Most of the times elderly people tend to provide love for their family and neighbors. But sometimes even they tend to commit serious crimes. In this article, I am going to provide facts and information about ten elderly people who have committed serious crimes.
1. Kray and Faye Copeland
These couple has been the oldest to be sentenced to death, in 1990. Raye was convicted at 84 years old, at the same time as Faye who was 69 years old. Kray had been a long time criminal when he first married Faye. As a younger man, he would acquire livestock using fake checks or steal them before he was arrested and later released.
In 1940, he met his soul accomplice Faye. Raye continued with forging till the community suspected him, and he had to come up with a new survival trick. Raye and his wife schemed an even bigger plan to flock more livestock into their farm in Missouri. They would hire random people to buy livestock with fake checks and quickly resell, but the public caught up with that too.
That is when they conjured up the way that would land them on death row. After their randomly hired employee had bought and resold the livestock, they would be shot in the back of the head to cease the spread of the news. This went on until a previous employee, McCormick, made a frantic call reporting body citing in the farm.
It was investigated, and three bodies were later found in Raye’s barn. Raye was convicted of five murders, and Faye was sentenced for four. Faye was later appealed contending her claims of abuse by her husband which was never heard in court. Raye died of natural causes awaiting execution while Faye died in a nursing home.
2. Mohammed Rafiq
In 2014, the BBC News reported that Mohammed Rafiq an 80-year-old man had been convicted of masterminding and acid revenge on 20-year-old Vikki Horseman, who was also his ex-girlfriend. His mastermind plan was hiring two young men Shannon Heaps and Steven Holmes, to show up at the house Vikki and her friend shared while he was visiting her.
Vikki was preparing for her night shift upstairs when she heard a knock at the door followed by Rafik’s voice”A man is here for you” as reported by the Daily Mail.When she opened the door, Steven Holmes threw the acid over her head.
This was a crime of passion which was a result of Vikki breaking up with Mr. Rafik who was four times her age,16 after his controlling ways became more severe.Mr. Rafik and his hired acid men were found guilty and sentenced to do time in jail. Mohammed Rafik serves 18 years.
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3. Darlene Mayes
In 2012 one of the most bizarre crime stories made the news. A 73-year-old kingpin had been arrested for possession of Marijuana, illegal guns and a pound of pot. This granny was a retired human services worker and lied to the police that the money they had found searching her apartment was her retirement fund.
The cash amounted to $276,000, and $15,000 was stashed under her bed and labeled as “$15,000”. Her arrest put a dent into a large percentage of the drug network. She ran 40% of the marijuana business in four states.
Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and of course Oklahoma where she resided. Her son was arrested as part of the mastermind on this network. By the time of her arrest, she had run her kingdom for around 20 years disguised as a usual gray-haired sweet granny with glasses.
4. Doris Marie Payne
This 83 years old enjoyed her career as a jewel thief as she narrated in her documentary “The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne.” Her methodology took her all over the world.She robbed some of the finest best shops for over 50 years. She was arrested in October 2013 for attempting to steal a $22,500 diamond-encrusted ring from a Palm Desert Calif, jewelry store.
She was held on a bond of $45, 000. She pled guilty and was sentenced to two years in prison with an additional two years on parole. She was released due to prison overcrowding. Three months later, she was caught on camera hiding Christian Dior earrings worth $690 in her pocket. Allegedly, she also stole a $33,000 diamond ring after visiting a Southpark Mall jewelry store. An arrest warrant was issued by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg sheriff’s department.
5. Mr. Williamson
In 2015, 88-year-old former vet and company director was arrested was found next to the body of his dead wife, Josephine Williamson with serious injuries to his stomach. He was airlifted to the hospital in Oxford and later arrested. His two stomach stab wounds were self-inflicted. This act conflicted with Mr. Williamson’s reputation in his neighborhood.
Anthony Thomas said the Williamson friendly with a dry sense of humor. Upon investigation, it was concluded Josephine was pushed down the stairs then strangled to death. Other shocked neighbors, a couple, cited a complicated relationship with the former vet director.
Both Mr. Williamson and his wife had been previously diagnosed with terminal illnesses, and he was responsible for his wife who had senile dementia. A source close to the investigation said that Mr. Williamson’s Cancer diagnosis must have worsened their situation.Mr.Williamson was charged with one count of murder.
6. Detroit-based Organization
In 2011, the police were looking for a group of middle-aged to elderly women dubbed the mad hatters. This Detroit-based organization was connected to a series of stolen items such as purses, snatching and also fraud. Their sneaky pickpocketing went on for a year before the police caught up and opened a search on them.
Their name stemmed from their attire which they wore during their robbery acts, the hats. The credit cards stolen was used for bank robbery. “An estimated amount of $200,000 was stolen from one bank. The total cash of merchandise was estimated to be $500,000.”Sterling Heights Police St. Luke. He also said that the people in the hats as captured on camera were not the same people doing the bank robbery with the credit cards.
7. Morse Mussulmen the bear feeder
In 2014 an 81-year-old Florida woman was arrested for supporting violent crime. Well, that’s not a crime. She was arrested for feeding bears from her property. The FWC (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation) first warned against the act because fed bears as of any wildlife are more likely to approach humans.
Her neighbors complained about her behavior to the authorities, and she was warned. She admitted to feeding them so that they do not go hungry. Despite the warning, the food was found in her lawn three times in December of 2013. A further warning of landing in prison didn’t stop, and she was arrested on January 29th.
She has added three more charges of resisting arrest and battery on a law enforcement officer for allegedly fighting and kicking the officers. Threatening to kill an officer if one set foot on her property again. She was held at the Highlands County Jail with no bond.
8. Kenyan Woman
The oldest criminal to be arrested has to be 100-year-old Kenyan woman. The woman and her two sons spent time in Jail for defying a court order on land disputes. Ngima Gakoromo were asked to allocate a two-acre land on their four-acre land to Justa Wawira, a stepson of Ngima.
Ngima and her sons defied the court order.The granny was asked to pay ksh.100,000 or spend three months behind bars. They spent almost a week in prison causing an outrage in the Kenyan population. Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko, paid the fine and sent what he dubbed a “rescue squad” to secure her release.
9. Marjorie Reynolds
This 91-year-old with a silent demeanor was making purses out of the missing cats of neighbors.She was arrested after 19 missing cats were found dead and skinned in her home. She denied the charge of killing the cats herself and said they all mysteriously died. Citing that the neighborhood cats often went to her home for regular feeds.
When one of the cats died, she took it in and decided to put the body to better use other than letting it decay. When the handbag turned out too beautiful, she got hooked on it. Reynolds was noted to have a history of mental illness. Her family members believe dementia contributed to her actions. She was held at the Haven Senior Center for the mental evaluation.
10. Mary Wannamaker and Myrtle Smith
These 80 and 63 three-year-old women, respectfully beat up a 33-year-old woman for asking for some privacy at the checkout registrar. All I wanted was a little privacy “said Amanda Parker as documented on elderly women had been standing aside while others got served.
When asked to give some privacy to Amanda, they replied that they did not want her money and continued with more nasty words and one of them spitting on Amanda. When Amanda turned around to strike one of them on the face, the attack worsened and was dragged outside.
They hit the victim with gallon jugs of windshield washer fluid and said they would have shot her if they had a gun. Two construction workers saved Amanda. The two attackers were charged with Second-degree assault and battery.