Jolly Thomas managed to hide a lot about her for years.
She was no professor at NIT and neither was she as "friendly" as her relatives thought. Instead, she was a serial killer who murdered six of her family members, including her husband.
Interrogation into the Kerala serial murder case has now revealed that Jolly liked the "news of death".
For 14 years, Jolly killed her relatives by poisoning food
The story from a small village named Koodathai of Kozhikode has shocked not only the southern state but the entire nation.
Jolly used cyanide to poison the food of her family members, killing them one by one between 2002 and 2016.
Had her brother-in-law, who lives in the US, not raised suspicion at the deaths, the crime would have gone unnoticed.
Fascinated by death, Jolly only "wants hers" now
Cops, who are investigating Jolly, were naturally surprised. On Sunday, they revealed she liked "death" and also read up such news items.
However, she told the police the only death she wished for now is hers.
Her six-day police custody will end on Wednesday, and Superintendent of Police KG Simon, who is heading the investigation, said an extension will be sought, if needed.
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Jolly kept cyanide in her bag, said police
Police also learned that Jolly's penchant for luxurious lifestyle drove her to commit the crime. The woman, who portrayed herself as the caring "daughter-in-law", had extra-marital affairs and also acted as a real estate agent. Further, police said Jolly kept cyanide in her bag.
After pep talk with lawyer, Jolly withheld information: Police
Simon also said the probe is going on in the right direction. He revealed she met her lawyer before her arrest, who apparently gave her a pep talk and she withheld information in the initial days.
"Lawyers while taking care of their client's needs should also care for their social responsibility," Simon said.
Despite her confessions, police only have circumstantial evidence in the case.
Police said collecting evidence is crucial
Further, another senior cop said that since the first murder happened 17 years ago, and the last one, three years ago, collecting evidence is crucial.
Every detail about the case has shocked locals. And last week, when Jolly was being taken by police to six places to "collect" evidence, people waited at these spots to catch a glimpse of the "serial killer".