Lois Reiss aka Losing Streak Lois gambling addict cautionary tale. How a Minnesota grandmother addicted to gambling ended up killing her husband, a look alike until the law caught up with her.
David Reiss and Lois lived a seemingly happy life in Minnesota. That is, until that fateful March in 2018. It’s just then that the faithful wife shot her husband with a 22-caliber gun. With the new gun laws floating in the air, politics will play a big part. Thus, you can bet on politics here.
After getting married, the pair had three children together. David was a former US Navy officer with a passion for fishing. On the other hand, his wife had a different passion – the one for gambling.
She visited casino regularly, hoping she’d win a jackpot one day. It went so far that the friends gave her the nickname “Losing Streak Lois” due to her inability to win in the casino. Nevertheless, this didn’t stop her from trying. As time went by, Lois racked up serious debt. So much so that she forged $11.000 from David’s business account.
It’s uncertain if, and how much did her husband know about this. Whatever the case may be, everyone was surprised when David stopped showing up for work and answering his phone. It was just after his friends called the police that he was found shot dead under a blanket in his own bed. But, where was Lois?
After finding out the details of her gambling addiction, the police marked her as the prime suspect. It was for a good reason, too, since she was on the fly. Her addiction was so bad that, on her way to escape to Florida, she stopped by in a casino in Iowa to gamble some more.
Unfortunately, Lois’s murder streak did not end there. After meeting her friend Pamela in Florida, the woman was found dead just four days after in her apartment. The addict stole her friends’ money and identity and went so far as to gamble even more in Louisiana, where she reportedly made some winning bets.
However, on April 19, Lois was found sipping cocktails in Texas. One of the staff members of the restaurant she was in recognized her and immediately called the police. The thrilling two weeks were over for Lois, and now she faced charges for killing not one, but two people.
In court, Lois had no choice but to plead guilty. In case she didn’t, there was a big chance of her getting the death penalty. This way, she “only” got a life sentence for murdering her husband and her friend. Additionally, she was charged with identity fraud and car theft.
It was a sad ending to an exhausting saga after two years. Her children were left disappointed, and even though they were already grown-ups, the feeling of betrayal and sadness overwhelmed them. The moral of the story is to gamble responsibly and to always think about the one you love the most. At the end of the day, gambling should be a fun adventure, not a murderous one. Stay safe and gambler responsibly out there!