Sharon Kinne murders her husband, her boyfriend’s wife, and a man she met in Mexico.

Sharon Kinne

Suspect:

Gender: Female
DOB: 11/30/39
Height: 5’7”
Weight: 125 lbs.
Eyes: Gray
Hair: Blonde
Defining Characteristics: She has a skin pigmentation disease, has a red port wine scar on the left side of her face

CASE DETAILS

On March 19, 1960, a sheriff’s deputy in Independence, Missouri, was summoned by a distraught Sharon Kinne, then 20-years-old. Sharon’s husband, James, had been shot once in the back of the head. A .22-caliber target pistol was in plain sight. There was no sign of a struggle. 25-year-old James Kinne died on the way to the hospital.

Kinne’s husband was fatally shot

The next day, Kinne was interviewed by detectives. She said James was in the bedroom cleaning his pistol while she was in the bathroom putting on makeup. James laid down for a nap. Danna, their 2-year-old daughter, wandered into the bedroom and picked up the gun, fired one shot, and killed her father. At the time, James R. Browning was the chief of police of Merriam, Kansas:

“I thought she was credible, and she was very distraught, and it was very genuine. And then, for me, it became the problem of, if the little girl did it, what a shame, what a terrible tragedy.”

Even though Kinne herself seemed credible, Browning says police did have trouble believing a 2-year-old had fired the fatal shot:

“We were skeptical about the little girl. But unfortunately, they were the only witnesses there. There was no one else to talk to except Sharon Kinne.”

James Hays is the author of the book, “The Sharon Kinne Story.” He says Kinne was a master confabulator:

“All they could do was just buy into whatever it was Sharon was telling them. And she was very convincing. And that’s not to their discredit. When Sharon told you something, you were just expected to believe it.   She was that good.”

Kinne charmed the jury and was acquitted

The insurance company bought into Sharon Kinne’s story as well, to the tune of $200,000. Kinne used the money to pay cash for a new convertible, and allegedly had an affair with the married man she bought it from. James Hays says it was just business as usual:

“She wanted the salesman to leave his wife and his children and take care of her. She wanted him. In her mind, whatever Sharon wanted, Sharon got.”

But the salesman apparently had no intention of leaving his family, even though Kinne told him she was pregnant.   So Kinne called the salesman’s wife, Patricia Jones, and said she was the sister of a woman who was having an affair with her husband. Patricia agreed to meet Kinne, but then never made it home the night they met.

Kinne’s boyfriend found the body

The next day, Kinne herself volunteered to help in the search. She got some help from yet another lover, a man named John Boldisz. They drove around looking for Patricia Jones.   According to John, Kinne suggested that they end that evening at a popular lover’s lane. While there, Kinne noticed something in the grass and asked John to investigate. James Hays:

“She makes this young man get out and look, and it scares the living bejesus out of him because there is the salesman’s wife laying shot and dead in the grass.”

Kinne asked John not to tell the police that she was with him when he found the body. But according to James Hays:

“Straightaway, he told them, ‘Well, I wasn’t out here by myself. I was out with Mrs. Sharon Kinne.’ And the name just set off all kinds of bells and whistles in the investigator’s head, because they remembered her story from just a couple months before that.”

The murder weapon was found in Mexico

Prosecutors wasted no time. Kinne was charged with the murder of Patricia Jones, and also of her husband, James. Across Missouri, Sharon Kinne became a household name.   The Patricia Jones murder trial was first. James Hays says Kinne easily charmed the all-male jury:

“Sharon had control of that courtroom. She had control of the jury. She had control of the spectators. Everybody’s attention was focused on Sharon Kinne, even to the point where on the second day after the trial started, Sharon came moseying in late, fashionably late probably in her mind. The trial went on for about 10 days. The jury came back after deliberating only an hour and a half with a verdict of not guilty. The courtroom erupted in cheers.   Jurors came out of the juror box and went over and got Sharon’s autograph. People in the audience came and got Sharon’s autograph.”

Age progressed photo of Sharon Kinne

But Kinne’s trials were not over. She still faced the charge of killing her husband, James.   The star witness for that prosecution was none other than Sharon’s former boyfriend, John Boldisz. He testified that Sharon had once offered him $1,000 to kill her husband.   This time, Kinne was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. But in March of 1963, the Missouri Supreme Court overturned her conviction on a legal technicality. Sharon Kinne was released on a $25,000 bond, pending retrial.

Sharon soon had a new lover, a man who listed his occupations as hairdresser and blacksmith. According to James Hays, it was love at first sight:

“They fall in love, decide that what they’re gonna do is they’re gonna go to Mexico on a pre-marriage honeymoon.”

Once in Mexico, a series of misadventures landed Sharon in a seedy hotel room with yet another man. When he turned up dead, she told police she’d acted in self-defense. Mexican authorities didn’t believe Sharon’s story. Kinne was convicted of murder and sentenced to 13 years in prison. After serving less than five, she escaped in December of 1969 by squeezing through an unguarded window. She hasn’t been seen since.

James Hays thinks Kinne had the smarts to really amount to something:

“She could’ve used her intelligence and used her wit. She could’ve been a pioneer woman in politics or in academia or anything, but she chose to go the other way around. She let greed, avarice, and promiscuity rule her life.”

Some say that Kinne is still alive and well. She may have stayed in Mexico, or she may have gone to Alaska, where she has relatives. Among Kinne’s belongings found in Mexico was the .22-caliber target pistol that killed Patricia Jones. But, because of double-jeopardy laws, Kinne cannot be retried for that crime.


 

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24 Comments

  1. Regal Queen

    Unsolved Mysteries, are there any updates on this story?

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  2. Nicole Evans

    Sharon Kinne hung herself not long after. I’m a Past Life Retrieval Specialist and I found her past life, a client has very similar looks as well as she’s very afraid of the dark, which could be explained by Kinne’s Blackout Escape.

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  3. Anonymous

    Despite all she has done, I wonder if she was born later and committed all her crimes in more recent times if she still might have gotten away with all the evils she committed?
    It also seems everyone has accepted without proof that she has changed her sex and become a man…… but I admit it does seem like something she would’ve done believing she can redo all she’s done, but as a man. And I believe she would do it all again, but this time correcting her mistakes!

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  4. Anonymous

    As a child, I met Sharon Kinne at a BBQ my folks attended. It was after she was acquitted of killing her husband. I do not remember a port-wine stain on her face, but I do remember a roughly rectangular tan birthmark, maybe 1″x3″, on her calf.

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  5. alberto perez

    I Dated that woman once before

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  6. Wondering?

  7. Trish

    What male name did Sharon Kinne take on once she began living as a man?

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  8. Sherman Kinne

    I am the former Sharon Kinne and it’s true I have had a gender transformation and now go by the name of Sherman. If the gentleman’s offer to marry me still stands I gladly accept but you must realize I now have a pecker and have grown quite fond of it so any further surgery is out of the question. I would like to know if you enjoy hunting and target practice? Guns are still a favorite hobby of mine

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  9. Jonathan

    I’m in the process of reading James Hays’ book about Sharon Kinne, and I am DISTURBED at how disgusting, sociopathic, and demented this woman was. I first saw her story on Deadly Women, a show I watch weekly, and I have to agree that Sharon Kinne was definitely born bad. Even though this monster escaped in 1969, and if she’s still alive, she’ll still have to answer to God about her crimes. The fact that she escaped just shows you the disregard she had for other human life.

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  10. Jonathan

    I’m a student studying psychology in college, and I did a report on Sharon Kinne. She was DEFINITELY born bad and had zero regard for human life. First she kills several people in cold blood, gets found not guilty by the courts, and then ESCAPES prison when she’s finally guilty? That takes someone truly evil and manipulative to outsmart the Law like that. It’s scary to know that such a deranged, deadly woman can still be among us. She can be your neighbor…

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  11. Anon

    What was Sharon Kinne name changed to. When she changed her gender? I am sorry to hear about your aunt as well that was taken by this monster!

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  12. hmmm

    Probably died in a mexican prison…or not?… either way her attention seeking ways didn’t kill anyone else

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  13. Phillip jermaine Roberts

    I would like to say first wow its so crazy you know I mean why be such beautiful and turn to a killer .but you know I feel like she can still be alive you know but now I think she realize what she have done and decided not to kill no more but who knows nobody knows but hey a woman like that I wouldn’t mine for her to be my wife.lol but she kill peoples and I don’t or should I say I couldn’t live with that

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  14. Anonymous

    What was her name when she became a man? When did this happen?

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  15. Anonymous

    look in grand haven mi

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  16. Anonymous

    What happened to Kinne’s daughter/ children?

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  17. soaringhawk44

    I’ve contacted this site before, even talked with the Detective on the case. Sharon Kinne was never found because authorities were looking for a woman. Sharon underwent surgery to become a man, married my aunt then killed her as well. Moving on, there was at least one more woman he took for everything she had, then died. Not to speak ill of the dead but I’m glad he/she is finally dead. He can’t use then kill another woman. This took place in the area of Akron Ohio.

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    • John Campa

      Wow that is both shocking and compelling makes sense that she would resort to such extreme measures to avoid capture however in the end he/she died a worthless loser good riddance.

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    • dweebisis

      you don’t have pics to prove this?

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    • LUIE

      Hello SOARINGHAWK44. Would you consider replying to me privately, @ luanneferris@yahoo.com? I am an amateur historian with an intrinsic interest in this case. You seem to be privy to a great deal of information, as evident in the various posts I have read. I would be pleased to review what ever anecdotal, and/or physical proof evidence you possess. Please know that I am disabled, & I’m asking to be patient with my typing, & response time. I hope these inquiries or not causing undue grief or stress, & please know, I am truly sorry for you & your family & hope you find some measure of justice, whom ever victimized your aunt. I look forward to hearing from you…. LUIE

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  18. briana

    Fantastic

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Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. is the owner of this Website and retains all ownership rights to the information collected at this Website. Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. reserves the right to change, modify, add, or remove provisions of this Privacy Statement. Any changes to this Privacy Statement will be posted here, and we encourage you to check back from time to time. In addition, Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. will notify registered users of changes as they occur.

We allow third-party companies to serve ads and/or collect certain anonymous information when you visit our web site. These companies may use non-personally identifiable information (e.g., click stream information, browser type, time and date, subject of advertisements clicked or scrolled over) during your visits to this and other Web sites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services likely to be of greater interest to you. These companies typically use a cookie or third party web beacon to collect this information. To learn more about this behavioral advertising practice or to opt-out of this type of advertising, you can visit networkadvertising.org. Your use of the site constitutes your agreement to accept cookies, beacons and third-party advertising. Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. assumes no responsibility for third-party ads.

ARTICLE 1. Personalization
1.1 We may use the contact information you give us to better tailor your Website experience to your interests, and to send you information about Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. and its services as well as promotional material on behalf of some of our partners. We may use other information that you provide to us to show you content in which you may be interested and to display the content according to your preferences. We will also share this information within Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. in order to enhance your experience on this and other Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. Websites.
1.2 In addition, we may share this information with advertisers or other third parties that are not part of the Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. family on an aggregate or other basis that does not disclose your identity or contact information.

ARTICLE 2. Online Surveys/Contests
2.1 From time to time, we may conduct online surveys and contests. These may ask you for contact information (like name or email address) and demographic information (like zip code or age).
2.2 We may use this contact information from our surveys and contests to provide you with information about our company and promotional material on behalf of some of our partners, and to contact you when necessary.

ARTICLE 3. Shopping/Commercial Services
3.1 This Website may offer shopping services, which may be offered by us or by a firm that operates a store under contract with us. If our Website offers shopping or other commercial services, you will use a customer order form to request information, products, and services. The order form will ask you to give us contact information (like name or email address), financial information (like account or credit card numbers), and demographic information (like zip code or age).

3.2 We will use the financial information that you provide to bill you for products and services. By giving our Website your credit card and related personal information, you are authorizing our store to give that information to the merchant and credit card company in order to confirm and fulfill your order.

3.3 We will use contact information from the order form to fulfill your orders. We may also use contact data to get in touch with you when necessary. We will not otherwise use or distribute your financial information without your prior approval.

ARTICLE 4. Public forums
4.1 This Website may make available chat rooms, blogs, forums, message boards, and news groups. Please remember that any information that you disclose in these areas becomes public information and you should exercise caution when deciding to disclose your personal information. Information disclosed by you or by others enters the public domain and may be freely used by any other persons or entities using the site.

ARTICLE 5. Information Sharing With Third Parties
5.1 From time to time we may enter into a special relationship with another company that is not owned by Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. to provide additional features at this Website. These special relationships may include “powered by” partners, business partners, sponsors, and co-branded sites (referred to here as “co-branded pages”). These might include, for example, pages that share our name and that of another entity. You should look for a specific privacy statement on any such co-branded page. Any personal information that you provide when signing up at one of those co-branded pages may be shared with our third party partner. You should also check our partner’s website for information regarding its privacy policies.

5.2 Also, the nature of some features of our Website may require that we share personal information about you with persons or companies outside of Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. For example, this may occur at a feature that enables you, via our Website, to ask questions of persons or entities that are not part of Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. By responding to those features of the site, whether by email or direct entry of information on our Website, you are consenting to our transferring that information to such persons or entities.

5.3 With respect to specific registration modules, like contests, we may disclose personal information collected, and we may post a conspicuous statement on the registration module to the effect that we will be disclosing the information collected with third parties.

5.4 Finally, we may share any of the information collected from you with these other non- Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc companies in an aggregate basis. The aggregated information is not linked to any information that can identify you.

ARTICLE 6. IP Address and Log Files
6.1 We may use your IP address to administer our Website, to help diagnose problems with our server, to analyze trends, to track users’ webpage movements, to help identify you and your shopping cart, and to gather broad demographic information for aggregate use.

ARTICLE 7. Cookies
7.1 This Website may use a standard technology called a “cookie” to collect information about how you use the Website. Cookies reside on your computer and help our Website to recognize your computer’s browser as a previous visitor. This information allows us to customize delivery of information. For example, our Website may use cookies to save and remember registration information or preferences that you may have set while browsing the Website, to keep track of your shopping cart, to ensure you don’t see the same ad content repeatedly, to deliver content specific to your interests, and to save your password so you do not have to re-enter it each time you visit our site. We use cookies only to gather information as indicated in this policy.

7.2 In addition, on occasion our site may also set a “session cookie” which helps us administer the Website. The session cookie expires when you close your browser and does not retain any information about you after it expires.

7.3 Finally, we may also use an ad network provider to help present advertisements on this and other Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. websites. This ad network provider, like other advertising service vendors, uses cookies, web beacons, or similar technologies on the hard drive of your computer to serve you advertisements tailored to interests you have shown by browsing on this and other sites you have visited, and to determine whether you have seen a particular advertisement before and to avoid sending you duplicate advertisements. In doing so, the provider collects non-personal data such as your browser type, your operating system, web pages visited, time of visits, content viewed, ads viewed, and other clickstream data. The use of cookies, web beacons, or similar technologies by these ad network providers is subject to their own privacy policies, not ours, and Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. assumes no responsibility for the collection or use of such information.

ARTICLE 8. Banner Advertising
8.1 We have contracted with an ad-service to place banner advertising on our Website. All of the data provided and generated by the ad-server software remains in our possession. This feature of our Website may, on occasion, set “cookies” on your computer. Any information collected or stored by the ad-service or the cookies is treated in the same manner as other information described in this statement.

ARTICLE 9. Children’s Personal Information
9.1 Consistent with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act:

9.1.1 This site does NOT collect, use, or disclose personal information (including online contact information) of children under the age of thirteen (13).

9.1.2 In the event that a child under the age of 13 attempts to register on our site, we will NOT accept the registration and will delete information received from the child.

9.1.3 In the event that a child posts personal information in a public forum such as a chat room, we will attempt to delete that information once we become aware of it.

ARTICLE 10. Security of Your Personal Information
10.1 Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. employs reasonable security measures consistent with standard industry practice, for information collected through this Website. We believe that we have adequate security measures in place in our physical facilities to protect against the loss, misuse, or alteration of the information we collect on our Website. We also use internal protections to limit access to users’ personal information to only those employees who need the information to perform a specific job.

ARTICLE 11. Sale or Merger
11.1 If this Website is sold to, or merges with, another company not owned by Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc., you should expect that some or all of the information collected from this Website may be transferred to the buyer/surviving company. If so, CMP will seek to obligate the acquiring company to use any personal information transferred by this Website in a manner consistent with this statement, but cannot guarantee that it will be able to impose that requirement or that the acquiring company will comply.

ARTICLE 12. Legal Process
12.1 You should be aware that Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. may be required to disclose your personal information to the government or third parties under certain circumstances, such as in court or regulatory proceedings.

ARTICLE 13.  Contacting the Website

13.1        If you have any questions about this Privacy Statement, the practices of this Website, or your dealings with this Website, please contact us at: unsolved@unsolved.com.

ARTICLE 14.  general information

14.1        Choice of Law:  This Agreement and the Additional Terms shall be governed by, construed and enforced in accordance with the laws of the State of California , as it is applied to agreements entered into and to be performed entirely within such state, without regard to conflict of law principles.

14.2        Choice of Forum:  You agree that any cause of action you or Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. brings to enforce this Agreement and/or the Additional Terms, or in connection with any matters related to this Website and/or the Privacy Statement, shall be submitted to arbitration in the County of Los Angeles, State of California, United States of America in accordance with the commercial rules and regulations of the American Arbitration Association then in effect (as amended herein), provided that said arbitration shall be heard before a single arbitrator, who shall be a retired judge, selected pursuant to such rules and regulations, and shall be conducted on an expedited basis and in confidence. The arbitrator’s decision shall be controlled by the terms and conditions of this agreement and any other agreements I may enter into with you, and shall be final and binding, and shall provide for each party to bear its own costs of arbitration and attorneys’ fees.  Each party expressly waives any right to a jury.  Judgment upon the award of the arbitrator may be entered or enforced in any court of competent jurisdiction. 

14.4        If any provision of this Agreement, or the application thereof to any person or circumstances, is held invalid or for any reason unenforceable then such provision shall be deemed superseded by a valid, enforceable provision that matches, as closely as possible, the original provision, and the other provisions of this Agreement shall remain in full force and effect.  The failure of either party to insist upon strict performance of any provision of this Agreement shall not be construed as a waiver of any provision or right.  Unless expressly provided otherwise, this Agreement is the entire agreement between you and Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. with respect to the use of this Website and shall not be modified except in writing, signed by an authorized representative of Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc.

ARTICLE 15.  European Union and Other Foreign Nations

15.1        This Website is governed by and operated in accordance with the laws of United States of America and is intended for enjoyment of residents of the United States.  Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. makes no representation that this Website is governed by or operated in accordance with the laws of other nations.  By using this Website and submitting any personal information, visitors from outside of the United States acknowledge this Website is subject to U.S. law, consent to the transfer of personal data to the U.S., and waive any claims that may arise under their own national laws.