Gambling Granny “Losing Lois” Arrested on Double Murder Charges

Lois Riess, also known as the Gambling Granny and Losing Lois, has been arrested in Texas on double murder charges. The 56-year-old is accused of killing her husband in Blooming Prairie, Minnesota. She fled the state and is believed to have killed Pamela Hutchinson in Fort Myers, Florida. Authorities suspect that Losing Lois committed the […]

Lois Riess, also known as the Gambling Granny and Losing Lois, has been arrested in Texas on double murder charges.

The 56-year-old is accused of killing her husband in Blooming Prairie, Minnesota. She fled the state and is believed to have killed Pamela Hutchinson in Fort Myers, Florida.

Authorities suspect that Losing Lois committed the latter murder because Hutchinson looked like her, and she wanted to assume Hutchinson’s identity.

Losing Lois Gambles on the Run

Locals in Blooming Prairie nicknamed Riess “Losing Lois” due to her gambling habit. And she lived up to this nickname, stopping to play at the Coushatta Casino Resort in Kinder, Louisiana while evading authorities.

The Gambling Granny was spotted at the casino just days after the murder of Hutchinson in Fort Myers, FL. CNN reports that Riess won a $1,500 slots jackpot and used her real name to collect the prize.

The Dodge County, Minnesota, Sheriff’s Office stated that Losing Lois cashed $10,000 in forged checks from her late husband and additional money from her business to fund the cross-country run.

She also made a stop in Northwood, Iowa, where she gambled at Diamond Jo Casino. Riess was spotted outside a gas station near the casino via surveillance.

Sheriff’s Promise to Apprehend Gambling Granny Comes True

Lee County Undersheriff Carmine Marceno vowed that Lois Riess would be captured after Hutchinson’s murder was pinned to her.

“I promised all along that Lois Riess would end up in a pair of handcuffs,” said Marceno. “Tonight, she sits in a jail cell in Texas. We are working as expeditiously as possible to bring her back to Lee County to face murder charges.”

Carmine hinted that Losing Lois’ friendly appearance may have helped her evade authorities for a while.

“This case from the very beginning struck me as odd,” he explained. “She looks like anybody’s mother or grandmother, yet she’s an absolute cold-blooded murderer.”

 

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