Jolly Joseph

Miss Conduct: A True Crime Podcast

Aug 3 2022 • 55 mins

In October 2019, Jolly Joseph from Koodathayi, a small town in Kerala, India, was arrested by local police for allegedly killing her husband, Roy Thomas. In time, it would be revealed that between 2002 to 2017, Jolly was allegedly responsible for the deaths of 6 members of her family. The victims included Jolly's mother-in-law Annamma Thomas (died in 2002), father-in-law Tom Thomas (2008), her husband Roy (2011), her husband's maternal uncle Mathew Manjadiyil (2014), her cousin-in-law Shaju's daughter Alphine (2014), and Shaju's former wife Sily (2016). In this time, Jolly inherited money and property from her in-laws and also went on to marry Shaju in 2017, less than a year after his wife passed away.

After Roy Thomas' brother raised suspicion regarding the deaths and approached the police, a once-forgotten criminal complaint was re-visited by the Kozhikode police. This time, more charges were added, including death caused by the administering of cyanide, a poison, all in the pursuit of property and love.

Jolly's involvement in all the cases gave way to a 12,000-page chargesheet, evidence list, and witness list to be submitted before a Kerala court. We are still awaiting the trial in this case, which is expected to begin momentarily. Till then Jolly languishes in jail, hoping that the evidence in the cases are not enough to put her away for life.

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