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Buenoano, Judias Welty (Judy; Judi; the Black Widow; Judias Goodyear)

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Born: 1943 AD
Died: 1998 AD, at 54 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Felon, Murderer

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1943 - Born on April 4th in in Quanah, Texas. Judi became the first woman to get the electric chair in America.

1957 - Her family eventually pushed her too far and at the age of 14 she was sentenced to 2 months in prison for attacking them and her two stepbrothers.

1959 - After she was released, she chose to go to a reform school rather than back to her abusive family and went to the Foothills High School in Albuquerque from where she graduated at 16.

1960 - She was employed as a nursing assistant in Roswell under the assumed name of Anna Schultz.

1961 - She gave birth to an illegitimate son whom she christened Michael Schultz.

1962 - Married to James Goodyear, who was an air force officer, on January 21st.

1968 - Judi open her first business - the Conway Acres Child Care Center in Orlando with the financial backing of her husband.

1971 - James died on September 15th and Judi cashed in his 3 life insurance policies.

1972 - Judi soon found a new boyfriend in the shape of Bobby Joe Morris who lived in Pensacola and with whom she moved in with.

1978 - Judi legally changed her surname and that of her children to Buenoano, the Spanish equivalent of Goodyear, in an apparent tribute to her late husband.

1980 - Judi took Michael and his younger brother, James, canoeing on the East River. Sadly, the canoe capsized. James and Judi were able to get out from under the upturned canoe but Michael, weighed down by the heavy braces, didn't stand a chance and drowned.

         - After Michael's death, Judi opened a beauty salon in Gulf Breeze and also began seeing a Pensacola businessman named John Gentry II.

1983 - Judi announced she was pregnant and John went out to get some champagne to celebrate. When he started his car, a bomb exploded and he was seriously injured as a result.

         - She was duly arrested and bailed on the charge of attempted murder of John Gentry.

1984 - She was arrested again on January 11th and charged with first degree murder in respect of Michael's death.

         - Judi was tried separately for each murder and for the attempted murder. She was sentenced to life imprisonment without parole for the first 25 years on June 6th for Michael's murder.

1985 - She was acquitted of the charge of attempted murder but she was found guilty of first degree murder in the case of her first husband, James Goodyear. The jury deliberated for 10 1/2 hours and for this she was sentenced to death by electrocution on the 26th of November.

1998 - Judi's last appeal was turned down on March 29th and the then state Governor Lawton Chiles duly signed her death warrant.

         - Execution was set for 7:00 a.m. on Monday, March 30th. At 4:30 a.m., she showered and dressed, probably by female corrections, and had her head shaved to give good electrical conductivity so that her hair did not catch fire during the electrocution. Her final meal consisted of broccoli, asparagus, strawberries and hot tea.


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