Jolly Joseph

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Jolly Joseph
BornKattappana, idukki
🏳️ NationalityIndian
💼 Occupation
📆 Years active  2019

Jolly Joseph[1]is the prime suspect in the murder of 6 members of the family she married into. It was Rojo Thomas, Roy Thomas' brother, who complained to the police about the 6 unnatural deaths whose investigation led to Jolly Joseph.[2] Following her arrest in October of 2019, Jolly has confessed to using cyanide to kill the 6 aforementioned people. She allegedly obtained the cyanide with the help of M. S. Mathew and Praji Kumar, who have also been arrested.[3][4][5]

Timeline of the crime[edit]

In 2002, Annamma Thomas, then mother-in-law of the accused, died after consuming mutton soup. In 2008, Tom Thomas, Annamma's husband, passed away after swooning and collapsing. Their daughter-in-law Jolly Joseph was allegedly present on the spot on both occasions. In 2011, Roy Thomas, Jolly's then-husband, died after consuming rice and curry. He was found dead in a bathroom which was locked from the inside. The cause of death was then ruled as suicide due to financial issues as the post-mortem report showed traces of poison. Roy Thomas' maternal uncle Mathew Manjayadil called for a post-mortem report and an inquiry into Roy's cause of death. In 2014, Mathew swooned and died after Jolly allegedly gave him poison-laden coffee. The deceased Roy Thomas has a cousin called Shaju Zachariah. The same year, Shaju's toddler daughter, Alphine Shaju, died after "choking on food". In 2016, Jolly allegedly gave Sily Shaju, Alphine's mother, a glass of water and the latter died on the spot with excessive frothing at the mouth[6][7]


Jolly is originally from Kattappana, Idukki district and is a commerce graduate. She married her first husband Roy Thomas in 1997. Jolly and Roy had two sons, now aged 15 and 21. According to her neighbour, Jolly lied to fellow villagers about being a BTech graduate and having a job at National Institute of Technology Calicut. However, her real job was at a beauty parlour. In 2011, her husband Roy Thomas died under mysterious circumstances. Following the death of Shaju Zachariah's wife in 2016, Jolly married Shaju. Jolly has been described as "jovial, friendly and pious" by people who knew her.[8][9]


  1. "സീരിയൽ കില്ലറായ സ്ത്രീകളുടെ മനഃശാസ്ത്രം; ഡോക്ടർ പറയുന്നു". ManoramaOnline (in മലയാളം). Retrieved 2020-06-13.
  2. Bhagat, Shalini Venugopal; Abi-Habib, Maria (2019-10-19). "Police Say Cyanide Soup and 6 Deaths Point to a Serial Killer". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-06-13.
  3. "Koodathayi murders: How the dark hues of a criminal mind unfolded". OnManorama. Retrieved 2020-06-13.
  4. Julia Hollingsworth; Manveena Suri; Ananthu Sureshkumar. "Mom, churchgoer, chatty neighbor ... suspected serial killer". CNN. Retrieved 2020-06-13.
  5. "Mohanlal to play investigation officer in Koodathai murder case inspired thriller? - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2020-06-13.
  6. "Jovial, friendly, pious: Shocked Kerala town recalls its 'serial killer' who killed 6 people over 14 years". Retrieved 2020-06-13.
  7. Daily, Keralakaumudi. "Cyanide was given to kill greater bandicoot rat, don't have any role in conspiracy, says Praji Kumar". Keralakaumudi Daily. Retrieved 2020-06-13.
  8. "Kerala serial killer Jolly: Everything you need to know". Retrieved 2020-06-13.
  9. "Two bottles of alcohol & Rs 5,000: How co-suspect in Koodathayi murders got cyanide". OnManorama. Retrieved 2020-06-13.

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