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Witnesses at inquest
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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.
First photograph caption dated July 2, 1937 reads, "Ferdinand North. left, and Haskell Wright, attendants at Centinela Park where the girls were playing before being lured away by a killer, are shown at the inquest. District attorney Buron Fitts cut the inquest short before they could take the stand. It is believed that Fitts either has data concerning the killer or he wished to save testimony of key witnesses until the killer is caught."; Second photograph caption dated July 13, 1937 reads, "Giving the Inglewood babe slaying case a surprising turn, Haskell Wright, above, Centinela Park recreation supervisor, today was called before the grand jury to explain his statement that 'Albert Dyer is not the murderer of the three children.' Wright previously has said he saw a man talking with the three children on the day they were slain."
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Herald Examiner Collection
HE box 7200
Everett, Madeline--Death and burial
Everett, Melba--Death and burial
Stephens, Jeanette--Death and burial
Witnesses--California--Los Angeles
Criminal investigation--California--Los Angeles
Grand jury--United States
Murder--California--Los Angeles
Men--California--Los Angeles
Group portraits
Portrait photographs
Los Angeles Evening Herald and Express photographs
Herald-Examiner Collection photographs

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