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SAUNDRA AMOS - In1979 Saundra was the first of Lowel's murders. She was 36. Lowell Amos told police that his wife had drank a glass of wine, but she had mixed it with a sedative. She'd collapsed and hit her head.
Saundra's cause of death was ruled indeterminate.
Insurance payout: $350,000.
CAROLYN AMOS - It wasn't long after Saundra, his first wife died, that Lowell Amos married Carolyn.
But in 1988 Carolyn tossed Lowell out of the house. The main bone of contention was the large insurance policies that Lowell had purchased - with her life being insured for big sums and Lowell being the beneficiary. Friends of Carolyn's said they argued a lot about this and when Lowell refused to cancel the policies she threw him out.
MRS. AMOS - Lowell Amos's mother - When Carolyn tossed Lowell out on his ear, he moved in with dear elderly mama. He didn't wait very long to collect on his next round of insurance payouts. It was a matter of weeks after moving in with her that she was rushed to the hospital. Doctors couldn't find a reason the 76 year old appeared "stupefied" and she was released to go home. A few days later, she was deceased. Because of her advanced age, there was no autopsy as the assumption was that she had died of natural causes.
Carolyn had been notifed about his mother's death. She drove to the home of his mother and found Lowell tossing his belongings into his vehicle. When she asked why, Lowell told her that he didn't want people to know he'd been living at his mother's home.
Insurance payout: (More than) $1 Million.
Lowell and Carolyn resumed their relationship despite her misgivings about the high insurance policies on her life.
Nine months after their resumption of wedded life, Lowell collected on those insurance policies.
Lowell explained to police that Carolyn was blowdrying her hair next to the bathtub, which was filled with water. He'd taken her a glass of wine and later returned to find her dead. She'd been electrocuted and was in the bathtub. The wine glass Lowell said he'd taken her, was found washed and rinsed in the dishwasher.
Again, no cause of death was determined.
Insurance payout: $800,000.
ROBERTA AMOS - Lowell and his wife Robert were staying at the Atheneum Hotel in Detroit, Michigan in December of 1994. There was a company executive party which they attended. They stayed at the party until 4:30 A.M.when they retired to their hotel room.
At 8:30 A.M., Lowell telephoned a fellow executive, Bert Crabtree.
Bert Crabtree and Daniel Porcasi, in response to Lowell's panicked phone call, hurried to Lowell's room and found him agitated. He told them his wife Roberta had an accident and had died. He asked Porcasi a favor, he needed to clean up before phoning the police and asked Porcasi to hold onto his sport coat for him.
Daniel Porcasi agreed and took the coat home with him. Out of curiosity, he looked inside the breast pocket of the coat. Inside was a small black leather case with a syringe (without a needle) and a foul smelling washcloth. Lowell later retrieved the coat.
Lowell Amos telephone police and when they arrived he claimed that he and Roberta had "engaged in sexual acts involving cocaine." He further claimed that when he fell asleep, Roberta had continued to take the cocaine, but due to a sinus problem, instead of snorting the coke, she took it "inside" her body. He told police that when he woke up, Roberta was dead from an overdose.
Investigators noted there was a lot of cocaine on the bed linens, including the part tucked up under the mattress. The bedsheets were also slightly soiled. An autopsy revealed that Roberta's body contained well over 15 times a lethal dose of cocaine and that the body had been washed before police arrived. Roberta's body was clean and wasn't wearing any makeup or lipstick when police examined her on scene. Yet on the pillowcase, there was lipstick and toothmarks.
There wasn't any hard evidence to charge Lowell with so investigators began digging into Lowell's background.
Two days after Roberta's death Lowell was wining and dining two women (with whom he had sex), spending thousands of dollars. By then the story of Roberta's death had been reported in the news and police investigators were approached by several other women who stated that they thought they had been drugged by Lowell Amos before having sex.
Once investigators found out about the other deaths connected to Lowell Amos, he was arrested and charged for Roberta Amos's murder.
Prosecutor Westveld had previously been a nurse and brought her knowledge of nursing and specialized in the medical aspects of the case. In addition, a 1994 change in Michigan law meant that the prior incidents could be presented at trial.
At trial the prosecution presented circumstantial evidence that Lowell had murdered Roberta. Even though they hadn't found a financial motive for the killing, the prosecution told the jury that Robert was leaving the marriage. She'd told friends and family she wanted Lowell Amos out of her life. She'd purchased a house and was going to end the marriage. Lowell, the prosecution stated, couldn't stand rejection. Placing two crushed sedatives into a glass of wine, he gave it to Roberta and when she passed out he used a syringe filled with dissolved cocaine (in water) and inserted it into her vagina. When she began to convulse from the cocaine effects, Lowell smothered her with a pillow.
The jury didn't believe Lowell's story and he was convicted of pre-meditated first degree murder and first degree murder using a toxic substance.
Sentence: Life in prison without possibility of parole.
Lowell Amos is incarcerated at the Muskegon Correctional Facility (Security level II).