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Victim finds home at kidnap scene
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Valley Times Photo Collection
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On October 3, 1953, Marion Piper, who had been hitchhiking to Bakersfield, was picked up by John Richard Jensen, a mental patient parolee. Piper was kidnapped, shot, and buried in a shallow grave by Jensen who had previously been found guilty of the 1939 murder of his La Crescenta playmate and spent several years in an insane asylum. Piper managed to crawl his way to Sandberg Lodge where he was found by the Stevens family, owners of the resort.
Photograph caption dated January 17, 1955 reads, "Marion Piper, left, receives jubilant welcome from Mr. and Mrs. Walter Stevens and their son, Wayne, 13, as he returns to visit Sandberg Lodge near Gorman where family took him in after he was kidnaped [sic] and critically wounded by mental patient parolee."; See images #00137749 through #00137750 for all photos in this series.
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Valley Times Collection
Sandberg Lodge (Los Angeles County, Calif.)
Reunions--California--Los Angeles County
Victims of violent crimes--California--Los Angeles County
Families--California--Los Angeles County
Dogs--California--Los Angeles County
Handshaking--California--Los Angeles County
Mountain resorts--California--Los Angeles County
Mountains--California, Southern
Los Angeles County (Calif.)
Night photographs
Valley Times Collection photographs
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