On December 6, 1927, Velma West went to a bridge party and spent the night at her parents home after a dispute with her husband, Edward West. On the following day, Velma and her mother went Christmas shopping in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. When they returned home, the police were waiting for Velma. Edward West’s dead body was found in their home in Perry, Ohio. He had been beaten to death. She was taken into custody and confessed to the murder after three hours of interrogation. Velma stated that she had hit Edward in the head with a claw hammer following an escalating conflict. She tied his feet together at the ankle and his hands behind his back before covering his body with a quilt. Then she put on another dress and burned the dress she was wearing during the murder. Following this, Velma left the house and went to a bridge party. Edward reportedly beat Velma during the argument and threathened her with death if she woud leave the house. The press blamed the murder of Edward West on an alleged affair Velma had with another woman and her extroverted and outgoing personality. On March 6, 1928, Velma West pleaded guilty to second degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison. In 1939, West escaped the Marysville women reformatory along with three other prisoners and was on the run for 36 days. She and the other women were captured in Dallas, Texas and sent back to the reformatory. Velma explained that the reason for the escape was to have one last adventure due to her deteriorating health. Velma died of heart condition on October 10, 1959.