Real Names: Rose Marie Turford and Carolyn Stevens
Aliases: None known
Wanted For: Robbery, Theft, Fraud
Missing Since: May 22, 1995
Details: Rose Turford and Carolyn Stevens were called a real-life "Thelma and Louise." They are female con-artists who defraud, humiliate and steal from their male companions, posing as nuns, police officers and topless dancers. Their schemes start when Rose places a personal ad in the paper. She then lures their victims to motel rooms, where Carolyn arrives, carrying a weapon. The two rob their victims, stealing money and credit cards, and leave them subdued in the room. It is believed that they may be involved in as many as ten robberies in Houston, Galveston and Las Vegas.
The two met in 1992; Rose was once a registered nurse with Carolyn, a part-time aide, at the same Houston psychiatric facility. Rose later invited Carolyn to move in with her and her family. In January of 1995, they began their crime spree; however, they were arrested by March. Their bails were each set at $250,000. Initially, Rose's parents were going to pay for just her bail. However, Carolyn called Rose's parents repeatedly, claiming that a mysterious private investigator named "Avery" was threatening the lives of Rose's children. This convinced them to pay for her bail as well. Rose's in-laws even put up their house and restaurant as collateral.
After being released, the two vanished on May 22, 1995. They left behind a letter, claiming to have been kidnapped by "Avery". Rose's in-laws now face losing both their home and their business. They were last reported in Canada, having rented a car in Edmonton, later deserting it in Toronto.
Extra Notes: This original airdate for this segment was August 18, 1995; the update segment ran on December 15, 1995.
Results: Captured. As a result of the broadcast, the fugitives' story became popular throughout the United States and Canada. Several newspaper reports were aired about them. T-shirts with their pictures were also created and sold. In October of 1995, a witness recognized Turford from one of the t-shirts; she was working at a telemarketing firm in Toronto. Within twenty-four hours, Turford and Stevens were captured in Toronto, Canada, and extradited back to Houston. Turford was convicted of robbery and sentenced to thirty years in prison; Stevens was also convicted of robbery and sentenced to ten years in prison. Both have since been released.
- Unlikely Suspects Are Sought in 'Thelma and Louise' Robberies
- Los Angeles Times Archive on Turford and Stevens
- End of road for 'Thelma and Louise'