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Gordon Stewart Northcott's handwritten confession, Riverside, 1928
Date Created and/or Issued
[circa December 1928]
Publication Information
Los Angeles Times
Contributing Institution
UCLA, Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library
Los Angeles Times Photographic Archives
Rights Information
Access to this collection is generously supported by Arcadia funds.
Gordon Stewart Northcott was accused of kidnapping, molesting, torturing, and brutally murdering three young boys and aiding in the murder of another in 1928, which his mother admitted to. She received a life sentence in jail. Northcott was found guilty on all accounts and was executed by hanging on October 2, 1930 at the age of 23.
Photograph of handwritten confession note reads, "Dec 3rd. I killed Alvin Gothea on the Ranch Feb-2-1928. No self-defense. Gordon Stewart Northcott will plead guilty to above charge in Riverside County tomorrow. G. S. M." "I will take Gordon Stewart Northcott into judicial court, in Riverside, on Dec. 4th at 10 a. m. to enter the above plea. Earl Redwine."
This confession appears in the article, "Five Deaths Confessed. Northcott Cites Nine Murders. Walter Collins and Winslow Boys Named as Victims; Father Accused. Youth Breaks on Desert Trip; Louis Winslow's Death Laid to Nephew." Los Angeles Times, 4 Dec. 1928: pg. 1.
Text from negative sleeve: Eastman, George. Gordon Scoot ['Stewart' is written in below with an arrow to Scoot] Northcott murder case, 1928. nitrates.
b&w nitrate negative
Trials--California--Los Angeles
Serial murderers--California--Riverside
Northcott, Gordon Stewart, 1906?-1930
Redwine, Earl W. 1894-1967
Los Angeles Times Photographic Collection

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