Virginia Purnell was the killer of her daughter, journalist Kelly Purnell, in Lifeless in Seattle (Case #51 of World Edition).


Virginia is the 76-year-old mother of the victim. She has blue eyes and curly grey hair. She is seen wearing a red sweater over a yellow shirt with floral pattern. She also sports a pair of large mahogany brown glasses, earrings, and a cap that says "I SEATTLE" on it. Moreover, she is also seen carrying a book about Seattle. It is known that Virginia drinks mocha, has a pollen allergy, and knows the American anthem.

Height 5'1"
Age 76
Weight 106 lbs
Eyes blue
Blood O-

Events of Criminal Case

Virginia became a suspect after the player and Jack found her suitcase. She was waiting for her daughter to show her around Seattle, saying that she was so pleased about her becoming famous, despite not understanding what her job employs. When informed of her daughter's murder, she was saddened saying first her husband, and now her daughter.

Virginia was spoken to again regarding an invitation to her husband's funeral, which her daughter declined to go to. She said the victim was too busy with work to attend her father's funeral, which she was not that pleased by. She went on to say that back in her day, family came first, but as time went on she now feels that all women care about is their career.

Despite her feelings, Virginia was proven to be her daughter's killer. After denying involvement, Virginia admitted to the crime. Virginia could not stand when Kelly had left their home to work at the big city, leaving Virginia and her husband Hector heartbroken. When Kelly refused to attend to Hector's funeral after his death, Virginia had lost her temper, so she stabbed Kelly in the neck with a USNay pocket knife. Initially angry at Kelly and apathetic about her murder, she repented during the arrest when she realized that she had killed her own daughter. Judge Adaku ordered her to stay in a maximum security psychiatric hospital.


  • Virginia is one of the killers who committed domestic homicide in World Edition. In this instance, she turned out to be the killer of her daughter.
  • Virginia's driver license revealed that she was born on March 6th, 1940.
  • Virginia may be a reference to Sophia Petrillo from the American television series The Golden Girls.

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