Jill Coit Steely
||Born ill Lonita Billiot on June 11, 1943 in Louisana.|
Has been given the title of “The Louisiana Black Widow” or just simply the "Black Widow"
The Billiots weren’t rich, but Jill Billiot had everything she wanted. The little brown-eyed girl who lived near the canals of The Big Easy
At age 15 and during her sophomore year of high school, Billiot moved in with her maternal grandparents in North Manchester, Indiana. Billiot returned to
The Big Easy, shunning the midwestern life she lived in Indiana. She completed her high school diploma ard enrolled at Northwestern State
University of Louisiana in Natchitoches
Jill Coit is an ex-model besides workt at Heckman Bindery, forming and operatiing her own advertising company Tower Advertising Co., owning a farm in Indiana,
owned a Noodle making factory, worked with State Farm Insurance and started Coit International, which owned a Taxi Cab service and a Bed & Breakfast in Culver
Marshall county Indiana
Coit also persuaded Bruce Johansen, a wealthy retiree in his 90's to “adopt” her. Seriously. Johansen died the following year and naturally Coit inherited a
significant amount of his estate. Natural causes were cited as Johansen’s cause of death and there appeared to be no foul play but the “adoption” certainly
happened at an opportune time.
She was portrayed by Bonnie Bedelia in the film Legacy of Sin. Her case was also featured on Deadly Women and Facing Evil with Candice DeLong. New Detectives
Born: Jill Lonita Billiot
Number of victims: 1 +
Date of murder: October 22, 1993
Date of arrest: December 23, 1993
Date of birth: June 11, 1943
Victim profile: Gerald Boggs, 52 (her ex-husband)
Method of murder: Shooting (.22 caliber pistol)
Location: Steamboat Springs, Colorado, USA
arrested: December 23, 1993
Sentenced : to life in prison on May 24, 1995 and fined 1 million dollars
Status: a true lifer of the Colorado Department of Corrections (all of her appeals have been denied) –
her first eligible date for parole is March 16, 3004
We in Culver all knew her as "Jill Steely'; she was slender & beautiful, charming and smart; while residing in Culver .
She joined many of the Culver Organizations; she had several businesses - Culver bed & breakfast and a taxi service.
Yet little was really ever known about her.
By the time of her arrest for the murder of Gerald "Gerry" Boggs, her name "techincally" was as follows was: Jill Lonita Billiot Ihnen Moore
Coit Brodie Dirosa Metzger Steely Boggs - the names apprearing on the arrest warrant were Jill Coit aka Jull Johansen-Coit, Jill lonita
Billot, Jill Steeley, Jill Steelyt, Jill-Coit-Steely, JIll Boggs, Jill Jahanseon, Kill Carroll, Kill Kisla, Kill Billioy, Jill Ihnen, Kill Brodie, Jill Metzger, Jill Moore
and Jill DeRosa and although She had used used Backus a couple of time it did not appear on the list
Her marriages have been listed as:
No. 1 - Larry Eugene Ihnen, an apprentice bricklayer
married 24 Jul 1961 n Wabash, Indiana
divorced 12 Jun 1962
No. 2 Steven Moore, a college student, in Mississippi
married 5 May 1964
diivorced 23 Mar 1967 in Louisiana.
has: son Steven Seth Moore was adopted by William Clark Coit Jr. and bears the name Johnathan Seth Coit
No. 3 William Clark Coit Jr, a Tenneco engineer,
Birth: 11 May 1929 Cleveland, Ohio
married : 27 (29) Jan 1966 Orange, Texas Jill Lonita Billiot (till married to Steven Moore)
Death: 29 Mar 1972 - Houston, Harris, Texas - murdered
son of William Clark Coit & Anna Dixie North
has sons : William Andrew Coit & William Clark Coit III
No. 4 Donald Charles Brodie , a US Marine Corps major
MARRIED 3 Nov 1973 Orange county, California - Jill L Billiot
divorced: 7 Jul 1975
has son: Thadeus John Brodie
Nos. 5 - Louis DiRosa a lawyer and later a judge
married 11 Jan 1976 Wilkinson County, Mississippi
divorced 4 Nov. 1978 Haiti - not legal by U.S.
divorced 2nd - 26 Jul 1985 New Orleans, Louisiana. - legal divorce
Bruce Johansen – Sugar Daddy
hinted as married - but adopted her
Nos. 6 : Eldon Duane Metzger, an Indiana auctioneer
Birth: July 14, 1940 North Manchester, Wabash County, Indiana
Death: 2 Dec 2003 - North Manchester, Wabash, Indiana, United States of America
Buried: Old German Baptist Brethren Cemetery, Wabash County, Indiana
Marriage: Jill C Johansen March 27, 1978 in Lima, Ohio ( married to Louis A Dirost).
divorce - unknown
Parents: Orville Metzger, Mae Ellen Niccum
No 7 & 8 husband Carl Victor Steely
married 6 Jan 1983 (married to Louis A. Dirost).less than a year of marriage, separated
mamrried 3 Jul 1988 Clark county Nevada as Jill Johansen Coit Book: 713 Page: C063873 Instrument number: 92804
divorced 29 Dec 1983 Haiti - not legal by U.S.
divorced: 23 Nov 1991 Plymouth Marshall county Indiana - legal
|No. 9 Gerald "Gerry" Boggs
Birth b 1941
Death 21 NOV 1993 Steamboat Springs, Colorado. - murdered
married (1990) 4 Arp 1991 Steamboat Springs, Colorado. only 7 days
Anullied - Jill was still married to Steely
son of WIlliam Harold Boggs & Sylvia Lamprecht
No. 10, Roy Clyde Carroll,retired US Navy chief petty officer and businessman in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Birth 6 SEP 1924
Death DEC.27, 2010
son of WIlliam Edgar Carroll and Maude Pearl Conner
marrried 7 Feb 1992
divorced - not found
No. 11 Michael Backus, and telephone company maintenance and repairman
married rumors of no evidence found
said to assumed "Backus" surname
||FORMER INDIANA WOMAN CHARGED WITH KILLING COLORADO HUSBAND |
Article from: Post-Tribune (IN)
Article date: December 17, 1993
A former Indiana woman being held on murder charges has left a trail of husbands, as many as three at one time. Two were killed, a
third claims attempts were made on his life and a fourth died of natural causes after adopting Jill Coit, the Houston Chronicle reported
"She's a psychotic, vicious, ruthless black widow," said Stan Lewis, a Houston private investigator hired to research Coit's background.
"She takes a sadistic, fiendish delight in preying on well-meaning men to facilitate her ultimate goal of furthering her financial welfare.
"Jill Coit, who's been known by a litany...
WOMAN, BOYFRIEND ACCUSED OF KILLING HUSBAND NO. 9.
Albany Times Union (Albany, NY) ,br. Dec 20, 1993; 700+ Words
ROBERT WELLER - Associated Press
Jill Coit is a marrying woman. Ten times she has taken the plunge. Coit may have to forsake her marrying...psychologist. CAPTION(S):
PHOTO AP JILL COIT is escorted by sheriff's investigator...
Woman Wed 10 Times Is Accused of Killing No. 9,
Chicago Sun-Times; Dec 20, 1993; Robert Weller ; 626 Words
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. Jill Coit is a marrying woman. Ten times she has taken the plunge. But Coit may have to forsake her marrying
ways...ex-husband, Carl Steely, said of Coit. "Why would all these people marry...
WOMAN AND BOYFRIEND ARRESTED IN MURDER OF HER 9TH HUSBAND
Buffalo News; Dec 20, 1993; ROBERT WELLER - Associated Press ; 555 Words
Jill Coit is a marrying woman. Ten times she has taken the plunge. Ms. Coit may have to
forsake her marrying ways for...ex-husband, Carl Steely, said of Ms. Coit. "Why would
all these people marry her if...
From the Los Angles times -
After 10 Marriages, Woman Is Jailed on Murder Charges
Violence: Jill Coit and a boyfriend are being held in death of husband No. 9. No. 3 also met an untimely end.
December 26, 1993|ROBERT WELLER | ASSOCIATED PRESS
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. — Jill Coit is a marrying woman. Ten times she has taken the plunge.
But now she and a boyfriend are in jail, charged with murdering husband No. 9, who was shot in October.
"If you were to meet her and talk to her, you'd think she's just the greatest person you ever met," one ex-husband, Carl Steely, said
of Coit. "Why would all these people marry her if she weren't that way?"
Coit, 50, who is still married to husband No. 10, is charged in the slaying of Gerry Boggs, 52. She and telephone repairman Michael Backus,
48, are being held on $5-million bond on first-degree murder charges.
Neither defendant looked at the other during a recent court appearance, when they were ordered to appear Jan. 31 for a preliminary
Coit, a stocky woman with heavy eyebrows and curly hair and dressed in an orange jail jumpsuit, hardly appeared the seductress and
former model who left a trail of husbands in five states and managed to persuade a wealthy, elderly Californian to adopt her just before
The arrest affidavit naming Coit lists 16 names she has used.
Her husbands have included the lawyer who helped her avoid questioning in the shooting death of her third husband, Clark Coit, whose
name she continues to use. Coit, like Boggs, was shot by someone who entered his home through an unlocked back door, in 1972.
Coit checked herself into a psychiatric hospital after Coit's killing and police were never able to question her.
She married and divorced lawyer Louis DiRosa twice, making him husbands Nos. 5 and 6. In between Coit and DiRosa, she married Marine
Maj. Donald Brodie in California.
While still DiRosa's wife, Coit married husbands Nos. 7 and 8: Eldon Metzger, an Indiana auctioneer, and Steely, a teacher in Indiana,
according to police.
"I'm thankful to be alive," Steely said.
Private investigator Stan Lewis, retained by Boggs to look into Coit's past, said she "is cut from the same cloth as 'The Black Widow.' "The
reference is to a 1987 thriller about a young woman whose wealthy husbands die.
Police say Coit and Backus shot and killed Boggs several days before a trial of a lawsuit charging bigamy and extortion. Boggs had his 1990
marriage to Coit annulled after Lewis found she was still married to Steely when she married Boggs. She then married husband No. 10, Roy
Carroll, 68, in Houston.
Chicago Sun-Times; Dec 26, 1993; Lane Harvey Brown ; 700+ Words
...The quote: Carl Steely, eighth ex-husband of Coloradan Jill Coit, who has been charged with killing husband No. 9 (with the aid of a
boyfriend) while still married to husband No... .
Article: `BLACK WIDOW' CONVICTED OF KILLING NINTH HUSBAND.
Article from: Albany Times Union (Albany, NY) Article date: March 18, 1995
Byline: Associated Press
Hot Sulpur Springs, Colo. A woman whose 11 marriages earned her the nickname ``Black Widow'' was convicted Friday of plotting
and carrying out the torture and killing of her ninth husband.
Jill Coit and her boyfriend Michael Backus were convicted of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder in the
shooting death of Gerald Boggs, a hardware store owner.
Boggs was found dead at his Steamboat Springs home in October 1993. Prosecutors say Boggs, 52, was beaten, shocked with a stun gun
and shot with a .22-caliber pistol.
Coit, 51, was married 11 times to nine men. Her marriage to Boggs was … ...and killing of her ninth husband. Jill Coit and her boyfriend
Michael Backus...Gerald Boggs died at the hands of Jill Coit and Michael Backus,'' District...suspect to the scene of the crime. Coit and
Backus, 49, have maintained...
Legacy of Sin' Is Guilty Of Bad Performances
Chicago Sun-Times; Oct 3, 1995; Kevin M. Williams ; 357 Words "Legacy of Sin: The William Coit Story," 7 to 9 tonight, Channel 32. A son
learns his mother...mama's boy. Bonnie Bedelia overacts everybody off the screen as Jill, Coit's sleazy mother. As the title character, Neil
Article: `BLACK WIDOW' MURDER CONVICTION APPEAL FAILS.
Article from:Rocky Mountain News (Denver, CO) Article date: November 29, 1997
Byline: John Sanko Rocky Mountain News Capitol Bureau
An oft-married woman dubbed ``the black widow'' by private investigators failed to win an appeal Friday of her conviction for murdering
the eighth of her nine husbands.
The Colorado Court of Appeals upheld the conviction of Jill Coit for first-degree murder and conspiracy in the torture-slaying of Steamboat
Springs hardware store owner Gerald Boggs on Oct. 21, 1993.
Coit and Michael Backus, her boyfriend from Greeley, shot Boggs and tortured him with a stun gun on the eve of a civil trial over ownership
of a bed-and-breakfast operation in Steamboat Springs.
Coit, who was married 11 times
APPEAL REJECTED IN '93 SLAYING.(Local)
Rocky Mountain News (Denver, CO); Jan 9, 1998; 298 Words ...appeal of his murder conviction Thursday. The Colorado Court of Appeals
let stand the first-degree murder and conspiracy conviction of Michael O. Backus. He was accused of helping Jill Coit in the torture-slaying
of Gerald Boggs in 1993.
Article: MURDERER CAUGHT IN WEB SCAM `BLACK WIDOW' WAS TRYING TO LURE FOREIGN NATIONALS INTO MARRIAGE.(Local)
Article from: Rocky Mountain News (Denver, CO)
Article date: May 22, 1998
Byline: Dick Foster Rocky Mountain News Southern Bureau
Jill Coit, the so-called Black Widow convicted of the 1993 murder of her husband, has been caught trying to lure foreign nationals
into marriage via the Internet.
Coit, who has been married 11 times to nine men, is serving a life sentence without parole in the Colorado Women's Facility in Canon City.
But even from her cell, Coit solicited marriage until the Immigration and Naturalization Service put a halt to it recently.
Her Internet pitch: ``Want U.S. citizenship? Marry an inmate.''
Coit was convicted of murdering Steamboat Springs businessman Gerald Boggs, who was married to Coit in …
JUDGE WANTS ....
Rocky Mountain News (Denver, CO); Sep 17, 1999; Lindsay, Sue ; 700+ Words ...
The first-degree murder trial of Jill Coit, the ``Black Widow,'' and co...Steamboat Springs to Hot S ulphur Springs. Coit and Bakus were
found guilty in the...hardware store owner Gerald Boggs, one of Coit's nine ex-husbands. Nov. 15...
Article: STATE PREVAILS IN APPEAL OF NOTORIOUS STEAMBOAT SPRINGS MURDER
Article from: US Fed News Service, Including US State News
Article date: September 21, 2006
The Colorado Department of Law (Attorney General) issued the following news release:
The Attorney General's Office announced today that the murder conviction of Michael Backus, who had been found guilty of a gruesome
murder thirteen years ago in Steamboat Springs, has been upheld.
"Today, the Colorado Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court's denial of Michael Backus' post-conviction appeal on his convictions for first
degree murder and conspiracy to commit first degree murder," said Attorney General Suthers. "This decision keeps a dangerous criminal
Backus and his girlfriend, Jill Coit, were charged with the 1993 murder of Steamboat Springs hardware owner Gerald Boggs, who was
Coit's ex-husband. Boggs and Coit had been involved in a bitter post-divorce court...
||She was written about in "Poison Vows" by Clifford L. Lindecker; |
Sections of the book pertaining to Culver and Culver people
Google Book overview : Jill Coit was a voluptuous, dark-skinned beauty--as sultry and unfathomable
as the Louisiana bayou where she was born and raised. But beneath the glamour of the one-time
fashion model was a woman of insatiable desire who used her cover-girl looks to prey on eligible,
Married ten times, she vowed her undying love. But her life was a series of betrayals involving
flagrant adultery, and even bigamy. She battled to get her hands on her ex-husbands' back accounts,
family inheritances and valuables.
Across at least five states, she used more than a dozen names to spin a tangled web of marriages
and money. But was she on a heartless quest for more and more wealth--one that led to the cold-blooded
murder of two of her husbands and attempts on the life of another? And did she go so far as to try
to involve her own son in a plot to murder husband number nine?
St. Martin's Paperbacks, September 1995 ISBN: 978-0-312-95513-7, ISBN10: 0-312-95513-8,
4 3/16 x 6 3/4 inches, 320 pages, 8 pp photos, <
||Also a movie for TV was made of her story via her son:|
Legacy of Sin: The William Coit Story (TV 1995)
Director: Steven Schachter
Writers: Stephen Sing ular (book), Ronald Parker
Release Date: 3 October 1995 (USA)
Neil Patrick Harris ... William Coit
Bonnie Bedelia ... Jill Coit
Michael MacRae ... Carl Steely
Storyline: Based on actual events in the life of William Coit Jr. this is the story of one
man's choice between the love of his mother and his search for truth. William Coit wants to
find out the truth about the killing of his father when he was younger, he finds out his mother
did it. This movie tells the story of William Coit Jr, and about the killing of his father.
|Charmed To Death
by Stephen Singular
Published October 20th 1995 by Pinnacle
50 year old Gerry Boggs was one of the wealthiest and most eligible bachelors in Steamship Springs, Colorado.
Until Jill Colt came to town. Captivated by her sexy southern drawl, classy good looks and sultry charm,
Boggs fell- and fell hard. They married, following a whirlwind courthship. Then he discovered his bride's
dark secret...Jill Colt married ten men, divorced six, and always stayed one step ahead of the law in a
poisonous spree of bigamy, embezzlement, and murder that lasted nearly 35 years. The shocking true story of
a real-life Black Widow, this is also a terrifying portrait of the American Dream gone horribly wrong..a
dream poisoned by the lust and greed of a woman who believed she could get away with it all- even murder.