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Title
Searching for missing girls
Alternative Title
Los Angeles Herald Examiner Photo Collection
Creator
Ballew, Howard
Date Created and/or Issued
1937
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Collection
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
Rights Information
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Description
Title supplied by cataloger.
On June 27, 1937, Jeanette Stephens, 8, and her friends, Melba Everett, 9, and Madeline Everett, 7, were lured from Centinela Park in Inglewood. An extensive search ensued, with the police enlisting the aid of 500 Boy Scouts. Two days after their disappearance, a Boy Scout found the three bodies in a ravine in Baldwin Hills; the shoes of each girl were removed and placed in a pile near their bodies. From the moment news of the case broke, Albert Dyer, Inglewood resident and traffic guard at Centinela Elementary School where the girls were students, followed the story closely. He began keeping a scrapbook of newspaper clippings and offered the police theories about the case. As soon as the bodies were found, Dyer arrived on the scene in Baldwin Hills and began demonstrating strange behavior. Authories began to suspect Dyer and took him into custody. He was questioned at a jail in Los Angeles, as threats upon his life were being made in Inglewood. Dyer explained how he abducted the girls from the park and enticed them with the prospect of rabbit hunting in Baldwin Hills. Dyer confessed, "I had no other reason than sex" and he went on to describe how he strangled each girl. Despite that he later recanted his confession, Dyer was tried and convicted on August 26, 1937. On September 16, 1938, he was hanged at San Quentin.
From left to right, Inglewood Police Chief, Oscar Campbell, Boy Scout Winslow Smith, Bob Brown and Frank Partoon during the search for three missing girls, Madeline Everett, Melba Everett and Jeanette Stephens. Photograph dated June 28, 1937.
Type
Image
Format
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Identifier
00105943
Herald Examiner Collection
HE box 7200
CARL0005271093
http://173.196.26.125/cdm/ref/collection/photos/id/31228
Subject
Missing children--California--Inglewood
Police--California--Inglewood
Police chiefs--California--Inglewood
Police stations--California--Inglewood
Men--California--Inglewood
Boys--California--Inglewood
Boy Scouts--California--Inglewood
Children--California--Inglewood
Inglewood (Calif.)
Los Angeles Evening Herald and Express photographs
Herald-Examiner Collection photographs

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