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Title
Graveside service for Jeanette Stephens
Alternative Title
Los Angeles Herald Examiner Photo Collection
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.; Photograph was edited for publication purposes.
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.; The service for the Everett girls took place at Pierce Brothers Mortuary at 720 W. Washington Boulevard in the University Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. They were buried at Forest Lawn, Glendale.
The immediate family (seated) and others at the funeral service for Jeanette Stephens at Inglewood Cemetery. Photograph dated July 1, 1937.
Type
Image
Format
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Identifier
00105956
Herald Examiner Collection
HE box 7200
CARL0005271778
http://173.196.26.125/cdm/ref/collection/photos/id/31258
Subject
Stephens, Jeanette--Death and burial
Inglewood Park Cemetery (Inglewood, Calif.)
Funeral rites and ceremonies--California--Inglewood
Murder victims--California--Inglewood
Coffins--California--Inglewood
Graves--California--Inglewood
Flower arrangements
Lawns--California--Inglewood
Cemeteries--California--Inglewood
Spectators--California--Inglewood
Trees--California--Inglewood
Murder victims' families--California--Inglewood
Men--California--Inglewood
Women--California--Inglewood
Families--California--Inglewood
Wreaths--California--Inglewood
Inglewood (Calif.)
Los Angeles Evening Herald and Express photographs
Herald-Examiner Collection photographs

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