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Lost my head', TV writer says after wife is slain
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Valley Times Photo Collection
Dean, Gordon
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Photograph article dated February 23, 1963 partially reads, "Television writer Leonard M. Heideman is in West Valley jail today on suspicion of murdering his attractive wife by stabbing her about 12 times with kitchen shears and a butcher knife. "I lost my head," Heideman told Det. O. D. de Ryk, "I went out of my mind. If only I could turn back the clock. We have to go on a trip today." Police Friday morning found the body of his wife, Dolores, 32, on the floor between the kitchen and dining room of their $50,000 Tarzana home. The double handle of the shears protruded from her chest. Heideman, writer for such TV shows as "Have Gun Will Travel," "Bonanza" and "Sam Benedict," emerged nude from a rear room when officers came to the house at 5060 Shirley Ave." Photograph caption reads: "Basenji dog watches two coroner's deputies remove Mrs. Heideman's body. Heideman, in jail for her murder, was bitten by the dog two weeks ago."; See images #00122747 through #00122751 for all photos in this series.
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Valley Times Collection
Heideman, Leonard--Family
Heideman, Leonard--Homes and haunts
Los Angeles County (Calif.).--Office of Coroner--Officials and employees
Murder--Investigation--California--Los Angeles
Murder victims--California--Los Angeles
Men--California--Los Angeles
Basenji--California--Los Angeles
Dead persons--California--Los Angeles
Dwellings--California--Tarzana (Los Angeles)
Streets--California--Tarzana (Los Angeles)
Automobiles--California--Los Angeles
Shirley Avenue (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Tarzana (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Valley Times Collection photographs

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