Magazine article Newsweek

Two Sisters, One Identity: An Odd Murder May Be a Case of Sibling Rivalry

Magazine article Newsweek

Two Sisters, One Identity: An Odd Murder May Be a Case of Sibling Rivalry

Article excerpt

When Stevie Allman was hospitalized for first- and second-degree burns on her arms and legs, her neighbors were stunned. The 52-year-old woman was part of an anti-drug campaign in her working-class section of Oakland, Calif. She blamed her injuries on drug dealers who had firebombed her home. Well-wishers donated $4,700. White House drug czar Barry McCaffrey reportedly sent a letter. Gov. Pete Wilson put up a $50,000 reward.

And it appears to have been a scam.

Last Tuesday, two weeks after the fire, police found a dismembered body in the house's freezer. Crunched into a four-footlong metal box sealed with duct tape, the decomposed body turned out to be Allman, with her head bashed in. The woman with the burns was Sarah Mitchell, Allman's 47-year-old sister. Mitchell was arraigned last week for forgery, and this week authorities are expected to announce whether she'll also be charged with murder. …

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