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Funeral for murdered sisters
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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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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.; This private service took place at Pierce Brothers Mortuary, located at 720 W. Washington Boulevard in the University Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. The Everett girls were buried at Forest Lawn, Glendale.
Photograph caption dated July 2, 1937 reads, "The two little gray caskets that hold the earthly remains of Madeline and Melba Everett, sisters killed by the Inglewood slayer, are shown surrounded by scores of summer flowers at the funeral for the two children today. No deep-toned funeral song filled the chapel, but gayer tunes such as the children loved were played as parents and friends bowed in sorrow for the innocents whose lives were so cruelly ended."
1 photographic print :b&w ;25 x 34 cm.
Photographic prints
Herald Examiner Collection
HE box 7200
Everett, Madeline--Death and burial
Everett, Melba--Death and burial
Pierce Brothers Mortuary
Funeral rites and ceremonies--California--Los Angeles
Coffins--California--Los Angeles
Dead persons--California--Los Angeles
Murder victims--California--Los Angeles
Chapels--California--Los Angeles
Funeral homes--California--Los Angeles
Flower arrangements
University Park (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Los Angeles Evening Herald and Express photographs
Herald-Examiner Collection photographs

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