officer in the case, Rural SP KG Simon said. (NIT says she was never an employee and used a forged ID card to access the Calicut campus.)

Jolly and two others were arrested on Saturday, October 5, in the case relating to the death of her husband Roy Thomas in 2011. Roy Thomas had died following consumption of cyanide-laced food.

After Jolly’s arrest, police opened investigations into the death of five others. She is the prime suspect in connection with five deaths in the family which took place between 2002-2016. 

While Jolly’s in-laws Annamma Thomas and Tom Thomas died in 2002 and 2008 respectively, and Annamma’s brother Mathew died in 2014.

Jolly later got married to Tom’s nephew Shaju, whose wife Sili and one-year-old daughter died in 2016.

Police say Jolly has confessed to killing all six people for different reasons. Police say the motives behind the killings were anger and property, among others. You can read The NewsMinute’s report for more details on this.

The two others arrested in the case are, MS Mathew (44) and Prajikumar (48), who allegedly supplied the cyanide.

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