Episode 108: The Murder of Maoma Ridings

Maoma Ridings had joined the United States Army during World War II to aid the war effort. A professional nurse turned physiotherapist; she was a young woman who enjoyed a good time. On August 30, 1943, she was found murdered in an Indianapolis hotel room. Who had ended the life of the well-liked nurse from Georgia?



Woman in Black is Hunted in Slaying of WAC. The Times, 8/30/1943

Army, Police Probe Death in Room 729. The Indianapolis Star, 8/30/1943

Woman Sought in WAC’s Death. The Indianapolis News, 8/30/1943

Phone Queries Add to Mystery. Indianapolis News, 8/31/1943

Find Trail of Woman in Black. The Indianapolis News, 9/1/1943

Slain WAC’s Funeral Set. The Indianapolis News, 9/1/1943

Bell Boy Put on Grill for Seven Hours. The Indianapolis Star, 9/2/1943

Window Studied as Escape Route. The Indianapolis News, 9/4/1943

Deputies Believe WAC Knew Killer. The Indianapolis News, 9/4/1943

Letter New WAC Clew (sp). The Indianapolis Star, 9/6/1943

Here Are the Events as They Unfolded In Sensational WAC Murder Case. The Indianapolis Star, 9/5/1943

Kamm, Jeff. At Your Leisure: The Downfall of a Landmark. Historic Indianapolis.com,1/30/2015

Browne, Tiffany Benedict.  How the Claypool Hotel Began. Historic Indianapolis.com, 5/15/2019

Price, Nelson. Glamour and Gore: The Claypool and Lincoln Hotels. Traces of Indiana and Midwestern History, Indiana Historical Society Press, Winter 2020.

Creation of the Women’s Army Corps. www.army.mil

Georgia Warm Springs Foundation. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

Indiana Archives and Records Administration; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Death Certificates; Year: 1943; Roll: 10


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