The Trail Went Cold – Minisode 21 – Maoma Ridings

August 29, 1943. Indianapolis, Indiana. 33-year old Maoma Ridings is serving as a corporal in the Women’s Army Corps at Camp Atterbury and checks into a room at the Claypool Hotel. Later that evening, Corporal Ridings is found murdered on her bed. She has been beaten and slashed with a whiskey bottle and is nude from the waist down. Less than two hours earlier, a bellboy had seen a woman dressed in black inside Ridings’ room. Who was this mysterious woman in black and was she responsible for Ridings’ murder? This week, “The Trail Went Cold” tackles an unsolved World War II-era murder of a servicewoman who once worked as a physical therapist for Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Additional Reading:

“The Mammoth Book of Killers at Large” by Nigel Clawthorne

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One thought on “The Trail Went Cold – Minisode 21 – Maoma Ridings

  • All the details add up here. She was known to come to Indianapolis on weekends, rent a hotel room, and party. She had been kicked out of a prior choice in hotels due to excessive noise/partying. She was known to have money on her during these stays. She had been seen with this woman in black a few times prior. Her date for the evening was held up and she didn’t know it, and she probably thought he ditched her. Maybe a threesome was planned with her date and this woman, and when he no showed, the woman suggested someone else, someone Maoma didn’t know or possibly had met before. Or maybe the woman brought the man with her, unbeknownst to Maoma. Either way, the outcome was the same…they robbed her, he raped her, and they both left her for dead. I don’t think this woman in black was what Maoma thought she was, and she got taken advantage of as a result.

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