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Inside the deranged mind of Clara Phillips, Hollywood’s first female psychopath

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Even in the tumultuous world of 20s Hollywood, the story of psychopath Clara Phillips was spontaneous in the classroom.

“She came home covered in blood and kissed him [her husband] Armor and said, “I’ve solved everything for us. I’ll make you dinner!” are given. This season’s title “Tiger Woman” refers to the media’s nickname Phillips. In July 1922, a 23-year-old show girl who brutally killed another young woman with a nail hammer.

“No one has ever seen a woman like Clara Phillips,” said Dawson, a historical crime author, documentary filmmaker, and journalism professor at the University of Texas at Austin.

Phillips was related to Mellons, a bank and oil dynasty based in Pittsburgh, one of the most prominent families in the United States through marriage. She was a uniquely attractive person who amazed the media with her beautiful looks and love for her husband – even when she was on trial for the horrific murder of 21-year-old Alberta Medous (incorrectly). ri) was a romantic rival. And she was one of the first female psychopaths to appear on public radar.

Clara Phillips’ trial was widely covered and it caught the attention of the media.
Armor Phillips
Armor Phillips “was part of the Mellon family, but it was part of a poor family that went to Texas, not multimillionaires and billionaires.”

The killer lady

Dawson said the term “psychopath” was not in the public lexicon at the time, and there were two main stories about killers in the media. “There were crazy, rabid people who killed, and there were also people who took a psychological break for reasons like a fake spouse. But a cold, heartless killer who was almost incapable of empathy and remorse. was not.

It was Clara.

Phillips ’behavior was originally dubbed a“ passion crime, ”Dawson said, which may not be far from the truth. “It was one hundred percent premeditated,” he said. “With psychopathy, their goal is to achieve a goal, and they remove any obstacle. For Clara, she thought there was an obstacle to her marriage.

Phillips and her husband moved to Texas from Los Angeles a few years ago. “Armor Phillips was part of the Mellon family, but it was part of a poor family that went to Texas, not multimillionaires and billionaires,” Dawson said. Armor wasn’t a financial master, but he was a talented thief and swindler, and they were both married at a young age, and he still found the perfect partner for the beautiful, unstable Clara in her teens.

Clara came up with a date. “There were other people in his family who were very violent,” Dawson said, and Clara herself was known to have invented and manipulated the story of her abduction as a child. In LA, “she got into a fight with other show girls,” Dawson said. She also struggled with her husband, but was still very loyal to him. When he heard his neighbor gossiping that Armor was having an affair with a widowed bank clerk named Alberta Medous, Phillips devised a plan.

Armor and Clara Phillips were charged with the murder of a woman in a relationship with her husband.
Armor and Clara Phillips were charged with the murder of a woman in a relationship with her husband.

“It was brutal”

On July 10, Phillips was escorted to a hardware store by a friend and show girl, Peggy Kaffi. Phillips picked up the hammer and, as Dawson described in the podcast, openly asked the store clerk if he could kill the woman with the tool. (Thinking he was joking, the secretary replied, “Yes, if you hit him hard.”)

The next day Phillips and Caffee appeared outside Meadows’ workplace; Phillips claimed he was drunk and asked the Meadows to go to a house on Montecito Drive, then far away. Outside the city, he asked Meadows to get out of the car to discuss something with him – and after the woman flatly denied allegations that Phillips had an affair with Armor, Phillips attacked Meadows with a hammer while Cafe was sitting. was amazed at the car.

“It was brutal,” Dawson said. “Many police officers in Los Angeles said they had never seen anything like it.” Phillips hit Meadow more than 50 times and rolled a stone into the woman’s body before driving home in a Meadows car for a good remedy and happily confessed everything to her husband. The next morning the armor put him on a train going to Texas, then went to the police.

Clara Phillips and police officers go to court in 1922 in Los Angeles.
Clara Phillips goes to court in Los Angeles in 1922 with a police officer.

Judgment by a liar

When Clara Phillips was taken to Los Angeles to begin the trial, she found herself in the media spotlight she had dreamed of forever. She flirted with reporters, declared her love for her husband, and pointed her finger at the slimy Peggy, who was not well received by the press.

Religious fundamentalists, who had a strong presence in Los Angeles along with flapper culture, used this situation to point out the moral immorality of the era. “It was an excuse to say that if women were given more independence, that would be the case,” Dawson said.

After a tumultuous trial, including when Phillips dropped his charm and shouted at the Cafe while his friend was at the witness stand, the “Tiger Woman” was sentenced to 10 years in prison on a second-degree murder charge. “He decided San Quentin wasn’t the place for him, so he arranged for him to be released from the county jail,” Dawson said. “We don’t know the details – there are stories of her raising the roof and falling down two or three floors, but we know her help, including her husband.” Maybe he just paid the prison officer and left, the podcast host said. Phillips fled to Mexico and then to Honduras, where he spent several weeks before being re-arrested.

Eventually, he settled into prison life, studying theater, singing, and dentistry. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times in 1931, Phillips was still not sad. “I fought Alberta on top of Montecito Drive to protect the only love I knew … Armor L. Phillips is my baby. He was my only child. He’s my life, and when I realized he was being taken away from me, I fought, fought, fought, to have him all the time.

Kate Winkler Dowson
Kate Winkler Dawson is the host of the Tenfold More Wicked Exactly Right Media real crime podcast.
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The fourth season of the podcast focuses on Clara Phillips, a horrific murderer of a young woman in Los Angeles in the 1920s.

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