Cover photo by @stevenraymorris
Karen & Georgia onstage at The Fillmore
"On the morning of July 30, 2002, a fire was ignited in the home 14-year-old Robin Boes shared with her mother Karen, father Wayne, and brother Bill, in Zeeland, Michigan.
Her mother had allegedly left the house not long before someone reported the fire. She claims to have gone to see her then-husband, purchased an iced tea, and met a friend to shop in Grand Rapids. Robin’s brother and father were both at her father’s body shop.
Around 9 am, a passerby noticed flames coming from the home and called the fire department. When the authorities arrived, they discovered Robin on the floor of her bedroom, dead from smoke inhalation caused by the flames. The front of her body was not burned though he hair was singed. She wore only underpants and a halter top.
Authorities soon discovered the cause of the fire: an empty gas can in Robin’s bedroom. The can had been reported missing from the Boes home for several weeks prior to the fire. There was no indication that the fire had been started by accident.
Investigators claim that the fire must have begun in the hall outside Robin’s bedroom, but the defense holds that the fire began inside her bedroom. Regardless, gasoline was found sprinkled around and inside the bedroom and the gas can was found at the center of Robin’s bedroom.
Two theories quickly emerged: either Robin had started the fire herself to commit suicide or her mother Karen had doused the hallway around her daughter’s bedroom with gasoline before setting it on fire, murdering her while she slept..."
"Lowell Edwin Amos (born January 4, 1943 in Anderson, Indiana) is a convicted murderer whose mother and three wives all died under suspicious circumstances.
He was convicted in 1996 of murdering his third wife, Roberta Mowery Amos. Lowell Amos was the subject of a 2006 Lifetime Network made-for-TV movie called Black Widower.
Amos is a former General Motors plant manager. Some sources spell his first name as "Lowel".
Lowell was arrested for the murder of his third wife. Due to a 1994 change in Michigan law, the prosecution was allowed to enter details of previous incidents into the trials. Prosecutors also argued that although Lowell lacked a financial motive for killing Roberta, as he had for the other three deaths, his marriage was about to end. Roberta had already bought a house of her own, and had told friends and family that she wanted Lowell out of her life.
The prosecution surmised that Lowell killed her because he could not stand rejection. They said that he first gave her a glass of wine with two crushed sedatives in it, then when she was passed out, he injected her vagina with the cocaine (dissolved in water), and then smothered her with the pillow when she began to convulse.
On October 24, 1996, Lowell was convicted of premeditated murder and murder using a toxic substance (considered separate charges of first-degree murder), and on November 4, 1996, was sentenced to life imprisonment without possibility of parole. He is currently in security level II at the Muskegon Correctional Facility in Michigan. Charges have not been made in the cases of the other three deaths.
In 1998, Lowell's appeal was rejected..."
— Source: Lowell Amos Wikipedia