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Saturday 3 December 2016

Conwoman Julia Holmes's stepdaughters say she lied to them from start

Julia Holmes with her stepdaugher Kimberly in the centre, and Hollywood actor Patrick Swayze at an event in Texas
Julia Holmes with her stepdaugher Kimberly in the centre, and Hollywood actor Patrick Swayze at an event in Texas
Julia Holmes (far right) with her second husband Clyde Parrish from Texas and her two step daughters, Kimberly (far left) and Rosalyn (Top centre)

The stepdaughters of Irish con woman Julia Holmes, who was found dead next to her partner last month, have said that she had no conscience.

The 63-year-old's body was discovered beside her partner Tom Ruttle in Askeaton, Co Limerick three weeks ago.

Two US women, who were raised as stepdaughters by Julia Holmes while she was married to their father Clyde, have spoken of how she told them lies from the start.

Holmes mixed in high circles while she lived in Texas, joining the Republican party and meeting former vice-president Dan Quayle, as well as actor Patrick Swayze.

However, behind the facade of mixing with powerful politicians and famous actors, she was a con artist who defrauded local businesses for bogus investment schemes.

"She said she was from Ireland and that her family back in Ireland had died in a house fire," Rosalyn Frazier said of Julia Holmes, who she had known for more than 20 years.

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Julia Holmes (far right) with her second husband Clyde Parrish from Texas and her two step daughters, Kimberly (far left) and Rosalyn (top centre)
 

"That's not the story I got," her sister Kimberly Parrish-Sanders said.

"I was told there were two brothers left and their wives and children. And that she did have a son and he had died of cancer at the age of 13.

"In actual fact, I believe her son is four years older than me, I believe he is 44 now.

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"She was a chameleon, why didn't she use that to do well? To build an empire. She would have been the most successful person you've ever met, had she put her talents to good use," Kimberly told RTE's Prime Time.

Holmes' American dream came to an end in the Federal courthouse in Tyler, Texas in 2004.

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She pleaded guilty to defrauding people of a total of over $500,000, and spent 27 months in prison in the US before being deported back to Ireland.

Known by at least 40 different aliases, including Julia Ruttle, she was being sought by the PSNI at the time of her death, in relation to a £18,000 (€24,500) fraud she perpetrated in the North in 2009.

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She absconded in 2011 while she was still facing charges.

Holmes continued her fraudulent ways south of the border, conning several locals and business in the Co Limerick area.

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Neither she or her partner Tom had been seen for several weeks in the Askeaton area.

The pair were eventually discovered at a farmhouse belonging to Tom Ruttle by two would-be burglars.

It is believed the pair poisoned themselves in an apparent suicide pact.

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