Conwoman’s stepdaughters offer sympathies to Ruttle family

Colm Ward

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Colm Ward

Julia Holmes with former US Vice President Dan Quayle - picture courtesy of RTE Prime Time
Former US Vice President Dan Quayle and the late actor Patrick Swayze were just two of the high profile celebrities that the conwoman known as Julia Holmes associated with during her time in the United States.

Former US Vice President Dan Quayle and the late actor Patrick Swayze were just two of the high profile celebrities that the conwoman known as Julia Holmes associated with during her time in the United States.

Ms Holmes’ remains were cremated last Friday, almost three week after she was found dead alongside her former partner Thomas Ruttle in a farmhouse near Askeaton.

Since her death, details have continued to emerge about her fraudulent activity in Ireland and the United States, where she was jailed for 27 months for a $500,000 fraud.

In an interview with RTE’s Prime time broadcast this week, her former stepdaughters Kimberly Parrish-Sanders and Rosalyn Frazier recalled her meeting a host of celebrities including Patrick Swayze and golfer Arnold Palmer. Ms Holmes was also pictured with Dan Quayle.

Kimberly and Rosalyn are the daughters of Texan Clyde Parrish, who married Ms Holmes in the 1980s.

They also offered their sympathies to the family of Thomas Ruttle.

Last Friday’s cremation brought to an end weeks of uncertainly about what would happen to Ms Holmes’ remains.

Following confirmation of her identity in the days after the grim discovery, family members in Northern Ireland were contacted but none of them were willing to claim the body

Her cremation came just two days after Thomas Ruttle was laid to rest in his native Askeaton. Ms Holmes, who was born Cecilia Julia McKitterick in Northern Ireland in 1952, was convicted on several counts of fraud in the United States and Northern Ireland before settling in Askeaton with Mr Ruttle around 2011.

In the early hours of Monday, May 18, three men who broke into the house in Boolaglass discovered the two badly decomposed bodies in a bedroom. The cause of death has not been confirmed but it is believed that they died from a combination of poison and carbon monoxide.