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Question ax murder victim's husband for two hours
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Los Angeles Herald Examiner Photo Collection
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Mrs. Kate Hayden, 71, wife of real estate developer Samuel Hayden, was murdered in her Beverly Hills mansion on February 9, 1955. Police initially questioned two men, one a former butler who had been fired two weeks before the murder. Both men had alibis, however, and were released after taking lie-detector tests. The family's maid, Peggy King, also known as Margaret Moore, took a lie-detector test as well. King's test was not as conclusive, and after questioning she broke down and confessed to the killing. She told police she and Mrs. Hayden had been arguing about the preparation of a meal. After striking the older woman with the ax many times, she staged the crime scene to make it look like a robbery and told police she hadn't seen anything.
Photograph caption dated February 11, 1955 reads "Left to right: Lieut. Ray Hopkinson; Dist. Atty. S. Ernest Roll; Samuel Hayden, victim's husband; Capt. R. W. Huff and stenographer Mrs. M. Collins." The group is seated with Mrs. Collins sitting in front of a stenography machine.
1 photographic print :b&w ;29 x 36 cm.
Photographic prints
Herald Examiner Collection
HE box 2655
Hayden, Kate--Death and burial
Murder victims' families--California--Beverly Hills
Murder--California--Beverly Hills
Murder--Investigation--California--Beverly Hills
Crime--California--Beverly Hills
Criminal investigation--California--Beverly Hills
Businessmen--California--Beverly Hills
Lawyers--California--Beverly Hills
Police--California--Beverly Hills
Stenographers--California--Beverly Hills
Stenotypy--California--Beverly Hills
Dwellings--California--Beverly Hills
Men--California--Beverly Hills
Women--California--Beverly Hills
Beverly Hills (Calif.)
Los Angeles Evening Herald Express photographs
Herald-Examiner Collection photographs

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