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Title
Parents of murdered sisters
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.
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 August 6, 1937 reads, "Mr. and Mrs. Merle D. Everett of Inglewood, whose lives were darkened by the cruel slayings of their two little daughters, are pictured above, spectators at the trial. Everett's hands clenched nervously, betraying the tension under which he watched the proceedings. Mrs. Everett was outwardly calm."
Type
Image
Format
1 photographic print :b&w ;22 x 28 cm. on board 22 x 29 cm.
Photographic prints
Identifier
00106009
Herald Examiner Collection
HE box 7200
CARL0005257710
http://173.196.26.125/cdm/ref/collection/photos/id/31420
Subject
Everett, Merle
Everett, Merle--Family
Everett, Madeline--Death and burial
Everett, Madeline--Family
Everett, Melba--Family
Everett, Melba--Death and burial
Stephens, Jeanette--Death and burial
Dyer, Albert--Trials, litigation, etc
Los Angeles County Hall of Justice
Trials (Murder)--California--Los Angeles
Parents of murder victims--California--Los Angeles
Couples--California--Los Angeles
Spectators--California--Los Angeles
Downtown Los Angeles (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Los Angeles Evening Herald and Express photographs
Herald-Examiner Collection photographs

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