Accounts of the Marjorie Jackson Murder


The Spring Mill Rd. home of Standard Grocery Co. heiress, Marjorie Jackson (Millie Kingsbury)

The Spring Mill Rd. home of Standard Grocery Co. heiress, Marjorie Jackson (Millie Kingsbury)

Marjorie Jackson (Millie Kingsbury) was 66 years old at the time of her death

Marjorie Jackson (Millie Kingsbury) was 66 years old at the time of her death

Marjorie Jackson (Millie Kingsbury) guarded millions of dollars with a cap pistol

Marjorie Jackson (Millie Kingsbury) guarded millions of dollars with a cap pistol

Marjorie Pollitt-48 (Babs Toomey) and Howard "Billy Joe" Willard-38 (Merle "Bubba" Longwood) were held in connection to the murder/theft in 1977

Marjorie Pollitt-48 (Babs Toomey) and Howard "Billy Joe" Willard-38 (Merle "Bubba" Longwood) were held in connection to the murder/theft in 1977

Home of Marjorie Pollitt (Babs Toomey) and Howard Willard (Merle "Bubba" Longwood)

Home of Marjorie Pollitt (Babs Toomey) and Howard Willard (Merle "Bubba" Longwood)

Marjorie Pollitt (Babs Toomey) prepared to testify on December 2, 1977

Marjorie Pollitt (Babs Toomey) prepared to testify on December 2, 1977

Suspects Marjorie Pollitt (Babs Toomey) and Howard Willard (Merle "Bubba" Longwood) being escorted off a plane on May 27, 1977. The pair were in Federal custody after fleeing to Florida.

Suspects Marjorie Pollitt (Babs Toomey) and Howard Willard (Merle "Bubba" Longwood) being escorted off a plane on May 27, 1977. The pair were in Federal custody after fleeing to Florida.

Howard Willard (Merle "Bubba" Longwood) on trial for murder

Howard Willard (Merle "Bubba" Longwood) on trial for murder

Howard Willard (Merle "Bubba" Longwood) and his lawyer Henry Gonzalez (Horace Gonzago) during the murder trial on November 29, 1977. He was charged with entering Jackson's (Kingsbury's) home 3 times: The first: to steal $80,000 on May 2, 1977 while she was not home. The second: to steal nearly $5 million May 4, 1977, resulting in the murder of Jackson who confronted him in the kitchen of her home. The third: May 7, to attempt to cover up both the theft of the money and the murder by starting a fire.

Howard Willard (Merle "Bubba" Longwood) and his lawyer Henry Gonzalez (Horace Gonzago) during the murder trial on November 29, 1977. He was charged with entering Jackson's (Kingsbury's) home 3 times:

The first: to steal $80,000 on May 2, 1977 while she was not home.

The second: to steal nearly $5 million May 4, 1977, resulting in the murder of Jackson who confronted him in the kitchen of her home.

The third: May 7, to attempt to cover up both the theft of the money and the murder by starting a fire.

Weeds had taken over the front lawn at 6490 Spring Mill Rd., the home of the late Marjorie Jackson (Millie Kingsbury). She was dead due to a gunshot wound for more than 24 hours before she was found by the Washington Township Fire Dept. who were called to put out a fire. (Later discovered to have been set by Howard Willard (Merle "Bubba" Longwood) and Manuel Robinson (Raphael Johnson)). The body, along with $5 million in cash were in the home.

Weeds had taken over the front lawn at 6490 Spring Mill Rd., the home of the late Marjorie Jackson (Millie Kingsbury). She was dead due to a gunshot wound for more than 24 hours before she was found by the Washington Township Fire Dept. who were called to put out a fire. (Later discovered to have been set by Howard Willard (Merle "Bubba" Longwood) and Manuel Robinson (Raphael Johnson)). The body, along with $5 million in cash were in the home.

Three suspects to the case were arraigned in Municipal Court on May 10, 1977. From left to right: Annie Young-22 (Yolanda) was charged with possession of stolen property, Manuel Robinson-29 (Raphael Johnson) was charged with first degree murder, arson and burglary, and John Williams-38 (Willie Jones) was charged with being an accessory. 

Three suspects to the case were arraigned in Municipal Court on May 10, 1977. From left to right: Annie Young-22 (Yolanda) was charged with possession of stolen property, Manuel Robinson-29 (Raphael Johnson) was charged with first degree murder, arson and burglary, and John Williams-38 (Willie Jones) was charged with being an accessory. 

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Encyclopedia of Indianapolis

Encyclopedia of Indianapolis

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Details taken from City of Thieves


1958 Cadillac Eldorado. When Millie Kingsbury is first introduced to us, she is driving this car.

1958 Cadillac Eldorado. When Millie Kingsbury is first introduced to us, she is driving this car.

Raphael Johnson buys a yellow Pontiac Trans Am with the first $80,000 he stole from Millie Kingsbury

Raphael Johnson buys a yellow Pontiac Trans Am with the first $80,000 he stole from Millie Kingsbury

Another of Raphael's vehicles. A yellow Lincoln Continental

Another of Raphael's vehicles. A yellow Lincoln Continental

1970s male style

1970s male style

This flamboyant suit would have been worn by Raphael

This flamboyant suit would have been worn by Raphael

Sheriff Dick "Diamond Dick" Kendall could be expected to wear this outfit

Sheriff Dick "Diamond Dick" Kendall could be expected to wear this outfit