Name Helen Golay and Olga Rutterschmidt
Family Unknown
Occupation Homeless Shelter owners
Pathology Murderers
Dates 1999, 2005
Location Hollywood, California
Motive Insurance finances
Victims 2
M.O. Hit and run
Conviction Life in prison without parole
Status Incarcerated
Appearance Behind the Mask

The Black Widow Murders. On April 18, 2008, Helen Golay 78, formerly of Santa Monica, California, and Olga Rutterschmidt 75, formerly of Hollywood, California, were convicted of the murders of two homeless men—Paul Vados in 1999 and Kenneth McDavid in 2005. According to reports, Golay and Rutterschmidt staged Vados and McDavid's deaths to appear as hit and run incidents in order to collect on multimillion dollar life insurance policies they had taken out on the men.


  • Paul Vados, November 8, 1999
  • Kenneth McDavid, June 21, 2005