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Tribute to Everett girls
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Los Angeles Herald Examiner Photo Collection
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Title supplied by cataloger.; Photograph was printed and published in reverse; text appears backwards.
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.
Photograph caption dated June 30, 1937 reads, "A pathetic memento of happy days before the tragedy, a photo of the two Everett girls is shown on a table in their home. Flowers have been placed by it in tribute to the little broken blossoms."
1 photographic print :b&w ;26 x 21 cm.
Photographic prints
Herald Examiner Collection
HE box 7200
Everett, Madeline--Portraits
Everett, Melba--Portraits
Everett, Madeline--Homes and haunts
Everett, Melba--Homes and haunts
Everett, Madeline--Death and burial
Everett, Melba--Death and burial
Murder victims--California--Inglewood
Living rooms--California--Inglewood
Flower arrangements
Inglewood (Calif.)
Los Angeles Evening Herald and Express photographs
Herald-Examiner Collection photographs

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