Bloody Murder - A True Crime Podcast

108 - The Green Widow and The Double Headless Murders

February 18, 2019

The Green Widow and The Maitland Double Headless Murders...

Realising she’d be better off financially as a widow than a divorcee, Mary Ellen Samuels orchestrated the murder of her husband, Hollywood camera operator Robert Samuels. Then to cover her tracks, she organised the murder of the man who she paid to have her husband killed, her daughter’s fiancé Jim Bernstein.

In 1941, 14 year old Eric Francis Bowles murdered his magician master “Davo the Magnificent." When Sydney Shelley and his wife Elva were found decapitated in their home in 1960, their heads were nowhere to be found and Eric was the prime suspect.  Known as the "Headless Bodies" case, this horrific double murder would go on to spark a macabre fascination worldwide.

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