David had been missing for over two weeks. His wife Lois had told David’s co-workers that he was busy planning a fishing trip and after that revealed he was not feeling well.
After 16 days, her colleagues became so worried that they called the police. Officers found David’s body but there was no sign of Lois. Had she suffered the same fate as her husband?
David had served in the US Navy when he first met Lois. They were married and had three children together, a son and two daughters.
After leaving the military, David opened and managed a fishing bait shop, then sold it to start a bait worm farm with a friend.
He lived with Lois in a farm house in Blooming Prairie. Their children had grown up and had children of their own, making the couple proud grandparents.
David, who was known for his sense of humor, was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing and hunting. He spent many happy hours in a boat on the local waters.
Lois also had a hobby that she was very passionate about – she loved going to the casino to gamble.
But while David succeeded in his efforts, Lois, 56, lost more than she won. In fact, his failure to hit the jackpot often enough earned him the nickname “Losing Streak Lois”.
It had put her in debt and it is not clear how well David knew about the problem.
Then, in March 2018, it was clear that something was wrong. When David wasn’t responding to messages and emails and he didn’t show up for work, everyone said it was out of his character.
Lois had reassured worried friends that David was just busy, then said he was doing badly and insisted that they shouldn’t bother him.
But it was David’s neglect of the worm trade that really sounded the alarm. He wasn’t the type to let his responsibilities slip away.
When officers arrived at the house, they found David’s corpse hidden in the bathroom with bullets in his chest.
He had been covered with a blanket and his killer had stuck towels under the bathroom door to try to keep the smell of death from escaping into the rest of the house. The family’s white Cadillac was missing, as was Lois. Had she also been murdered?
Investigators quickly discovered that Lois had forged checks on David’s business account and put $ 11,000 in her own name.
They could see that Lois’ gambling addiction was out of control and they concluded that the money was intended to plug her growing debt and fund her habit. Suddenly, Lois became the prime suspect in her husband’s brutal murder.
Investigators knew Lois had picked up the family’s car and headed for Florida. CCTV even captured her stopping at an Iowa casino to gamble some more.
By the time police found David’s body, Lois was in Fort Myers Beach, Florida. A massive hunt began for Lois, who was dubbed “Killer Grandma”.
His face has been shown on the news and on billboards in five states, and the case has grown in popularity.
Meanwhile, on April 4, Lois met Pamela Hutchinson at a beachfront restaurant in Fort Myers. Pamela, 59, was visiting a friend and staying in an apartment on the beach nearby.
Lois struck up a conversation with the former saleswoman from Bradenton, Fla., And they were seen laughing and having a drink together. The two women were surprisingly similar, with light blonde hair, curvy figures and a pale complexion.
Security cameras caught the couple walking back to Pamela’s apartment together. Four days later, Pamela’s body was found in the bathroom under a blanket.
She had been shot in the chest. A towel had been placed under the door to block the scent – just like the scene of David’s murder. Lois was long gone after stealing Pamela’s car.
Lois used Pamela’s stolen credit card to pay for a hotel room, then used her stolen ID to withdraw $ 5,000 from Pamela’s account at Wells Fargo bank.
She then went to another bank and withdrew an additional $ 500. Lois had assumed the identity of the innocent Pamela lookalike.
Lois continued to flee across the states. She was spotted in casinos in Louisiana and even had some success playing games, but her luck was running out.
While on South Padre Island, Texas on April 19, Lois went to a waterfront restaurant for dinner.
As she sipped cocktails, looking at the marina, a member of staff recognized Lois and called the police.
Finally, after two long weeks, the fugitive was arrested and charged with the murder of her husband David and the murder of Pamela Hutchinson. The hunt was over.
At first Lois pleaded not guilty to killing Pamela, but all the evidence was against her. There were CCTV footage from his fleeing days and the two murder scenes were almost identical.
The gun found in Lois’ Texas hotel room matched the bullets in David and Pamela’s chest.
In December 2019, Lois was at a preliminary hearing and knew she would risk the death penalty, so she changed her plea to first degree murder in connection with Pamela Hutchinson.
She also pleaded guilty to stealing her vehicle and identity theft. Lois was sentenced to life in prison.
After being extradited to Minnesota, Lois faced charges related to the murder of her husband. In August this year, Lois, now 58, pleaded guilty to the murder of her husband.
Through her attorney, Lois told the court that on March 11, 2018, she had a fight with David after they returned after seeing one of their grandsons playing baseball.
At home, Lois alleged that David gave her a loaded gun as they were fighting in the bedroom and told her to go kill herself, adding, “Do it right this time.
Lois had apparently attempted suicide in the past. But instead, Lois turned the gun and shot David’s heart.
She described how she slept with him, closed her eyes and covered him with a blanket. Without David’s version of events, no one will know the truth about what happened that day.
Before being sentenced, Lois expressed her apologies to David’s friends and family and expressed remorse.
“What I did was an unforgivable crime,” she said. “Loneliness is eternal. I feel like I deserve this. I will not have any reprieve.
Daughter Breanna made a moving statement. “I go between anger, regret and sadness,” she said.
“On March 11, 2018, I kissed my dad for the last time and told him I loved him. I miss my dad more than words can describe.
His brother Billy was angry as he spoke to their mother. “You just left. We had no one, ”he said. “It will take a long time for me to speak and see you again. There is no excuse for this … I don’t care how many times you apologize. You stole something from us.
David’s mother, Darlene, had his statement read to her. “When you killed David, you took my heart,” she wrote. “David was the sunshine of this family.
The last family member to speak was David’s daughter, Bria. “Losing my father to my mother is something I will never be able to handle,” she said.
“I miss my father more than words can describe, but I have to allow forgiveness in my heart, because that’s what he wanted.
Lois received her second life sentence without parole. The “killer grandmother” will never see the light of day again.
She had led the police in a chase across the country, believing she could go beyond justice. But it was yet another bet that did not pay off.