08 Oct 2019
All about the woman who killed her six family members
A few days ago, police solved one of the most twisted cases of Kerala, involving six murders. A woman named Jolly Thomas, belonging to Koodathai village in Kozhikode, confessed to killing six family members, including her husband, over a span of 14 years.
And now Jolly's sister-in-law Renji Thomas has recalled how she behaved with family members. Renji called her "friendly".
Using cyanide, Jolly murdered six of her relatives
Jolly was arrested last week after her brother-in-law, who lives in the US, raised suspicion over frequent deaths in the family.
A police probe revealed she used cyanide in food to poison her family members. Those who died are her mother-in-law Annamma Thomas, father-in-law Tom Thomas, husband Roy, a relative Mathew, a one-year-old named Alphin and her mother Sili.
Later, Jolly married Sili's husband Shaju.
Renji treated Jolly as an elder sister
The details of the case shocked the sleepy village to the core. The first murder happened in 2002 and the last one in 2016.
Renji said a "hand of God" is involved in the case which is why the truth was disclosed after so many years.
"I used to consider Jolly as my elder sister... I used to like her," Renji added.
Further, Renji revealed Jolly took good care of everyone
Further, she also disclosed that after her mother's death in 2002, Jolly was the perfect daughter-in-law who took care of Tom.
However, once she got the reins of the house, things changed.
In fact, Jolly and Roy had a love-turned-arranged marriage, but the latter was heartbroken after his relationship with his wife soured.
His death due to poison was passed off as "suicide".
After suspicious deaths, Renji and her brother started remaining alert
Renji said she and her brother Roji got suspicious of Jolly after coming across forged documents.
Shockingly, she claimed to be an NIT professor, despite only having a B.Com degree.
The sister-in-law said neither she nor Roji consumed anything at Jolly's house. "Last week I had gone to the house. I was given a glass of juice and I refused to take," she added.
Meanwhile, police will engage with psychologists to understand her behavior
While the police have managed to crack the case, Jolly's behavior has baffled them.
Director-General of Police (DGP), Kerala, Lok Nath Behera believes she has a "split personality".
He reportedly said Jolly appears "normal", but the truth is far from it. "I have now asked the officials to engage the best psychologists to carry out an in-depth study of her mental behavior," he added.
Shocked son, refuses to believe Jolly acted alone
Separately, Jolly's 21-year-old son Romo said his mother could not have taken the crime to climax all alone.
"I suspect help from outsiders. I am sure that all those involved in this crime would be brought to book," he said and expressed satisfaction in the probe.
He also said he has to stay strong as he has a younger brother to take care of.